Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno are tapping into the deepest parts of American music, taking old songs that have seldom been heard and presenting them next to their own timeless and visceral originals.
Vivian, of Lexington, Virginia grew up playing and performing with her parents, Carol Elizabeth Jones and James Leva, learning traditional songs from their sources and honing her rhythmic guitar style.
Riley, of Seattle, WA, spent his earlier years playing with the widely recognized and admired band, The Onlies, developing his own distinct authenticity on the fiddle and banjo.
Together, Vivian and Riley have toured across the country, in living rooms and concert halls. As individuals, they have shared the stages with the bands of Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, The Lost Tribe Of Country Music, and Bruce Molsky to name just a few. To this collaboration they bring both the steady hands of experience and a refined taste for American music, yet still a youthful abandon that can’t be forced.
For the past two months Vivian and Riley have been on a concert tour through the Southeast and Canada. This Bellingham Concert is the beginning of the West Coast leg of their tour.
A Portion of the Proceeds will Benefit the YWCA, the only non-profit in Bellingham that provides Housing for Single Homeless Women.
Tickets are $18.00 at the door.
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