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January Events At City Winery Chicago

January Events At City Winery Chicago

The following are acts performing at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, in January. Please consider including in your upcoming calendar and cultural listings. All City Winery Chicago events are open to all ages and start at 8:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Tickets can be purchased by calling 312-733-WINE (9463) or by visiting

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Talib Kweli

Saturday, January 5; 7:00 and 10:00 p.m.


The Brooklyn-based MC Talib Kweli is considered one of the most lyrically-gifted, socially aware and politically insightful rappers to emerge in the last two decades. After nearly 20 years of releasing mesmerizing music, Kweli stands as one of the world's most talented and most accomplished Hip Hop artists. Whether working with Mos Def as one-half of Black Star, partnering with producer Hi-Tek for Reflection Eternal, releasing landmark solo material, or collaborating with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Just Blaze, J Dilla, or Madlib, Kweli commands attention by delivering top-tier lyricism, crafting captivating stories and showing the ability to rhyme over virtually any type of instrumental.

In 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, which is self-defined as "a platform for independent thinkers and doers." Kweli has set out to make Javotti Media (which released his 2011 album, Gutter Rainbows, and is named after his paternal grandmother) into a media powerhouse that releases music, films and books. Kweli will be performing at City Winery as part of his 2019 tour in support of his newest album, Radio Silence, which was released on November 17, 2017.

Sons of the Never Wrong with Michael Smith

Sunday, January 6; 7:00 p.m.


For over 25 years, Chicago folk trio Sons of the Never Wrong - Sue Demel, Deborah Lader, and Bruce Roper - have wowed fans with their music, humor, and outrageously fun live shows. Their original "turbo-charged folk music" skewers the notion of three-part harmony within original, whimsical songs that spring from both a folk tradition and some other melodic planet you might never have visited. The band recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with the new album Song of Sons.

Dan Tedesco

Monday, January 7; 7:30 p.m.

General Admission: $15 in advance/$20 at the door
Originally from the western suburbs of Chicago and now based in Des Moines, Iowa, alt-folk rock singer-songwriter Dan Tedesco makes his City Winery debut. The music of self-produced Tedesco is guitar-driven. He draws from a wide variety of musical influences ranging from Bob Dylan to Radiohead.

Shane Koyczan

Tuesday, January 8


Internationally recognized author and spoken word artist Shane Koyczan has emerged as a creator of poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice. In 2013, he collaborated with animators to make the anti-bullying viral video "To This Day" which has had over 13 million views, and he performed a customized version "For the Bullied and the Beautiful" to acclaim at the 2013 International TED Conference in Long Beach, California. Koyczan shapes his words and delivers in multi mediums from authored, video, spoken word, operatic, and musically performed.

Christian Fresno & Friends

Wednesday, January 9

GA Seated $15 advance/ $18 day of show

Christian Fresno is a classically trained finger-style guitarist from Buenos Aires, Argentina with a Masters in Guitar Technique. Fresno's most recent album, Uniendo Raíces, is a unique arrangement of his native Tango and Folklore with new-world sounds. Uniendo Raices has been presented all over the world at clubs, festivals, and universities-most notably at the House of Blue's Foundation Room, Le Tours Festival (France), and at Northwestern. With his former duo, he won Argentina's most-respected competition for "Best New Talent" at Cosquin Festival. He is now embarking on his 8th international tour with a stop at City Winery Chicago where he will play with invited guests Mauro Frosio (piano), Carla Campopiano (flute), Gustavo Cortiñas (percussion), Alba Rodriguez (voice), and Britton Esposito (voice).

Slice Film Screening and Q&A with Writer/Director Austin Vesely

Thursday, January 10

GA Seated $10 advance/$12 day of show
In a spooky small town, when a slew of pizza delivery boys are slain on the job, two daring survivors (Atlanta's Zazie Beetz and Chance the Rapper in a wild film debut) set out to catch the culprits behind the cryptic crime spree in Slice. The spoofy comedy horror mixes ghosts, gruesome murders, and werewolves. Other stars include Chicago-native Rae Gray, who has appeared on The Walking Dead, and Paul Scheer of The Leagueas well as other local Chicago actors. Slice is director Austin Vesely's first feature film after helming music videos for Chance's "Sunday Candy" and "Angels."

Three Women and the Truth: Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson & Gretchen Peters
Friday, January 11

Three Women and the Truth is a trio of accomplished, richly talented, multiple award-winning female songwriters, whose songs cut through the murky layers of life's complexities. Writing from their life experiences, Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson, and Gretchen Peters are skilled in balancing personal tales with classic underpinnings.

Saturday, January 12; 7:00 & 10:00 p.m.

Grammy-nominated soul/jazz artist Maysa has a unique, instantly identifiable sound encompassing both jazz and R&B. Maysa first gained fame as the featured voice on Incognito's defining `90s era hits such as "Don't You Worry About A Thing," "Still A Friend of Mine," and "Deep Waters." She then launched a concurrent solo career with the hits "Am I Wrong (For Lovin' You)," "Friendly Pressure," and "Hypnotic Love." Maysa's alluring vocals, candor, humor, and purity as an artist make her a rarity in this business. She has collaborated with a variety of artists, including Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Incognito, and Angela Bofill. After celebrating her 26th year as a solo artist, Maysa released her latest album Love is a Battlefield in May 2017. This album is a hand-picked collection of Maysa's favorite songs, redone with her unique
soulful twist.

Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues featuring Tracy Nelson

Sunday, January 13; 7:00 p.m.


Two extraordinary powerhouses come together for a night of riveting Blues harp from one of the country's best, Corky Siegel, who will be joined by compelling country-blues vocalist, Tracy Nelson. Siegel is a Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee, a founder of Siegel-Schwall, who's celebrating 30 years with his innovative Chamber Blues that includes virtuoso masters of strings, world percussion, and keyboards. Siegel and ensemble will be joined by Tracy Nelson. Her signature song "Down So Low" was covered by Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, Maria Muldaur, Dee Warwick, and Cyndi Lauper. Tracy's duet recording with mega-country star Willie Nelson, "After the Fire is Gone" was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Steve Earle - Annual Winter Residency

Monday-Tuesday, January 14-15


San Antonio-born singer-songwriter Steve Earle is best known for his country music and rock 'n roll tinged "alt-country." A published writer and keen political activist, Earle has had his music appear in films such as Dead Man Walking, taking on the controversial topic of the death penalty in the United States. Earle has also had small roles on the HBO television shows "The Wire" and "Treme." Earle will return to City Winery in celebration of his newest album, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, released in 2017. After Earle's January run, he returns to City Winery Chicago for performances Monday-Tuesday, February 25-26. A limited number of Meet & Greets tickets are available for $75 per show.


Wednesday, January 16

Known as "The World's Greatest Eagles Tribute Band," EagleMania has dedicated themselves to faithfully reproducing the music of the Eagles. Since their inception, EagleMania has been thrilling audiences all over the country with their stunning five-part harmony and their uncanny ability to emulate the unmistakable sound of the Eagles. Their show will consist of the Eagles' greatest hits as well as some of the solo work from Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh.

Paris Combo

Thursday, January 17

Internationally renowned World music quintet Paris Combo has established itself as one of the most piquant, intriguing groups on the international music scene. Fronted by the mischievous vocals of chanteuse Belle du Berry, the Jazz-influenced acoustic ensemble has struck a positive chord with their fun-loving mix of jazz, French pop, cabaret, gypsy, Latino, and Middle Eastern rhythms. The group also includes Australian David Lewis on piano and trumpet, Django-influenced guitarist Potzi, and French drummer François Jeannin.

Melanie Fiona

Saturday, January 19; 7:00 & 10:00 p.m.

Even before the release of her debut album The Bridge in 2009, Toronto native Melanie Fiona was on the road to success. Beginning in 2008, Fiona joined Kanye West on his "Glow in the Dark" tour and received early attention from Jay-Z, securing her management by Roc-Nation. Several songs from The Bridge earned Fiona critical acclaim, including "It Kills Me" which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for 10 weeks and earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Her second album, MF Life, was released in 2012 and earned two Grammy Awards for Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for the song "Fool for You" with CeeLo Green. Fiona released her latest single "Remember U"
in 2017.

Great Moments in Vinyl: The Beatles

Sunday, January 20; 12:00 p.m.

$12 advanced tickets/$15 day of show, plus $20 brunch buffet option

Great Moments in Vinyl (GMiV) takes the tribute experience to a new level. For every concert, they choose a pair of memorable albums and perform them in their entirety. Along with the music, they supply a series of stories about the songs and the artists and the times that brought them into being. The Great Moments in Vinyl band is a hand-picked collection of talented musicians from the Chicago area. The lineup for each ensemble is specifically chosen for the occasion. At City Winery, GMiV will perform with strings a collection of songs by the ever-popular English rock band, The Beatles.

Jodee Lewis and Jonas Friddle

Sunday, January 20; 7:00 p.m.


Chicago resident Jodee Lewis is committed to carrying the torch of traditional country through her music. She was raised in Osceola, a town of 800 people in the Missouri Ozarks. Lewis grew up listening to artists such as Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, and EmmyLou Harris on the radio, all of whom inspired the country, honky-tonk, and Americana influences in her own music.

Lewis released her second full-length album, Blizzard's Bluff, in April. The album focuses on Lewis' search for self-reflection in the wake of the loss of her second child, Luke, as she re-navigates her role as a wife and parent.

Chicago native Jonas Friddle is an Americana musician whose banjo driven compositions have received Song of the Year from The John Lennon Songwriting Competition, First Place in the Great American Song Contest, and a nomination for Album of the Year in the Independent Music Awards. Friddle was raised in the mountains of North Carolina and honed his craft at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music.

Let Freedom Ring, Chicago!

Monday, January 21; 7:30 p.m.


Dr. Martin Luther King heard music his entire life. From the music of Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith he listened to in his youth to the Civil Rights anthem-filled rallies and marches of "Free At Last" and "Lift Every Voice," to the many celebrity-led fundraisers featuring the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr, Harry Belafonte, Mahalia Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone, and others, music was essential to Dr. King's life.

Founded 50 years ago during the 1960s civil rights movement, Let Freedom Ring, Chicago! continues Dr. King's fight to disrupt segregation and racial disparities in housing, education, voting, community safety, and community economic development across our city's neighborhoods. Join Chicago's own Lynne Jordan, Jeannie Tanner, Cynthia Clarey, Tecora Rogers, Isiah Mitchell, Frieda Lee, Sophie Grimm, LaShera Moore, Greta Pope, Margaret Murphy Webb, and the Gorham UMC Inspirational Choir. Daryl Nitz hosts. Musical direction by Mark Burnell with Chuck Webb on bass and Charles Heath on drums. A portion of the proceeds will also support of the work of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights is Chicago's home-grown, nonprofit civil rights legal organization.

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.

Randy Bachman - 'Every Song Tells a Story' and VIP Meet & Greet

Thursday-Friday, January 24-25


Randy Bachman stands in rarified air as a member of a very exclusive handful of artists who have topped the charts in two different bands: "American Woman" with The Guess Who and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" as leader and singer with Bachman-Turner Overdrive. In a career spanning over five decades, he has earned over 120 platinum, gold and silver records. His distinctive brand of guitar-driven, no-holds-barred hard rock is instantly recognized worldwide.

Two-time Canadian Musician's Hall of Fame inductee Bachman's career has been built upon his unstoppable drive to work at creating music. He has released numerous solo albums throughout his career and has simultaneously worked at producing for other artists. He has played an integral role in the evolution and growth of the Canadian music industry and continues to serve as both an inspiration and impetus for others to succeed. A limited number of Meet & Greet tickets are available for $75.

Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players: Café Culture

Sunday, January 27; 12:00 p.m.

$25 GA ticket, plus $20 brunch buffet option

In the grand tradition of European café music, the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players bring together captivating folk-inspired music from around the world in Café Culture. They will bring the audience through the evening at the Piazza San Marco with traditional Italian songs and an Argentinian nightclub with Piazzolla and Gardel. They'll lead listeners into experiencing the lively Hungarian Dance from Brahms and the romance of Russian gypsy tunes. The musicians will also touch on great American songbook classics from Gershwin.

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.

Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar

Monday, January 28; 7:00 p.m.


Trey McLaughlin & the Sounds Of Zamar have made a name for themselves in the music industry by performing with gospel greats like William McDowell, Kierra "Kiki" Sheard, Brian Courtney Wilson, and James Fortune. Trey McLaughlin & the Sounds of Zamar are fresh off a competition win for their rendition of "Chasing After You," which afforded them a feature on GRAMMY® award-nominated artist Vashawn Mitchell's "Triumphant" (Deluxe Edition) DVD. The group released their full-length debut album Limitless in 2012, and their single "I Will Praise" debuted in the 63rd spot on the Billboard Gospel Charts.

Rachael Yamagata

Tuesday-Wednesday, January 29-30

Called "the troubadour of heartbreak," Rachael Yamagata bears the "old soul" singer/songwriter essence that calls upon Todd Rundgren, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, The Carpenters, and Elton John, while sonically gravitating towards the darker stylings of Nick Cave, Tom Waits, P.J. Harvey, and Danny Elfman. She has toured with The Swell Season, Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams, and Sara Bareilles. Yamagata has also opened for David Gray solo at Madison Square Garden; and she has shared the stage at Carnegie Hall with R.E.M. and Patti Smith. She released a new EP, Porch Songs, in October 2018. Yamagata returns to City Winery for two intimate performances.

Alejandro Escovedo with Don Antonio Band - The Crossing Tour

Thursday-Saturday, January 31 - February 2


Mexican-American singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo has explored an array of musical identities throughout his career, including punk and roots-rock, alt-country, hard rock, Tex-Mex, folk and string quartets. Escovedo began his trailblazing career with San Francisco's famed punk band The Nuns followed by stints with the Austin-based alt-country rockers, Rank & File and the True Believers. He continued with countless all-star collaborations and a series of beloved solo albums beginning with 1992's acclaimed Gravity. Escovedo has earned a surplus of distinctions including the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing in 2006. His most recent album The Crossing, released in September 2018, follows the story of two young immigrants, one from Mexico and one from Italy, as they come to the United States to pursue their American dream and in search of their punk rock idols.

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 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, please visit

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