The Crux began in 2007, performing at the many house and barn shows that were occurring in their venue-starved hometown of Santa Rosa, California. With the leadership of founder Josh Wolfe, the ensemble has performed non-stop since their creation and has continued to challenge themselves with many new songs and arrangements. The Crux utilize gypsy, Americana, Celtic, klezmer, gospel, jazz and blues styles in a riveting performance that is part wild dance, part storytelling, and part punk uprising.
The Crux have been key in organizing and invigorating the "Do-it Yourself" crowd in their local area. They have put a great deal of time and effort into supporting community events and providing music for fundraisers, skill-share workshops, and a number of local backyard gatherings.
But The Crux are not limited to DIY house and barn shows. The band has constantly been reaching out to wider audiences, performing at wineries, pubs, weddings, and formal venues such as Petaluma's Mystic Theater and San Francisco's 12 Galaxies. They have also undertaken one major west coast tour, as well as a number of small excursions to nearby counties.
- Opened for The Devil Makes Three in 2007
- Voted "Best Indie Band" in the North Bay Bohemian 2008
- "Top 10 Live Shows of 2008" in the North Bay Bohemian
- First CD, "Now, Ferment" made top 30 at KUSF radio in 2009
- Performed in Mark Growden and John Law's "Covert" in 2009
- Opened for Sean Hayes in 2010
- Performed at every year of Santa Rosa's Handcar Regatta