First/Last-David Wax Museum

February 1, 2013

David Wax Museum Club Cafe
Saturday, February 2, 2013 Southside

“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.”

Check out the band at it’s official Website, Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes. They are performing tomorrow night at Club Cafe in support of their latest release, “Knock Knock Get Up” opening for Tift Merritt. My thanks to David Wax himself for taking a few minutes to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • “Totally Krossed Out” by Kris Kross.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Calexico’s new record “Algiers”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Paul Simon’s “Graceland”.
  • First concert attended?
  • James Taylor at the Hearnes Auditorium in Columbia, Missouri.
  • Last concert?
  • Rusty Belle at First Night Northampton.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Wilco at the Blue Note in Columbia, Missouri. They had just released “Being There”. I was in high school, and it was a school night.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • We love Pittsburgh. Suz’s family is from Johnstown, PA and many of them have ended up in Pittsburgh, so it’s usually a big family reunion whenever we play in Pittsburgh. I personally think Pittsburgh is one of the most underrated cities in America.

Thanks, David. I caught the tail end of that ‘Being There’ tour myself, back when I thought the band was at their peak.