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Sara Watkins Showcases Progressive Folk Rock

Sara Watkins Showcases Progressive Folk Rock

Sara Watkins spent nearly two decades as singer and fiddle player for the Grammy Award-winning, bluegrass-folk hybrid Nickel Creek. She started that trio when she was eight years old, alongside her guitarist brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile. Now, she leads her new band at Bend’s historic Tower Theatre, Thursday, May16 at 7:30 pm. In the words of the BBC: “Watkins’ time in the spotlight is a triumph with her agile playing and the kind of voice that gives your goose bumps the shivers.”

“The last Nickel Creek show was in the fall of 2007,” says Watkins. “It seems like another lifetime in a lot of ways. I’d grown up a band that was a team and we made decisions together. I felt like I’d been protected from having to make my own decisions. Now I find it really satisfying to be on my own.”


Watkins has been a frequent guest on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. Plus,Garrison Keillor offered Watkins the opportunity to host an entire show, the first time he’d entrusted another artist with his job. As Keillor put it, “For once in my life, I wanted to stand in the back of the hall and watch for a few minutes. And Sara is a smart and funny and hugely gifted young woman.”

Sara’s special guest is Seattle folk songwriter and crooner, Kris Orlowski. His song “Mountain” was recently featured on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

The Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic stage in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to provide performing arts,civic, educational and social events that enliven and enrich the lives of all Central Oregonians. Membership, program information and individual and group tickets are available at the box office (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700)or online ( Details on events are also at Theatre.


What:                   Sara Watkins

                                Special guest:Kris Orlowski

 When:                  Thursday, May 16 –  7:30 pm

 Where:                TowerTheatre - 835 NW Wall Street - Bend, Oregon

 Tickets:               $23  General Admission

Plus $1Historic Theatre Preservation Fee

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