Photos: Sammy Rae & The Friends play Halloween show at the Granada

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Hundreds of Lawrencians showed up in costumes to see Sammy Rae & The Friends play Monday night at the Granada.

The seven-member band, fronted by Samantha Bowers — aka Sammy Rae — all dressed up as characters from Scooby Doo.

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Bowers, 28, was born in Derby, Connecticut. She began performing in her local theater at the age of 7, and by 12, she was writing her own songs.

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Max Zooi, a 30-year-old originally from Los Angeles, plays tenor saxophone.

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Erin Cangelose, a 23-year-old KU graduate student from Olathe, dressed as Sammy Rae. This was her third time seeing Sammy Rae & The Friends perform.

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Kellon Reese plays alto saxophone.

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Reese, Zooi, James Quinlan (bass), Debbie Tjong (keys and background music), Will Leet (guitarist) and C-bass Chiriboga (drums) make up “The Friends.”

The band’s “If It All Goes South” tour began in Philadelphia on Oct. 13 and will conclude on Feb. 4 in the U.K. They’ve sold out upcoming shows in San Francisco, Seattle, London, Manchester and beyond.


Sammy Rae’s advice to her listeners… bbeauthenticbbeyourselfssammyraessammyraeandthefriendslloveyourselfllawrenceKShhalloweenscoobydoo #lovewins

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Chloe Anderson (she/her) contributed to The Lawrence Times from August 2022 through May 2023. She is also published in Climbing magazine, Kansas Reflector and Sharp End Publishing. As a recent graduate of the University of Kansas, Chloe plans to continue her career in photography, rock climbing and writing somewhere out West.

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