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David Wax Museum

Thursday, March 7, 2013
  8–9:30 p.m.

Location: Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main Street, Riverside, CA, 92501
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Category: Concert


David Wax Museum’s high-energy sound tests the boundaries of easy categorization. Singer and guitarist David Wax and bandmate Suz Slezak (vocals and violin) have cultivated a Mexo-American aesthetic by fusing their knowledge of Mexican folk music with American roots and indie rock. The two crafted their unique sound in and around Boston clubs and in rural Veracruz, Mexico when Wax received a graduate fellowship to study regional musical styles including son jarocho. Slezak, who sings lead, also takes turns playing a fiddle and a traditional Mexican instrument called a guijada, which is fashioned from the jawbone of a donkey. The result is an irrepressible combination of harmonies, Mexican rhythms, and rootsy sound that has become an artistic triumph, earning the duo a spot at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival and the 2010 Boston Music Award for Best Americana Artist.

David Wax Museum will perform a free concert at the Culver Center on Thursday, March 7th, at 8pm after participating in a CHASS Annual Theme discussion of Happiness and Music and a visit to Professor Jonathan Ritter’s Intro to World Music class. David Wax Museum’s visit is part of the CHASS Annual Theme: Happiness.

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.

Additional Information:

Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Cultural Events

Contact Information:
Denise Stadelbacher