The David Wax Museum warms up Joe’s Pub

The David Wax Museum – Joe’s Pub – February 9th

Due largely to their intimate house shows and recent coverage on NPR Music (see the video below), The David Wax Museum played to a sold-out crowd last night at Joe’s Pub.

Before the group even made it to the stage, the audience was feeling the love – so much love, in fact, that one man actually jumped up on the empty stage and proposed to his girlfriend. (She said yes.) I’ve always been wary of overly-public proposals, but if it works for them, well alright.

The David Was Museum is just two people at its core (David Wax and Suz Slezak), but seven well-dressed musicians walked onstage for the first song, including a horn section. With their huge smiles and intense energy, Slezak and Wax are a magnetic force on stage.

The David Wax Museum performing at Newport Folk Festival (Photo Jess Hodge)

Apparently, NPR recently dubbed them as “cheerfully aggressive,” a descriptor they weren’t necessarily thrilled with, but it’s not hard to see where the phrase came from. They make the kind of earnest music you might expect to hear on a back porch, deep in the mountains: hearty, impassioned, and yes, a bit rough around the edges at times. But that’s the beauty of it. Sometimes lyrics just need to be hollered and mics, discarded.

Mid set, Wax decided to change things up a bit. He welcomed three members of the band Radio Jarocho to join them for a couple of Mexican-style folk songs, and everyone unplugged their instruments, hopped off the stage, and marched to the back of the room. It was all quite charming.

Radio Jarocho (Photo Sergio R. Reyes)

The David Wax Museum’s latest album, Carpenter Bird, just dropped on Tuesday.
But to get the full flavor of their music, be sure to check them out live.

Hear one of the two songs performed with Radio Jarocha:

Check out The David Wax Museum’s Tiny Desk show at NPR:


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