This indie band fuses Mexican folk and Americana to create a high energy, rhythmic sound. They were a real hit at the past two Newport Folk Festivals and were named one of the top ten acts at the SXSW music festival by Time magazine. You hear them on WFUV. Come see them live at RPL. Tickets available at the library, by mail order (enclose s.a.s.e.) or online at www.ringwoodlibrary.org/newlegacy
"You gotta love a band whose signature instrument is the jawbone of an ass. A few songs into a set by Boston-based the David Wax Museum at an SXSW party, Suz Slezak, the player of said jawbone (an Afro-Peruvian instrument called a quijada) and the band's fiddler-vocalist, asked the audience to form a circle. The band members — including a guest accordion player — unplugged their instruments, walked down from the stage and sang a gospel number among the crowd. A hush fell over the bar as partygoers discovered what was going on and bent their ears to listen. This is something the band has done at other shows, but at SXSW, where there are amplifiers blaring every 10 yards, it seemed refreshingly spontaneous and awfully sweet.
The rest of the (amplified) set showed why David Wax and his Americana band have been getting so much attention lately. The Harvard-educated bandleader spent a lot of time in Mexico, and studied its traditional music on a fellowship. Combining son Mexicano with American folk, the Museum creates a joyful Mexo-Americana fusion, with virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies." Time Magazine