David Wax Museum

David Wax Museum

Rusty Belle, Up the Chain

Apr 26 2014 · Sat

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

$14 Advance / $18 Day of Show / $30 VIP

This event is 21 and over

David Wax Museum
David Wax Museum
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.

Knock Knock Get Up is a fiercely original, rhythmically undeniable love letter to the Museum's growing global audience. It's peppered with field recordings and natural sounds from the city of Santiago, Tuxtla in the Mexican state of Veracruz. From deep in sun-drenched southern Mexico where most of the album's songs were conceived, the earliest version of Knock Knock Get Up travelled all the way to the frozen winter landscape of the Great North Sound Society in southern Maine. The album is the band's second made in collaboration with producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter), and was recorded in a month-long marathon at Kassirer's rustic farmhouse studio in January 2012. The Wax Museum's fourth LP is a mature and playful evolution of the band's sound: classical Mexican strumming patterns are translated onto electric guitars sporting halos of fuzz; the leona, a deep-voiced traditional Mexican guitar plays licks like an old-time, stand-up bass; and the track "Vivian" was first written as a bluegrass hoedown before it grew a Caribbean inspired accordion hook and a Brazilian drum part in the studio. With an expanded musical palate of autoharps, organs and mariachi trumpet loops, Knock Knock Get Up is gritty, intoxicating and vibrantly lush.
Rusty Belle
Rusty Belle
Rusty Belle has a curious habit of coaxing very different, even huge sounds out of a relatively small stable of acoustic instruments. Some tunes offer harmonies reminiscent of '60s folk, others country blues, and still others a plaintive, swinging melancholy.

Matt Lorenz, Kate Lorenz and Zak Trojano harmonize with intuitive strength while laying down a percussive layer of junk drums, classical and electric guitars and an odd array of melodic instruments. Expect to hear anything from a whiskey lullaby or a tiny tango to a rock anthem or a smoky blues.

Poignant, honest lyrics with a rustic, dusty feel. Rusty Belle is unpredictable, original and raw. It is a convergence of styles. Not a knew genre, but a fresh approach.
Up the Chain
Up the Chain
Up the Chain is the creation of Philadelphia-based writer/front man Reed Kendall. Having recorded original music since before his voice dropped, Reed’s songwriting has grown to capture a pleasant balance of catchiness and substance, reminiscent of Ryan Adams and Paul Simon. Mixed with the engaging high energy of the live show, Up the Chain is a spirited young project bound for a lengthy career.

Performing solo, as an acoustic duo/trio or as a full band, UTC have toured the East Coast extensively since the release of their 2011 debut (Holy, Open, Drying Road), growing their fan base one sincere live performance at a time. A new full-length album (Seeds & Thorns) was produced by Bill Moriarty (Dr Dog) and is set for a late fall release.

Seeds & Thorns has the production of a full band while staying true to how the songs were conceived, simply on piano or guitar.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003
http://www.ardmoremusic.com