Leading new wave folk singers take over California Center for the Arts on April 1

Performing April 1, left to right, Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell.

No April’s Fools joke here, bluegrass is in the house on Friday, April 1 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Fans of the folksy country genre have the opportunity to see some of the leading ladies in the bluegrass world providing a singer-songwriter experience.

Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell performs a rare singers-in-the-round type show with each artist sharing their own songs as well as accompanying one another for the entire evening.

Griffin has won numerous Grammy Awards for traditional gospel and contemporary folk/Americana during two decades of performing. Watkins is a Nickel Creek veteran with several highly acclaimed studio albums and collaborations with the likes of John Mayer and The Decemberists. Mitchell is a leader ion the resurgent American folk music movement.

Listen to some reviews of the dynamic trio:

“[Patty] Griffin digs deep into introspective lyrics…to display her distinctive vocals and original songs with stripped down arrangements that use space and the silence between notes to create shimmering music you won’t soon forget.” -American Songwriter

“[Sara Watkins] created a sound that’s gritty and determined to avoid clichés…[Watkins is] a consummate performer, adding both depth and rigor to a blend of bluegrass and fine contemporary songwriting.” -BBC Music

“Currently a well-kept secret, [Anaïs] Mitchell is writing material that stands comparison with the great singer-songwriters of the past few decades.” -Daily Telegraph

Tickets range from $20 to $45 for the 7:30 p.m. show that takes place in the CCAE concert Hall. The Center is at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times and ticket information, visit www.artcenter.org.

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