The following is reposted from October 2010:
My first introduction to The David Wax Museum was at the inaugural Kitchen Session back in March. I still remember showing up on that rainy Spring night knowing literally nothing about the band and leaving later in the night, CDs in hand, a fan. A polite golf clap turned into raucous applause over the course of the night as David Wax, Suz Slezak, Jiro Kokubu and Jordan Wax played an energetic set of Mexican-infused folk songs.
Over the last six-plus months I've had the chance to see the band win over larger and larger audiences in the same way they did a small living room that night. First it was the tiny Lizard Lounge and Club Passim, later it was the mighty Newport Folk Festival - in all cases the band's enthusiasm brought the crowds to their feet as they sang and danced along.
Since Newport 2010, the band has continued to play big and prestigious stages - from NPR's Mountain Stage to Bob Boilen's famous desk, released one of the best albums of 2011 so far, has continued to tour the country tirelessly, and has shared the stage with Josh Ritter, Will Oldham, Bela Fleck, Andrew Bird and more. They return to Newport again this year, the site of their biggest triumph and the show that thrust them into the national spotlight to open the main stage on Sunday.
Listen to the band's set from the Paradise in October 2010, opening for fellow Newport 2011 band Carolina Chocolate Drops. The set was a mix of songs from their last LP Carpenter Bird, and songs from their upcoming album Everything Is Saved. The full set is available for stream/download below in fantastic sound - a pristine matrix of soundboard and audience recording.
The David Wax Museum
Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
October 16, 2010