× David Wax Museum take their Mexo-Americana to NL in November

David Wax Museum take their Mexo-Americana to NL in November


Next week, with their two young children in tow, Mexo-Americana pioneers David Wax Museum will embark on a short stroll of Dutch shows.

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"). 

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

01-NOV: Rotterdam (NL) @ Rotown *
02-NOV: Deventer (NL) @ Burgerweeshuis * 
03-NOV: Groningen (NL) @ Take Root Pre *
08-NOV: Utrecht (NL) @ De Helling ^
10-NOV: Eindhoven (NL) @ Café Wilhelmina %
12-NOV: Edam (NL) @ A Walk About Music %

* = w/ Hackensaw Boys
^ = w/ The Paladins
% = w/ Matthew Logan Vasquez