Jane Lynch, James Hunter, & More to Play Chicago's City Winery
City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, announces holiday concerts with award-winning singer, actress, and comedian Jane Lynch ("Glee") and more. The following shows go on sale to the public on Thursday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. All tickets will be available at citywinery.com/chicago.
The James Hunter Six
Sunday, July 8
The soulful tenor of British singer/songwriter James Hunter recalls a range of R&B giants, from Sam Cooke to Bobby Bland. Hunter's 2013 album Minute By Minute is his first album credited to The James Hunter Six. With his longtime cohorts - Lee Badau (baritone sax), Damian Hand (tenor sax), Jonathan Lee (drums), Jason Wilson (double bass) and Kyle Koehler and Andrew Kingslow sharing keyboard/piano duties - Hunter has toured internationally for more than two decades and developed a cohesion and intuitive knack for creating the right arrangement and feel for his original songs.
Sunday, July 22
The Purple Veins recreate the magical power and energy of a classic Prince show circa 1985: an all-out dance party with relentless funk, all the hits, tasty lesser-known classics, theatrical elements, and dance choreography. Their aim is to be all-inclusive, with an age range of 18 to 32 and multiple ethnicities within the band to both reach millennials who didn't live through Prince's music and transport those that did back in time to their younger days. With a charismatic, sexy, and soulful front man backed by a 16-piece ensemble, Purple Veins is THE tribute show of all Prince tributes.
God Street Wine
Sunday, July 29
$35/$38/$45/$48 + SRO for $25
In the tradition of the Spin Doctors and Blues Traveler, jam rock group God Street Wine blends funk, reggae, folk-rock, post-punk, pop/rock, and blues-rock, taking risks to firm their own unique and original sound. The band formed in New York City in the late '80s and became legendary for putting on shows more than three hours and, with their two guitarists and reliance on improvisation, began to draw comparisons to another great twin-guitar band, the Allman Brothers. They are best known for their 1994 album $1.99 Romances. The band dissolved in the early 2000s. After a decade apart, they were brought back together after the tragic death of a close friend. A fan-driven social media movement then pushed for more shows, and, since 2010, God Street Wine has obliged with about 20 reunion performances.
Jane Lynch - A Swingin' Little Christmas
Friday, November 30; 7:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Get into the holiday spirit with Golden Globe- and two-time Emmy-winning actress Jane Lynch ("Glee") on stage with actress Kate Flannery ("The Office"), singer/producer Tim Davis, and The Tony Guerrero Quintet. Performing from their album A Swingin' Little Christmas, this holiday concert will feature fresh takes on classic carols alongside new nostalgia-inspired originals written by bandleader Tony Guerrero. A limited number of Meet & Greet tickets are available at each show for $75.
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 April 26 at 2:00 p.m. Only members of City Winery Chicago's signature VinoFile™ program have access to ticket sales today at 2:00 p.m. 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.
Cody Fry, The James Hunter Six, God Street Wine, Purple Veins, Jane Lynch and Raye Zaragoza 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: Ryan Bingham (Apr. 24); Tyrone Wells (Apr. 25); Keb' Mo' (Apr. 26-27); A Toast to George Freeman featuring Billy Branch with Joanie Pallatto & Sparrow (Apr. 28, 12pm); Dave Barnes (Apr. 28); Red Molly (Apr. 29); Simrit Kaur (Apr. 30); Eliane Elias (May 2); The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik (May 3); Suzanne Vega (May 5-6); Graham Parker with James Maddock (May 10); Sam Bush (May 11); Glen Phillips with Heather Lynne Horton (May 13); Brendan James with Pete Muller (May 14); Kat Edmonson with Matt Munisteri (May 15); Ghost Light featuring Holly Bowling & Tom Hamilton (May 16); Heather McDonald (May 17-18); Elizabeth Cook with Caleb Caudle (May 19); Story Jam (May 20, 12pm); Squirrel Nut Zippers (May 20); Sarah Vaughan: Live at Mister Kelly's & After Hours at the London House (May 21, 7:30pm); Ana Popovic (May 22); Cathy Richardson Band (May 23); John Waite & the Axemenwith Leslie DiNicola (May 24-25); Rahsaan Patterson (May 26, 7 & 10pm); Deacon Blues (May 27); American Aquarium with Cory Branan (May 28); Sidewalk Chalk (May 29); Eric Roberson (May 30-Jun. 1); Oleta Adams (Jun. 3); Al Stewart (Jun. 4-5); Brian McKnight (Jun. 6-7, 7 & 9:30pm); Joe Purdy (Jun. 8); Joan Armatrading (Jun. 9-10); John Mayall (Jun. 11); Joan Armatrading (Jun. 12-14); Greg Laswell (Jun. 15); Jeffrey Foucault with Dusty Heart (Jun. 17);Indigenous (Jun. 18); Edwin McCain (Jun. 20); David Ramirez (Jun. 21); Paula Cole (Jun. 22); Hip Hop Yoga (Jun. 23, 11am &1:30pm); Griffin House (Jun. 23);The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston (Jun. 24); Lit (Jun. 27); Red Wanting Blue with Liz Brasher (Jun. 28); Marc Cohn with Clarence Bucaro (Jun. 29); Capitol Steps (Jul. 1, 7pm); Dennis Quaid & the Sharks (Jul. 2); Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers (Jul. 5); Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues with Lynne Jordan(Jul. 6); Carbon Leaf (Jul. 7, 6 & 9pm); Anthony David (Jul. 11); The Bacon Brothers (Jul.12, 6:30 & 9:30pm); We Hate Movies (Jul. 13); Mac McAnally (Jul. 14, 7pm); Wayne 'The Train' Hancock & Scott H. Biram (Jul. 15); Kenny Lattimore (Jul. 20, 7 & 10pm); Sawyer Fredericks (Aug. 1); Pat McGee (Aug. 3); Tower of Power (Aug. 8-9 & Aug. 10, 7 & 10pm); Vivian Green (Aug. 11, 7 &10pm); Over the Rhine (Aug. 12); Jean-Luc Ponty (Aug. 13-14); Robben Ford (Aug. 16); Don McLean (Aug. 19); Rachelle Ferrell (Aug. 24-25, 7 & 10pm); Justin Hayward with Michael Dawes (Aug. 26); Dar Williams (Sept. 16); Willy Porter Band (Sept. 28) and Jump, Little Children with Michael Flynn (Oct. 1).
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 operation 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 www.citywinery.com.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride