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Bannister Chaava stopped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week’s edition of “Today’s Best Soundemonium!” Chaava just released his new album ”Melodramatica” and was in the mood to share his music.

Along with the radio world premiere of his song “Fairyland” and “California/Well Said,” you heard his take on a song first made famous by Arlo Guthrie: •Bannister Chaava — “City of New Orleans” —

Here’s a sneak peak at another track you’ll be hearing on a future show: •Bannister Chaava — “Love Will Tear Us Apart” —

Chaava’s new album, “Melodramatica” is a 9-song offering of some of the best explanations as to why he’s such a special artist. An amazing labor of and about love, it’s fitting he released the collection on Valentine’s Day. A hopeless romantic, the title track epitomizes his spirit through melody and delivery.

Jazzy and breezy, “Rendezvous” imbibes an Al Jarreau-nspired vocal interlude before the sparse piano and breathy allure of “Sober.” For an artist in his early 20s, Chaava is a mature talent.

“Yes I know, mais je t’aime (fin)” is love personified in song; it rises like a heartbeat at the sight of your “one.” There’s nothing common about “A Common Ballad” — it’s a highlight among a collection of highlights. His whispered vocals are perfect accompaniment to the guitar and subject matter of “Leaf’s Refrain.” It rises when you’d think it to fall.

Inspired by Tolkien and C.S. Lewis’ writings, “Fairyland” stands in its own realm. It’s easy to disappear into this ethereal place while listening to Chaava’s smooth storytelling and orchestration. “California/Well Said” provides a breezy, California rock vibe to close this unique collection.

Chaava had planned on finishing the album by the end of 2018 but love takes time. With it being 90 percent recorded at home, he handled all the vocals and instrumentation save for spots of drumming by Carl Corbett and his friend named Leonardo and the lucid guitar solo by David Ellis on “Fairyland.”

“Melodramatica” is Chaava’s second album made “as an adult.” As a young teen, he began recording his music as well as producing several videos. He’s developed from raw to real talent through hard work and it’s on display. You should find his YouTube channel and enjoy his progression, it’s a trip worth taking.

After testing the album material at the old Mi Familia open mic nights, Chaava’s since made his mark on the local live music scene as well as in Oklahoma City. He performs often at The Root and, for his album release, was part of the Feb. 14 bill at the legendary VZD’s. Closer to home, you can catch him every other month or so at Chianti’s Wine Bar. You should get out there for his 7 p.m. performance this Saturday.

If you can’t get out to a live show, you can still stream or purchase his album “Melodramatica” via Spotify and other online music stores or here:

“If you enjoy my music please make sure to share and tell your friends,” Chaava said. “This has been a long effort.”

The prodigious ”Uncle” Dave Crow has formed yet another boss band. Scatterbone is a straight ahead rock’n roll side project of Crow (JuJu Beans, Thunder Horse and more) on guitar/vocals; Bryan Harris, guitar; Coley Tennant, drums; and Pat Teel, bass/vocals. Crow’s Thunder Horse bandmate, guitarist T.C. Connally played lead on three songs on the debut EP. Crow described the Scatterbone sound as “straight ahead, raw, 70’s style rock’n roll music, with a New York punk style vocal delivery.” I say it’s much needed.

Check out the debut single: •Scatterbone — “Why Bother?” —

Word was received last weekend of the death of Cody Smith, former singer for Zero Casualties Band and Snake Oil. A good guy and a heckuva singer/songwriter, he will be missed. Check him out on stage at his best: •Snake Oil — “Nobody to Blame” —

Barring the worst case in winter weather, the missus and columnist are hitting the road Sunday for great seats at the Tower Theatre for Dave Mason on his “Feeling Alright Tour.” From his work in Traffic to his solo career, he’s one of the true legends who continue to push their abilities to the maximum. I can’t wait. Until then, check out this well-known but never overplayed classic: •Dave Mason — “We Just Disagree” —

Bannister Chaava’s visit to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort made for a blissful edition of “Today’s Best Soundemonium!” with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. Much joy (and amazing music) was shared.

Jokey went for a music genre pun with this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

“Well, I heard they’re huge metal fans.”

Jokey’s Corner — Josh Lathe, with opener James Curtis, 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

Preacher Lawson, Friday, July 5. Tickets are on sale and are priced at $20, $25 and $30. Tickets may be purchased at the casino cage or online at

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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 latest show: 6 p.m., Eric “Dirty Red” McDaniel After Dark Edition; 6:30 p.m., Bannister Chaava.

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

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Live music

Apache Hotel & Casino, 2315 E. Gore, 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday: Crosswind; Tuesday through Thursday: TBD; Event Center: 7:30 p.m., Friday, 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.

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; $6 cover and includes refreshments. No alcohol, no smoking. Everyone welcome. 574-1942.

Felicita’s Mexican Restaurant, 2102 Cache Road. 6-9 p.m. Saturday: TBD, 580-583-4747.

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: Bannister Chaava.

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.: 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, Signal 4 Band; Saturday, 9 p.m.: karaoke; Sunday: 7 p.m.: open mic jam.

Shamrock’s Irish Pub & Grill, 3134 Cache Road, Friday, 8 p.m.: FireAngel Karaoke; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD.

Fubar Saloon, No. 4 W. Lee, 699-3550, Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: Gannon Fremin and CCREV.

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.: 2nd Friday Open Mic with Dave Laurence; 8 p.m. Saturday: TBD; second Friday each month: 2nd Friday Open Mic with Dave Laurence.

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