The Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek will perform at the WVU Creative Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 9 a.m. at the Mountainlair Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 304-292-0220.
Nickel Creek is distinguished by their youth and eclectic taste. Their initial success came on the progressive bluegrass scene but they soon found their appeal moving beyond the genres core audience. Mandolist Chris Thile, guitarist Sean Watkins and violinist Sara Watkins are all virtuosos in their own right.
The groups first album for roots music label Sugar Hill Records was produced by Alison Krauss. Though a bluegrass record, the self-titled CD boasted elements of classical, jazz, and both classic and alternative rock&roll. The trios sophomore albumThis Sidegarnered them a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 2003, while turning indie rock fans’heads with a cover of Pavement’s”Spit on a Stranger.”
On their latest CD,Why Should the Fire Die?,Nickel Creek said goodbye to long-time producer Krauss in favor of Tony Berg and Eric Valentine (Smash Mouth, Queens of the Stone Age, Good Charlotte). On this release Nickel Creek are like any other bandany other band who manage to write, play and sing a commanding album.Why Should the Fire Die?showcases the group’s searing musicianship, exceptional harmonies and genre-bending arrangements.
Tickets are $32 and $38, depending on seat location. WVU students may purchase tickets for $25 with a valid WVU Student ID at the Mountainlair Box Office. This event is part of WVU s Fall Family Weekend activities, and is produced by WVU Arts&Entertainment. For more event information, call 304-293-SHOW or visit us online atevents.wvu.edu.