Pure, irresistible joy
— Bob Boilen, NPR Music

The roots of David Wax Museum stretch back over 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 (Bob Boilen of NPR Music hailed their live performance as "pure, irresistible joy"). 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"). They earned an invitation to return to Newport, this time on the main stage, as well as dates supporting The Avett Brothers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Buena Vista Social Club, Guster, Los Lobos, and more.

Photograph by Brandon Bishop


Press Quotes

NPR Music - “This is one infectious band.”

The Guardian - “Global crossover at its best…This could be the unexpected hit of the summer.”

Time Magazine - “Joyful Mexo-Americana fusion, with virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies.”

New York Times interview

The Huffington Post - “The best band you might not know.”

Paste Magazine - “The breakout act of Newport Folk Fest.”

Entertainment Weekly - “…like Andrew Bird, with a Mexican folk bent and a couple of dashes of Magnetic Fields and Wilco-ishness.”

World Cafe - “A band that joyfully celebrates and preserves the heart of Americana music.”

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