Grammy-winning Nickel Creek will give Western New York fans a chance to catch the group in concert one more time before it takes an indefinite hiatus. Embarking on the "Farewell (For Now) Tour," the band will be joined by friend and collaborator (and Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman) Glen Phillips for next week's Thursday at the Square.
When officially announcing their plans last year, Nickel Creek told Billboard magazine that this tour was intended to enter the "break" in a positive way -- and to take a last lap before going out. Nickel Creek's members told the magazine that they wanted to see their fans and the musicians that have inspired them over the years one more time.
Nickel Creek features siblings Sean and Sara Watkins, along with Chris Thile. After signing with Sugar Hill Records in 1998, the band released its self-titled debut album shortly after in 2000, and has gone on to release two more albums since. In 2001, they received Grammy nominations for Best Bluegrass Album and Country Instrumental, and went on to pick up the award in 2003 for Contemporary Folk Album in recognition of their second release, "This Side."
The Thursday at the Square festivities start at 5 p.m., and admission is free.
-- Molly Hirschbeck