Photo by Josh Goleman
Americana icons Nickel Creek have announced that they will hit the road this spring, embarking on the group’s first tour since 2014. The extensive national run will follow the March 24 release of Celebrants–the band’s fifth studio project and first new album in nine years–and will include stops across the U.S. as well as several festival appearances.
The Grammy-nominated trio–mandolinist Chris Thile, violinist Sara Watkins and guitarist Sean Watkins–will start things off in Cincinnati with an April 15 show at the Andrew J Brady Music Center. Then, they will work their way through the Northeast with appearances in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts. On April 27, the trio will head down to Nashville, Tenn., for three sold-out nights at the historic Ryman Auditorium, where they will be joined by special guest Aoife O’Donovan. Nickel Creek’s national sweep will continue through May and into June, with concerts across the East Coast and Midwest. The U.S. tour will wrap up in Colorado after a three-night stand at the Telluride Bluegrass festival on June 15 through June 17.
Notable venues for Nickel Creek’s 2023 run include Pittsburgh’s Byham Theater, Boston’s MGM Music Hall at Fenway Park, Philadelphia’s The Fillmore, New York’s The Rooftop at Pier 17, Atlanta’s The Eastern, Chicago’s Salt Shed, Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater and Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Guatemalan singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno will perform as a special guest for most of the tour, excluding Nickel Creek’s festival appearances as well as the group’s Charlottesville, Va., (May 1) and York, Pa. (May 3) shows, which will feature support from the instrumental quartet Hawktail.
Tickets and “Celebrants Club” VIP packages will be available for pre-sale starting tomorrow, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. General ticket sales will begin this Friday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. on the Nickel Creek website. Additional dates and updated venue information will also be posted on their website.
Scroll to view the current 2023 tour schedule below.
Nickel Creek Confirmed 2023 Tour Dates
April 15—Andrew J Brady Music Center* —Cincinnati, Ohio
April 17—Byham Theater*—Pittsburgh, Pa.
April 18—College Street Music Hall*—New Haven, Conn.
April 20—Capitol Center for the Arts*—Concord, N.H.
April 21—State Theatre*– Portland, Maine
April 22–MGM Music Hall at Fenway Park* –Boston, Mass.
April 23—The Fillmore*–Philadelphia, Pa.
April 25—Avondale Brewing Co*—Birmingham, Ala.
April 27—Ryman Auditorium* (SOLD OUT)—Nashville, Tenn.
April 28—Ryman Auditorium* (SOLD OUT)—Nashville, Tenn.
April 29—Ryman Auditorium* (SOLD OUT)—Nashville, Tenn.
April 30—MerleFest––Wilkesboro, N.C.
May 1—Ting Pavilion‡—Charlottesville, Pa.
May 3—Appell Center for the Performing Arts‡—York, Pa.
May 4—The Rooftop at Pier 17‡—New York, N.Y.
May 31—Spoleto Festival—Charleston, S.C.
June 2—The Eastern*—Atlanta, Ga.
June 3—Peace Center*—Greenville, S.C.
June 4—Railbird Festival (SOLD OUT)—Lexington, Ky.
June 6—E.J. Thomas Hall*—Akron, Ohio
June 8—Venue TBA*—Grand Rapids, Mich.
June 9—The Salt Shed*—Chicago, Ill.
June 10—Riverside Theater*—Milwaukee, Wis.
June 11—The Factory at The District*—Chesterfield, Mo.
June 13—Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts*—Kansas City, Mo.
June 15-17—Telluride Bluegrass Festival (SOLD OUT) —Telluride, Colo.
September 1—Barbican Centre—London, U.K.
September 8-10—Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion—Bristol, Tenn.
*with special guest Gaby Moreno
†with special guest Aoife O’Donovan
‡with special guest Hawktail