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Caldwell to perform for special benefit concert, dance

Always one to offer his talents for the benefits of others, Chris Caldwell Sr. is enlisting the aid of his band for an April 13 concert and dance.

The Kenneth Smart Benefit Concert and Dance featuring the Chris Caldwell Band will be from 8 p.m. to midnight, April 13, at VFW Post 5263, 103 NE 20th. Admission is free but donations are welcome for a good cause, according to Caldwell. This fundraiser has been created in order to purchase Smart transportation that is wheelchair accessible as well as for other medically related expenses.

Smart fell in January and suffered an unusual spinal injury due to a heart attack, hyper-extending his spine and losing all movement and sensation from the chest down.

“Kenneth and Samara’s life is much different today than it was three months ago,” Caldwell said. “He is currently learning to adapt to life as an incomplete quadriplegic and is gaining knowledge and skills that will allow him to live as independently as possible. … The prognosis of his injury depends significantly on his rehabilitative care.”

Caldwell said for Smart to receive the maximum benefits of therapy, he needs wheelchair-accessible transportation that will allow him to go to in-house therapy a minimum of three times per week.

“Kenneth is an extraordinary human being, hardworker, kind and full of life,” Caldwell said. “Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting him and being a part of his life will know his desire to help his family and friends and love for racing. This sudden injury has been devastating for Kenneth and his determination to provide for his family.”

If you would like to donate or inquire how to help, call Misty Tilghman, 580-512-8810; or Kimberli Burk 580-678-8810.

The highly-anticipated self-titled debut EP from Titan Metal is out now on most online platforms including iTunes and Spotify. Intricate and blistering are two of the many descriptors for this 6-song standout.

Band mastermind (and guitarist/drummer) Dayton Keel called out his bandmates: Dakota Hooper, guitar; Ricky Warren, vocals; Wes Morin, bass; and live drummer David Dodson who contributed to the song “Tortured” for making it happen.

“Tortured” kicks off the aural assault with precision thrash vigor. Complex riffage offers a staccato soundtrack to Warren’s power-metal meets punk vocals. The raw power continues into “Masochistic Eyes,” matching its sonic sadism as the bottom drops down into an ultra-grind. This is the sound of modern metal’s next evolution.

Released as a single at the end of 2018, “Scorch the Earth” still feels fresh and fuels the energy mid-album. Gradations of darkness fuels the gothic intro to “Crawling Across the Dead.” It explodes with intricate duel riffs of Keel and Hooper, meshed like a musical artillery assault before interweaving into Mastodon-like prog territory. It’s a high point with its variety of vocal melodies that brings its story to vivid life.

Beginning with its 8-bit video game-reminiscent opening, electronic elements join a squeal and squirm guitar onslaught to make “Beautifully Dead” ride into strange new places. Melodic and hook-filled, it offers no compromise.

Closing with the collection’s first single, world premiered on the column’s radio show last year, “Achlys” continues to capture the ear as strongly as the first time: •Titan Metal — “Achlys” —

Mixed and mastered by Provo Provenzano, this album holds up sonically as well as anything produced by a label in a decade. You can find the album on iTunes and other online outlets. It’s worth finding.

Titan Metal will make its live debut with a 10 p.m. show April 19 at the Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan. Zero Theorem will also be on the bill.

The always amazing Dani Carson stopped in Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week’s edition of Today’s Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. We taped late so you’ll need to listen again to the 6:30 p.m. Sundaymonium playback to hear her song “I’ll Blow You A Kiss In The Wind” and more from this young superstar.

Carson is hitting the road to Anadarko for a 5 p.m. performance Friday at Trader’s Steakhouse. On Saturday, she’ll be performing at a benefit concert in El Dorado and then journey to Stephens County for an 8 p.m. show at Duncan Moose Family Center, Lodge 2202. She’s also set to open up for C.J. Cody for an 8 p.m. show April 12 at the Waurika Rattlesnake Festival.

Sunday night’s Hed PE show with Paid in Spades and Backwash at the Railhead is sold out, but look to next week’s show and column for highlights from the night.

It was Jokey McJokerson’s Back In Time PUNchline Echo for this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

“The fish.”

Jokey’s Corner — Lenny Vanhorn, with opener Julie Drake, will be the featured comedian for the weekly Saturday night series to be held in the Summit Ballroom at the Apache Casino Hotel, 2315 E. Gore. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for the 21-and-up show are $10 and may be purchased at the casino cage or online

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:

Live music

Apache Hotel & Casino, 2315 E. Gore, 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday: Waylon Holley Band; Tuesday through Thursday: Citizen Groove; Event Center: 7:30 p.m., Friday, 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.

Lawton-Ft Sill Catholic Community Center, 911 NW Hilltop Drive, dance Fridays, 7 p.m., Wichita Sounds, traditional country, early R&R and ‘50s pop, ballroom; $7 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: Jonathan Moots — Free. 357-6800.

Chianti Wine Bar, 5370 Cache Road, 366-3057, 7-10 p.m., Friday: TBD; 7-10 p.m., Saturday: Blake & Mandee Thomas.

Red Dirt Reloaded Bar & Grill, 6425 Cache Road, 699-3478, 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Monday-Saturday: Thursday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke Dude; Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD: Saturday, 9 p.m.: TBD.

Park Tavern, 198 E. Lake Drive, Medicine Park, live music and karaoke; Friday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD; 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.: Sign of Lies, 5 Dollar Thrill, Cyanide Hook; Saturday, 9 p.m.: Heartsick, Heart of Jordan: 7 p.m., Paid in Spades, Backwash, Soul Crisis, Downfall 2012, Hed PE.

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.

Fubar Saloon, No. 4 W. Lee, 699-3550, Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: Comedy show with Matt Ferrell & guest.

Mountain Boomer Tavern, 1320 NW Homestead Drive, Friday, 9 p.m.: Friday’s Follies; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Sunday, 11 a.m.: Sunday Brunch.

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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