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Radio Roadshow: Drum House casts musical magic

For this week's road trip, the DJ and scribe traveled to Elgin to soak in some musical magic for Radio Roadshow: Drum House. There are few forces of nature as powerful as musicians joining together for the singular joy of making music.

The Drum House, Chrisner's legacy to local musicians starting out or just hanging out, has become a home to legend. Many young stars have begun there, from Dani Carson and Richard Clift Jr. to now a touring sensation, Shyloh Powers. Everyone who's picked, plucked or pummeled a drum head is immortalized somewhere in these walls. It aches music. 

It's a fellowship of and for musicians: modern Knights Templars bound to the honor of rock and soul. This music is eternal. The spirit is alive in every shake of sound inside these hallowed halls. Sacred artifacts in this cathedral read the names Gibson, Ibanez, Pearl and Marshall.

Drummer Justin Row is a new talent who's learning and loving every minute of these (at least) twice weekly jam sessions. It's not just a place to come out and play, it's something much more.

"This is the ultimate music mancave," Row said. "Every square inch is an inspiration."

When you're surrounded by players with the pedigree of Chrisner, Roger Mayer, Darren Herrod, Fred "Doc" Phillips, "Smilin'" Jack Smiley, Hobie Lasiter and Steve Carr, it makes for a great fit for former Maine man, Jeff "Bass Ace" Cutler to find a musical home while holding down the rhythm section. 

The Drum House is a place of healing. Chrisner presented Lasiter with a white guitar as the commemorative Robert Potter Music Matters Award. It's because the long-time musician has made his way back from a dark place through the power of music.

That magic elixir is found inside a little house with a big noise somewhere off Hillcrest Drive in Elgin.

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With their first live performance last Friday at the Railhead Saloon, Lawton's Titan Metal have shown they are the future of heavy metal, not just in Southwest Oklahoma. With options ahead of them following the release of their self-titled debut EP, this band is ready to become a juggernaut of a genre.

Band architect Dayton Keel said his bandmates were chosen to join him in this project, not just because of their musical ability but also stage presence. On this night: Keel, guitar; Ricky "Razor" Warren, vocals; Dakota Hooper, guitar; West Morin, bass; and David Dodson, drums; more than delivered on that promise.

Check out one of their originals: •Titan Metal — "Crawling Across the Dead" —

A splash was made  with a Nine Inch Nails cover song that sent the crowd into overdrive: •Titan Metal — "March of the Pigs" —

Keep up with the band via its Facebook and other social media pages. You'll be hearing more from Keel in the June edition of 580 Monthly magazine.

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A Sunday afternoon road trip to Oklahoma City included a stop at Factory Obscura, 25 NW 9th, for a visit to The King's Mouth

This installation by Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips was featured at Meow Wolf last summer, and serves as the centerpiece of the lobby for the current Mix-Tape Phase 1 display.

You can check out a little of what's inside "The King's Mouth": •Factory Obscura — "The King's Mouth" —

It's an experience best felt first-hand. Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the installation is free to attend until September when Mix-Tape Phase opens for viewing. Check out all the details:

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After taking Studio Blanket/Tent Fort to Elgin for Roadshow: Drum House for this week's edition of Today's Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist, you heard joy in music form. You may have also caught the columnist join with Lasiter for a Violent Femmes favorite..

Jokey McJokerson offered a throwback classic with this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

"He's too far out, man.”

Jokey’s Corner — Michael Zampino, with opener Shawna Blake, 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 latest show: 6 p.m., Roadshow: Red Dirt Reloaded; 6:30 p.m., Roadshow: Drum House.

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

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