Bruce Hornsby, Christopher Cross and More Coming Up at City Winery Chicago
City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, announces four shows with Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, plus concerts by Grammy Award winner Christopher Cross, American soul and R&B singer Goapele and more.
The following shows go on sale to the public on Thursday, February 9, at noon at citywinery.com/chicago.
Thursday, April 27; 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Goapele (pronounced gwa-puh-lay), which means "to move forward" in Setswana, has been doing just that, moving forward and making her presence felt as an American soul and R&B singer/songwriter since 2001. For her most recent album, Strong As Glass, she worked closely with executive producer Keith Harris, who helped push the songstress creatively. She also worked with R&B veteran Eric Benet and producer Demonte Posey to finish this genre-bending record, which includes upbeat tracks mixed with powerful ballads, hard-hitting drums, and classic Goapele vocals. Goapele's upbringing in her hometown of Oakland, California combined with ethnic influences from her South African father and New York-born Israeli Jewish mother, have created a unique artist with a passion for her music and her community. Once called the "spiritual love child of Sade and D'Angelo" by Rolling Stone magazine, Goapele has both a sensuous and serious voice that is making a difference in the music world by blending genres including jazz, soul, and hip-hop infused with her own poetry.
Tuesday-Wednesday, May 2-3
Featuring cast members from the critically-acclaimed CW comedy series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" including Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Second City Alum Joel Murray, this completely improvised 90-minute show of games, scenes and songs promises to tickle not only the funny bone, but every bone in the body. Audience members are invited to bring suggestions; and they might be asked to join the cast onstage[BS1] !
Monday, May 22
Christopher Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album, winning five Grammy Awards, including-for the first time ever-the four most prestigious awards: Record of the Year (for the single "Sailing"), Album of the Year, Song of the Year (also for "Sailing"), and Best New Artist. Now, more than 30 years after his extraordinary emergence into the music business, Cross continues his recording and performing career with a new album, Secret Ladder, which evokes the artistry of such great singer-songwriters as Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman while addressing contemporary concerns head-on - a combination which is sure to please his loyal fan base.
Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues feat. Marcella Detroit - Album release show
Friday, June 2
Few can claim to have forged an entirely original genre of music, but in 1966, Corky Siegel did just that. Guiding the blues of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters out of the smoky cavern of Big John's and onto the stages of the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and beyond, the harmonica-playing mad scientist had the tuxedo-and-gown crowd on its feet, clamoring for more of this blues-classical alchemy. These days, the harmonica virtuoso and composer is continent-hopping with Indian percussion and string quartet in Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues, continuing to bring classical and blues fans shoulder-to-shoulder and obliterating musical categorization in the process. The group's fourth album, Different Voices, is set to be released April 7, and promises to be its most revolutionary and socially unifying album to date.
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Sunday-Tuesday & Thursday; June 4-6 & 8
Bruce Hornsby is an American singer, pianist, accordion player and songwriter. Known for the spontaneity and creativity of his live performances, Hornsby draws frequently from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, rock, blues, and jam band musical traditions with his songwriting and the seamless improvisations contained within. Hornsby has achieved recognition for his solo albums, performances, along with his current live act, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers. The band has released several live concert recordings, including Here Come the Noisemakers in 2000, which unveilEd Hornsby and his band's free-wheeling live approaches to the Virginia-born pianist and composer's memorable songs. The group's most recent album, Rehab Reunion, was released in July.
Friday, June 16
Emmy Award winning actress Megan Mullally of Children's Hospital, Party Down and Will & Grace met fellow actress Stephanie Hunt of Friday Night Lights, Californication and How To Live With You. Parents For the Rest of Your Life while in Austin filming the independent movie Somebody Up There Likes Me. The minute the two started singing together they realized they had something special...and those that have come out to see their new band, Nancy & Beth, agree! Within just three months of its inception, N&B had already played such fabulous venues as Royce Hall in Los Angeles and been featured as a musical guest on Conan. Their new self-titled album is set to release April 7.
Dweezil Zappa - What's in a Name?
Friday, July 7
Dweezil Zappa's band has consistently played concerts around the world for the past 10 years, performing more than 1,000 shows. In that time Zappa did not have time to cultivate his own music, but in November 2015 he released Via Zammata', his first new album since Go With What You Know in 2006. Fusing analog tape and tube guitar amps with surprising instruments such as fretless guitar and the oud, Zappa draws listeners into his intimate and multifarious musical world. Armed with unexpected vocal arrangements that sound like 'The Beach Boys procreated with the Bulgarian Women's Choir,' his most recent collection of 12 uniquely orchestrated songs represents a true metamorphosis for Zappa as a solo artist. The album was produced and arranged by Zappa and features songwriting collaborations with his father, the late Frank Zappa and venerable actor John Malkovich.
City Winery also announces that Taylor Hicks' Thursday, April 13 concert has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 18. Tickets already purchased will be honored at the May 18 performance.
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, February 9 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.
Goapele, Whose Live Anyway, Christopher Cross, Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Nancy & Beth, and Dweezil Zappa 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: Stephen Lynch (Feb. 7-8); Holly Bowling (Feb. 9); 10,000 Maniacs (Feb. 10, 7 & 10pm; Feb. 11, 5 & 8pm); Story Sessions Brunch (Feb. 1); Geoff Tate with Voices of Extreme (Feb. 12); Great Moments in Vinyl (Feb. 13); Syleena Johnson (Feb. 14); Doyle Bramhall ll with Future Stuff (Feb. 15); Kruger Brothers with Michael J. Miles (Feb. 16); Head for the Hills (Feb. 17); The Verve Pipe (Feb. 18); Chicago Philharmonic Brunch (Feb. 19); Paris Combo (Feb. 19); Film Screening: Gimme Danger (Feb. 20); Chicago Flamenco Festival Kick Off (Feb. 21); Ana Popovic (Feb. 22); Assad Brothers (Feb. 23); Vanessa Carlton with Tristan (Feb. 24); Sam Fazio (Feb. 26; 12 pm); Jack Ingram with Elise Davis (Feb. 26); Jeannie Tanner (Feb. 27, 7:30pm); Kathy Mattea featuring Bill Cooley (Feb. 28); The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik (Mar. 1) Laith Al-Saadi (Mar. 2); Deacon Blues (Mar. 3); Tom Paxton featuring The DonJuans (Mar. 4); One Woman Sex & the City (Mar. 5; 2 pm) Sierra Hull (Mar. 5); Marcia Ball (Mar. 7); Subdudes (Mar. 8-9); Cherish the Ladies (Mar. 10; 7pm); Michael McDermott's Storytellers (Mar. 11); Los Lonely Boys with Sugar Dirt and Sand (Mar. 12-13); Chicago Jazz Orchestra (Mar. 14); Jimmy LaFave & Gretchen Peters (Mar. 15); Howie Day (Mar. 16-17); Elizabeth Cook (Mar. 18); Chicago Philharmonic Brunch (Mar. 19; 12pm); The High Kings (Mar. 19); Idan Raichel (Mar. 20-21); Kris Kristofferson (Mar. 22); Al Stewart featuring The Empty Pockets (Mar. 23, 7pm); Joey Alexander Trio (Mar. 24, 7 & 9:30pm); Rodney Crowell (Mar. 25); Jim Messina (Mar. 26); M. Ward (Mar. 27-28); The Cold Hard Cash Show (Mar. 29); Candlebox (Mar. 31, 8 & 10:30pm); Wanda Jackson (Apr. 1); Kris Kristofferson (Apr. 2); Rufus Wainwright (Apr. 6); Rufus Wainwright (Apr. 7, 7:30 & 10pm); Amel Larrieux (Apr. 8, 7 & 10pm); Crystal Bowersox (Apr. 9); Dave Mason (Apr. 10-11); Shane Koyczan (Apr. 12); Marc Cohn (Apr. 14-15); Timothy B. Schmit (Apr. 18); Morgan James with Andy Allo (Apr. 19); Seth Walker & Edward David Anderson (Apr. 20); Dwele (Apr. 21, 7 & 10pm); Paula Cole (Apr. 22); Suzy Bogguss (Apr. 28); Arsenio Hall (Apr. 29, 7 & 10pm); Eilen Jewell (May 4); Don McLean (May 5, 7:30pm); Ray Wylie Hubbard (May 6); Paul Thorn Band (May 7); and Emin & Friends (May 30).
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.