Folsom50: Outside Prison Walls
Date: 3:00pm PST November 17 Location: Evans Hall
Creative partners Danny Wilson ’88 and Tracy Schlapp ’87 bring their FOLSOM50 project to Lewis & Clark on November 17. Tickets are available for free at the Hoffman Gallery for LC students, staff, and faculty on a first come, first served basis. Additional tickets are available for purchase for $15. Ticket costs support additional programming in the Oregon prison system.
FOLSOM50: Johnny Cash Music, Legacy, & Redemption commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Johnny Cash’s prison concerts — which began at Folsom Prison in January 1968 with the simple, now famous, words “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” Portland-based band Luther’s Boots reinterprets Cash’s music and styling by drawing from Cash’s ability to transmit the emotional complexity (of what became known in the early 1950s) as hillbilly music. The FOLSOM50 performance resonates with Cash’s belief in reinvention, redemption — a biographical thread that ran through all of Cash’s catalog — and a deep solidarity with those incarcerated. The songs from the “Live At Folsom Prison” recording are styled by the band with an ear to contemporary audiences.
During 2018, Schlapp and Wilson have brought the concert to 11 of the 14 prisons in Oregon — crossing the state from Ontario to North Bend. They also performed at Sheridan Federal prison on the yard. Their largest show was at Oregon State Penitentiary where they played on the yard for 750 Adults in Custody. The Lewis & Clark show is only the third outside show performed. In addition to the Lewis & Clark community, families of the incarcerated will also be provided with complimentary tickets.