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Kwamel Shakur Smith is ready to shake up the scene

Kwamel Shakur Smith stopped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week's radio show. He's come a long way since his first visit last year.

Smith's written at least 10 songs he's readying to select from for his debut EP. He's also been playing out quite a bit with drummer Kat. Now he's in search of the right bassist and lead guitarist to round out his ideal band setting for the newly named Whiskey 115.

"We thought of calling ourselves Shakurs Light & The Cool Cats," he said.

For the show, he debuted a new song that replaced another he'd written. Check it out, it's pretty solid: •Kwamel Shakur Smith (Whiskey 115) — "Paint The Town Red" —

"We were working on a song for the show but scrapped it Saturday," he said. "I wrote a new one in the past three days."

Smith said that he's been getting some boost from his friends Casey Abbe and Cade Roth and is looking to have some shows set up on the horizon really soon. It's a far cry from his first performance of an original song during a karaoke night at the Butterfly Lounge hosted by Steve-O.

"I'd been down a little after not making it on 'The Voice' and that gave me a real boost of confidence," he said.

That confidence has carried over to Smith's plan to record. He's already got the band name, logo and album art together. Once he learns the "Catdog" theme song, he'll have the perfect cover song to include with the collection.

You never know, he may just revamp the first song he ever learned to play and sing, "Play That Funky Music" by K.C. & The Sunshine Band. He's inspired and anxious to be heard and, after hearing what he's got to offer, it's going to be something special. 

You can keep up with Smith and the band direction through his Facebook page, Kwamel Whiskey 115. 

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If you want a punk rock party, get out to the Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, Friday night for a trio of great ones: The KillingThe Costanzas and The (legendary) JuJu Beans. There's no cover and it's 21-and-up to get in and feel like a young punk again. 

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Can’t you see what’s coming to the Apache Casino Hotel Event Center May 17? It’s the Marshall Tucker Band bringing its “Through Hell & High Water … And Back Tour 2019” to the local venue.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Event Center, 2315 E. Gore. Tickets range from $30 to $70 and are available:

The Marshall Tucker Band is known as one of the forerunners of the Southern Rock sound that emerged in the 1970s. The original lineup of the Marshall Tucker Band, formed in 1972, included lead guitarist, steel guitarist, vocalist, and primary songwriter Toy Caldwell, lead vocalist Doug Gray, keyboard player, saxophone player, and flautist Jerry Eubanks, rhythm guitarist George McCorkle, drummer Paul Riddle, and bassist Tommy Caldwell. 

After Caldwell was killed in an automobile accident in 1980, he was replaced by Franklin Wilkie. The band's current lineup consists of original member Gray on vocals, keyboard player, saxophonist and flautist Marcus James Henderson, guitarists Chris Hicks and Rick Willis, bassist Tony Black and drummer B.B. Borden.

In their long career, the band has recorded 22 studio albums, three DVDs, three live albums and many compilations.

Check out one of their biggest hits: •Marshall Tucker Band — “Can’t You See” —

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Kwamel Smith's 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, proved to be a good time. With dabbles into the Great Soundforce and moments trekking into the lands of farce, there was a lot going on. 

Jokey McJokerson offered entered the Star Wars universe for  this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

"Obi Two Kenobi.”

Jokey’s Corner — Mack O'Henson, with opener special guest, 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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