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Hear a set from a progressive singer/songwriter who has sung with numerous bands, including the Monsters of Folk supergroup. His songs of insight, detail and political awareness have earned him a large and devoted following.

One genre-breaking standout performer this season is the ever-amazing virtuoso cellist Dave Eggar. A phenomenal innovator in his own right, Eggar is joined in the Underground by singer Amy Lee (of multi-platinum selling artists Evanescence fame) and the innovative dance troupe Hammerstep ("American Idol"), mixing traditional Irish step dance with hip-hop and tap. The sum is an electrifying, cross-cultural event born in the crucible of the caverns.

Savor the UNDERGROUND debut of a group that personifies "Americana": Guitarist-singer-songwriter Rawlings with Gillian Welch, Punch Brothers bassist Paul Kowert, violinist Brittany Haas and former Old Crow Medicine Show guitarist Willie Watson.

Grisman is absolutely a founder of newgrass and new acoustic music. Nicknamed "Dawg" by his close collaborator, Jerry Garcia, Grisman has crafted a mixture of bluegrass-centered Django Reinhardt/ Stephane Grappelli jazz affectionately known by decades of avid fans as "Dawg Music." Co-founder of the seminal neo-traditionalist band Old and in the Way, and now leading his jazz trio, Grisman is a permanent and beloved feature on the landscape of American neo-traditional culture.

Swinging through multiple generations and genres of New Orleans grooves, this band is propelled by its frontwoman's megawatt personality. Davina's live performance must be seen to be believed. She is the rare dichotomy of the self-professed shy, reserved and tentative personality juxtaposed with a primal piano prowess and look-at-me brass that embodies the idea of "showmanship." In her, Mae West meets Bette Midler meets Dr. John.

Vermont-raised and rooted in troubadour traditions of wandering Folk, Delta Blues, reckless Rock, and whiskey-Ragtime Jazz, the now California-based band evokes songs from some bygone era like a dusty leather bound book. Carefully crafted, the trios's songs unfold like short stories - but denser, more poetic - reflections on addiction, inspiration, sacrifuce and personal victories that have garnered both #1 bows on the Billboard Bluegrass charts as well as a truly diehard following.

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