Carter: To Rage or to rage not

To Rage and to rage not

Richard Carter

Marcus spinning at Toby's Saturday

People dancing to Marcus's spinning

Last week I was bumming around on a Saturday night and went to The Spot for music, and there was none. In fact, it was unnaturally quiet for a Saturday night at the Spot, and then someone said that DJ Markus McGee was spinning at Toby’s. And then someone else said that members of his band, Dr. Philgood, were also playing with him, and I thought that was even more promising.

But since it’s summer–and everyone is at the lake or somewhere that is not Wichita Falls—I figured it would be could also be a quiet ambient set with some folky sort of stuff or what not.

That was not even the case. I got to the patio, where they were all set up, and it was already pretty crowded and Steve-O was setting up the drum set, and Marcus was looking animated. So, I noticed a number of people that I normally see out that wouldn’t be caught dead at something too quiet, and that’s when I realized I was about to witness my first Wichita Falls rager—at least since I was young enough to attend those sort of things without an ironic grin on my face.

So, anywho it started and people got to dancing really fast and all crazy like, and people were slamming drinks and it was loud and Chris Roberson was standing on a chair rapping (alternating with Phil Good) and Mile Daly was helping Marcus grab vinyl and stuff to spin, while Steve-O was hitting the drums. Not that you could really hear the drums or see very much over the flying and falling bodies on the floor.

I was off to the side on the benches underneath the wall, and that was probably one of the safer spots to be.  So, while I didn’t hear anything musically that I had not heard before, I did enjoy myself even thought I did not attempt a dance. The cool thing for me is how everyone was sort of putting together live and recorded music, with more of an emphasis on the recorded (which is kind of the opposite when Marcus spins for Dr. Philgood).

Then, almost a week later this last Saturday I went by 8th Street Coffee Shop and saw Phil, Steve-O and Chris of Dr. Philgood playing some much softer folk-ish stuff that they’ve been jamming lately. Steve said they’ve been playing a lot since they got their new in-ear monitors, which are helping with harmonies and melodies. Chris said they really help with vocals, as well. It’s a softer side of Philgood but no less tasty.

I didn’t know about the all-day show at the coffee shop that had started that noon and went though the evening. I suspect it was meant to compliment the watermelon festival just down the street at the Farmer’s Market. I wished I would’ve gotten to see Cody Magana and James Ogden play from 3:45 for an hour or so. I understand that Ogden was also playing at the Office that Saturday night with the Blue Light Special band. It should be a fun band.

Finally, I can say that Cody Shaw and his father Ben have reformed their old country band Cody Shaw and the Rhythm Boys and are playing their first show Saturday tonight in Oklahoma. Congrats to them and best of luck. Lot of talent there and they do play old school country well.

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