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Oak Harbor Hootenanny draws whoops and hollers

Clay Richardson, left, and Brendan Bristow show off their muscles during a dance routine put on by this year’s boys cross country team. The boys wore t-shirts with their phone numbers written on the backs before ripping them off and throwing them to adoring girls in the crowd. - Katie McVicker/Whidbey News-Times
Clay Richardson, left, and Brendan Bristow show off their muscles during a dance routine put on by this year’s boys cross country team. The boys wore t-shirts with their phone numbers written on the backs before ripping them off and throwing them to adoring girls in the crowd.
— image credit: Katie McVicker/Whidbey News-Times

Performing screamo music requires channeling a lion’s roar or a dog’s bark. Tacky pickup lines are a go-to dating ritual for redheads. And there are still American teenagers who aren’t on Facebook. Is there anything you can’t learn at Oak Harbor High School?

This year’s fall Hootenanny was held last Tuesday, and attendance was far from scarce. A long line of chilly family members and friends trailed along the high school parking lot before the talent show which contained 24 acts and nine emcee skits.

The nearly three-hour program included many acoustic musicians, dancers, singers and one comedian.

Some students took their performances seriously, like pianist and singer Maddie Sanchez.

“I’d like to dedicate this song to my friends and family, especially my best friend who’s now my special someone,” she said before playing “Starry Night” by Jian C.

Other students aimed to get a laugh out of the audience rather than to move them. “Bob the Scar,” a half easy listening, half screamo band made up of seniors David DeGuzman, Geoff Worley and Maric Sobreo, had the audience highly entertained and perhaps a little confused. While the boys’ song opened with a peaceful melody about sunshine and rain, it quickly turned into a whole lot of yelling.

“If you do it correctly, it doesn’t hurt,” Sobreo said about the constant vocal strain. “It’s like a lion. Does a lion’s roar hurt its vocals? I don’t think so.”

The boys were the only group to compose a completely original song for the show. They said the unique music choices came from a division in taste.

“We like metal, but David’s really good at playing acoustic guitar,” Worley said.

“I’m the happy part,” DeGuzman added.

Senior Josh Servania also performed with a band called 34th Recovery. His group did a cover of Daughtry’s and only rehearsed four times before the show.

“The singer decided to perform and we wanted to help him out,” Servania said.

There were a few Hootenanny dress rehearsals before the performance this week. A large crew of Oak Harbor students worked to put on the production creating emcee skits and controlling the stage lighting.

“I thought the show went pretty decently,” emcee Robert Beadles said. “All the acts did what they needed to do and the emcee skits went better than planned.”

The Hootenanny raised about $3,100 for the Associated Student Body. According to ASB advisor Ryan Lipstein, 460 tickets were sold and about 550 people were in attendance; children were admitted free.

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