Ana Popovic, Laura Jane Grace and More Coming Up at City Winery Chicago
The following shows go on sale to the public on Thursday, November 17, at noon at citywinery.com/chicago.
Tuesday, January 31
Luke Wade describes himself as a pop singer/songwriter with strong Americana influences. Wade compares his sound to soulful crooners and songwriters like Ray Lamontagne, James Bay, Adele (to a certain extent) and Sam Smith, but a little more distinctly American. While Wade is known as a Texas-based musician, he gained national attention on Season 7 of NBC's reality singing show, "The Voice." Wade has headlined more than a thousand live shows and toured and performed with Train, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Rusted Root, Kris Allen, Casey Abrams, Patti LaBelle, Andy Grammer, MKTO, Train, Daughtry, Blue October, Green River Ordinance, Ingrid Michelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, OAR and David Cook. As the official 2015-16 Komen Artist, he released "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" with Mia Z to benefit Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.
Wade released his first album, Tomorrow's Ghosts, in 2010 and his second album, The River, in April 2014. Wade's third, full-length studio album, Only Ghosts, will be released in January 2017.
Sunday, February 5
Laura Jane Grace is an American musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me!. Her solo debut EP, HeArt Burns, was released in 2008. In 2012, she publicly came out as transgender, admitting to years of struggling with gender dysphoria and announcing her plan to medically transition to female. In 2014, Grace was included in The Advocate's annual "40 under 40" list. In November 2016, Grace released her autobiography, Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.
Saturday, February 18
With a reputation for spectacular live performances, the multi-platinum alternative rock band The Verve Pipe are recognized worldwide for their radio hits "Photograph," "Hero," "Happiness Is," "Never Let You Down" and the #1 smash single "The Freshmen." In addition to their success on radio, TV and film, sold-out concert dates throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, features in Rolling Stone, Interview Magazine, and videos on MTV and VH1, the band has made numerous television appearances, including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Late Night with David Letterman."
Between recording rock albums, including their most recent release Overboard, The Verve Pipe expanded their repertoire to include writing and recording A Family Album, their critically acclaimed introduction to the world of children's music, as well as their follow up family oriented release, Are We There Yet?. Currently in the studio between live performances, The Verve Pipe are putting the final touches on a new rock album, scheduled for released in Fall 2016, and a new children's record scheduled for Summer 2017. The Verve Pipe perform both rock and kids shows throughout North America, including notable appearances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, Lincoln Center, Hangout Music Festival and SummerStage in Central Park.
Wednesday, February 22
L.A. based, guitar player and singer Ana Popovic is back on the road promoting her latest album Trilogy, released May 2016. With Trilogy, Popovic released three albums in one, featuring twenty-three funk, rock/blues and jazz tunes.
Popovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia) and has shared headlining stages with B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr. and many others. She's been nominated for five Blues Music Awards, appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar and Guitar Player magazine. Her albums Can You Stand the Heat (2013) and Unconditional (2011) were Pick-Of-The-Week by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. Popovic is endorsed by Fender, D'Angelico, Jim Dunlop and DR strings.
Thursday, February 23
Brazilian-born brothers and Latin Grammy winners Sérgio and Odair Assad come from a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and are influenced by their studies with the guitar/lutenist Monina Távora (1921-2011), a disciple of Andrés Segovia. In addition to setting new performance standards, the Assads have played a major role in creating and introducing new music for two guitars. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger and Francisco Mignone. The Assad's repertoire also includes original music composed by Sérgio Assad and his re-workings of folk and jazz music as well as Latin music of almost every style. Their programs feature a blend of styles, periods and cultures.
Friday, February 24
Vanessa Carlton ("A Thousand Miles") exploded onto the pop scene with the platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated album Be Not Nobody in 2002. Liberman, Vanessa Carlton's fifth album and most recent release, features ten songs built on ethereal melodies and lush orchestration. The opening track, "Take It Easy," instantly sets the tone, inviting the listener into a sort of sonic euphoria: each note and lyric thereafter builds on that aesthetic, creating an ongoing narrative that unfurls over its classic side A and side B. The album also includes the haunting and cinematic single "Young Heart" and the pared down vocal piano track "Blue Pool." Liberman feels like a new chapter in Carlton's career, revealing new facets of her musical skill and instigating fresh inspirations.
Saturday, March 25
Singer and songwriter Rodney Crowell has released twenty albums in 4 decades, with 5 consecutive number-one hits. Crowell's work and career sets a benchmark for commercial success and lifelong artistic ambition and integrity in country music. His compositions, including "Til I Gain Control Again," "I Ain't Livin' Long Like This," "Song For The Life" and "Ashes By Now" have been widely and successfully covered by legendary singers. But he led the way as a recording artist, achieving a dazzling run of radio hits in the 1980s, followed by a series of more personal albums in the 2000s that secured his place as much more than a chart topper. His honors include two Grammys (one in 1990 for Best Country Song for the song "After All This Time" and one in 2014 Best Americana Album for his album Old Yellow Moon), an ASCAP lifetime achievement award, and membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He played guitar and sang for three years in Emmylou Harris' Hot Band. He's also known for his marriage and professional partnership with Johnny Cash's daughter, Rosanne Cash, from 1979 to 1992. Crowell released his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks, in 2011.
All City Winery events are open to all ages and start at 8 p.m., unless noted. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, November 17, at noon. Only members of City Winery Chicago's signature VinoFile program have access to ticket sales today in addition to receiving: a waiver of ticket service fees; free valet parking; Restaurant Loyalty Rewards, such as a free pair of VIP concert tickets for every $500 spent on food & beverage in the restaurant; exclusive membership-only events; and access to the proprietary City Winery Virtual Sommelier, which helps make suggestions for wines one might enjoy based on past consumption at the venue.
Vanessa Carlton, Verve Pipe, Assad Brother, Rodney Crowell, Luke Wade, Laura Jane Grace, Colin Elmore, Stellar Road, Andy Allo and Ana Popovic join a diverse mix of the most respected names in pop, rock, jazz, blues, world music, theater, dance, spoken word and comedy presented at City Winery Chicago, including previously announced headliners and supporting acts: Flobots with BoneLang and Qbala (Nov. 1); BrenDan James (Nov. 2); Rik Emmett (Nov. 3); Eric Johnson (Nov. 5, 7:00pm); North Mississippi Allstars (Nov. 6, 5 & 8pm); Lynne Jordan (Nov. 7); Legendary Shack Shakers and Chuck Mead & his Grassy Knoll Boys (Nov. 8); Patty Griffin with Joan Shelley (Nov. 9-10); Willie Nile with Phil Rockrohr (Nov. 11); Loose Ends featuring Jane Eugene (Nov. 13); Peter Wolf & the Midnight Travelers with Kenny White (Nov. 15); Blue Rodeo with Devin Cuddy (Nov. 16); Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift (Nov. 17); Brian McKnight (Nov. 18-19, 7 & 10pm) Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players (Nov. 20; 12pm); Jonatha Brooke (Nov. 20); Roy Ayers (Nov. 21-22); Ginuwine with Ivan Ellis (Nov. 23, 7 & 10pm); Joseph Arthur & Nicole Atkins (Nov. 25); Sonny Knight & the Lakers (Nov. 26); Big Bad VooDoo Daddy (Nov. 27, 5 & 8pm); O'Connor Band featuring Mark O'Connor (Nov. 28); Delta Rae with Penny & Sparrow (Nov. 29); Mipso with Kristin Andreassen (Nov. 30); Rhett Miller (Dec. 1); Toh Kay (Dec. 3, 7:30pm); Jeffrey Foucault (Dec. 4); Avant (Dec. 5-6); Davina & the Vagabonds (Dec. 7); Marty Stuart & his Fabulous Superlatives with Colin Elmore (Dec. 8); Dan Zanes: Holiday Sing-a-Long Brunch Show (Dec. 11); Los Lobos (Dec. 11-14); Tab Benoit (Dec. 17, 7 & 10pm) Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players (Dec 18; 12pm); Shemekia Copeland (Dec. 18, 5 & 8pm); Marc Broussard (Dec. 19); Andrew Ripp with Stella Road (Dec. 20); Michael McDermott (Dec. 21-23); For The Jews featuring Joel Chasnoff, John Roy, Aaron Freeman (Dec. 24); Poi Dog Pondering (Dec. 26-30); Lalah Hathaway (Dec. 31, 7:30 & 11pm) The Flat Five (Jan. 6); Steve Earle Residency (Jan 9-10); FrEddie Jackson (Jan. 13); Kris Kristofferson (Jan. 16-18); Hot Club of Cowtown (Jan. 19); Kevin Griffin (Jan 20-21); Amy Black Band (Jan. 22; 12pm); Steve Earle Residency (Jan 24-25); Alejandro Escovedo (Jan. 26-28); Louie Anderson (Jan. 29, 5 & 7:30pm); Luke Wade (Jan. 31); Laura Jane Grace (Feb. 5); Holly Bowling (Feb. 9); 10,000 Maniacs (Feb. 10, 7 & 10pm; Feb 11, 5 & 8pm); The Verve Pipe (Feb. 18); Ana Popovic (Feb. 22); Assad Brothers (Feb. 23); Vanessa Carlton (Feb. 24); Jeannie Tanner (Feb. 27, 7:30pm); Kathy Mattea featuring Bill Cooley (Feb. 28); Idan Raichel (Mar. 20-21); Rodney Crowell (Mar. 25); and Morgan James with Andy Allo (Apr. 19).
Opened in 2012, City Winery Chicago is a fully operational winery, restaurant with outdoor patio, concert hall and private event space located in the heart of the West Loop at 1200 W. Randolph, in the historic urban Fulton Market district. Once a refrigerated food distribution warehouse, the 1911 building has been transformed into a contemporary 33,000 square foot haven for those passionate about wine, music and culinary arts. The décor evokes the romance of being in wine country, from the exposed stainless steel fermenting tanks and French oak barrels, to the aroma of fermenting grapes. Chicago's only fully operation winery has produced dozens of in-house wines sourced from vineyards in California, Oregon, Washington, Argentina and Chile, including a Wine Enthusiast 90-point 2012 Bien Nacido Vineyard Reserve pinot noir. With more than 400 unique producers from around the world City Winery is recognized with 2014 and 2015 Best of Awards of Excellence "for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world" by Wine Spectator. The globally inspired, locally sourced, wine-focused food menu is conceived for pairing and sharing. The concert hall accommodates up to 300 guests, all seated at tables with complete beverage and dining service, ensuring a comfortable "listening room" experience enhanced by a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound system. Riedel is the official and exclusive provider of glassware, showing City Winery's commitment to enjoying quality wine in a quality vessel. American Airlines is the Official Airline and Virgin Hotels Chicago is the Official Hotel of City Winery. For more information, visit www.citywinery.com.