the Date: Sunday October 9, 2005
the Venue: 9:30 Club (DC)
(Photo credit to Bret Salmons and his Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/people/projectbs/)
Nickel Creek was the headliner. They are a young, twenty-something bluegrass trio consisting of Chris Thile (vocals, mandolin), Sara Watkins (vocals, fiddle), and her brother Sean Watkins (vocals, guitar). I was turned on to these guys a few years ago and this was my first chance to see them live. I couldn’t wait.
They were on tour in support of their latest album, Why Should the Fire Die? Though the setlist focused on that album, fan-favorites from their previous two albums, Nickel Creek and This Side, were included in the mix. They even played a few covers including Radiohead’s Nice Dream and even Britney Spears’ Toxic. Strange but true. The whole show was full of great songs and lots of energy. They were just amazing! And, by the end of the night, I had totally developed a crush on Sara.
My favorite songs of the evening were When You Come Back Down (which might be my favorite Nickel Creek tune), Helena, Best of Luck (where Sara sang absolutely beautifully), Somebody More Like You, Scotch & Chocolate, and an amazing medley of Up on Cripple Creek and the Fox (played during the encore).
Full setlist (not for this show, but for a show around this time … sorry, best I can do): When in Rome / Reasons Why / Smoothie Song / Jealous of the Moon / Best of Luck / Somebody More Like You / In the House of Tom Bombadil / When You Come Back Down / Nice Dream (Radiohead cover) / First and Last Waltz / Helena / Anthony / This Side / Toxic (Britney Spears cover) / Stumptown / Out of the Woods / The Lighthouse’s Tale / Scotch & Chocolate / ENCORE / Up On Cripple Creek > The Fox > Up On Cripple Creek / Why Should the Fire Die?
I’ll keep lookin’ up, awaitin’ your return
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