March Shows Announced At City Winery Chicago
Check out the exciting lineup of artists coming to City Winery Chicago next month!
Thursday, March 1
A left-handed guitar player who plays a right-handed strung guitar flipped upside-down, Doyle Bramhall II stands as one of the most distinctive vocalists, guitarists, composers and producers in contemporary music. Eric Clapton, with whom Bramhall II has collaborated for more than a decade, cites him as one of the most gifted guitar players he has ever encountered.
In addition to his work with Clapton, Bramhall is an in-demand composer, guitarist and producer. He enjoys high profile collaborations with a broad range of other major artists, including Elton John, Gary Clark, Jr., Gregg Allman, Dr. John, Robert Randolph, Allen Toussaint, Erykah Badu and Sheryl Crow, whom he produced and composed songs for on 100 Miles from Memphis (2011). In 2015, he teamed with ace guitarist Derek Trucks in the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Bramhall's songs and guitar playing have appeared on each of the three critically acclaimed Tedeschi Trucks Band albums issued to date. In 2016, Bramhall released his most recent record, Rich Man, his first solo album since 2001, featuring twelve original songs and a collaboration with vocalist Norah Jones.
Friday, March 2
Musician and actor Alan Doyle - best known as the lead singer of Canadian folk-rock band Great Big Sea - returns to City Winery Chicago with a full band on his "Come Out with Me" tour in support of his upcoming album A Week At The Warehouse.
Saturday, March 3; 11:00 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
$25 - ticket includes class & 1 complimentary mimosa
Enjoy a 75-minute energizing flow led by yoga instructor Jaimee Ratliff, all set to your favorite hip hop tunes by a live DJ. Mimosas will be served after class and wellness goodies will be raffled to attendees.
Jaimee Ratliff is a certified yoga teacher, writer, world traveler and passionate advocate for living a life she loves. Her classes offer a fun, challenging vinyasa power flow for students of all levels, shapes, colors and sizes. Ratliff wholeheartedly believes that yoga is for everyone. Off the mat, she can be found exploring the world, and working earnestly to cultivate the same peace, contentment, and balance she experiences on the mat, out in everyday life.
Saturday, March 3
GA seated $18 advance / $22 day of show
Washington DC-based Scythian (sith-ee-yin) began over 12 years ago as college buddies playing Celtic music in the streets and has grown to be a headliner on the U.S. Celtic Festival Circuit as well as a name in the Bluegrass/Americana Festival Circuit. For over 12 years they have found success as an independent band with their own brand of high-energy folk music. Scythian has played over 1,300 shows all over the United States, Europe, Canada and as far away as Australia.
Sunday, March 4; 12:00 p.m.
GA Seated $18 advance/$22 day of show
Plus $20 brunch buffet add-on available
Story Jam is an exciting music-lit show that features Chicago's top storytellers, original songs written for each story, and a ten-piece band. The personal stories represent a range of cultural, racial, and individual experiences; and the band is comprised of some of Chicago's best musicians. Stephanie Rogers is producer-songwriter.
Sunday, March 4
Brad Williams possesses something that everyone can agree is funny: a disability. Williams is a dwarf. He has appeared on numerous TV shows including "Mind Of Mencia," "Live at Gotham," "The Tonight Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and "Pitboss." Williams has also performed for the troops all over the world (because soldiers think dwarfs are funny, too).
Monday, March 5; 7:30 p.m.
The Chicago Soul Collective presents Soul Spectacular!, a live revue of classic soul music. A lineup of top Windy City musicians, original 60's soul stirrers, and some of the strongest new voices in Chicago come together to keep the Soul Era alive with an evening of 60's & 70's soul and more. Featuring a 10-piece band whose members who have performed all over the world backing up the likes of The Temptations, Otis Clay, Lee Fields, The O'Jays, Syl Johnson, and the cast of Empire, Soul Spectacular! is curated by Chicago director and JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound founder Billy Bungeroth.
Tuesday, March 6
Joanne Shaw Taylor has established herself as the UK's number one star of the blues rock world. From the 2009 release of her debut album, White Sugar, Taylor launched a rise to stardom in both the UK and abroad, gaining her a foothold in the British blues industry. Taylor's subsequent albums (Diamonds in the Dirt, Almost Always Never, and Songs From The Road) saw Taylor's fan base rise globally, earning her a spot at number eight in the 2010 US Billboard Top Blues Albums chart, and the award for Best Female Vocalist at the British Blues Awards in both 2010 and 2011. In September 2014, Taylor released her fifth studio album, The Dirty Truth, with White Sugar album producer, Jim Gaines, to critical acclaim across the world, and has become her biggest selling album to date. Following continued success in 2016, including performances on "Later... With Jools Holland," BBC's Glastonbury coverage, and outstanding reviews for her latest album Wild, Taylor will make a stop at City Winery as part of her 2017 world tour through the UK, Europe, and the US.
Wednesday, March 7
A.J. Croce: Two Generations of American Music features a complete set of classics by Croce's father Jim Croce, A.J. Croce's own tunes, and songs that influenced both him and his father. The show often includes such timeless songs as "Operator," "You Don't Mess Around with Jim," "Workin' At the Car Wash Blues," "Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy), "One Less Set of Footsteps," "Lovers Cross," and "Box #10," to name a few.
A.J. Croce is a multi-instrumentalist roots-rock artist, known for his boogie-woogie piano playing reminiscent of Dr. John. His music incorporates pop, blues, folk, and jazz. He's shared the stage with many notable artists including James Brown, Willie Nelson, and Bela Fleck; co-written songs with greats like Leon Russell; and been produced by legends like the late Allen Toussaint. Croce has appeared on television shows including "Good Morning America" and "The Tonight Show."
Thursday, March 8
Since 1983, Howard Jones has been a pioneer in contemporary pop and electronic music. His first two albums, Humans Lib and Dream into Action, brought Jones a host of hits including "Things Can Only Get Better," "What is Love?," "Pearl In The Shell," "Like to Get To know You Well," "Hide And Seek," and "No One Is To Blame," which reached No. 1 in the U.S., propelling Jones to sell over 8 million albums across the globe. The Songs and The Stories is an intimate trip through Jones' 30-year music career. Many of his best-known songs were composed on his favorite instrument, the piano, and these solo shows will find Howard performing them solo with piano only. Jones shares behind-the-scenes stories and reveals the inspiration behind the songs in these rare stripped-down shows.
Friday, March 9; 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country, finding success in film, television, and radio, as well as on the live stage. Papa is host of the hit SiriusXM show Come to Papa. His stand-up special, Tom Papa: Freaked Out, directed by Rob Zombie, was named one of the 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2013 by Laughspin.com. Tom hosted the NBC series "The Marriage Ref" which ran for two seasons, had a recurring role opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus on "The New Adventures of Old Christine," and starred in his own NBC series "Come to Papa." In 2013, Papa was seen alongside Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in the HBO film, Behind the Candelabra which was directed by Steven Soderbergh and earned the team 11 Emmys. In 2015, Papa guest starred on "The Jim Gaffigan Show" on TV Land and on Colin Quinn's web series, "Cop Show."
Sunday, March 11; 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Chicago Tap Theatre is a vibrant dance company with a unique mission to preserve the quintessentially American dance form of tap and to take tap to the next level of creativity and innovation. With Sweet Tap Chicago, Chicago Tap Theatre brings tap dance back to one of its historical roots, the jazz club. The Company, along with Music Director Kurt Schweitz, will perform all-new jazz and tap interpretations to music from or inspired by the city of Chicago and the musicians associated with it, including Herbie Hancock, Ministry, Smashing Pumpkins and more.
Monday, March 12; 7:30 p.m.
$12 advance/$15 day of show (General Admission)
Singer/guitarist Phil Angotti and multi-instrumentalist Tommi Zender perform classic Simon & Garfunkel. Previously the Chicago duo performed the Simon & Garfunkel albums Sounds of Silence and Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme in entirety with a full band for sold out shows at Old Town School of Folk Music and SPACE. For this intimate show, they will perform as a stripped-down duo, the way Simon & Garfunkel originally performed in the late 60's, and add classic songs & deep cuts from Bookends, Bridge Over Troubled Water and Wednesday Morning, 3AM.
Tuesday, March 13
Kaki King is a true iconoclast, an artist whose singular work rightly stands out amongst the easily formatted. Over her decade-long career thus far, the Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer has recorded five extraordinarily diverse and distinctive LPs, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats, contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks (spanning from Golden Globe-nominated work on Sean Penn's Into The Wild to scoring - and appearing in as guitar-playing hand double - the acclaimed 2007 drama, August Rush), and played to ever-growing audiences on innumerable world tours. Beginning with 2002's Everybody Loves You - to date, her only fully acoustic guitar recording - King has expanded and reconceived the role of the solo instrumental artist, constantly kicking at the boundaries of what's expected.
Wednesday, March 14
Hailing from Galway, Ireland, award-winning quartet We Banjo 3 combines Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo's rich legacy and roots. Brothers Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated young musicians in Ireland today. Their competitive success is unrivaled, Martin holding 7 All Ireland titles, Enda with 4, while Fergal and David hold All Ireland titles on Banjo, Fiddle, Bodhran and Guitar. Originators of their own combination of Celtic and Bluegrass music, "Celtgrass," We Banjo 3 has released four albums to date, the most recent, String Theory, ranking at number one on the 2016 Billboard world charts at its release. The band makes a stop at City Winery as part of their 2018 U.S. tour.
Thursday, March 15
Americana and folk star Stephen Kellogg built his music career on a foundation of tireless work, ingenuity, and a passion for the genre. In 1994, Kellogg began releasing solo records, first teaming up with the Stephen Kellogg Band and then, in 1997, Stephen Kellogg and the Root Cellar Band. It wasn't until 2003, with the formation of Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, that Kellogg was able to make his mark on the music industry, releasing five studio albums which earned them national fame and acclaim. Their release The Bear was voted "Best of 2009" by No Depression and JamBase, and they were named 2009 Entertainers of the year by Armed Forces Entertainment. Following the band's hiatus in 2012, Kellogg has released three solo albums, including a 2017 release of a collection of his greatest hits. Kellogg has also proclaimed his passion for supporting the armed forces, and has played shows at several military bases over the years.
Friday, March 16
For more than two decades Jonatha Brooke has created music that combines poetic lyrics, complex harmonies and memorable melodies which have earned her devoted fans and journalistic raves. With ten solo releases (plus two from her duo The Story) to her credit, her most recent endeavor was writing and performing the one-woman musical "My Mother Has 4 Noses." The critically acclaimed project-which ran in NYC at The Duke on 42nd Street- documents the poignant journey of caring for her mother, who was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's-induced dementia, during the last two years of her life. The companion recording of the same name landed in the top 50 Albums of 2014 by ABC Entertainment. Brooke's newest album Midnight. Hallelujah. is now available.
Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18
The Los Lonely Boys are a sibling trio (guitarist Henry Garza, bassist JoJo Garza, and drummer Ringo Garza Jr.) whose style draws equally from rock, blues, Tex-Mex, conjunto, and Tejano. The brothers recorded their eponymous debut album in 2003 at Willie Nelson's Pedernales studio in Austin, with Willie himself guesting on the sessions. The album quickly won the band a large national audience. Its lead single "Heaven" became a Top 20 pop hit, reached the #1 spot on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and eventually won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. After a prominent guest appearance on the 2005 Santana album All That I Am, Los Lonely Boys solidified their success with 2006's Sacred which brought two more Grammy nominations, 2008's Forgiven, and the holiday-themed Christmas Spirit. Meanwhile, the band continued to build its reputation as a singularly powerful live act. Their most recent album, Revelation, was released in 2014.
Monday-Tuesday, March 19-20
The Zombies have returned to celebrate the release of their latest Billboard-charting album, Still Got That Hunger, and their 2nd nomination for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Zombies is led by founding and current members vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent alongside bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of ARGENT and The Kinks), Rodford's son Steve Rodford on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey. The band's live performances take fans on a journey through time, from their early hits, such as 1968 masterpiece "Odessey & Oracle," to post-Zombies solo favorites to today with Still Got That Hunger.
Stanley Clarke Band
Wednesday, March 21; 6:30 & 9:00 p.m.
Stanley Clarke is the first bassist in history who doubles on acoustic and electric bass with equal ferocity and the first jazz-fusion bassist ever to headline tours, selling out shows worldwide. Over Clark's 40-year career as a bass virtuoso, he has released over 40 albums. His newest CD The Stanley Clarke Band: UP is produced entirely by Clarke; he considers UP to be the most energetic, fun, rhythmic and upbeat album that he has ever done. Unlike his predominant acoustic bass work on the last few albums, UP is almost equal electric and acoustic bass. He revisits one of his classic recordings, the bass anthem "School Days."
Clarke's creativity has been recognized and rewarded in every way imaginable: gold and platinum records, Grammy Awards, Emmy nominations, virtually every readers and critics poll in existence, and more. He was Rolling Stone's very first Jazzman of the Year and bassist winner of Playboy's Music Award for ten straight years. Clarke was honored with Bass Player Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of Guitar Player Magazine's "Gallery of Greats." In 2004 he was featured in Los Angeles Magazine as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People. He was honored with the key to the city of Philadelphia and put his hands in cement as a 1999 inductee into Hollywood's "Rock Walk" on Sunset Boulevard. In 2011 he was honored with the highly prestigious Miles Davis Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival for his entire body of work. Clarke won the 2013 Downbeat Magazine's Reader's and Critics Poll for Best Electric Bass Player. In 2014 he once again won the Downbeat Magazine's Critics Poll for Best Electric Bass Player.
Thursday, March 22
Ireland's Folk Band of the Year The High Kings - Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden - showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between them and bringing a rousing acoustic flavor to brand new songs as well as old favorites. Coming from accomplished musical pedigrees, The High Kings grew up in households soaked in the Irish musical tradition, and each member of the band witnessed firsthand the power of well-crafted Irish music on an audience.
Michael McDermott - Out From Under Record Release Shows
Friday and Sunday, March 23 and 25
Described by author Stephen King as "one of the best songwriters in the world and possibly the greatest undiscovered rock 'n' roll talent of the last 20 years," Michael McDermott's brand of rock 'n' roll brims with the kind of well-honed style and wisdom that can only come from a career on the road and a pedigree in the studio. Effortlessly blending natural folk sensibility, pop hooks and honest rock, McDermott's music is as much for the outcast as the congregation. It's an exploration of the dark corners of life's journey and it resonates middle class truths through the passionate filter of a kid that grew up on Chicago's Irish South Side.
Monday-Wednesday, March 26-28
Singer-Songwriter Joshua Radin learned how to play guitar only two years before the release of his first album in 2006, We Were Here, followed by the feature of some of his first original compositions on the television show, Scrubs. Radin has produced six studio albums to date, earning him several hits on both US and International charts.His song, "I'd Rather Be With You" reached #11 on the UK Singles Chart and #2 on the US Top Digital Chart. Over the course of his career, Radin has shared stages with artists such as Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos, Imogen Heap, Maria Taylor, Gary Jules, Amber Rubarth, The Script and many more. A limited number of VIP Meet & Greet tickets are available for $60 each.
Thursday, March 29
Platinum breakout singles "Collide," "She Says" and "Be There" earned singer-songwriter Howie Day renowned for his emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies. He is also known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. Playing guitar and piano, experimenting with effects pedals and loop-sampling, and layering live percussion with vocal harmonies, Day is a veritable one-man band; he performs energetic and genuine shows.
Friday, March 30; 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Rescheduled from Thursday-Friday, January 4-5
If there is one R&B artist for whom the neo-soul categorization seems limiting, it is Philadelphia native Bilal. None of his recordings resemble the sycophantic worship of soul artists who thrived in the '60 and '70s, and it isn't just because his voice -- classically trained, capable of singing opera in seven languages -- is so unique. While some inspirations are detectable, his recordings are wholly modern and increasingly creative. After being dropped from a major label, he went several years without releasing any solo material. Through evangelism from his peers and word of mouth from his early fans, Bilal has gained an insatiable following and is supported by sympathetic independent labels, where he was finally able to thrive creatively.
Saturday, March 31-Sunday, April 1
Christopher Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album, winning five Grammy Awards, including-for the first time ever-the four most prestigious awards: Record of the Year (for the single "Sailing"), Album of the Year, Song of the Year (also for "Sailing"), and Best New Artist. His classic hits also include "Ride Like the Wind" and the Oscar-winning "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from the film starring Liza Minelli and Dudley Moore - which remain staples on radio to this day. Cross continues his recording and performing career with his newest album, Secret Ladder, which evokes the artistry of such great singer-songwriters as Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman and continues the exploration of adult subject matter broached in his preceding album Doctor Faith (2011).
All City Winery Chicago events are open to all ages and start at 8:00 p.m., unless noted. To purchase concert tickets or for more information on becoming a VinoFile member, please call (312) 733-WINE (9463) or visit www.citywinery.com/chicago.
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 www.citywinery.com.