Ragtime quartet Wax Wings performs Friday at The Jam

The Gainesville band Wax Wings, with, from left, bassist Brian Turk, drummer Pickles Selkcip, singer/banjoist Chelsea Carnes and cellist John Eriksen, perform Friday at The Jam.

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Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 10:29 a.m.

I was fortunate enough to stumble on an amazing show a few weeks ago, which is unfortunate in a way, because doing what I do, I shouldn’t stumble into any show without already knowing about it. Regardless of my lack of being well informed during that week, I’m happy to say I saw a particularly charming local band, Wax Wings.

Wax Wings is a sort of ragtime quartet that employs a stand-up bass, cello, trumpet, banjo and percussion, and it’s just darling. But aside from the kitschy-ness of it all, there were some really catchy, spectacular songs that had the crowd’s attention throughout the entire fast-paced, 20-something minute set.

Singer/banjoist/trumpeter Chelsea Carnes, has the kind of voice you’d expect to hear in a 1920s speakeasy, and cellist John Eriksen adds a sort of European-gypsy flair, while bassist Brian Turk and drummer Pickles (yeah, Pickles) Selkcip keep it together with a wild and lively rhythm that complements rather than distracts. Together, they create enthusiastic and inspiring music that can make even the most jaded concertgoer blush with excitement.

Go blush Friday at The Jam, where Wax Wings performs along with our very own local legend Ricky Kendall, alt-country bluegrass quintet Nook & Cranny and Hard Luck Society, starting at 5 p.m.

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Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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