In the past month or so, I have been making it a point to attend shows that I normally wouldn’t have on my day-to-day calendar. By going “outside my box,” I have discovered many new artists and venues, many of them have been right in front of me the entire time.
This week I attended Punk Rock Tuesday at The Drunken Fry, at 5100 N Classen Drive. The Drunken Fry is a remarkably small bar to have live music, but they do it anyway. They are known for their amazing fries, which come with an array of different dipping sauces, and their general-punk rock attitude combined with a friendly staff. Punk Rock Tuesday happens every Tuesday, an event that I wasn’t aware of until a local favorite of mine, “Your Mom”, told me to come on out.
The Fry took on the ambiance of a dive bar with one of the most high-energy crowds I have ever witnessed. The first band, Matt Jewett and the Rowdy Dow, pumped up punk fans for Chokehold Stab — an extremely loud (yet enjoyable) heavy punk band. The lead singer for Chokehold Stab banged his microphone against his forehead to the point of blood loss and kept on going.
Once Your Mom started its set, everything changed. Guys in leather jackets, cargo shorts, one in a business shirt and tie, all crowded the front row to get in the middle of lead singer Joel Simmons’ insane stage performance. He wears a dress, combat boots, and full make-up. He screams atrocities of the pains of being a server at a restaurant, expresses his hate for the 918, all while being anything but feminine. I decided to step out of my front-row spot around song three; barstools and beer were flying through the air at this point. As a lover of classic punk rock I really enjoyed Punk Rock Tuesdays, I will definitely be back. Follow The Drunken Fry on Twitter for show updates.
Noteworthy upcoming shows
September 12- Drag the River, Matt Jewett and the Rowdy Dow, Black Canyon at Blue Note Lounge, 2408 N Robinson
September 13- Samantha Crain at The Blue Door, 2805 N McKinley
September 13-Dead Sea Choir at Blackwatch Studios in Norman, 107 W. Comanche
September 15-Josh Qualls at The Oklahoma State Fair, 7pm-10pm
September 16-The Rich Hands, Cosmostanza, Corporate Ghost, The Shutdown Shutouts at Blue Note Lounge, 2408 N. Robinson
September 28-Samantha Crain, Ali Harter, Katie Hawkins, and Kierston White at The Bluebonnet Bar in Norman, Main Street and Porter.