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eTown: Sam Grisman Project / Viv & Riley

It’s a special night of fresh Bluegrass music as Sam Grisman Project and Viv & Riley share the stage with Nick, Helen, and The eTones! Nick also has an intriguing chat with Lucy Wallace of Dance To Be Free–a non-profit organization that works for prison inmate reform through the power of dance.

Sam Grisman Project

A note from Sam Grisman: 

“The music that my father David Grisman and his close friend, Jerry Garcia, made in the early 90s (in the house that I grew up in) is not only some of the most timeless acoustic music ever recorded, it also triggers my oldest and fondest musical memories. What I find most inspiring about this material is the way their camaraderie and their love and joy for the music, simply oozes out of each recording. It is also impressive how deeply they get beneath their favorite songs—whether they are originals, covers or traditional/old time tunes—and how expertly that material was curated. My goal in starting Sam Grisman Project is to build a platform for my friends and me to showcase our genuine passion and appreciation for the legacy of Dawg and Jerry’s music. By playing some of their beloved repertoire and sharing the original music that our own collective has to offer, we will also show the impact that this music has had on our own individual musical voices.”

Viv & Riley

Durham, NC-based duo Viv & Riley’s sound is old-soul roots music to its core, elegantly combining a traditional backbone with the fresh iconic melodies of future-leaning indie-folk, and the tightly wound vocal harmonies of the old-time and classic country music they came from. The pair has been collaborating since 2018, honing their sound playing hundreds of shows across the US, UK, and Canada. They’ve recorded and released multiple albums to critical acclaim from the likes of NPR Music, Rolling Stone, and No Depression. 

A bittersweet nostalgia lies at the heart of Imaginary People, the new album from Viv & Riley, released in  2023 on Free Dirt Records. Over ten tracks, the pair applies an indie roots sheen to newly composed pop gems. Rooted originally in the folk tradition, the pair reframe the production into experimental territory, crafting songs that speak to finding a path forward into adulthood in an uncertain world.

Lucy Wallace: Dance To Be Free

Lucy Wallace has been dancing since she was five years old. Despite a break in her 20s, she has been dancing ever since. In 2010, she bought a Boulder-based dance studio after receiving her master’s degree in Psychology. Her psychology background informs her therapeutic and cathartic teaching style that led to the birth of Dance To Be Free. 

Since its inception in 2015, Dance To Be Free has expanded to 21 prisons in 12 states. In May 2023, Lucy brought her teacher trainings to one of the most challenging prisons in the country, Parchman, Mississippi. She has spoken on KGNU, Emerging Women, and the first-ever live-streamed Tedx Talk at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women. Her work is spreading and catching on throughout the prison industrial complex.