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The Garagemahlix are the "Taj Mahal" of garage borne bands

The Garagemahalix stopped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort to share their story and a lot of fun with jock and scribe for this week's 129th edition of the column's radio show. All but bassist Dan Brown held court: Kelly Walker, vocals/keyboards; Monty Bridges, vocals/guitars; Rhett Taylor, guitar; Aaron Curry, guitar; and Rick McCord, drums. 

The band offered up an original written by Kelly Walker that offered a taste of Southwest Oklahoma love: •Garagemahalix — "Home" — https://youtu.be/SElz--ZuN3s.

A Bridges penned number called "Movin'" offered some very cool Flying Burrito Brothers energy. It's a good fit for this band of many songs. Bridges said. You can check them out tonight and Saturday night at the Apache Casino Hotel's Lost Bar, 2315 E. Gore. You're gonna get a little bit of everything good from this band who have a 60 to 70 song catalog of choices.

Garagemahalix started out in the garage without any aspirations except to have fun. As they progressed, there was a time to take it out on stage. Those weekly Sunday night practices — "Every Sunday night, that was the highlight of our life for a couple of years," said Bridges — proved a time to perfect their sound. 

Now, the band is considering doing a little bit of recording and "seeing what happens." Walker said he's always wanted to leave some of his songs for posterity for his kids to know. They've got the chops to make something special. 

You can keep up with the band via its Facebook page. 

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A fortunate day spent with Tyler Farmer allowed the columnist a look into the future. Farmer, guitarist for Allusion, shared some early tracks the band has been working on for its next release. It's been a few years since their exemplary release "Land of Sleep." All I can say for now is I've listened to what will most likely be the album of 2020. Singer Seth Andrus has taken his vocals to a new level that matches the direction this always groundbreaking group is reaching. Keep your eyes and ears peeled and I'll share the news when it's ready for release. 

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Alice Law, the singer with the Wichita Sounds Band let Tom Spears, public relations manager for the Wichita Mountains Area Senior Citizens Center, know that the band is looking for a new venue for the weekly family friendly dances. Rent has been raised at the Lawton/Fort Sill Catholic Community Center and, Spears said, "they just can't afford the rent."

 

"The band is considering an invitation from Coopertoon to play there on Friday's, but some members of the band from Moore and east Lawton are hesitant," Spears said. The band is looking to play more locally however, and if you have insight into a venue that can house 50 to 80 people that's non-smoking, no-alcohol and family friendly, give Alice a call, at 580-450-7063, or 580-639-2463.  

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Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Fullbright is performing tonight at 7:30 p.m. to open the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Alumni Association’s second annual Listen Local at The Greek concert series.

In 2012, Fullbright’s first studio album, “From the Ground Up,” received the Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Top Folk Albums chart. His reputation grew after critics raved about performances at SXSW, the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He released his sophomore effort, “Songs,” in 2014 to favorable reviews.

“John Fullbright embodies Oklahoma in his warmth, humor, kindness and ability to craft powerful stories of common people,” said Misti McClellan, director of alumni development. “After the huge success of our first season, we know that he will get us off to an amazing start in 2019. Anyone who appreciates a great story, a great song or simply a great way to spend a Friday should bring their family and friends for an awesome evening under the stars as we celebrate all the local things that make this place so special.”

For more information, visit usao.edu/listenlocal or contact McClellan at 405-574-1320 or mmclellan@usao.edu.

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The Garagemahalix visit to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's Today's Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist, was a hoot. I hope you tuned in and enjoyed.

Jokey McJokerson tickled my funny bone with this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

"Because he was a dirty double crosser.”

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 atwww.apachecasinohotel.com.

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 www.apachecasinohotel.com.

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: http://s1.phx.icastcenter.com/start/kmgz953/ or www.onlineradiobox.com; or on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or: http://www.kmgz.com/.

And, hey, if you have a song you want us to check out, email us: soundemonium@gmail.com.

#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., Titan Metal; 6:30 p.m., Garagemahalix.

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

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Soundemonium Musaic Lawton music archive homepage: Scott Rains — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPw__GedGPOUD-wROFcuZ8w.

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