#1. David Wax Museum
Hang out with me through my shift today and you’ll get treated to another live session at 2pm; this time with David Wax Museum. They’re in town for a performance at Shank Hall in support of their latest, 2015’s Guesthouse. To me, David Wax and Suz Slezak, the married couple who form David Wax Museum, are a pair of traveling musicologists that let the ‘ology’ inform their music in ways that keep their interest in global sounds authentic. After years studying folk music in Mexico, digging back to its roots to find inspiration, they’ve honed a sound that though technically “world” music is also about ideas that I think everyone can relate to.
Take their latest release as an example of that unpretentious ingenuity as they shimmer through vibes incorporating interests as diverse as son jarocho, ragtime reels, norteno among other strains I don’t recognize but dig. Educated, worldly indie-folk unafraid of being pop-y or as weird as they want to be and importantly, good at it.
Tonight at 8pm @ Shank Hall, 1434 North Farwell Avenue, East Side
#2. Black Cat Alley
Black Cat Alley is one of the main reasons I’ve already been looking forward to this fall, and tonight kicks off this awesome new addition to Milwaukee: an alley full of street art. With the help of various sponsors and volunteers, the alley between the Oriental Theater and Colectivo Coffee on Milwaukee’s East Side is going to be turning into a “gallery” for Milwaukee street art. Head on over to the East Side tonight to catch some of this art being made before your eyes by the European street art legend, MTO.
Tonight at 5pm @ UWM Kenilworth Building, 1915 E Kenilworth Place, East Side