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Rocking’ the Park kicks off tonight

Rockin' the Park kicks off Friday night and will have the Wichita Mountains reverberating with cool riffs and rock candy beats. It's going to be awesome. The fest offers three days of live rock music in conjunction with the Jeeplahoma Jeep show, fireworks and Medicine Park's 111th birthday celebration. The always free shenanigans are a bargain for a family friendly, fun event. 

The fest kicks off at 9 p.m. from the Medicine Park Main Stage with Rousey, an Oklahoma City based funk rock band with interesting instrumentation and a drive to make people dance. They live up to it with their latest release: •Rousey — "Tigers & Yachts" —

Saturday's lineup: 3 p.m., Ponder the Albatross; 5 p.m., Tyler Lee; 7 p.m., 57 Sauce; 9 p.m., Groovement.

Sunday: 3 p.m., The Hucksters; 5 p.m., Reeves Bros.; 7 p.m., Uncle Zep; 9 p.m., Kris Lager Band. 

I'll be up to the Park and report back next week with a few highlights from the fest.

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I was out for a bit Saturday night and caught a pleasant surprise at Lawton’s Railhead Saloon, 909 S. Sheridan. A groove-heavy southern grunge doom ensemble called Haggardz Hellraizerz took the stage as the night’s only band. Good thing. I wouldn’t have wanted to follow them.

The Oklahoma City-based ensemble features: Chris Poor, vocals/guitar; Steven Brewer, bass; Richard Blankenship, drums; and Scott Corbett, guitar. The band was borne from a 2013 idea of Poor’s and another friend. But it didn’t fruition further until 2015 when Poor went into the studio in 2015 and recorded.

Last year, Poor jammed with Blankenship and that jam turned into two and then became rehearsals as Brewer and Corbett joined the fold.

The Hellraizerz were joined by a friend who sang for their first show in August 2018 at Suspence Fest in Pampa, Texas. Poor said several shows followed until the singer left the band the week before the Railhead show. It may have been for the best. As a four-piece, these guys have it down. Poor describes the band best.

“We are a heavy 10-ton groove machine with heavy riffs and blistering groove solos, southern thunderous bass lines with melodic grungy vox,” he said. “We write about life of everyday people cause that what we are, just regular people.”

Poor said the band is going back into the studio in August and should be back around Lawton in the fall. You’ll want to catch it.

Check out the Haggardz Hellraizerz Facebook page where they’ll be posting new videos of the current lineup. You can find video from their five-piece days on YouTube.

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This week, Studio Blanket/Tent Fort produced the Holy Freedom 4th of July Special 1-Hour Mix Tape America! edition of Today's Best Soundemonium! with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist. There is no freedom like the freedom to enjoy this great lineup:

Garagemahalix, “Movin’”; Cody Newby & Lynn Moon, “All About That Bass”; Trent Logan, “Broken Halos”; Jasmine Cox-Phelps, “Who I Am”; Eric “Dirty Red” McDaniel & The Schmucks, “Jangalang”; Hobie Lasiter and The Drum House Non-Jug Jam Band, “Please Do Not Go”;  Al Berry, "Me & Bobby McGee”;  J.D. Famoly & Wil Jones, “Comfortably Numb”; Smokey Motel, “Young Forever”; Bannister Chaava and Steve-O, "Wonderboy". It made pool time fun. Check it out when it replays Sunday night at 6:30 p.m.

Jokey McJokerson ran "a-fowl" with this freedom-inspired joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:

"A firequacker.'”

Jokey’s Corner — TBD will be featured for Comedy Night 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. Tickets are on sale and are priced at $20, $25 and $30. Tickets may be purchased at the casino cage or online at

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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., Jay Alexander; 6:30 p.m., Holy Freedom 4th of July Special 1-Hour Mix Tape America!.

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

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