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Woo Woopalooza Mashup – 7 Bands In 4 Minutes

WELLFLEET – On Friday night, the Outer Cape musician community came together at the Wellfleet Beachcomber to raise money for one of their own, guitarist Steve Wood, who is battling cancer. They called the event “Woo Woopalooza.”

It was, as we heard more than one person say, “the best night of the summer.”

These musicians are some of our favorite people in the world. Frankly, we continue to remain in awe that four or so people can pick up these things they call “instruments” and bang around on them together and create such joy. There is nothing more fun than watching people who know how to do this actually having fun doing it.

And when you add in the obvious overwhelming feeling of love for Wood, and it seemed, for each other, Woopalooza took on something of a Woodstock feel.



And it was efficient too. The changeover from band to band was the smoothest we’ve ever seen at an event like this. It probably helped that guitarist Mark Usher and drummer Sam Wood played in more than half the bands.

Seven bands played about 25 minutes each – The Ticks, The Flakes, Sara Swain & The Oh Boys!, The Spampinato Brothers, Sal Baglio & The Woodpeckers (featuring Steve Wood), The Inscrutable Casuals, and The Catbirds.

We randomly captured a snippet of each band and mashed it together into a quick trip through the evening.

Also from Woo Woopalooza, see The Catbirds; Steve Wood Original, “I Want It”


If you would like to help Steve Wood, here is his Gofundme page.


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– If you like Cape Cod music, here is a story that Cape Cod Wave did on the Cape Cod original music scene. We interviewed 20 musicians, four club owners, and two radio deejays – Cape Cod Music And The Joy Of Being Originally Alive

And here is a link to our growing collection of local music stories and videos –  MUSIC


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Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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