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Singer/guitarist (fun)Uncle Dave Crow and drummer Carlos Curet  and his roadie dog Titus  from The (legendary) JuJu Beans visited Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. Already a great live act, they're pretty salty in the studio and, if you listened, you know that Titus does a great Chewbacca impression. You'd also know that The Beans are a lot of fun and make great music. 

Check out a live performance from earlier this year at Arlington, Texas, club Diamond Jim's: nThe (legendary) JuJu Beans  "Wiggle and a Wink"

Crow and company will take the Outlaw Bar-B-Q stage, 23485 Oklahoma 49, along with Blueprint for a 6:30 p.m. show Saturday night for some Cinco de Mayo festivities. Curet, who also plays drums for Blueprint, will be pulling double duty, as will guitarist Chris Acosta who will perform an acoustic set. 

The Beans return for a May 11 show at the Railhead, along with MegaChief. Long-time bassist Pat Henry will be pulling double duty that night as he plays in both bands. Crow said that another long-time friend, Bob Henry has also been joining the band on bass for some shows. Following that, the lovable punk rockabilly and roll band will be the 2 p.m. artists May 26 when they take the stage at Medicine Park's newly restructured/renamed Americana Roots Festival to kick off the summer season. After being away from Comanche County for a while, it's a when it rains it pours kind of month  "If they didn't hate us before they will after this," Crow said with a laugh that followed.

With all the live shows here and elsewhere, Crow said plans for the follow up to 2016's "It's Only Rock & Roll, Stupid" CD have been on the back burner. They're taking the time to write and get their material in just the right shape.

""It's just hard to make a lot of progress (with the next album)," Crow said. "We've got the songs together, we've just got to find time to get together and record them."

Crow, who has several other musical projects including Uncle Dave's Rock Service and a new doom project called Thunderhorse, said The Beans are a project of love. Curet, who joined with Crow in 2004 in the band's formation, agreed.

With a lot of opportunities available to see them, treat yourself to a jumpin' and jammin' good time at one of the upcoming shows by The (legendary) JuJu Beans. You'll understand why they are legendary after one show  I guarantee it.

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Saturday's Cinco de Mayo festivities will be highlighted by several more local music shows: 

nJust Strangers, 4 to 6 p.m., Comanche Shirt Company, 19857 Oklahoma 49.

nSweet Brenda & The Sour Mash, 8 to 11 p.m., Medicine Park Tavern.

nPianist Shane Arguello for Tequila Flight Night, 7 to 10 p.m., Chianti Wine Bar, 5370 Cache Road.

nTacos, Tito Lindsey Band, Jessica Farmer and East Cache Creek, 8 p.m., Fubar Saloon, No. 4 W. Lee.

nDeadcore and Paid In Spades, 9 p.m., Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan.

If you're in the mood to get the celebration started a night early, the Guitar Bar will have a treat to go along with beer (and taco) specials through the weekend when Big Mike Webb, Ralph Spears, Jesse Zumwalt and Rod Jackson take the stage, 1816 S. 11th, at 9 p.m. Of course, for the day of, enjoy some "Fiesta Karaoke" with Tony Garrison at 9 p.m. Saturday.

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Fresh from a nine-day tour with his Oklahoma City-based band Horde Casket, along with with Center of Disease and Vore, Lawton's Justin Perry shared memories from the road. It's always the goal of the working musician to play one's music for audiences  and to get paid. From April 13 through the 21st, Perry lived the dream (albeit a spartan one) on this, his second tour.

"Both tours I've done were different (even though they were death metal bands)," Perry said. "Ever seen that Johnny Cash bio-pic 'Walk The Line'? Remember them all cramming into four door cars and driving long distances in the early days? That was us."

It was worth it, Perry said. Performing nearly nightly "is great; it's what I live for," he said  "I've been down enough roads in my life to know I'm not cut out for anything else."

Beginning in Wichita, Kan., and working to Los Angeles, Calif., before returning back for closing shows in Amarillo and Dallas, Texas, there were highs and lows. The smaller venues were perfect, Perry said  "The smaller venues make it way easy for crowd/band interaction to get personal." 

You can watch video of the whole show from Mesa, Ariz., Club Red

The first night of the tour, an attempt to drive through to Denver, Colo. provided the tour's low point, Perry said  "Escaping Kansas." 

"We got snowed in," Perry said. "Roads were closed ....The wind took our passenger side taillight that night. It also took my flip flops, washcloth, and shampoo because I didn't have my pack secured properly." 

Reaching Denver changed the perspective after Perry ran into a fan who used to go to a lot of Ken Morrow shows when he was the bassist in the 2nd Amendment. During a night off in Las Vegas, Nev., Perry was able to meet up with his Marine Corps buddy he hadn't seen in 18-years. He said it was cool to meet up with Facebook friends for the first time in person. Reno's in Dallas, Texas, allowed a meet up with a bass player who'd been in bands to play at the Railhead in Lawton several years ago. "He was one of the first dudes I ever saw do crazy stuff on bass right in front of me and showed me that it's even humanly possible."

Touring with Vore also provided a high point, Perry said. The Arkansas-based band is one of his favorites and were a great match. 

"Like us, they've done lots and lots of stuff out of state and had many long weekend runs, but this was also their first extended stay on the road," Perry said. "They even played my favorite song of theirs special just for me one night."

When asked if he's ready to hit the road again, he answered with an enthusiastic and very NSFW "Yes!" 

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The appearance of brothers Beans, along with Titus the Rhodesian Ridgeback, in Studio Blanket/Tent Fort provided many giggles and odd discussions for this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O. Carlos Curet provided Jokey McJokerson with a musician's set-up for this week's joke. Here's the punchline:

"Because his wife has two jobs."

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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., Parlor Trick; 6:30 p.m., The (legendary) JuJu Beans. 

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