OKC's hangover in waiting
Performing Every Tuesday night at Mojo's Blues Club
@ 9ish - close, no cover!
1 East California Ave, 73104
(on the NW corner of the canal in Bricktown)
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Timmy Braun, drums
"No one knows what lurks in his mind or what he's plotting but one thing is for sure, If you give him a pair of drumsticks, he'll beat on just about anything." -Jimmy Lawrence, Drum Tech, Sums Timmy up quite nicely, but what else can we say? Timmy is a drummer with metal at the core- characterized by lightning quick fills, and timely grooves that will get everyone moving to the beat. He is one of the most sought-after drummers around, performing with hard rock and metal bands; Anti Mortem and Trainwreck. Timmy enjoys the chance to flex his musical muscles with Punky, ''I like the freedom of the blues- a song can start one place and end up somewhere else entirely... it's just like that one time in Wichita... [laughs] and basically that's Punky Bluester”
Matt Kemp, guitar/vocals
It has been said that when Matt Leads a song, "He's like Jim Morrison, [of the Doors] but with a guitar." It's a fair comparison. Kemp likes each song to be thoughtfully arranged, but with a healthy dose of improvisation for a sort of controlled chaos. Songs often just materialize when Kemp is onstage because he's fearlessly improvisatory. Sometimes he will subtly reference motifs across different songs, and other times, he'll go straight through from one tune to another without ever stopping, and with little-to-no-warning for his bandmates. "it keeps things interesting. I like to make sure my rhythm section stays on their toes" says Matt, who is the bands lead songwriter, guitarist, and singer. His witty sarcasm can be so dry, people sometimes wonder if he's talking seriously, but the on-stage banter with bandmates and audience members keeps the energy relaxed and fun. in his own words, 'if you're not having a good time, it's your own fault.' Tru dat.
Roy Midkiff, bass guitar
Originally from Texarkanna, TX, Roy Midkiff has paid his dues on the road and on the club stages. SImply put, Roy is the shit!
I mean, this guy has played with everyone, and he's had more close calls with fame and stardom than can be mentioned here. But if you come to a performance, he will be glad to personally tell you all about each one during break. The important thing to remember, primarily is that while typically underemphasized, the bassist is the most important member of the group. The bass is the glue that holds the harmony to the backbeat, it validates everything happening harmonically above each note. Bass playing is not for suckers! Roy's ear, timing, and instinct for the groove are simply unmatched. He knows how to 'find the holes' and lock in with the drums to create a foundational rhythm that brings each song to life! He gives the music a beating heart that is endearing to every audience & Punky is enhanced by his presence. He's also a favorite of the female fans, and is always chatting and mingling with the crowd in between sets.
Jon O'Neal, guitar/vocals.
Joining the group in late September of 2021, Jon O’Neal is a man of few words…he lets the music do the talking for him. With a unique ability to draw the audience in, Jon is known for his soulful voice and his ability to perform a diverse range of music styles. To top it all off, his guitar playing is stellar, drawing influences from early Rock n Roll to heavy metal and beyond. He's a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and according to Kemp he is, 'probably the best singer in the group.' So one must ask, what is he doing here with Punky? "Dont get into a game of high stakes Farkle with Matt. just, dont." is Jon's only explanation. Which goes to show, that you can take the punk out of the gutter, but you can't take the gutter from the Punk. We're glad he's on board.