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Radio Roadshow: musical fun at Red Dirt Reloaded

This week's radio roadshow took the Soundemonium crew to Red Dirt Reloaded Bar & Grill, 6402 Cache Road.

Thursday night was the Karaoke Dude (and show co-host) Singy Thingy Cash Money Karaoke Contest for the first of 7 weeks of battle through song. The columnist joined Magic 95.3 FM's Indie Michaels and Dani Carson to serve as the night's judges. With $50 on the line for the winner along with a slot in the May 23 finals and the chance for up to $300 in prize money, there was a lot on the line. 

Coming in a strong second, Rayquan Lewis put his all into his version of the Keith Whitely number, "Miami, Miami." He still has a shot at the prize if he comes back for another round.

But the prize went to 14-year-old homeschool student Jasmine Cox-Phelps who had simply been enjoying a night out with her mom, Erin Cox. Quiet and unassuming away from the stage, she erupted into star mode when she sang Adele's "When We Were Young." She's going to be a tough one to beat on May 23. 

Cox-Phelps said this was her first time to sing karaoke out in public. However, music is part of her home school learning process. Although she doesn't read sheet music, she has an amazing natural instrument at the ready: her voice. She's been tuning it since she was 5-years-old. 

"I want to sing," she said. "I'm inspired by the things around me."

Fabion Turner, owner of Red Dirt, was excited about the show and joined Carson following the contest for a salty take on the B-52s "Love Shack." He made a threat, or possibly a promise, following the first night: "We're going to sing it every week until we get it perfect."

Turner is talking to local musicians about hosting a weekly open mic night in the near future. The venue has its own PA system and stage at the ready that Turner wants to put to good use. He said for bands to contact him about even coming in on weeknights and practicing in the venue.

On Saturday night, Garagemahalix took advantage of that stage to put on a great night's revue of favorite music. The 6-piece band: Monty Bridges, Kelly Walker, Dan Brown, Rhett Taylor, Rick McCord and Aaron Curry; have been local favorites since forming 6 years ago. This was their first time at Red Dirt.

"We just get up and play until they tell us we can't play no more," Walker said. "You talk about hospitality."

With sets that covered everything from country: "Pray for the Lonely," "Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine"; to blues: "The Thrill is Gone"; to rock: "Midnight Rider," "Can't You See," and "All Right Now"; it was an unexpected number from Kermit the Frog that made my night: "It Ain't Easy Being Green."

You'll be getting the full scoop on Garagemahalix when they step inside Studio Blanket/Tent Fort in mid-May. I can't wait. 

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Formerly a Frederick resident, Jarod Grice is finding Denton, Texas, a formidable home to his music making muse and it shows on his new song, "Signal." His tender tenor and acoustic spine to the song rings as elemental sounds add an ethereal quality to the strong storytelling. You can check it out on Spotify now: https://open.spotify.com/album/6hsXtQmwbBB6lXMcls2pSp.

Now serving as Secondary Choir Director & Bible Teacher at Denton Calvary Academy, Grice's songwriting and performance continue to prove he's a talent that serves second to none.

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After taking Studio Blanket/Tent Fort out for Roadshow: Red Dirt Reloaded for this week's edition of Today's Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist, we're finding adventure — and great music — from some different locations. I can't wait to see where we end up next week.

Jokey McJokerson offered a poignant PSA for the 420 holiday with this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

"Neither did I.”

Jokey’s Corner — Jeramy Westbrook, with opener Alex Sanchez, 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 atwww.apachecasinohotel.com.

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 www.apachecasinohotel.com.

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: http://s1.phx.icastcenter.com/start/kmgz953/ or www.onlineradiobox.com; or on the Apple or Android apps or on the TuneIn app, or: http://www.kmgz.com/.

And, hey, if you have a song you want us to check out, email us: soundemonium@gmail.com.

#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: Railhead; 6:30 p.m., Roadshow: Red Dirt Reloaded.

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

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Soundemonium Musaic Lawton music archive homepage: Scott Rains — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPw__GedGPOUD-wROFcuZ8w.

srains@swoknews.com.

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