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City Winery Chicago Announces Christopher Cross, Lisa Fischer and More


City Winery Chicago Announces Christopher Cross, Lisa Fischer and More

City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, announces the return of multi-Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Christopher Cross, Twenty Feet from Stardom's Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, award-winning Celtic quarter We Banjo 3, and more. The following shows go on sale to the public on Thursday, November 1 at noon. All tickets will be available at

The Hot Sardines

Wednesday, January 23


The Hot Sardines have brought their contagious brand of joy to audiences all over the world. Bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and lead singer "Miz Elizabeth" Bougerol combine with the Sardine ensemble of powerhouse musicians - and their very own tap dancer - to play "hot jazz" as it was in the era when live music was king: with a little glamour, a little grit, and a lot of passion. Even while giving voice to the history-defining jazz of the 1920's, 30's, and 40's, the Hot Sardines' vibrant performances bridge generations and captivate 21st century audiences.

Susan Werner

Sunday, January 27; 7:00 p.m.


Chicago-based, Iowa-born singer/songwriter Susan Werner opted to forgo a career as an opera singer, choosing to dedicate herself to songwriting instead, building a reputation at jazz clubs, coffeehouses, and folk festivals along the Eastern Seaboard. Werner has toured the nation with acts such as Richard Thompson, Keb Mo, and Joan Armatrading, and was featured in a 1998 Peter, Paul, and Mary PBS special as one of the best of the next generation of folk songwriters. She has 11 albums to date, the most recent of which, Hayseed, is the fourth in a series of concept albums, and pays tribute to American agriculture and Werner's Iowa farm roots, with subjects such as farmer's markets, agrochemicals, climate change, drought, longing for a sense of place, and the movement towards sustainable agriculture.

Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

Monday-Tuesday, February 4-5


Ms. Lisa Fischer is stepping into the spotlight once again. After four decades of singing backup for icons like the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, and Nine Inch Nails, Fischer is offering her own humble, heartfelt songs accompanied by her inventive band Grand Baton in this return engagement at City Winery.

The unexpected success of the Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013) altered the course of Fischer's musical journey. The film told her story, complete with clips of her 1991 Grammy-winning R&B hit "How Can I Ease The Pain," live footage of her legendary duets with Mick Jagger on "Gimme Shelter," and glowing testimonials from famous colleagues like Sting, Patti Austin, and Chris Botti. It showcased her virtuosity and vulnerability, opened a window on her sometimes lonely life on the road, earned her a second Grammy award, and left audiences eager to see and hear more.

We Banjo 3

Friday, March 1; 7:00 & 10:00 p.m.


Hailing from Galway, Ireland, award-winning quartet We Banjo 3 combines Irish music with old-time American and bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo's rich legacy and roots. Brothers Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated young musicians in Ireland today. Their competitive success is unrivaled, Martin holding 7 All Ireland titles, Enda with 4, while Fergal and David hold All Ireland titles on Banjo, Fiddle, Bodhran and Guitar. Originators of their own combination of celtic and bluegrass music ("Celtgrass"), We Banjo 3 released their newest album, Haven, in July 2018.

Christopher Cross - Take Me As I Am Tour

Tuesday-Wednesday, March 19-20

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. His classic hits also include "Ride Like the Wind" and the Oscar-winning "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from the film starring Liza Minelli and Dudley Moore - which remain staples on radio to this day. Cross appears at City Winery in support of his latest album, Take Me As I Am, which was released in 2017.

City Winery also announces Scott Mulvahill will open for Jon McLaughlin & Matt Wertz on Nov. 18, Dante Hall will open for Anita Wilson on Feb. 10, and Emily Scott Robinson will open for Ron Pope on Mar. 9.

All City Winery Chicago events are open to all ages and start at 8 p.m., unless noted.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on November 1 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.

Emily Scott Robinson, Dante Hall, Scott Mulvahill, The Hot Sardines, Susan Werner, Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, We Banjo 3, and Christopher Cross 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: Matisyahu (Oct. 30); David Cook with Tyler Boone (Oct. 31); Paul Thorn with Trapper Schoepp (Nov. 1); Loose Ends featuring Jane Eugene (Nov. 3, 7 & 10p); Vusi Mahlasela (Nov. 4, 7p); Katharine McPhee (Nov. 5); Peter Asher & Jeremy Clyde (Nov. 6); Girls Gotta Eat - Live Podcast (Nov. 7); Keller Williams Duo with Danton Boller (Nov. 8); David Phipps (Nov. 9); John Hiatt (Nov. 10-11); Conya Doss (Nov. 12); Eliane Elias (Nov. 13); Peter Wolf & the Midnight Travelers (Nov. 14); Joe Henry (Nov. 15); Jon McLaughlin & Matt Wertz (Nov. 18, 4 & 8p); The Expendables (Nov. 19); J Mascis with Luluc (Nov. 20-21); 30DB featuring Jeff Austin & Brendan Bayliss (Nov. 23, 7 & 10p); BoDeans (Nov. 24, 7 & 10p; Nov. 25, 7p); BoDeans with Tolan Shaw (Nov. 25, 7p) Anthony David (Nov. 26); Pokey LaFarge (Nov. 27); Canned Heat with Kevin Burt (Nov. 28); Dwele (Nov. 29, 7 & 9:30p); Jane Lynch (Nov. 30, 7 & 10p); Andrew Ripp (Dec. 1); Jennifer Knapp & Margaret Becker (Dec. 2, 12p); Suzy Bogguss (Dec. 2, 7p); Dave Hollister (Dec. 3, 7p); Kris Allen with Sawyer (Dec. 4); Joe Pug (Dec. 5); The Empty Pockets (Dec. 6); Syleena Johnson (Dec. 7, 7 & 10p); Shane Koyczan (Dec. 8); Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players present: A Christmas Carol (Dec. 9, 12p); Los Lobos (Dec. 9-12); Art Garfunkel (Dec. 14-15); Vienna Teng with Katie Rose (Dec. 16); Tab Benoit (Dec. 17-18); Kurt Elling (Dec. 19-20); Michael McDermott (Dec 21-23); Christmas for the Jews (Dec. 25); Shemekia Copeland (Dec. 26-27); Macy Gray (Dec. 28-29); Avery*Sunshine (Dec. 30; Dec. 31, 7:30 & 11p; Jan. 1, 5p); Musiq Soulchild (Jan. 3-4, 7:30 & 10p); Talib Kweli (Jan. 5, 7p & 10p); Sons of the Never Wrong with special guest Michael Smith (Jan. 6, 7p); Three Women and the Truth (Jan. 11); Maysa (Jan. 12, 7 & 10p); Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues featuring Tracy Nelson (Jan. 13, 7p); Steve Earle (Jan. 14-15); EagleMania (Jan. 16); Paris Combo (Jan. 17); Jodee Lewis & Jonas Friddle (Jan. 20, 7p); Randy Bachman (Jan. 24-25); Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar (Jan. 28, 7p); Alejandro Escovedo with Don Antonio Band (Jan. 31-Feb. 2); Anita Wilson (Feb. 10, 7p); 10,000 Maniacs (Feb. 14-16); Kandace Springs (Feb. 17); Donavon Frankenreiter (Feb. 18, 6:30 & 9p); Procol Harum (Feb. 20-21); Bobby McFerrin & Gimme 5 (Feb. 22-23, 7 & 10p); Steve Earle (Feb. 25-26); Ann Hampton Callaway (Feb. 27); Kasim Sulton's Utopia (Mar. 7); Ron Pope (Mar. 8-9) and John Parr (Apr. 10).

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. The West Loop's only fully operational winery has produced dozens of in-house wines sourced from vineyards in California, Oregon, Washington, Argentina and Chile, including a Wine Enthusiast 92-point 2015 Verna's 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, please visit

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