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Highlights from Open Mic Night

Highlights from Open Mic Night provided the bulk of this week's show as Studio Blanket/Tent Fort and Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, as well as the columnist were joined by Indie Michaels in hitting the road for Big Pete Piehnik's Open Mic Night at Mi Familia, 111 W. Lee. The night's event, "Live on Hard Drive" was something special. You heard some highlights Thursday and we're hoping to put together show from extra bits in the near future.

Of course the big bluesman from Medicine Park way led things joined with Fred "Doc" Phillips on saxophone for the night's introduction. Les Upton was joined by Larry Chrisner for a moving rendition of "You're Cheatin' Heart."

The arrival of Bannister Chaava with his acoustic guitar and voice led to one of many surprises. His takes on "Brandy, You're a Fine Girl" and "Sister Golden Hair" were special. But it was his originals, "For You" and "Fool In Love Again" that displayed his Al Jarreau-esque voice and George Benson-inspired chording. He'll be in the studio soon. 

With his beautiful blue Ovation acoustic guitar, Lonnie Snider took things down a country road with fantastic takes on "Too Cold at Home" and "You Can Buy Me A Boat." Followed by Daphne and Brett Pollan, their trio of takes on "The Speed of Sound of Lonliness," "Girl Crush" and especially "Angel from the Bowery" were special. 

The always fun (and oldest punks in school) Chrisner, Philips and Chuck Mantooth of 3 Frets Down were fantastic. Their song "I Fell Out of Place" felt a classic and led perfectly into their take of the Phil Sampson-penned and made a hit by T.G. Sheppard classic "I Loved Them Every One." They could make it a hit again. 

Speaking of old punks, old friend Hobie Lassiter brought his acoustic guitar and harmonica rig for a trio of originals. As much Dylan-inspired as fused with Willie Nelson-isms, his songs "Lemons" and "Tomorrow Again" came off great. Check out this other original number: nHobie Lassiter  "If You Want To Be"

Pianist extraordinaire Pete Macias snagged his nephew Joshua Rodriguez, a server at the restaurant, for a couple of show-stopping takes on Lionel Richie's catalog. Even with phone in hand for lyrics, Rodriguez proved talented on "Stuck on You" and "Easy"  enough that by the end everyone in the restaurant had gravitated over to enjoy the performance. Carr's kazoo solo may have added an extra boost. 

The night's theme followed with a performance by Macias, Phillips, Piehnik and Carr on the Journey classic "Don't Stop Believin'."

Steve Wren brought his energetic charge to the spotlight stool for some original songs. Tracking through "Let Me Introduce Myself As Me" and "Deep Thoughts," it was "BP Express" that was probably the most expository.

The night closed with Piehnik and Carr joining forces, instruments  forces  to make "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" a perfect into to their final medley of "Before You Accuse Me/Kansas City/Sweet Home Chicago." When they joined together for the closing song from the original "Mickey Mouse Club" it made a perfect punctuation to an evening filled with exclamation points. 

Open mic's are the first and third Thursdays of each month, from 6 to 9 p.m. If you're a picker, get out there and be a grinner and join the fun. 

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Often, becoming a published lyricist/writer can be a tricky wicket unless you know the proper avenues. With that comes big news from Seven Springs Sound, 1011 S. Sheridan. It now offers music publishing with its own BMI affiliate company called, "Spirit of the Wichitas" publishing company. The local all-purpose recording/video hub will soon be offering publishing for print publishing for authors and poets, etc. Call 580-699-7177.

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A free, family-friendly summer concert featuring Kyle Reid and The Low Swinging Chariots continues the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Alumni Association's Listen Local at The Greek series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at the Greek Theatre on the USAO campus.

Reid leads his band in a joyful revelry of original swing tunes, New Orleans and Gypsy jazz standards, as well as classic Western Swing. Reid's original material mixes the familiar with the new and exciting. The group's repertoire of classic standards, Reid's voice and the hot accents of the rhythm and brass sections create a superb balance of sound.

Based out of Norman, Reid has a long and eclectic career as a singer, songwriter, producer and sideman. His band is composed of accomplished, nationally-recognized local musicians all hand-picked for their prowess, creativity and camaraderie.

For more information, visit or contact McClellan at 405-574-1320 or 

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Saturday night will be the end of an era for the Lawton heavy metal scene with Komatryp's Last Show. Featuring the hard hitting mainstays of the local scene for the past two decades, they will be joined by their brothers from Backwash, Deadcore and Southern Aggression for a night of raw power  and emotion. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. Saturday, at the Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan.

Komatryp rummer Nani Vissepo is readying for a move to Corpus Christie, Texas, so this is going to be the real end of an era.

"Komatryp has been on this awesome ride for along time now," Vissepo said. "We have had the privilege and honor to share the stage with countless kickass bands. All of this is and was so amazing. But like with all good things, there must be an end. With me moving away to the beach and old age kicking some of our butts, it's just that time to call it quits. We can never thank all the kickass friends, fans and family we have made along the way. We love you all! We will never forget the great times we have had." 

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We still need more performers who been a part of the radio show or who will be in the future, to send us your best funny covers, originals and mash-ups for the LLOLAF End-Of-SummerSpecial Mix Tape. You can record it yourself or, you need to come to the studio, either contact Steve Carr or the columnist via our Facebook page:; or email our email:

Nothing's really off limits, as long as it's fun and radio language friendly: nPantera vs. Bill Withers "Use My Mouth For War"

Taking Studio Blanket/Tent Fort on the road for this week's "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist was an interesting journey into improvisational recording techniques. I think it went better than expected. 

Jokey went low this week's joke. Here's the punchline:


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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., Terry Battle III, a.k.a. Mr. Battle; 6:30 p.m., Highlights from Open Mic Night. 

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