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Reverence through music is the core to Amplified Worship

The eight member praise music collective Amplified Worship are sitting on top of the world after earning top prize in a national competition. Band members Aaron Brenneman and Jeremy Redbird stopped into Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week’s edition of the column’s radio show.

The pair performed one of their originals on the show. Here’s a one-take of the song you heard on the show, but a different version: •Amplified Worship — “Father Move” —

Two weekends ago, Amplified Worship trekked to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., to compete in the North American Country Music Associations International (NACMAI) contest for traditional and contemporary categories for their original songs.

“We won the nationals in both categories,” Brennaman said. “We know for a fact it was a really solid win.”

Although sick at home with the flu, singer Alex Robinson, shared the band’s history via a phone call.

“We were all singing song at youth group at Cameron Baptist and got asked to play,” she said. “We just want to share our music, our mission is to glorify God. We choose not only to amplify through worship but also how we live our lives.”

“We like to say ‘worship’ mainly,” Redbird added, “it’s in our name.”

Redbird calls Robinson his “best friend.” He said there is a connection of friendship and spirt in the large musical collective’s mission. Featuring three feature singers, two electric guitars, an acoustic guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, there’s a large swath of sonics covered.

“We all do what we do very well,” Redbird said. “It really allows us to cover a really huge spectrum.”

The band has completed a 7-song album under the production mastery of Jay Alexander. The self-titled debut will be available April 21 on most major online platforms. You can keep updated via the Amplified Worship Facebook page.

If you want to catch what they have to offer live, they’ll perform a passion production at 4 p.m. April 13 at the Holy City. In May, they’ll be taking the show on the road to Chickasha where they’re slated to be part of this year’s Twister Fest lineup.

Local long-term musician Danny Cox of DuPree had the birthday of a lifetime on March 21 when his band was beginning a week’s residency at the Apache Casino Hotel. Blood, Sweat & Tears was slated for a Friday night concert at the event center. However, the band was in town a day early.

Cox said that towards the end of his band’s first night’s first set, BS&T keyboardist Glenn McClelland was at the bar, He recognized the iconic key tickler, who also performs in Ween, and McClelland noticed Cox’s recognizable Hammond B-3 organ.

“He was grinning ear to ear,” Cox said. “He came right over where I was playing — made me a little nervous. I said we’re taking a break and asked if he wanted to sit in and he said ‘hell yeah.’”

The next thing you know, Cox said, the BS&T rhythm section who were sitting at the bar also came to the stage and performed with DuPree’s guitarist Brad Caudill. It was magic, he said.

“They really complimented how tight the band was. Ken Gioffre, the saxman, didn’t have his sax, however bassist Ric Fierrabracci, drummer Dylan Elise and Glenn graced our stage,” Cox said. “We played a blues tune and a shuffle which they love because their shows are so regimented they rarely get a chance to jam. We all had a blast. In fact they had so much fun they came up Friday after their concert.”

That second night included McClelland sitting in on some Taj Majal songs. Cox said it was a blast speaking with McClelland about “Hammond war stories” as well as about their families.

For a guy who’s been playing for four decades, Cox said he’s found some dreams come true close to home. McClelland signed his autograph on Cox’s Hammond next to that of Chester Thompson from Tower Power.

“Glenn loved the fact that he signed the B-3 next to Chester Thompson,” Cox said. “So I have a Blood, Sweat & Tears and Tower Of Power autographed B-3 Just WOW!”

Both autographs were received during these master musicians’ visits to Lawton. But last Thursday and Friday was a moment made extra special and a testament to dedicating your life to making a joyful noise.

“So, another great night playing music,” Cox said, “and a nice birthday surprise.”

Sam Riggs will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday, at C.W. Scooters, 7700 W. Lee . The young talent is currently moving up the country music charts with his latest single, “Until My Heart Stops Beating.” Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of show. Purchase:

Although performing acoustic, Amplified Power powered Studio Blanket/Tent Fort for this week’s edition of Today’s Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist.

Jokey went the wood and lead route for this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

“There’s no point.”

Jokey’s Corner — Andrew Deacon, with opener Ryan Green, 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:

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

Live music

Apache Hotel & Casino, 2315 E. Gore, 9 p.m, Friday and Saturday: Coyette and the Haywire Band; Tuesday through Thursday: Waylon Holley Band; Event Center: 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 26: Sawyer Brown; May 17: Marshall Tucker Band; June 21: Chubby Checker; Aug. 9: Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone; Oct. 25: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee; Nov. 22: Three Dog Night.

BrookRidge Retirement Community, 7802 Quanah Parker Trailway. 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, free. 536-9700: Frank & Friends Musical Entertainers.

Cooperton Senior Citizens 2nd and 4th Saturday Dance, Cooperton School. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Kenneth Boyd, 580-530-9067: live band, free refreshments, family-friendly, smoke and alcohol free.

Lawton-Ft Sill Catholic Community Center, 911 NW Hilltop Drive, dance Fridays, 7 p.m., Wichita Sounds, traditional country, early R&R and ‘50s pop, ballroom; $7 cover and includes refreshments. No alcohol, no smoking. Everyone welcome. 574-1942.

Felicita’s Mexican Restaurant, 2102 Cache Road. 6-9 p.m. Saturday: TBD, 580-583-4747.

The Silver Spoon Kitchen and Bakeshop, 529 SW C,Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.: Danny Harrison; 6 p.m. Thursday: Jonathan Moots — Free. 357-6800.

Chianti Wine Bar, 5370 Cache Road, 366-3057, 7-10 p.m., Friday: TBD; 7-10 p.m., Saturday: Mandee Thomas.

Red Dirt Reloaded Bar & Grill, 6425 Cache Road, 699-3478, 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Monday-Saturday: Thursday, 9 p.m.: Karaoke Dude; Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD: Saturday, 9 p.m.: TBD.

Park Tavern, 198 E. Lake Drive, Medicine Park, live music and karaoke; Friday, 8 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: TBD; second Thursday each month, 8-11 p.m.: Open mic night with Bob Avila and Jack Smiley.

Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan, live music begins at 9 p.m., alternative/metal/hardcore/punk. Live music Friday 10 p.m.: Jocephus & The George Jonestown Massacre; Saturday, 9 p.m.: TBD: 8 p.m., The Walking (Watching) Dead, Karaoke Dude and the Sunday Funday Hangover.

Guitar Bar, 1816 S. 11th, Monday: TBD; Tuesday: karaoke; Wednesday: acoustic open mic with Kris Brown; Thursday: acoustic with TBD; Friday, 9 p.m.: live music, Dani Carson; Saturday, 9 p.m.: karaoke; Sunday: 7 p.m.: open mic jam.

Fubar Saloon, No. 4 W. Lee, 699-3550, Friday, 9 p.m.: TBD; Saturday, 8 p.m.: Cade Roth & The Black Sheep.

Mountain Boomer Tavern, 1320 NW Homestead Drive, Friday, 9 p.m.: Friday’s Follies; Saturday, 8 p.m.: Lb. Salt; Sunday, 11 a.m.: Sunday Brunch.

Robinson’s Landing Marina & BBQ, north side of Lake Lawtonka, 1 mile west of Ann’s Country Kitchen to Lawtonka Road and down the shore line, free and open to the public, Friday, 6 p.m.: TBD; 8 p.m. Saturday: TBD; second Friday each month: 2nd Friday Open Mic with Dave Laurence.

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