Nickel Creek Announces First Headlining Tour Since 2014

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Photo by Josh Goleman

Grammy-winning bluegrass trio Nickel Creek will hit the road this spring for the group’s first headlining tour in nine years.

The tour, which kicks off April 15 at Cincinnati’s Andrew J Brady Music Center, will support the release of Celebrants, Nickel Creek’s first album since 2014’s acclaimed A Dotted Line.

The tour will include stops in Philadelphia, Boston and New York,. Three previously announced shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville are already sold-out. The newly-announced dates conclude June 13 at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center. The band – which features mandolinist Chris Thile and siblings Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins on fiddle and guitar, respectively – has previously planned appearances at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, at London’s Barbican and at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion following that date. Further dates for the tour are expected. See the full routing below.

Tickets and “Celebrants Club” VIP packages for the headline shows will be available for pre-sale at 10 a.m.. local February 8 with general on-sale following at 10 a.m. local February 10. Full details can be found at

Among the highlights of that 2014 tour reported to Pollstar Boxoffice: sell-outs in Austin, Dallas and St. Louis at a $224,970 grossing show on 5,653 tickets sold at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia.


April 15—Cincinnati, OH—Andrew J Brady Music Center*
April 17—Pittsburgh, PA—Byham Theater*
April 18—New Haven, CT—College Street Music Hall*
April 20—Concord, NH—Capitol Center for the Arts*
April 21—Portland, ME—State Theatre*
April 22—Boston, MA—MGM Music Hall at Fenway Park*
April 23—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore*
April 25—Birmingham, AL—Avondale Brewing Co*
April 27—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium* (SOLD OUT)
April 28—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium† (SOLD OUT)
April 29—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium‡ (SOLD OUT)
April 30—Wilkesboro, NC—MerleFest
May 1—Charlottesville, PA—Ting Pavilion‡
May 3—York, PA—Appell Center for the Performing Arts‡
May 4—New York, NY—The Rooftop at Pier 17‡
May 31—Charleston, SC—Spoleto Festival
June 2—Atlanta, GA—The Eastern*
June 3—Greenville, SC—Peace Center*
June 4—Lexington, KY—Railbird Festival (SOLD OUT)
June 6—Akron, OH—E.J. Thomas Hall*
June 8—Grand Rapids, MI—Venue TBA*
June 9—Chicago, IL—The Salt Shed*
June 10—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theater*
June 11—Chesterfield, MO—The Factory at The District*
June 13—Kansas City, MO—Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts*
June 15-17—Telluride, CO—Telluride Bluegrass Festival (SOLD OUT) 
September 1—London, U.K.—Barbican Centre
September 8-10—Bristol, TN—Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

*with special guest Gaby Moreno
†with special guest Aoife O’Donovan
‡with special guest Hawktail