A friend just turned me on to the band, David Wax Museum, today and I immediately fell in love with them and their eclectic sound. My favorite music is mutt-like, like me, a consummately American mix of different cultures forming something smarter,cooler, stronger and more beautiful than any thoroughbred and this band personifies that concept. With a “Mexo-Americano” sound they fit my current mood for music. You bet I will venturing out to the Southern to hear them tonight. Details tomorrow.
Here is the 411 on tonights performance and a little about the band taken from The Southern’s website (edited):
David Wax Museum
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Doors at 7:00pm/Show at 8:00pm
Standing Show – Limited Seating Available
When future music historians look back at the strong currents circulating between the Americas in the 21st century, they will find Los Lobos, Calexico, and a charismatic, lanky Missourian singing tight harmony with a Southern belle rattling the jawbone of a donkey. David Wax and Suz Slezak form the artistic core of the David Wax Museum, and together with multi-instrumentalist Greg Glassman, fuse traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create a Mexo-Americana aesthetic. Combining Latin rhythms, infectious melodies, and call-and-response hollering, DWM was hailed by TIME for its “virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies” and has built a reputation among concertgoers all over the U.S, Canada, Europe and China for “kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high-energy border-crossing sensibility” (The New Yorker). With the release of Knock Knock Get Up (September 2012), David Wax Museum has reached a level of cross-cultural integration and musical fluency that allows them to speak electrifying and heartfelt poetry with a tongue that is wholly their own.
David Wax Museum’s eclectic sound has deep roots in Mexican and American soil. On several trips south of the border, including a yearlong Harvard fellowship, David Wax has immersed himself in the country’s rich traditional music culture, son mexicano, learning from the form’s living masters. Suz Slezak was homeschooled by her father on a small farm in rural Virginia, and reared on music – old time, Irish, classical, and folk. The two met in 2007 and began blending their unique musical perspectives to form the band.
“One infectious band.” -Bob Boilen, NPR All Songs Considered
“The Museum creates a joyful Mexo-Americana fusion, with virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies.”
“Pure, irresistible joy.”
– NPR Music, Tiny Desk Concert
“David Wax Museum kicks up a cloud of excitement with its high-energy border-crossing sensibility.”
– New Yorker
“A band that joyfully celebrates and preserves the heart of Americana music, David Wax Museum has quickly warmed the ears of thousands.”
– David Dye, World Café
– The Boston Globe