The David Wax Museum band put on a lively performance at Flatbread Wednesday night. The musical fireworks provided a fitting way to kick off the Fourth of July celebration on Martha’s Vineyard.
The band’s self-described fusion of traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock kept the crowd dancing through the night to rhythms that inspired members of the audience to break out the tango and samba dance moves.
The band members showed their virtuosity with a wide array of instruments that included a Mexican style guitar, the accordion, a Cajun drum box and a donkey’s jawbone. Tunes included older hits, as well as singles from their newest album Knock Knock Get Up.
The band’s versatility was on display when they sang several tunes in Spanish. In addition to their musical and language skills, the band members are plenty entertaining.
In one number, Wax Museum bassist Greg Glassman leapt off the stage and joined in the fun with a kind of Irish jig. But it was band leader David Wax, festooned in a fedora, and his counterpart Suz Slezak, standing barefoot on stage, who stole the show with their spot-on harmonies.
The evening began with an “In the Round” performance that featured local singer/songwriters Jason Nichols, Alex Karalekas and cousins Alysse Fischer and Lydia Fischer.