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‘Wahoo-ing’ downtown for First Friday

Noah Manskar March 22, 2014 Entertainment No Comments
Senior Erika Nininger sings and plays the keyboard.
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Music from Ohio Wesleyan student band Wahoo Sam Crawford flared through Endangered Species as a supplement to Delaware’s First Friday of March festivities.

The downtown Delaware record store, owned by Patrick Bailey, has hosted performances in its locale for the past 33 years.

University students and other Delaware residents drifted in and out of the store listening to the band and browsing Bailey’s record selection last Friday, March 7.

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“Bridging the gap between school and town since we first stumbled into Pat’s musical wonderland, Wahoo Sam Crawford is finally going to be performing at Pat’s,” Wahoo Sam Crawford wrote on their Facebook event page.

Three OWU seniors, Erika Nininger, Michael Cormier and Sam Sonnega, and junior Connor Stout comprise Wahoo Sam Crawford.  All members contribute to the band’s vocals, while Nininger plays the keyboard, Cormier on drums, Sonnega plays both guitar and keyboard and Stout tackles the bass.

“Mike (Michael), Sam and Erika are a year older than me, so they played together during their freshman year,” Stout said.

“I first started to play with them after Thanksgiving break of my freshman year, so over two years ago.”

Stout describes their music style as “indie/folk rock with a definite jam edge.”

The band began their set around 6:45 p.m. and played until about 9 p.m. with a small intermission in between. They mixed traditional songs with newer and instrumental pieces.

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The audience formed a semicircle around the back of the store where the band was set up to play, and diligently listened. Fans, families and friends of the band even requested songs throughout the show.

Delaware resident Sarah Accountius has seen Wahoo perform multiple times and said, “They are usually pretty funky.”

Bailey said that he has a good relationship with the band and they also bring business into his store.

“They’re the four out of 2,000 students that shop here,” Bailey said.

Throughout the performance members of the audience strolled through the aisles of records, while listening to the band.

“I thought it was a nice show, it’s great whenever anyone comes to see our music,” Stout said.

“Even if it was just one person, as long as we could make them smile at some point.”

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Noah Manskar is a senior double-majoring in journalism and pre-law studies with minors in women's and gender studies and English. He's the moderator of the House of Peace and Justice, historian for Sisters United, a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and a member of the Owtsiders, OWU's co-ed a cappella group. He's also an avid skateboarder.

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