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Nothing is standard about Chaava

When a talent that's equally raw and refined shows itself, it can be as overwhelming as a tidal wave. That force of nature is featured this week.

Bannister Chaava stopped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort to introduce himself and his special musical gifts for this week's show. If you've been listening, then you heard a couple of covers performed by the talented young singer/guitarist during a recent open mic night at Mi Familia  "Brandy, You're a Fine Girl" and "Sister Golden Hair." A highlight of this week's show was his original number "A Girl By The Sea." Carr said it should be on steady rotation with the station. Chaava said of the song, "It's one of the few not about a girl," he said before adding, "actually, it is about a girl." 

What you've yet to hear are amazing covers of Men At Work's "Overkill" as well as Arlo Guthrie's "The Motorcycle Song" and the standard "I Shall Be Released." You can't pigeonhole where his set list will go next.

"I cover songs I listen to a lot," he said. 

Check out his take on a Billy Joel: nBannister Chaava  "Just The Way You Are"

There is nothing standard about Chaava. He spent his formative years in Alexandria, Va. Before that, he lived in South Africa and Zambia.

His introduction to music came in middle school when Chaava said he learned trombone as part of the Salvation Army Band. He remains a part of that ensemble. By high school, he was playing guitar and drums in a band, DAW. He said he learned his brass instrumentation through school as bass clef and with the Salvation Army where took over treble duties. But his musical influences don't start in the usual places. 

"I watched a lot of anime so I listened to a lot of Japanese rock and the anime endings and openings were pretty diverse in style and genre," Chaava said. "I really got into rock when I was with my first band, became obsessed with The Killers and the Foo Fighters, more so the Foo Fighters because I really love Dave Grohl's ability to play whatever the music calls for, something I wanna be able to do better."

With a soulful voice and interesting jazz qualities to his guitar playing, Chaava offers a unique sound. A first solo performance in high school showed the young singer/songwriter that he'd found his place on stage sharing music with an audience.

"It was very comfortable," he said, "surprisingly comfortable." 

He's spent the past few weeks at camps with the Salvation Army where he teaches and is a student at Territorial Music Institute. He has a gig planned for Aug. 22. But the future is open for this young talent. He has ideas where he'd like it to take him.

"I'd love to play internationally, mostly in Japan because that's just where most of my childhood entertainment came from, but more importantly I'd love to make music that is good," Chaava said. "I'd love to write something that someone listens to and feels something, or remembers something, or makes them imagine something. I like to write stories and poems too, so having those interests come together (storytelling and music) is pretty nifty." 

You can find Chaava's music at his Bandcamp:; and also on Soundcloud: He said the Soundcloud site is where he posts miscellaneous music that offers more composition and songs-in-progress.

"I treat this more as a social platform that's a lot more loose and less polished than the Bandcamp where I like to post things that are totally finished," Chaava said.

You can also find him through other formats of social media:; and his Facebook page: "Bannister Chaava - Music."

But it that's not enough, there's a good shot the first and third Thursday of each month, you'll find him joining other local talent from 6 to 9 p.m. at Big Pete Piehnik's Open Mic Night at Mi Familia, 111 W. Lee.

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There's going to be a free, all day Music Jamboree featuring bluegrass, gospel, country and folk music from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Chickasha. Doors open at 10 a.m. at the Quality Inn, 2101 S. 4th Street, and coffee and donuts will be available. Bring a finger food and enjoy music and singing. There will be door prizes given during the day. All ages are welcome, and the admission is by donations to pay for the coffee, donuts, sandwiches, and the rent.

Sponsored by Chet and Jallane Link, Chet Link will be master of ceremonies for music from: Jones and Diaz, Jeremy and Amanda Perkey, Kent and Phyllis Bourland, Hiram McMasters, Living Word Cowboy Church Misfits, a jam session, Jeannie Frenchman, Carolyn Hawkes, Anita Walker and Dub Edgmon. 

More Jamborees are planned for coming months. To schedule to play or for information contact Jallane or Chet Link at (405) 224-6790 or (405) 222-6926. 

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Small Mountain Street Tacos held its Jamaican Night last Saturday featuring music from Oklahoma City's Broke Brothers. Along with some pretty fantastic tacos and beer specials, there was some great reggae rock. Of course Bob Marley covers were requisite for performance. But other highlights arrived from extraordinary directions, including dub covers of The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and WAR's classic "Cisco Kid."

Ya, mon, we be jammin' .... and anxiously awaiting this quartet's return.

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If you're in the mood for some Celtic music to fit the mood Friday night, visit Shamrock's Irish Pub & Grill and take in the talent of violinist Erica James. She'll begin an energetic evening of Celtic rock and other styles at 8 p.m. until midnight at the family-friendly spot, 3134 Cache Road.

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There's still time for 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:

Don't be afraid to take a song known from one style and make it something your own: nRMB  "Dayman"

Chaava's visit to "Today's Best Soundemonium!" with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist was something special. Of course, a super secret surprise recorded that night will be turning up on the upcoming LLOLAF special  you don't want to miss it.

Jokey is raiding George Lucas turf (again) for this week's joke. Here's the punchline:

"Chocolate chip wookie."

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And, hey, if you have a song you want us to check out, email us:

#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., Oli Rey Ben & Thanh Le of 1GCrew; 6:30 p.m., Bannister Chaava. 

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