Smokey Motel local debut Saturday
Steven and Isaiah Carter's band Smokey Motel will perform its first Lawton show Saturday night with a set at the Mountain Boomer Tavern, 1320 NW Homestead Blvd. This is a total convergence of two cool new local things uniting for a great cause — post-Thanksgiving good times and great music.
The brothers Carter have been forging forward with honing this musical project over the past year. First from Davidson, they're Lawtonians now. But when they catch on, they're going to be a band of the world. Check out their latest sing; the acoustic version led off Thursday's Thanksgiving edition of the column's radio show: •Smokey Motel — "Young Forever" — https://youtu.be/iJGm5YYOYtc.
With a thoroughly modern sound that still would fit in the perfect late-80s or early 90s playlist on MTV's "120 Minutes," Smokey Motel makes unique music that's ready for today's airwaves.
Big plans are afoot, according to Steven Carter. Currently in the midst of a winter's hibernation and songwriting, he said that come spring, they're going to jump back into the studio to record a five song EP. Summer is gearing up to be busy with an East Coast tour in the planning stage.
"Until then we plan on playing more in Lawton and surrounding cities," Steven Carter said. "We’re also planning to put on an all ages show here in town in the spring, we might even make it an all day extravaganza full of local artists from our great state. We really want to use our platform that this town has blessed us with to give back and maybe get the kids into great local music."
Having come from a small town, he said it's not where you are that limits you, only self-imposed limitations. Once you lose limitations, vision becomes clear. The young singer/guitarist shared his vision.
"My long term vision is to start seeing kids start their own bands. We just really want to show them that nothing is impossible and that no matter where you come from you can do anything and be anyone you want."
It all begins here at home. Steven Carter said that he wants to always recognize and support "what a great community the local Oklahoma music scene is." The brotherly band is a fantastic example of the diverse best Oklahoma has to offer. You can follow them via the Smokey Motel Facebook page and other social media platforms.
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Mountain Boomer Tavern owner Travis Fogelstrom is opening things up this weekend to expand the venue's entertainment features. It's a good one. Kicking things off this weekend will be an 8 p.m. to midnight, very special show with DuPree that will feature keyboardist/singer Danny Cox's brother, saxophone master Michael Cox and another Cameron/Lawton High School alumni Kenny Osburn on trumpet.
An acclaimed saxophonist and educator Dr. Michael Cox released his latest album "Compassion" in April at the 5th Annual Mark Flugge Memorial Jazz Concert. The album was recorded in 2015 at Trading 8’s Studio in Paramus, N.J., with Gary Versace on piano and organ, Buster Williams on bass, and Matt Wilson on drums.
Check out this smooth jazz: •Michael Cox — "Compassion for All" — https://youtu.be/FmCORVivS3s.
A showcase of the Lawton native's renown talents, the album is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and all major digital and streaming outlets. There's a good shot you can get your hands on a hard copy and maybe even an autograph Friday night.
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Atlanta, Ga.-based Manchester Orchestra will bring their modern rock supersonics, along with opening artists the Front Bottoms, to Oklahoma City's Diamond Ballroom stage, 8001 S. Eastern, for a Thursday night concert. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show begins at 8 p.m. They're touring behind the late-July release "A Black Mile To The Surface" on Loma Vista Recordings. This quartet has been creating a literary as well as musical tradition with each release, most notably with 2014's "Cope." With the latest album, they're refined this mixture into something searing, both emotionally and sonically.
Check out a live performance of their latest single: •Manchester Orchestra — "The Gold" (Live) — https://youtu.be/BNXuuqSqz6k.
Tickets for the show are $27.99 and available: http://www.diamondballroom.net/. I'll bring back photos and more from the show.
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This week’s holiday edition of ”Today’s Best Soundemonium!” with Steve Carr, a.k.a. Steve-O, and the columnist took episode 101 into its "Mix Plate Gobblefest!" It was a local musical feast that countered all the turkey tryptophan that could be consumed: Smokey Motel, "Young Forever"; Cade Roth, "Ophelia"; Bryan Foster, "Jammin' in A"; Wes Brown, "Broken Memories"; Al Berry, "City of New Orleans"; Bannister Chaava, "I Shall Be Released." Thank you to all these terrific artists.
Jokey took a poultry pilgrimage of sorts with this week’s joke set-up. Here’s the punchline:
“Chickens celebrate Thanksgiving.”
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