Sylvan Esso DJ Night with Special Guests GRRL x MADE OF OAK

In collaboration with Psychic Hotline and Loma Vista Recordings, Pioneer Works presents an evening of music curated by acclaimed duo Sylvan Esso. The two-time Grammy nominees will be joined by fellow North Carolina natives GRRL x MADE OF OAK for a night of summer sounds and surprises in the PW Garden.

RSVP is required but does not guarantee entry. Entrance is first come, first served based on capacity.

About the artists:

Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso is a two-time GRAMMY-nominated duo from Durham, North Carolina. Their new single “Your Reality” follows the scorching arrival of recent single “Sunburn,” which The New York Times praised as “bouncy and pointillistic,” and Rolling Stone described as “a study in contrasts, detailing the exhilaration of pursuing pleasure and pushing the envelope.” After debuting the track for tens of thousands of fans across three nights at the Historic Durham Athletic Park, the band went on to complete an Austin City Limits taping, spring tour, a stop at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival, and a headlining Electric Forest Festival slot. This summer will see Sylvan Esso play Newport Folk Festival, Life is Beautiful and more than 30 arena and amphitheater shows across the US with ODESZA. Find information for all upcoming tour dates at


Two mainstays of North Carolina’s eclectic dance scene have come together to introduce the beginning of something exhilarating, unexpected and entirely new. For the better part of the past decade, Durham-based DJ, producer and NTS-affiliate James Mapley-Brittle (GRRL) and Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sanborn (Made of Oak) have found themselves spinning their own singular, dissimilar strains of electronic music at many of the same parties, without realizing the specific obsessions they shared. A conversation about peak-hour club music led to visions of a collaboration, and the mission to create a massive track that was layered and multi-textured enough to fit into each of their sets. But as they convened at Betty’s studio in Chapel Hill, a creative chemistry emerged, and the result was much bigger.