The Asylum Street Spankers are back in town. Mobius Productions will present the eclectic ensemble in concert at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Jackson WellSprings, 2253 Highway 99 N., Ashland.

The Asylum Street Spankers are back in town. Mobius Productions will present the eclectic ensemble in concert at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at Jackson WellSprings, 2253 Highway 99 N., Ashland.

The Austin-roots group brings a blend of old-time string band virtuosity, vaudeville panache and razor-sharp wit to its shows.

The band was born in 1994 when Christina Marrs and Guy Forsyth met Wammo at an impromptu all-night-sing-along at the Dabbs Hotel in Llano, Texas. Upon returning to Austin, the trio called upon their musically like-minded friends to get together for club dates and busking on the Guadalupe Street drag.

Following success on the road and in the studio, the band founded its own Spanks-A-Lot Records in 1999 and continues to tour extensively throughout the world.

Asylum Street Spankers presented an off-Broadway stage show, "What? And Give Up Show Business?" at New York City's Barrow Street Theatre with an exclusive two-week run.

The New York Times described the group as, "Dedicated to acoustic instrumentation, but mischievously unorthodox in every other way." The Village Voice said that "the Austin collective tap-dances on the thin line between stunning virtuosity and goofy farce, an eight-person dervish of washboard/dobro/harmonica/clarinet/singing saw/upright bass/violin/ etc., minimally amplified for maximum impact."

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free.