The Arts Center is pleased to welcome folk group Watkins Family Hour and special guest Margaret Glaspy with the opening Dear Darling at the Marisa Funk Theater on November 30, 2022. Watkins Family Hour is a collaborative music project founded by the musicians and siblings Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins and traditionally held at beloved Los Angeles club Largo. Since the first Watkins Family Hour show in 2002, the duo have released three studio albums, debuting with their self-titled album in 2015, followed by Brother Sister in 2020, and most recently releasing Vol. II in August 2022.
When Sara and Sean Watkins started performing the Watkins Family Hour shows, the siblings and musicians had no idea the scope of the collaborative variety show. Twenty years, two studio albums and hundreds of performances later, the two take stock of the ever-growing community of musicians and music lovers the project has helped to build. Their third studio album Vol. II features a number of longtime friends from the show joining Sean and Sara on 11 tracks that recap where Watkins Family Hour started, how the project grew and where it might go in the future. While Vol. II is certainly a celebration of the show itself, it is also a tribute to Largo, the famous place in Los Angeles that first hosted them, and serves as an important hub of the city’s creative community. “We wanted to capture what we’ve done over the years, but also capture the process that’s continually at work, which is this mix of the musical community here in Los Angeles that surrounds Largo.”
In just three days, Sean and Sara recorded Vol. II at East West Studios in Los Angeles in early 2022 alongside a stacked list of longtime and new Family Hour collaborators, including Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Madison Cunningham, Lucius, Jon Brion, and more . “During the pandemic, we crossed the 20-year mark,” says Sara. “And we wanted to celebrate that. I’m a little surprised that we still do it. I don’t feel like it’s been 20 years. But when I think of the number, I think, “Wow, there’s been so many transitions during this period where the Family Hour work could have run out of steam.” And we continued to choose to do so.
Flight. II follows the band’s second album Brother Sister, which they released as the COVID-19 pandemic began to grip the world and, in turn, shut down the live music industry. This record was, coincidentally, a quieter affair, showcasing the musical interplay between Sara and Sean that sets the heartbeat of Family Hour. As Sean and Sara continue to work on their own solo music, as well as their other bands like Nickel Creek and I’m With Her, Watkins Family Hour remains an invaluable resource and respite for both of them, providing a familiar but always- evolving space to test new ideas, meet new collaborators and above all have a good time doing what they love.
Don’t miss this celebration of folk music on November 30, 2022, with Watkins Family Hour, and special guest Margaret Glaspy with the opening Dear Darling at the Center for the Arts.
Source: The Arts Center