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Marching forward to Oklahoma Music Festival Season

It’s almost time for Music Festival Season and I wanted to get the word out about three that are coming up the next three months.

Medicine Park is preparing for its Parkstomp Bluegrass Festival on March 16 and 17. A staple for spring concert aficionados, the soundtrack kicks off with local favorites Just Strangers at noon on March 16. Through the next 36 or so hours, expect to hear the thoroughly Americana sounds of Whispering Willows, Chucky Waggs, ARKANSAUCE, The Burney Sisters, Red Oak Ruse, Ginstrings and more.

A fantastic, free festival featuring an array of sounds will fill the streets and venues of the Norman Music Festival April 25-27. The family friendly festivities are free to attend and will feature music from

Beach Fossils, Black Milk with band, Nat Turner, Soccer Mommy, The Garden, Helen Kelter Skelter, Josh Sallee, Klipspringer and many more. A highlight will be the return of Skating Polly who are originally from the Oklahoma City area. The step-sister duo has added a drummer and are gaining a lot of steam in the alt-rock world since moving to the Pacific Northwest a few years back.

The always epic Rocklahoma festival is slated for May 24-26 outside of Pryor. Although he’s been battling illness, heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne remains the top bill for the weekend festival that also features, Disturbed, Bush, Shinedown, Seether, Steel Panther, Avatar, Ace Freahly, Lita Ford and a litany of hard rock heavyweights.

This year’s live music schedule got a recent boost locally with the announcement that Hed PE is coming to The Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, for an April 7 show courtesy of TLP Productions. Local legends Backwash and Paid In Spades will be opening up. More information will be available and tickets will be available from the bands in the coming days.

Revitalized and ready to get their music out there, Sunlander debuted its video for ”Slow Burn” last week. You can check it out here:

It’s a fierce visual for the song that debuted on last year’s “The Divide,” a split-EP shared with Oberon. Singer/guitarist Ryan McGowan said the video, much like their recording process, was meticulously taken care of in-house.

“We shot the video ourselves; we used our phones to shoot the footage,” he said. “We wanted a visual that matched the song so we took some white LED’s we have for a light show and had them shine on us from above while we used our phones to record. The face shots were done in my bathroom hallway with a dark blue blanket behind me.”

Although McGowan has also taken over singer duties for Southern Aggression, Sunlander continues to move forward. The band is finishing writing and readying to record a new single and will be putting together a video for it, as well.

“All of our music will be available for free on Spotify and Youtube and we hope that people enjoy it enough to share it with a friend,” McGowan said.

If you’re in the mood for some semi-locally grown crusty punk, A4A will be taking off to Oklahoma City for Saturday night show. They’ll be joining Kinda Creepy for an 8 p.m. show at Dig It Mothership Connection, 1739 NW 16th. It’s an all-ages show.

Bassist Hobie Lasiter said the band’s been something that returns him to his punk rock roots since his return to the hometown. This a pretty great old school, crusty punk band like you don’t hear enough these days. You can check out some songs from their album, “Songs For the Apocalypse,” out now on Spotify and available for download on iTunes.

The second part of Eric “Dirty Red” McDaniels‘ visit to Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for the After Dark Edition of ”Today’s Best Soundemonium!” with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist, featured some saucy moments and more mad, magic music from the new album by Dirty Red & The Soul Shakers, “Cloudless Day.”

Jokey joined the Space Force for this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

“They planet.”

Jokey’s Corner — Josh Lathe 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

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 week’s show: 6 p.m., Valentine’s Day Bring the Boom Box Valentine’s Day Mixtape Special Mixtape; 6:30 p.m., Eric “Dirty Red” McDaniel After Dark Edition.

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

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