Sara Watkins kicks off Charlotte’s Web’s 38th season

Sara Watkins performs at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9 at The Sullivan Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford.
Sara Watkins performs at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9 at The Sullivan Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford.

From press release

Sara Watkins performs in a one-night-only concert event at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, at The Sullivan Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford, to kick off Charlotte’s Web’s 38th season.

Thrilled to be making her solo debut, Watkins spent nearly two decades as one-third of Nickel Creek, the Grammy Award-winning acoustic trio that started with contemporary bluegrass and branched out from there. This singer-songwriter and fiddle player has been looking to do a project of her own and even organized some exploratory sessions in Los Angeles about six years ago.

Now with Nickel Creek on indefinite hiatus, she is releasing her self-titled solo disc, recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville and produced by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. It features an impressively wide range of backing players and old friends, including itinerant alt-country duo Gillian Welch and Dave Rawling, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, Elvis Eldridge, Ronnie McCoury and Rayna Gellert; and her Nickel Creek band mates. Her tour of the next record takes her through Rockford for one show only.

Opening the show is Rockford’s own Starlite Radio. Often compared to Aimee Mann, Over The Rhine and Norah Jones, Starlite Radio’s first full-length album, 22Blackbirds, was released in May 2008. Since then, the group has won the 2008 Composer of the Year Award from the Rockford Area Music Industry for having penned the breathtaking The Winter Moon Is Fading. See this award-winning band in action.

This performance is co-sponsored by 89.5 FM WNIJ and Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort. Tickets are $20 general admission and $30 reserved. Advance tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., (815) 963-6765; both of The Postal Shoppe locations, in the Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940; The Kilt & Clover, 1414 N. Main, (815) 962-5458; and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903. Credit cards are accepted only at via PayPal ($1/ticket service charge). Print your receipt and present it at the door to redeem your tickets.

Reserved seats are available only at J.R. Kortman’s Center for Design, 107 N. Main St., (815) 968-0123; online and by mail.

For more information, call (815) 964-2238 or visit

From the October 7-13, 2009 issue

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