Sweetness and swagger
Sara Watkins displays her solo chops at Levitt Pavilion
By John Sollenberger 07/05/2012
An awesome folk presence displays her talent Friday night at Levitt Pavilion’s Summer Concert Series in Pasadena’s Memorial Park when singer/songwriter and fiddle player Sara Watkins takes the stage.
Her 2009 solo debut ballad, “Where Will You Be?” heralded the fade of a romance, and it could’ve been a question about her life and work. At that point, she was at the start of a solo career. Prior to that, she’d spent nearly two decades, from the time she was 8 years old, performing alongside her older brother, guitarist Sean Watkins, and mandolinist Chris Thile in the Grammy-winning bluegrass and folk hybrid Nickel Creek. She apparently learned her lessons well in that high-profile incubator, as fans and critics agreed that the transition to fronting her own band appeared seamless.
After going solo, she spent two years performing at events including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Newport Folk Festival and Glasgow’s Celtic Connection, among others. She then returned to LA to record her second disc on the Nonesuch label. That CD, “Sun Midnight Sun,” released in May, displays the talented composer’s sweetness and swagger and earned her critical kudos.
Visit her at sarawatkins.com.
Music starts at 8 p.m. Friday at Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park, corner of Raymond Avenue and Holly Street, Pasadena. Call (626) 683-3230 or visit levittpavilionpasadena.org.