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Backwash to perform at Lake Lawtonka’s Tryp Fest Saturday

In preparation for this Saturday's Tryp Fest at Pavilion No. 2 at Lake Lawtonka, a pair of pals from Backwash, Aaron "A-Bob" Hite and Rafael "Rafy" Montez, stopped by Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's edition of "Today's Best Soundemonium ... for now!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. 

As prelude to Saturday, it was an afternoon of good times, great giggles and goofery of epic proportions. The pair provided a rodeo-inspired acoustic version of Rage Against the Machine's "Bulls on Parade." 

Hite and Montez have been part of one of the city's most beloved live acts for many years. Reconfigured to serve as hosts and in-between act crowd masseuses for Tryp Fest, the return of Backwash  Hite, vocals; Montez, guitar; Josh Katvala, bass; and Los Vissepo, drums  is happening at the right time for the right reasons. 

"Basically, we are reuniting for the love of playing music," Hite said. "We had to put the band on hold because life happens. But we're in a position to start it back up."

The gents will be introducing the day's lineup of musicians. All are local favorites from their shows at the Railhead Saloon: Komatryp, DeadCore, Southern Aggression, Desecration Conflict, all of Lawton; Thousand Pound South and SkinHook, both from Wichita Falls, Texas; and a father/son band, Driven by Fate. 

Tryp Fest will be an all-ages, family-friendly event featuring live music, face painting by Mandi, and games, and there will be an open grill. Everyone is encouraged to take their own food to grill, drinks, beach gear and chairs. Bring your own coolers and visitors are asked to not take any bottles. 

Things start cooking, so to speak, at noon, and live music will be from 1-9 p.m. You'll also be able to hit DeadCore and Komatryp members for tickets to the November concert when they, along with locals Paid in Spades, open for DOPE/Hed PE at the Great Plains Coliseum in Lawton. 

Komatryp's drummer, Nani Vissepo, said it was his daughter's inspiration that kicked the notion for the festival into a reality. It was born from an all-ages show the band played in Oklahoma City, he said, but the venue wasn't very kid friendly. His daughter told him that they should do a show somewhere that would be. Kid's Zone wasn't available, so the lake sounded like a great solution. 

"The band talked about it for months and Tryp Fest was born," Vissepo said. "Most of us in bands in the scene all have children. We wanted a show that would be kid friendly and fun for the whole family. We hope to keep this going and make it a yearly event."

The band's manager, Anthony Vallario, said that although all the bands on the bill are listed and they know when they're playing, the suspense remains as to who performs at what time. 

"There is a schedule, but we think it necessary not to share ahead of time," Vallario said. "Let's just say there are surprises in store."

I'll have photos and hopefully some video with next week's column. 

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Taking a page from the movie "Meatballs," Sharon Cheatwood, arts coordinator for the City of Lawton Arts and Humanities, has taken the role of one of the "Bill Murrays" by volunteering this week at the coolest camp in Oklahoma City. 

Everything culminates Saturday afternoon with Camper Showcases Hosted by Rock and Roll Camp for Girls. The showcase is from 1-4 p.m. at 6608 N. Western, PMB 475, in Oklahoma City. Although this year's camp doesn't have any local aspiring rock stars attending, this is Cheatwood's second year to volunteer. As part of her role, serving as much as concert promoter as camp counselor, she's inviting everyone to come up and see some future stars take their turns in the spotlight. 

Cheatwood said it's a "seriously excellent program for life skills, music, music business, teamwork ... creative approach to problem solving" and campers learned how to make their own picks, songwriting and self-defense.

"It's been an awesome experience," Cheatwood said. 

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Although the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association stop in Grandfield has been bucked off the schedule, two great country performers are still set for Saturday night's show to go on.

Randy Clark, Grandfield's city manager, said the town's sister rodeo in Amarillo, Texas, was canceled and it made for too few riders available to make it a go. But it's going to be an entertaining weekend nonetheless, he said. 

Beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, music fans will hear sweet sounds pouring from the Paul Burch Rodeo Arena during a concert by the C.J. Cody Band, followed by Steve Crane and Friends. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

The C.J. Cody Band is a Western-inspired outfit. Cody was born in Oklahoma and raised also in Wyoming, so a cowboy hat comes naturally. Apparently, so does songwriting. At 13, Cody wrote his first song and began his journey as a musician and songwriter. After growing up and serving in combat with the Army, he's grown into his opinions and ideals. He's said he's never been afraid to take his experiences and push the envelope to write about controversial topics. Determined that he doesn't fit into any music genre, he's coined the phrase "Tailgate Country" to offer a descriptor. 

Give a track about rodeo a listen in lieu of the action: • C.J. Cody Band  "Rodeo"

You can learn more about the band via its website:

Clark was excited about Crane's performance. Crane has his own musical connection with Lawton. 

"I started out with a band called the Livin' End back in 1966," Crane said. "I had a guitar player from Lawton named Ray Pannell; that band became the biggest regional band in North Texas, southern Oklahoma."

Following a national tour the summer of 1969, that band broke up and Crane started the band BABY, which had some Midwest success before breaking up in 1979. He then joined Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie and her sister, Marie, to produce an album for Capitol Records, "Messing With the Boys." The album included Pannell as well as the great session and Toto guitarist, Steve Lukather. In 1986, Crane joined Glenn Frey's band as lead guitarist for some tours. Along with his solo work now, he also put together and is the lead guitarist in the Texas Blues Runners. 

"Missing my home turf and wanting to come back to the heartfelt homeland from where I came, I returned to Grandfield in the winter of 2016," Crane said. "Now I am doing a solo band thing along with the Texas Blues Runners."

Check out Crane's voice and bass with a bluesy performance from 2010: • Texas Blues Runners  "Somebody Bring Me Some Water"

Continuing to flow with creative juices, the prodigal guitarist has new music in the works.

"I'm working on a new solo album 'Southbound' that will be out next year," Crane said. 

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For some of my favorite comedy/music videos, I invite you to view this seminal YouTube series of four videos that tell you a story of, well, pretty much exactly what you're watching, "Man on a Buffalo." Featuring the musical musings by Jomo & The Possum Posse, these four videos offer a nonsensical smile to those who can't get into the 1970s movie from which it is derived, "Bullrider." A treasure shared by my significant other, it's a treat to my peculiar sense of musical humor. 

Here's your link to stream the full package: nMan on a Buffalo  Episodes 1: "Bears, Indians & Such"; Episode 2: "Orphans, Cougars & What Not": Episode 3: (Finale Part 1) "Origins, Villains & The Like": and Episode 4: (Finale Part 2) "Rehab, Vengeans & What Have You"

You're welcome. You won't be disappointed.

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With Rafy and A-Bob (with B-Bob in tow) stopping in for a visit to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's edition of "Today's Best Soundemonium ... for now!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and yours some serious silliness was had. The words "vegetarian lasagna" will never taste the same again. If you missed their acoustic performance, here's something from a past reunion: nBackwash  "Blister in the Sun"

An undead Jokey McJokerson was vampy with this week's joke sans punch line. Here it is:

"Because they're suckers."

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