Celebrity Series of Boston presents Watkins Family Hour with Sara and Sean Watkins in a streaming digital performance as part of the “Celebrity Series at Home” series of virtual concerts. The concert takes place on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 7pm ET. The performance is streamed from Fanciful Fox Studios in L.A., and is followed by a chat with the artists.
Siblings Sara and Sean Watkins present a trio version of their Watkins Family Hour showcase with bassist Sebastian Steinberg from Los Angeles. The multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters – once two-thirds of progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek, along with Chris Thile – will perform originals and covers and try out new material.
This performance is Sara Watkins’ third for the Celebrity Series. She made her Celebrity Series debut in March 2016 with Patti Griffin and Anaïs Mitchell in the Use Your Voice concert at Sanders Theatre. Sara also performed as a member of I’m With Her, the trio which includes Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, in March 2018. Our November 2020 Boston performance would have been Sean Watkins’ Celebrity Series debut, and he makes his Series debut with this streaming concert.
Tickets for the digital concert are $20 and are available online celebrityseries.org/productions/watkins-family-hour-stream. A recording of the premiere stream in its entirety will be available for on demand viewing approximately one hour after the initial premiere stream ends, and will be available to purchase and view for 72 hours. You can log in and watch any missed portions of the performance, or re-watch your favorite moments at any time during that window.
To browse the entire “Celebrity Series at Home” series and learn more about ticket bundles, visit: celebrityseries.org/athome.
About Sara and Sean Watkins
Sara Watkins is a singer-songwriter and fiddler from California. She debuted in 1989 as fiddler and founding member of the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek along with her brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile. In addition to singing and playing fiddle, she also plays ukulele and guitar, and played percussion while touring with The Decemberists.
She has two solo albums, Sara Watkins and Sun Midnight Sun on Nonesuch Records. In addition to touring on her own, she just completed a Nickel Creek reunion tour in celebration of the band’s first release in seven years, A Dotted Line. Sara and Sean Watkins also produce the Watkins Family Hour, a monthly residency and podcast at the Los Angeles venue Largo, featuring an eclectic group of guest musicians, comedy and more.
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins has long been known for his work as one-third of the Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek and, more recently, for helming the genre-hopping Watkins Family Hour ensemble with his sister, Sara. But Watkins has also assertively and impressively taken on the role of solo artist, releasing solo-albums All I Do Is Lie (2014) and What To Fear (2016) to critical acclaim. Currently, Watkins is boldly stepping into the spotlight once again, teaming up with West-coast bluegrass legends, The Bee Eaters, with a delightful new folk album This Is Who We Are.
About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. The Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 81 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience—on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods–everywhere.
Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2020-21 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose support helps fulfill our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., First Republic Bank, Foley & Lardner LLP, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Outside the Box: A Production of the Boston Arts Summer Institute, Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, Anonymous, and many others.