Rufus Wainwright, Kris Kristofferson and More to Return to City Winery Chicago
The following shows go on sale to the public on Thursday, January 5, at noon at citywinery.com/chicago.
Saturday, March 18
Four-time Americana Award nominee and host of Apron Strings on Sirius XM's Outlaw Country channel, country singer Elizabeth Cook is known for her clear, beautiful voice and strong songwriting ability.
Wednesday, March 22 and Sunday, April 2
Kris Kristofferson has been making things happen his entire life. Born in Texas and raised in a military family, Kristofferson achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s. His songs "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," and "For the Good Times," all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country songwriting, making it more personal and serious, much in the way that Bob Dylan's songs had transformed pop music songwriting in the mid-'60s. By 1987, it was estimated that Kristofferson's compositions had been recorded by more than 450 artists. His renown as a songwriter enabled him to launch a moderately successful career as a musical performer and that, in turn, brought him to the attention of Hollywood, leading to a lengthy career as a film actor.
Thursday, April 6; 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 7; 7:30 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
Praised by the New York Times for his "genuine originality," Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter has released seven studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums, including the fantastic Grammy nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, which captured his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007, and the album Release The Stars which went Gold in Canada and the U.K.
Monday-Tuesday, April 10-11
Legendary British singer-songwriter-guitarist Dave Mason first found fame with the rock band Traffic in 1967. In his long career, Mason has played and recorded with many of the era's most notable musicians, including Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Russ McLellan and Mama Cass Elliot. Mason's best known song is "Feelin' Alright," recorded by Traffic in 1968 and covered by dozens of artists, including Joe Cocker, who had a major hit with the song in 1969. For Traffic, he also wrote "Hole in my Shoe," a psychedelic satire that became a classic. "We Just Disagree," Mason's own 1977 solo hit, has become a staple of Oldies and Adult Contemporary radio playlists. Meet and Greet tickets are available for $125.
Sunday, May 7
The critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Paul Thorn - hailed as the "Mark Twain of Americana" - returns to City Winery Chicago with his faithful band of 20 years. The Paul Thorn Band delivers a unique blend of roots music that's blues, rock, and thoroughly Southern, bringing their own funky balm to City Winery, interlacing a percolating drum and keyboard rhythm with the slinky guitar lines beneath Thorn's playful banter.
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, January 5, 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.
Rufus Wainwright, Kris Kristofferson, Dave Mason, Elizabeth Cook and Paul Thorn Band 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: Chicago Jazz Orchestrafeaturing Dee Alexander (Jan. 3); Funkadesi (Jan. 4, 7:30pm); The Flat Five (Jan. 6); Steve Earle with Colter Wall (Jan. 9-10); Film Screening: Miss ShaRon Jones (Jan. 11);FrEddie Jackson (Jan. 13); Chicago Philharmonic Brunch (Jan. 15); RES with avery r. young & deacon board featuring DJ Mark Flava (Jan. 15, 6pm); Kris Kristofferson(Jan. 16-18); Hot Club of Cowtown (Jan. 19); Kevin Griffin (Jan. 20-21); Amy Black Band (Jan. 22; 12pm); Josh Ritter (Jan. 22-23); Steve Earle with Al Scorch (Jan. 24); Steve Earle with Kelsey Waldon (Jan. 25); Alejandro Escovedo (Jan. 26-28); Louie Anderson (Jan. 29, 5 & 7:30pm); 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 (Feb. 6); Stephen Lynch (Feb. 7-8);Holly Bowling (Feb. 9); 10,000 Maniacs (Feb. 10, 7 & 10pm; Feb. 11, 5 & 8pm); Geoff Tate (Feb. 12); Doyle Bramhall ll (Feb. 15); Kruger Brothers (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); Jack Ingram (Feb. 26); Jeannie Tanner (Feb. 27, 7:30pm); Kathy Mattea featuring Bill Cooley(Feb. 28); Laith Al-Saadi (Mar. 2); Tom Paxton featuring The DonJuans (Mar. 4); Sierra Hull (Mar. 5); Marcia Ball (Mar. 7); Subdudes (Mar. 8-9); Cherish the Ladies (Mar. 10; 7pm); Los Lonely Boys with Sugar Dirt and Sand (Mar. 12-13); Howie Day (Mar. 16-17); Chicago Philharmonic Brunch (Mar. 19); The High Kings (Mar. 19); Idan Raichel(Mar. 20-21); Al Stewart featuring The Empty Pockets (Mar. 23, 7pm); Joey Alexander Trio (Mar. 24, 7 & 9:30pm); Rodney Crowell (Mar. 25); Candlebox (Mar. 31); Shane Koyczan (Apr. 12); Morgan James with Andy Allo (Apr. 19) 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.