Pearl Street Warehouse Presents
Concert in The Blind with David Wax Museum, Lowland Hum
Tue · May 15, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:15 pmPearl Street Warehouse
This event is 21 and over
A blindfolded concert experience.
Come enjoy a one-of-a-kind musical event that will delight your senses. In an effort to enhance, inform & challenge the way you listen to live music, David Wax Museum and Lowland Hum will be performing in the round and in the dark. Upon entering the venue, you will be given a blindfold. When the show starts you will experience a concert with heightened aural perception and no visual or technological distractions.. For the next 75 minutes, you will experience a concert with heightened aural perception and no visual or technological distractions.
This is a seated show.
Seating is first come first serve
All tables are meant to be sharedhttps://www.pearlstreetwarehouse.com/event/1678017/
Come enjoy a one-of-a-kind musical event that will delight your senses. In an effort to enhance, inform & challenge the way you listen to live music, David Wax Museum and Lowland Hum will be performing in the round and in the dark. Upon entering the venue, you will be given a blindfold and led to your seat by an usher. For the next 75 minutes, you will experience a concert with heightened aural perception and no visual or technological distractions. Both bands are husband-and-wife duos from Charlottesville, Virginia who tour internationally and have appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Each tour stop includes one local musical guest.
What audience members have said about the experience:
"...intimate, intriguing, spiritual and uplifting."
"It was a truly unique and wonderful experience... heightened the senses, loved it!"
"Very freeing... meditative... An introvert's dream."
SHOULD I BRING ANYTHING?
We'll provide the blindfolds, but if you'd be more comfortable with your own scarf or bandana, feel free to bring it.
HOW LONG WILL I BE BLINDFOLDED?
The concert typically last 60-75 minutes, but former audience members have said the concert goes by in a flash!
WHAT IF I GET NERVOUS?
Feel free to remove your blindfold if it is causing anxiety. We're trying to enhance your experience of the music not give you heartburn.
WHAT ABOUT USING THE BATHROOM?
You may remove your blindfold and find your way to the bathroom during the performance if necessary.
Those stakes are what lie at the heart of David Wax Museum’s fourth and boldest studio album to date, Guesthouse (to be released October 16 on Thirty Tigers). It’s the sound of a band reconciling the accountability of marriage and parenthood with the uncertainty and challenges of life on the road; of coming to terms with the limitations of the “folk” tag that launched their career and pushing past it into uncharted musical territory; of reimagining their entire approach in the studio to capture the magic and the bliss of their live show. In typical David Wax Museum fashion, the songs on Guesthouse are simplistic and sophisticated, elegant and plainspoken all at once. Rather than succumbing to the weight of the newfound responsibilities that landed on their doorstep, the band has leaned into the challenges to capture a brilliant portrait of the messy beauty of it all.
The roots of David Wax Museum stretch back nearly 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. 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, and more.
It was on the road over these past few years as the band and audiences grew, though, that Wax could feel their exuberant live show evolving beyond its formative roots.
“I felt empowered to start the band because of my time in Mexico studying folk music,” Wax explains. “In Boston, the term ‘Americana’ or ‘folk’ was just this catchall to describe what everyone was doing. It was helpful to use that to talk about our music at first, but we’ve found that our hearts feel most shaken, and the band fires on all cylinders, when we’re putting on a rock show. What we’ve tried to retain about our folk origins is the warm sound of people playing acoustic instruments together in a room. But, by embracing more of an indie rock approach, we’ve colored this record with synthesizers, layers of percussion, and adventurous sonic processing. The mental shift of it helped us feel like we could do anything we wanted. There were no rules that we had to follow in terms of what was ‘authentic.'”
Part of the inspiration for the shift was the presence of guitarist and producer Josh Kaufman, who sat in with the band on tour and added new sounds and textures that the they’d never experimented with before. When it came time to record Guesthouse, the band knew he had to helm it in the studio.
“The songs entered this Technicolor, 3D world with Josh,” explains Wax. “Aside from his contributions to the arrangements, he really wanted us all to be in a room playing the music together live so that the groove would be central. We brought in two other drummers, and there was a real focus on having as much percussion happening at the same time as possible. We gravitate towards that naturally because of the Mexican influences, all of the syncopations and 6/8 dance rhythms and the energy that that gives us, but we really embraced it this time around.”
Daniel and Lauren are a prolific, two-person creative factory basing their operation in Charlottesville, Virginia. They write, arrange and produce all of their own music, and have honed a cohesive design aesthetic to match the hushed simplicity of their sound.
The duo's beginning starts with Daniel, a songwriter, performer and producer from North Carolina. Daniel and Lauren’s creative worlds first collided one hot, Greensboro summer in 2010 when Daniel asked Lauren to design the album art for a solo record he was working on. Having once heard Lauren singing to herself at a party, he eventually
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