The Center for Arts at the Armory Spotlight Series

Presents Two Hues of Americana This Spring–The Ryan Montbleau Band on April 14th
and David Wax Museum on May 4th

Somerville, MA–The Center for Arts at the Armory announces that its Spotlight Series will feature two bands known for different hues of Americana this Spring–The Ryan Montbleau Bland on April 14th brings a boisterous rock and roll energy, and David Wax Museum, on May 4th, plays an eclectic “Mexo-Americana.” Doors for both shows are at 7pm and performances start at 8pm.

David Wax and Suz Slezak of David Wax Museum are touring with their full ensemble in support of an exuberant new album, You Must Change Your Life. Produced by Dan Molad (Lucius), these technicolor tracks capture—then transcend—bedrock elements of the band’s 15-year recording career with ancient, ever-relevant rhythms of traditional Mexican music, mixed with shades amber pop emanating from an AM radio circa 1975, and unabashed rock riffs—all united with interlacing, seductive harmonies. Kaiti Jones will open the show for David Wax Museum.

Co-fronted by multi-instrumentalist Slezak with her raucous accordion and sublime fiddling, along with the unstoppable energy of Wax, the band’s on-stage charisma is both captivating and intimate. Since their early debut as a buzz band at the revered Newport Folk Festival, David Wax Museum has reached through TV and across radio airwaves, transmitting their dynamism on CBS: This Morning, Tiny Desk Concert and World Cafe. The band has soundtracked love stories on and off screens, from the Netflix #1 show Firefly Lane to the wedding of Chasten and Pete Buttigieg.

Following three sold-out shows at Passim in February, The Ryan Montbleau Band returns to Somerville on April 14th as part of his current tour promoting his new album Wood, Fire, Water, and Air. The Ryan Montbleau Band will be joined by Kat Wright and local opener Rachel Sumner.

Montbleau has toured around the world for over twenty years, sharing his introspective brand of folk and Americana-infused songs from Peru to Carnegie Hall. Despite his history of traveling and recording at breakneck speeds, Montbleau found there is value in stillness as the pandemic brought him to settle in Vermont where he has been writing new music.

Montbleau began his music career in the early 2000s touring around his home state of Massachusetts. His prolific songwriting journey goes hand-in-hand with a telescopic exploration of self-awareness and purpose. NPR’s Mountain Stage compared his “eloquent, soulful songwriting” to Bill Withers and James Taylor, while Relix celebrated his “poetic Americana,” and The Boston Herald raved that “he’s made a career of confident, danceable positivity.”

Tickets for The Ryan Montbleau Band
Tickets for David Wax Museum

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