Micky Dolenz, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and More Coming Up at City Winery Chicago
City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, announces Micky Dolenz, vocalist/drummer from The Monkees, the fifth annual interactive Downtown Freedom Seder, Chicago's own Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and more.
The following shows go on sale to the public on Thursday, March 2 at noon at citywinery.com/chicago.
Betches Who Brunch - April Fool's Day Comedy Show
Saturday, April 1; 2:00 p.m.
This April Fool's Day, BETCHES is excited to announce its latest comedy tour, Betches Who Brunch. This brand new, one day event brings the signature snarky and honest BETCHES humor to audiences live, in seven cities across America simultaneously, with a side of mimosas and a sh*t ton of laughs. Line up TBA.
Tuesday, April 4; 7:00 p.m.
City Winery proudly hosts its popular, celebrity-driven music, artistic and interactive Downtown Freedom Seder (SAY-der) in advance of the Jewish holiday of Passover which officially starts on Monday, April 10 at sundown. Offering a unique and contemporary connection to a historic tradition, the Seder features more than a dozen performers, politicians and thinkers sharing a meal with the audience and providing a one-of-a-kind interpretation of the ancient Passover story. Featured participants include comedians Joel Chasnoff and Judy Gold, Blues musician Corky Siegel, activist Malcolm London, Rabbi Brant Rosen and more.
Sunday, April 23; 7:00 p.m.
The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (HBE) is a family band consisting of seven blood brothers who began their musical training at the tender ages of four and five under their father, jazz trumpeter/band leader Kelan Phil Cohran of Earth, Wind, & Fire, Chaka Khan and Sun Ra. The boys went on to form the Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble in 1990. The family toured the United States performing the complex original written jazz compositions of Cohran and other greats such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and even the music of classical greats Bach and Beethoven. While the group's musical training was primarily instrumental, the brothers were exposed to the music of their own generation such as hip-hop, rock and reggae, and combined these elements with the cosmic jazz style of their father. By 1999, the band of brothers discontinued playing with their dad to find their own sound, growing into the band now known as Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Together they have toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America playing with everyone from Prince, Mos Def, Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). They've performed at Coachella, WOMAD AU, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. After international success, the group returns stateside for a domestic tour with an emphasis on performances available to young students.
Monday, May 8
Denny Laine celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour with a live on-stage performance of their greatest album, Band on the Run - complete and unabridged! Within a year of its release, Band on the Run had sold more than six million copies worldwide, having spawned three U.S. Top Ten hits: "Helen Wheels," "Jet" and the title track. The singles alone occupied the U.S. chart for 45 weeks, while the album stayed on the charts for over 2 years. Band on The Run was in the Top 30 of the Billboard 200 as recently as 2010 when a remastered version of the album was released. By far the most successful album involving any of the Beatles following their breakup, Band on the Run was created by Paul McCartney, Denny Laine and Linda McCartney. The other members of Wings quit the group just prior to the departure to Lagos, Nigeria to begin sessions for the album, but out of adversity came advantage. With Paul McCartney on vocals, piano, drums, guitar, bass and keys; Denny Laine contributing vocals, keys, acoustic, electric and bass guitars; and Linda on keys and vocals, Band On the Run transcended its time to become an album whose deep cuts, such as "Let Me Roll It," "Picasso's Last Words," "Mrs. Vanderbilt", "No Words" and "Bluebird," are better remembered - and played more often on classic rock radio - than most hits of the era.
Thursday, May 11
Kansas City Blues artist Samantha Fish, often called a Blues prodigy, has been known to share the stage with artists such as Tommy Castro, Tab Benoit, Shirley King, Watermelon Slim, Kenny Neal and CedRic Burnside. Her deceptively mature voice is sultry and innocent at the same time, while her intense guitar gives her a sound that is a cross between Jonny Lang and Susan Tedeschi. Her new album, Chills & Fever (to be released March 17, 2017), is best described as a pure slab of rocking rhythm n' blues.
Sunday, May 14
Singer/songwriter Amy Helm is the daughter of The Band's Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus. She is a founding member of the roots band Ollabelle which has three acclaimed albums to its credit. She collaborated with her father, singing and playing in his band and co-producing his Grammy-winning 2007 comeback album Dirt Farmer. Helm also helped organize the now legendary Midnight Ramble concerts, a tradition of loose and inspired jam sessions that continue to this day, at Levon's home studio in Woodstock, NY. Helm's own folk-rock repertoire is soulful and deep.
Micky Dolenz: The Voice of the Monkees
Tuesday-Wednesday, June 13-14
Actor, singer, director, producer, writer, radio DJ, inventor and all-around performer extraordinaire, Micky Dolenz first established himself as a performer at age 10 when, under the stage name of "Mickey Braddock," he starred in his own first TV series "Circus Boy" which aired on NBC, and then ABC, from 1956-1958. As he graduated high school and began attending college in the mid-'60s, Dolenz learned to play guitar. He soon began to perform with rock 'n roll bands, including The Missing Links. He auditioned for a show about a rock band, "The Monkees' TV," and was chosen along with three other actors: Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork. He and his fellow TV bandmates went on to become a real rock band which toured from 1965-1971. The Monkees has had several reunions since then, the most recent was announced in February 2016 to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary. A limited number of VIP meet & greet tickets will be available for both performances for $75.
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, March 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.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Denny Laine, Samantha Fish, Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers and Micky Dolenz 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: Kathy Mattea featuring Bill Cooley (Feb. 28); The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik (Mar. 1) Laith Al-Saadi with BubbLes Brown (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 with Vance Gilbert (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 with Katie Rose (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 with Joe Robinson (Mar. 25); Death of a Cannoli Salesman (Mar. 26, 12:30pm); Jim Messina (Mar. 26); M. Ward (Mar. 27-28); The Cold Hard Cash Show (Mar. 29); The Shades & BrenDan Fletcher (Mar. 30); Candlebox (Mar. 31, 8 & 10:30pm); Wanda Jackson (Apr. 1); Kris Kristofferson (Apr. 2); Joshua James (Apr. 3); Freedom Seder (Apr. 4, 7pm;) Shawn Mullins (Apr. 5); Rufus Wainwright (Apr. 6); Rufus Wainwright (Apr. 7, 7:30 & 10pm); Amel Larrieux (Apr. 8, 7 & 10pm); Crystal Bowersox with Ken Yates (Apr. 9); Dave Mason (Apr. 10-11); Shane Koyczan (Apr. 12); Marc Cohn (Apr. 14-15); Timothy B. Schmit (Apr. 16 & 18); Becca Stevens (Apr. 17); Morgan James with Andy Allo (Apr. 19); Seth Walker & Edward David Anderson (Apr. 20); Dwele (Apr. 21, 7 & 10pm); Paula Cole (Apr. 22); Goapele (Apr. 27; 7 & 9:30pm); Suzy Bogguss (Apr. 28); Arsenio Hall (Apr. 29, 7 & 10pm); Whose Live Anyway? (May 2-3); Eilen Jewell with Leland Sundries (May 4); Don McLean (May 5, 7:30 & 10pm); Ray Wylie Hubbard (May 6); Paul Thorn Band (May 7); Robby Krieger (May 9); The Blasters with The Delta Bombers (May 12); Robbie Fulks (May 13); Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro (May 15); Donna the Buffalo (May 19); Christopher Cross (May 22); Emin & Friends (May 30); Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues featuring Marcella Detroit (Jun. 2); Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers (Jun. 4-6 & 8); John Waite (Jun. 11); Nancy & Beth (Jun. 16) and Dweezil Zappa (Jul. 7).
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.