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New voice sings out for Southern Aggression

A dynamic duo from Southern Aggression shared its dharma of entertainment this week in Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for the column’s radio show. Original member/drummer David Dodson was joined by the band’s newest addition, singer Ryan McGowan.

The stalwart local heavy metal mainstays debuted with McGowan Saturday night at the Railhead Saloon. There’s some pretty outstanding video on the Southern Aggression Facebook page taken from the show:

“Saturday’s show was great,” Dodson said. “We had a lot of turnout and the feedback was very positive. It felt great to be back in stage and Ryan did a fantastic job.”

McGowan appreciated the praise. A proficient singer/guitarist in Sunlander, as well as his days in Grel and Deadweight, Saturday was a new experience in a couple of ways.

“It felt really good,” McGowan said. “It was my first time doing a show where I didn’t have an instrument in front of me.”

Southern Aggression — Dodson, McGowan, guitarists Lonnie Billings and Scott Gholson, and bassist Christopher Floyd — has maintained its place as bulwarks of the local heavy metal community. When the singer spot opened up in October, they knew they were going to carry on.

“After Logan (Welch) left we posted on Facebook that we’re looking to try out for a new singer,” Dodson said. “He (McGowan) tried out again and he got the job. It didn’t take us very long at all.”

The upbeat drummer said McGowan has helped the band in its evolution and has invigorated the songwriting process to allow for more versatile range of vocals. It’s led to a reimagining of the band’s catalog as well as new perspectives with future music.

“Songs have been easier to finish with the addition of Ryan to the lineup, it’s really good to work with musicians who are perfectionists like Ryan is,” Dodson said. “Currently we’re in the writing process and we plan to put out an EP very soon. It’ll have a lot of newer material. We have a new, invigorated sound.”

Both, Dodson and McGowan are instrumental in other projects as well. McGowan’s band Sunlander recently found a drummer and performed recently with Oberon in Ada. Work continues on a long-awaited full-length concept album. The band’s Facebook page has been rejuvenated the the band is sending out a monthly newsletter. “We’re still going and flowing,” he said.

Dodson, who entered the local metal scene with The Final Step before co-founding Southern Aggression, is also pulling double (bass) duty. He’s been announced as the live performance drummer for local supergroup Titan Metal. Their debut 6-song EP is due out soon. He said he’s been working with them to learn the material and is looking forward to performing live with them.

You can check out any of these great local bands via their Facebook pages and other social media.

The li’l old watering hole, The Bullpen, up around Paradise Valley is turning 1 in its current incarnation and you’re invited to come join the musical fun with a two day event Friday and Saturday.

The club, 11822 NW McClung Road, opens at 4 p.m. Friday. Live music kicks off at 7 p.m. with Cecil Byrd, followed by Scott Shupert at 10 p.m. and a midnight set from Keegan.

Saturday starts at 1 p.m. with Matt Moran with an open set at 4 p.m. Zack Crow takes the stage at 6 p.m. followed by Dustin Leonhart at 9 p.m. and Richard Clift Jr. closing things out at 11 p.m.

If you’re looking for a great local double-bill show featuring top talent, scoot your boots down to C.W. Scooters tonight when local heroes East Cache Creek open for red dirt legend Jason Boland & The Stragglers.

Doors open at the club, 7602 W. Lee, at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. Advance tickets, available via the event Facebook page, are $17:

The Southern Aggression boys were far from aggressive when they joined in ”Today’s Best Soundemonium!” with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. Fun with AutoRap and improvisational multi-tracking made for odd musical mischief.

Jokey was relieved to let McGowan offer this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

“Unique up on it.”

Turn your radio dial to Magic 95.3 FM Radio around 6:25 p.m. each Thursday (if not much earlier) or stream the half-hour show online: or; or on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or:

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#Sundaymonium — Remember that every Sunday night you can listen to a rebroadcast of the prior week’s show followed by this week’s show: 6 p.m., The No Show Show with Scott & Steve-O; 6:30 p.m., David Dodson & Ryan McGowan from Southern Aggression.

Tune in after Sunday’s show at 7 p.m. for the Steve-O’s new weekly show, B-Sides Besides.

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Live music

Apache Hotel & Casino, 2315 E. Gore, 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday: Platinum Cafe; Tuesday through Thursday: Blackwater Smoke; 7:30 p.m., Feb. 22: Wynona & The Big Noise; March 22: Blood, Sweat & Tears; April 26: Sawyer Brown; May 17: Marshall Tucker Band; June 21: Chubby Checker; Aug. 9: Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone; Oct. 25: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee; Nov. 22: Three Dog Night.

BrookRidge Retirement Community, 7802 Quanah Parker Trailway. 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, free. 536-9700: Frank & Friends Musical Entertainers.

Cooperton Senior Citizens 2nd and 4th Saturday Dance, Cooperton School. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Kenneth Boyd, 580-530-9067: live band, free refreshments, family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free.

Legion Building, 6739 N. Wildhorse Road (I-44, exit 45, east) dance Fridays, 7 p.m., Wichita Sounds, traditional country, early R&R and ‘50s pop, ballroom; $6 cover and includes refreshments. No alcohol, no smoking. Everyone welcome. 574-1942.

The Silver Spoon Kitchen and Bakeshop, 529 SW C,Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.: Danny Harrison; 6 p.m. Thursday: John Moots — Free. 357-6800.

Chianti Wine Bar, 5370 Cache Road, 366-3057, 7-10 p.m., Friday: TBD; 7-10 p.m., Saturday: Robbie McMillan.

Park Tavern, 198 E. Lake Drive, Medicine Park, live music and karaoke; Friday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 2 p.m.: Polar Bear Plunge with Smilin’ Bob English Band; second Thursday each month, 8-11 p.m.: Open mic night with Bob Avila and Jack Smiley.

Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, live music begins at 9 p.m., alternative/metal/hardcore/punk. Live music Friday 10 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 9 p.m.: BACKWASH: 8 p.m., The Walking (Watching) Dead, Karaoke Dude and the Sunday Funday Hangover.

Guitar Bar, 1816 S. 11th, Monday: TBD; Tuesday: karaoke; Wednesday: acoustic open mic with Kris Brown; Thursday: acoustic with TBD; Friday, 9 p.m.: live music TBD; Saturday, 9 p.m.: karaoke; Sunday: 7 p.m.: open mic jam.

Bullpen, 11822 NW McClung Road, 492-5451, Friday, 7 p.m.: Anniversary Concert; Saturday, 1 p.m.: Anniversary Concert.

Robinson’s Landing Marina & BBQ, north side of Lake Lawtonka, 1 mile west of Ann’s Country Kitchen to Lawtonka Road and down the shore line, free and open to the public, Friday, 6 p.m.: TBD; 8 p.m. Saturday: TBD; second Friday each month: 2nd Friday Open Mic with Dave Laurence.

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