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Full Throttle Cruizers rev up for a surf rock revival

Full Throttle Cruizers stopped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's edition of the column's radio show to share the gospel of surf rock. It can be a religious experience once one's converted.

The instrumental trio — Clay Commings, guitar; Jeff Cutler, bass; and Robert Poafpybitty, drums — are finding the wave they're riding to be a fun one. For Commings, he's living a dream held since he first heard surf music at the age of 12 during a trip to Disneyland. 

"That's a funny story," he said. "There was a surf band playing. I'd never heard anything like that and it was the coolest thing on earth. ... It's a very chameleon style of music. It's the most popular style of music nobody knows about."

A guitarist extraordinaire, the calling of the reverb-heavy surf tone is Commings' strongest muse and Dick Dale is his number 1 hero. He said that over the course of seeing Dale perform eight times over the years, as well as in striking up an email friendship with his wife Linda, the two guitarists struck up a friendship before the legend's death months ago.

"He's the coolest guy on earth," Commings said. "We would talk about guitars and music. ...(Dale's death on March 16) That was a bad day for me; I was inconsolable for a more than a day."

In homage to the legend, Commings dazzled with a special blended concoction of his and Dick Dale's licks: •Clay Commings/Full Throttle Cruizers — "CC original/DD "Taco Truck" —

With Full Throttle Cruizers, it's a collaboration first formed from performing with Ken Morrow — they all met at a practice to ready for a show with him. Poafpybitty is known as one of the steadiest drummers around and Cutler, a.k.a. Fozzy Bear, has found a musical home after moving to the area from Maine last year. Each says the other makes the perfect fit for creating a groove behind Commings' guitar work.

The band makes its live debut Sept. 13 with a show at Christie's in Altus. The big one will be Oct. 12 at Norman's Red Brick Bar when they open for Dallas, Texas, favorites, Go-Go Gorillas. You can keep up with Full Throttle Cruizers through their Facebook page and be ready to hear a lot more from these surf-music masters.

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The Paradise Valley Porch Party is set to commence from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, at 5615 NW Wolf Road. It's a benefit show put on by Scott Pinion and Roger Holder with the intention to raise funds to build a local outdoor music venue for local artists to perform.

For an event subtitled "Musicians Supporting Musicians," the performances will follow that ethos with a rotation-style song swap featuring: Jessica FarmerDalton PayneBoone MendenhallRodney WhaleyZach HolidayCody NewbyBobby DaleJared RosinMatt MoranGary LawrenceSarah HollidayTito LindseyTyler "Chicken" Linthigum, Roger Holder, Scott Pinion, Josh Frasier and Ken Morrow.

Tickets are $10 and that includes a barbecue meal while supplies last. Bring your own drinks and ice chests are welcome. Primitive camping available at no extra charge with ticket purchase. Golf carts, campers, tents, horses and donkeys welcome. No utilities hook-up.

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Whaley and Mendenhall, an Okie from Muskogee, will also be performing 9 p.m. Friday night at the Bullpen, 11822 McClung Road. Whaley said the talented Mendenhall just released his new album and "this is sort of a CD release thing."

Here's an older performance: •Boone Mendenhall — "Billy the Kid" —

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Full Throttle Cruizers' debut 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 was a musical blast of fun ... kind of like a Beach Party movie run amok. You can't "know" Clay Commings' guitar work during a legendary "Stump the Guitarist" session, you have to hear it to believe.

Jokey McJokerson "pun"-ched for the skies with this week's joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

"A duck filled fatty puss.'”

Jokey’s Corner — TBD will be featured for Comedy Night 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:

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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., Cade Roth & The Black Sheep; 6:30 p.m., Full Throttle Cruizers.

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

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