'AGT' Season 17: Who is Wenzl McGowen? Saxophonist started Jazz band Moon Hooch

'AGT' Season 17: Who is Wenzl McGowen? Saxophonist started Jazz band Moon Hooch
Wenzl McGowen on 'America's Got Talent' (Trae Patton, NBC)

One thing is for certain, the 'America's Got Talent' stage opens its doors to everyone and anyone. This season has seen some well-known acts make their way to the show, such as XOMG Pop and ACAPOP! KIDS, both of which are recognized music acts. And now, it looks like there might be one more famous face joining in, Wenzl McGowen of Moon Hooch!

There has certainly been some interesting music acts so far, such as Mia Morris, a one-woman band who used a loop pedal and Avery Dixon, whose saxophone performance earned him a golden buzzer. Now, it is time for Wenzl McGowen to show the judges and audience what he has to offer.

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Who is Wenzl McGowen

As per SYOS, Wenzl McGowen is a multi-instrumentalist and a member of the band Moon Hooch. He was born in Spain and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He studied philosophy and music at The New School in New York City. McGowan has also authored two books, 'The Sequence of Latent Truths: Exploring Mystical Experiences Without Dogma' and 'The End of Fear'. 


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Who are the Moon Hooch?

The Moon Hooch is a band is known for its percussion and saxophone-based music. The band includes Michael Wilbur, James Muschler and McGowen, all of whom met while attending The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. In 2013, the band's self-titled debut album peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart, while their second album 'This Is Cave Music' bagged number 5 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. McGowen plays the tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, contrabass clarinet, EWI and synthesizers.

In a conversation with DMNDR, McGowen spoke about what it is like to be a part of a band. "I think it is hard; you live and work together, your work is your life, your passion is your work. But I think a band is a simpler organizational model than most organizations in society. Because in society you go to work, and you have a boss or you are the boss, and there is a hierarchical structure. Where as I feel like a band often falls into a tribe kind of organization, and your band members become members of your tribe," he said. "Each person is more connected on a really really deep level; I feel like you’re still really foreign from somebody unless you literally spend every day together, working together and collaborating. Some deep emotional stuff comes to the surface that you might have not looked at in a long time, or might not have even known was there. And then there is a lot of opportunity for growth, and it’s necessary to be willing to do that; to look at yourself and humble yourself and experience intense emotions, and to express them and forgive yourself and forgive your bandmates and go through that over and over again. You work through your differences and grow yourself." he added. 

However, for his 'AGT' performance, McGowen will be taking to the stage alone as a solo act. 


'America's Got Talent' airs on Tuesdays at 8 pm on NBC. For viewers who wish to tune in to the show without cable, they can do so using any of the following streaming services: Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, AT&T TV or YouTube TV. 

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