The husband-wife folk duo David Wax Museum are bringing their Mexican folk-influenced Americana pop to City Winery on Saturday, April 16 alongside fellow Americana-folk acts Darlingside and Haroula Rose. David Wax and his wife Suz Slezak have received high regards for their carefully researched approach to playing with traditional Mexican song and inserting it into contemporary Americana, resulting in a style they call “Mexo-Americana.” The pair have spent years studying Mexican folk music and have even traveled as cultural ambassadors, but their music is far from academic.
If you feel like getting your folk fix, we’re giving away a pair of tickets for this triple header, and if you aren’t so lucky to win a pair then they’ll run you $15-20. Read on to enter to win and to find out more about the lineup.
DAVID WAX MUSEUM
Wax and Slezak are the core members of David Wax Museum, supported by a rotating cast of musicians to achieve their unique Mexo-Americana sound. Both Wax and Slezak play offbeat, traditional Mexican instruments (including a percussion instrument called a quijada made from a donkey’s jawbone). Wax’s interest in Mexican music began during his graduate studies of son music in Veracruz. Their most recent record, 2015’s Guesthouse, features a title track that draws on several traditional Mexican folk songs for inspiration, and is a joking look at the musician’s constant concern of where to crash for the night.
Darlingside is an indie folk outfit from Cambridge, MA. The quartet takes their name from a bit of word play on the idea of “kill your darlings,” and plays experimental folk sans a drummer. They originally played as an indie rock band and some of their music still has remnants of that format, with their newest album 2015’s Birds Say using electric guitar fuzz and feedback in otherwise acoustic songs. But in the folk setup the members’ four voices and acoustic string instruments are the dominant force in Darlingside’s music.
Haroula Rose is a folk singer from Los Angeles who has had her music featured on a litany of TV shows and movies (she is also a filmmaker), where you might have heard her sweet, dark voice and alt country-influenced noir folk. Her latest record, Here the Blue River, just came out this month and you can check out the first single “Songbird” below. The record takes influence from Rose’s Greek heritage as well as her literary heroes — the title comes from the Ralph Waldo Emerson poem “The River.”
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 18+ to enter. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Thursday August 14, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
David Wax Museum, Darlingside, and Haroula Rose will perform April 16 at City Winery. The show is all ages, begins at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $15-$20.