The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling trio Nickel Creek officially reunites for the first time since its 2007 self-described “indefinite hiatus” with a new tour and will be stopping at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre July 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, priced at $37.50 and $45.50, go on sale this Friday, April 11 at 12 p.m. at the Roanoke Civic Center Box Office, online at HomeTownBankTix.com or charge by phone at 1-877-HTB-TIXNow (1-877-482-8496).
Formed in 1989 when Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals) and Sara Watkins (fiddle/vocals) were eight years old and Sean Watkins (guitar/vocals) was eleven, Nickel Creek earned a loyal following playing the festival circuit for nearly a decade. The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 2000 to commercial and critical acclaim: it sold nearly one million copies. Nickel Creek released two more records: 2002’s This Side, which won a Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy, and 2005’s Why Should the Fire Die?.
The band members always explored their own solo work as well as collaborations. Among other recordings, Thile has released three albums and an EP with his band Punch Brothers.
Sara Watkins and her brother Sean have, for years, held an informal residency at the L.A. club Largo: the Watkins Family Hour. She also released two albums Sara Watkins and Sun Midnight Sun. Watkins toured the world both as a solo artist and as guest fiddle player/vocalist with the Decemberists.
Since the hiatus, Sean Watkins has formed the acoustic folk/pop band Fiction and Americana super-group WPA. In early 2014, Watkins will release All I Do Is Lie, his first solo record in eight years.
Kevin Costner took a tour around the Roanoke Civic Center today. He is very excited for his upcoming performance on April 16th and could not wait to explore the venue. On his trip he saw the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre and the Ticket office. We can’t wait to see him perform in just 29 more days!
One of the things I’m learning as we get closer and closer to show time for Kevin Costner & Modern West is that many people don’t realize Kevin Costner has a band and that he’s actually a pretty good singer too!
Allow me to provide some background:
The modern genesis of Modern West began when Kevin’s wife, Christine, encouraged him to reconnect with his love of music.
The history of the band goes back over 20 years when Kevin met John Coinman in a dirty, downtown warehouse in Los Angeles during an acting workshop. John was a musician with an intense interest in acting and Kevin was an actor with an intense interest in music. They became friends and began to play and write music together along with another friend, Blair Forward. That collaboration turned into the band Roving Boy – a rock band with an edgy Western style and a small record deal in Japan where they had a #1 single called “Simple Truth”.
As Kevin’s star began to rise, the band continued behind-the-scenes playing, writing, and recording anytime they could get together. Coinman and Forward both ended up in Tucson, Arizona, where they met guitarist/producer Teddy Morgan and drummer Larry Cobb. So in 2005 when the three former Roving Boys decided to build a new band together, they brought in Teddy and Larry and named it Modern West.
Born from a shared love of music and comprised of a tight-knit group of longtime friends, Kevin Costner & Modern West draw their influences from a broad tapestry of American music and beyond. The show itself flows from original material penned by the band to cover songs written by some of music’s giants.
aaaaaand now he’s coming to Roanoke on April 16! See you there!
We are thrilled to be welcoming Darius Rucker to the Roanoke Civic Center for the first time tomorrow night! Especially thrilled that Roanoke is called out in his remake of the song ‘Wagon Wheel’. See above for the engraved Wagon Wheel that we are presenting him tomorrow for an artist gift, with the famous line “Walkin’ To The South, Out of Roanoke” on it. We’re also presenting him with a set of commemorative solo cups - because who doesn’t love commemorative solo cups?! Tickets are still available for the show tomorrow at HomeTownBankTix.com!
Follow along on Twitter with us using hashtag #DariusRCC. If you’re at the show, tweet using #DariusRCC and show the tweet to the Main Event and Backstage Grill concession stands for $1 off Nacho Supreme until 7:30. #TweetToEat
SO MUCH POPCORN!!!
Popcorn is a huge hit with our shows in February. During the Shrine Circus we went through over 1,000 pounds of popcorn. That is the size of four baby elephants at birth. It takes two bulk poppers and all five poppers in the stands during every show to keep up with the demand. Here are a few interesting popcorn facts for you to think about:
vAmericans consume some 16-billion quarts of this whole grain, good-for-you treat each year. That’s 51 quarts per man, woman, and child.
vHow high popcorn kernels can pop? Up to 3 feet in the air.
vThe world’s largest popcorn ball was created by volunteers in Sac City, Iowa in February, 2009. It weighed 5,000 lbs., stood over 8 ft. tall, and measured 28.8 ft. in circumference.
If you made a trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles, you would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels!
It’s The Addam’s Family in cupcakes! Viva La Cupcake is bringing these fun themed cupcakes to The Addam’s Family musical on Thursday at the RPAT. You can purchase them for $5 in the lobby, or follow us on Twitter @RnkCivicCenter for a special discount on these cupcakes while at the show! Don’t have tickets yet? Purchase them at HomeTownBankTix.com. Great seats still available.