Popular TikToker escorted from Dartmouth Mall

Jan 12, 2023

Attention shoppers: playing a saxophone through a traffic cone at the Dartmouth Mall is not allowed.

This was the lesson TikTok star and New York-based musician Wenzl McGowen learned after being escorted out of the mall on Friday, Jan. 6. 

The incident was recorded on a TikTok which currently sits at more than 900,000 views. McGowen, who goes by @trafficconesaxman, has 849,000 followers on the platform.

The video starts with McGowen performing outside the mall’s entrance near the J.C. Penny as a security guard tells him “you can’t play that here,” while the videographer responds that a different guard told them he could play outside.

McGowen then offered to give $100 to anyone who could make the guard dance as he proceeded to play his traffic cone sax. In a separate video, McGowan gave $100 to a young girl who showed off her own dance moves.

“Finally, someone took me up on my offer,” the post read.

Although a mall spokesperson could not be reached for comment, a police officer in the video said there was also an issue inside the mall in which mall security claimed McGowen was playing his saxophone inside the AMC movie theater.

According to the baritone saxophone player, he “was not playing in the movie theater.”

Some time later, Dartmouth police officers arrived on scene at the request of the mall. In the video, an officer told the musician that he would be charged with trespassing on private property if he refused to leave.

McGowen, who appeared on “America’s Got Talent” last year, Recently,  has been traveling around New England to play outside grocery stores such as the Market Basket in New Bedford. 

Though his Dartmouth experience was likely less than ideal, it did not appear to stop his journey as McGowen was seen the next day at a Chipotle in Providence.