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Preston’s picks: Chris Thile at Kessler Theater; Parker Millsap at Jefferson Freedom Cafe

Posted 4:31pm on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Chris Thile at Kessler Theater

If last week’s news about the impending Nickel Creek reunion, which will include mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile (pronounced thee-lee), spurred you to wonder about going to the acclaimed musician’s solo gig at the Kessler, bad news — it’s sold out. Those fortunate to snag tickets to this intimate performance, however, will delight in the former MacArthur Fellow’s dazzling, ambitious catalog, ranging from progressive bluegrass to the folk-centric soundtrack of the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis to last year’s album of Bach sonatas and partitas. Indeed, “eclectic” doesn’t seem to be a big enough word for Thile’s music.

8 p.m. Wednesday. Kessler Theater, Dallas. Sold out.

Parker Millsap at

Jefferson Freedom Cafe

There’s something in the water in Oklahoma. How else to explain yet another folk musician whose debut album, like John Fullbright’s before him, is a flat-out stunner? On his self-titled debut, 20-year-old troubadour Parker Millsap, who hails from Purcell, Okla., channels his Pentecostal upbringing into a fistful of folk songs shot through with vivid imagery, his scarred, wiry voice and an almost preternatural confidence. Don’t miss this opportunity to see him in one of Fort Worth’s cozy listening rooms.

7:30 p.m. Saturday. Jefferson Freedom Cafe, Fort Worth. $15.

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