Sara Watkins @ Kentucky Center

Photo by Jeremy Cowart

Photo by Jeremy Cowart

Thursday, Oct. 29

Kentucky Center
501 W. Main St.
562-0100
$25; 8 p.m.

The kids of Nickel Creek aren’t exactly kids anymore … but then, they’re not quite Nickel Creek anymore, either. The trio’s “on hiatus,” and each member is now bouncing around the music world like a rambunctious prize puppy just let loose. Come to the Bomhard Theater at the Kentucky Center and you can see what Sara Watkins has gotten into. In the manner of her career-model predecessor Alison Krauss, Watkins is now seen as a singer who can combine breathy, solemn and sweet — and who can pull out a fiddle and make it do just about anything. Also like Krauss, there’s a Led Zep alumnus acting as benefactor/collaborator: For Watkins, it’s John Paul Jones, who produced and played all over her recent debut album. As long as you expect a mesh of bluegrass and folk-pop rather than “No Quarter,” you won’t be disappointed with either disc or show. Opener will be Louisville singer-songwriter Brooks Ritter. —T.E. Lyons

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