David Wax Museum

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David Wax Museum

Radio Jarocho

Thu, November 29, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

David Wax Museum - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
David Wax Museum
This fall, with their two young children in tow, Mexo-Americana pioneers David Wax
Museum will embark on the “Electric Artifacts” tour – celebrating their 10th
anniversary as a band, and featuring their 1000th show.
The Electric Artifacts tour spans ten cities and explores the roots of David Wax
Museum. Beginning with a series of house shows in Washington, DC that feature duo
performances from David Wax & Suz Slezak, the tour explores many of the markets
that helped propel the band to the national stage over the past decade. With full band
shows, featuring a horn section, the tour winds its way from current hometown
Charlottesville, to their previous hometowns of Northampton and Boston, with stops
along the way in Baltimore, Thomas WV, Philadelphia, Saratoga Springs, and New York
City. The 1000th show of their career will be a secret show on September 22, at a
location to be announced.
The roots of David Wax Museum stretch back nearly a decade, and all the way from
New England to Mexico. As a student at Harvard, Wax began traveling south of the
border to study and immerse himself in the country's traditional music and culture.
Back in Boston, he met fiddler/singer Suz Slezak, whose love of traditional American
and Irish folk music fused with Wax's Mexo-Americana into a singular, energetic blend
that captivated audiences and critics alike. Their 2010 breakout performance at the
Newport Folk Festival made them the most talked-about band of the weekend, with
NPR hailing them as "pure, irresistible joy." They released a trio of albums that earned
escalating raves everywhere from SPIN and Entertainment Weekly (who described
them as sounding "like Andrew Bird with a Mexican folk bent") to the New York Times
and The Guardian (which dubbed the music "global crossover at its best"). They earned
an invitation to return to Newport, this time on the main stage, as well as dates
supporting The Avett Brothers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Buena Vista Social Club,
and more.
It was on the road over these past few years as the band and audiences grew, though,
that Wax could feel their exuberant live show evolving beyond its formative roots.
"I felt empowered to start the band because of my time in Mexico studying folk music,"
Wax explains. "In Boston, the term 'Americana' or 'folk' was just this catchall to
describe what everyone was doing. It was helpful to use that to talk about our music
at first, but we've found that our hearts feel most shaken, and the band fires on all
cylinders, when we're putting on a rock show. What we've tried to retain about our
folk origins is the warm sound of people playing acoustic instruments together in a
Radio Jarocho - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Radio Jarocho
Radio Jarocho plays son jarocho music fashioned after the towns, musicians, and swampy countryside that created it in Veracruz, Mexico. They also write their own songs inspired by this popular genre and tailor them with assorted influences, creating a contemporary repertoire that captures the spirit of the traditional style. The band championed son jarocho by performing over the past decade in dozens of concerts and fandangos in several cities, including New York, Washington DC, and Boston.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125