The University of Iowa
Nickel Creek

Nickel Creek

with special guest The Staves

Presented by
VIP $199
Adult $85 / $65
Students & Youth $85 / $25*
*limited availability
Tuesday, February 6, 2024, 7:30 pm

Part of Hancher's 51st season

A sum of more than their staggering parts, Nickel Creek is the trio that revolutionized bluegrass and folk in the early 2000s and ushered in a new era of Americana music. After a nine-year absence, mandolinist Chris Thile, violinist Sara Watkins, and guitarist Sean Watkins returned with Celebrants–a bounty of 18 disparate but loosely connected songs addressing love, friendship, time, and the universal travails of travel. The band’s live performance will be, as always, shot through with the trio's virtuosic picking and shiver-inducing harmonies. 

Nickel Creek VIP Experience: 

  • One (1) Premium Reserved Seat 
  • Access to a private pre-show performance by Nickel Creek
  • Access to a private Q&A with Nickel Creek
  • Limited edition poster signed by Nickel Creek
  • Celebrants Club Enamel Pin
  • Early entry to venue
  • Crowd free merchandise shopping
  • Onsite event host
    Please note: Timing of the private pre-show performance and Q&A will be relayed to patrons 48–72 hours prior to the show. 


Nickel Creek Website

Chris Thile Website

Sara Watkins Website

Sean Watkins Website

The Staves Website

Preorder food from the Stanley Café!

Avoid the lines by making your food selections before you come to Hancher Auditorium. Cheese boards are only available through preorder and cannot be purchased on-site at the performance. Snacks and beverages will be available on-site.

Orders must be placed by noon the day before the performance.

Preorder food

Terry & Johanna Abernathy
The Chris & Suzy DeWolf Family
Jeffrey & Kristine Nielsen
John & Dyan Smith
Catherine Zaharis & Robert Michael

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Paris Young in advance at (319) 467-4849 or at