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Wahoo Skiffle Crazies

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Balancing relevancy with absurdity, Wahoo Skiffle Crazies offer post-modern, time-traveling, Gonzo-Folk traditional jug band tunes, ragtime, protest songs, blues and Steampunk originals, influenced by the 60s folk revival and Depression Era Americana (both).

Midway through a set last summer at MUSIKFEST in Bethlehem, Penn., it started to pour. All plugs were pulled, speakers were covered, and all stages stopped activity – except the one on Main Street with the Wahoo Skiffle Crazies. They just played on, loud as they could, and invited the growing, poncho-wearing crowd to come closer and sing along.

The summer of 2008 was a seminal year for the Staten Island music/art scene. Debates about its significance raged throughout major New York City-based blogs and newspapers. The newly established ROCK THE HARBOR all-day music festival premiered on the Island in June. The festival drew more than a thousand and featured more than 30 local bands, including the Wahoos (who were followed by the world-famous headliners: The Budos Band).

Born in the middle of the last Bush Administration, the band cut its teeth on protest folk and busking around town with an arsenal of rags, rhymes, and blues. Last year, the band’s single, “Which Side Are You On,” (a reworking of the old Labor song into a political anthem) was featured on an album titled, “Jugs Across America!: A Modern Jug Band Compilation,” produced by Whiskey for Breakfast Records with creative and selective input from Jim Kweskin.

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