It's 9:30 p.m. at the Village Shops, one of those recurring Southern California shopping centers that can make walking through Orange County or Long Beach feel like passing through video game barriers, constantly reset, doomed to browse the same street over and over again in some suburban matrix. And amidst all this, like a blip in the code, is the Wax Museum.
Courtesy of The Wax Museum Hilary Chilton
Don't look for a sign--there isn't one. No banners, no block neon lettering. The only marker is the swarm of kids on the curb, smoking, chatting.
The first band is about to go up--Cortaud and Bobtail. Few kids know the name, even fewer have heard the songs, and that's the point. The Wax Museum serves as a brick and mortar Brooklyn Vegan, a space for Orange County kids to discover new music. Shows are every night of the week, excluding Mondays when they host volunteer meetings/barbecues at noon.
To the 18-and-under crowd, this place is invaluable, ethereal and immediate.