Don McLean, Dwele and More Coming Up at City Winery Chicago
The following shows go on sale to the public on Thursday, February 2, at noon at citywinery.com/chicago.
Monday, February 20
General admission: $5 in advance, $7 at the door
Emerging from Ann Arbor, MI amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges' powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s. Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, the band planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed. Jim Jarmusch's new film Gimme Danger chronicles the story of The Stooges, one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands of all time. Gimme Danger presents the context of the Stooges emergence musically, culturally, politically and historically, and relates their adventures and misadventures while charting their inspirations and the reasons behind their initial commercial challenges, as well as their long-lasting legacy.
Chicago Jazz Orchestra - CD release show
Tuesday, March 14; 7:30 p.m.
For more than 35 years, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra has been at the forefront of presenting performances of classic American jazz orchestra repertoire to diverse audiences through reasonably priced programs held at a variety of venues. Always looking for new challenges, both in repertoire and stylistic choices, Jeff Lindberg has infused the Orchestra with a spirit of versatility that has made the group a favorite performer not only in jazz venues, but also for concert settings, receptions, and dances - just about anywhere that exceptional big band music can be presented. The Chicago Jazz Orchestra is Chicago's oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation and one of the oldest jazz repertory orchestras in the country. This concert celebrates the group's new CD, released in February.
Wednesday, March 29
The Cold Hard Cash Show is an original and innovative tribute to the music of Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Three. Fronted by guitarist and singer Merle Travis Peterson, The Cold Hard Cash Show brings to life classic Cash songs from the Sun & Columbia Records Catalogs to the modern American recordings, performing with the energy of the Live at Folsom and San Quentin albums with a sound so accurate you'd think you're listening to The Man in Black himself.
Thursday, April 20
Living in New Orleans after stints in Austin and Nashville, Seth Walker is thriving musically, surrounded by all the music in the "Big Easy." Walker's music is consistently in the top 20 Americana charts and he has a reputation of being one of the most acclaimed modern roots artists in the country in the last decade. He has become a three-dimensional talent comprised by a gift for combining melody and lyrics alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar. His latest studio album, Gotta Get Back, produced by Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, is yet another masterwork that further expands upon this reputation.
Edward David Anderson is one of music's modern makers, a rock & roll veteran who spent his formative years fronting the revered Midwest band, Backyard Tire Fire. Known for infectious melodies and memorable messages, Anderson penned 8 albums for the band and played countless shows across the US and Canada. Their eventual hiatus fostered his solo debut, Lies & Wishes. A serendipitous move south in 2013 introduced him to 'Lower Alabama' where he found the culture and beaches provided reprieve from life on the road and a second home. He quickly immersed himself into the rich and welcoming LA music scene where he met producer Anthony Crawford (Neil Young, Willie Sugarcapps) and recorded Lower Alabama: The Loxley Sessions over the winter of 2014. The Chicagoland native, influenced by blues, rock & roll, folk and bluegrass creates a sound uniquely his own. He plays a variety of instruments while happily kicking a bass drum and singing songs that evoke an emotional and spiritual connection with listeners in venues large and small
Friday, April 21; 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
Influenced by the sounds of jazz and Motown, R&B's smoothest singer-songwriter-producer Dwele began his career in Detroit's underground hip-hop scene during the late '90s. He has since released five albums and collaborated with artists like Big Sean and Kanye West, including work on West's 2007 Flashing Lights. His 2012 album, Greater than One, mixes silky ballads and crispy up-tempo jams to create what Dwele calls "bedroom music."
Thursday, May 4
Honesty, confidence, and respect permeate Eilen Jewell's music, dating back to her self-released Boundary County album in 2006. Since then, the Boise native has recorded five studio albums for Signature Sounds with her road-tested touring band and two more as a member of the Boston-based gospel-charged Sacred Shakers (also on Signature Sounds), which includes that well-oiled band at its core. Her latest, Sundown Over Ghost Town, is a masterful culmination of Jewell's work to date. As hard as it is to categorize Jewell's music-terms like alt-country, roots-rock, country-noir, and Americana get used a lot-it's even harder not to become thoroughly enraptured by the singer/songwriter's powerful versatility, musical stories, and images. Her gorgeous voice makes it seem like she's singing just for you, out on the breezy back porch or by a crackling campfire.
Friday, May 5; 7:30 p.m.
The 21st Century has seen a number of new honors for Don McLean and his music. Iona College conferred an honorary doctorate on him in 2001 and, in February 2002, "American Pie" was finally inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2004 McLean was inaugurated into the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters' Hall of Fame and in 2007 he shared his life story in Alan Howard's biography. In 2012 "American Troubadour," which charts his life and career, was released on CD and DVD. In 2015 McLean broke his European tour record for number of concerts in one year. 2017 will see the release of his latest album and further USA and overseas touring.
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 2 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.
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, The Cold Hard Cash Show, Seth Walker & Edward David Anderson, Dwele, Eilen Jewell and Don McLean 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: Luke Wade with Matt McAndrew (Jan. 31); Langston Hughes Celebration (Feb. 1); Jon B (Feb. 3; 7 & 10pm); Leftover Salmon (Feb. 5, 1pm); Laura Jane Grace (Feb. 5); Anthony David with DJ Duane Powell (Feb. 6); 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); 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); 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); M. Ward (Mar. 27-28); Candlebox (Mar. 31, 8 & 10:30pm); Jim Messina (Mar. 26); 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); Taylor Hicks (Apr. 13); Marc Cohn (Apr. 14-15); Timothy B. Schmit (Apr. 18); Morgan James with Andy Allo (Apr. 19); Paula Cole (Apr. 22); Suzy Bogguss (Apr. 28); Arsenio Hall (Apr. 29, 7 & 10pm); 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.