The Wilson Slayers

December 2, 8:30am - 10:00am EST. Hosted at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

part of a series on Sound

About the speaker

BRING A BLANKET! This event will be a cool, creative, early morning delicious, intimate outing in the gardens of Vizcaya!

The Wilson Slayers are a not-so widely known group in Miami, playing music from the North (i.e. “The South”). Playing a repertoire heavy on murder ballads, the current integration of the group includes Wilson Sayre, Marc Magellan and Will Boos.

Interested in telling stories through music, the Slayers draw from the Appalachian old-time and bluegrass traditions. Foot tapping is a requirement during their shows.

The artists met through living room jam sessions, which is where much of Miami’s bluegrass and old-time scene tends to linger and earn it’s necessary wrinkles and comfortable use of “y’all.”

Wilson Sayre ( is known for sound making at the local NPR station, WLRN, where she covers poverty and occasionally what a day in the life of a nuclear submarine is like.

Marc Magellan ( is a professor at Miami Dade College, where he teaches music theory and humanities. He played all sorts of music including Gypsy Jazz with his uncle. He is the real brains of the Slayers.

Will Boos ( grew up listening to all the world music Miami has to offer. A certified luthier, Boos is first a foremost a guitarist, but plays a mean bass, mandolin, dobro, ukulele, percussion and anything else you need him to do.

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