Miki Howard, Boy Named Banjo and More on Sale at City Winery Chicago
City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, announces Grammy nominated R&B artist Miki Howard, Nashville based roots band Boy Named Banjo, Grammy nominated rock band Fastball and more.
The following shows go on sale to the public on Thursday, June 15 at noon at citywinery.com/chicago.
Concert for the Camp - Rustic Falls Nature Fundraiser featuring The Empty Pockets
Monday, July 31; 7:30pm
Chicago-based indie-rock band The Empty Pockets team up with other artists to be announced for this special musical event benefitting Rustic Falls Nature Camp. Rustic Falls Nature Camp strives to offer a safe, nurturing environment that provides recreational and educational activities to enhance the lives of at¬-risk-youth, cancer survivors and physically and mentally challenged children and adults. The camp was founded in 2010 by Eric Lentz and DeAnna Hallagan, uncle and aunt to The Empty Pockets' Josh Solomon, making the cause very close to the band's hearts. Though Eric lost his battle with colon cancer in 2014, his dream of helping people in need lives on through Rustic Falls and the efforts of Deanna, their children, Sarah and Patrick, and their extended family and friends. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Rustic Falls Nature Camp.
Monday, August 7
Born and raised in Nashville, the original three members of Boy Named Banjo consist of Barton Davies, William Reames, and Willard Logan, all of whom share a love for songwriting, performing, and roots music. The three long-time friends and former high school classmates assembled in 2011 and have built a strong following in the Southeast through both their studio releases and live performances. Since the band's first full-length release in May of 2012, The Tanglewood Sessions, Boy Named Banjo has added two members: Sam McCullough (drums) and Abe Scott (bass). Though staying true to their acoustic roots, the band's sound has developed tremendously since the "Tanglewood" days, incorporating more rock and electric elements. In addition to two full-length albums, the band recently released an EP, Lost on Main, in March 2016.
Wednesday, August 16
Born in Chicago, Alicia Michelle "Miki" Howard was the daughter of two well-known gospel singers.
When Howard was in her early teens, her mother moved the family to Los Angeles. Already aiming at a career in music, the 15-year-old Howard received her first break when she participated in a teen beauty contest. Augie Johnson, leader of the group Side Effect, happened to be in the audience; impressed with Howard's singing talent, Howard also joined the lineup of Side Effect in 1978 when another singer departed. She sang with Side Effect until 1982. Howard signed a contract with Atlantic Records in the mid-1980s and recorded her first solo album, "Come Share My Love", in 1986. The title track from the album was its first single, hitting the top ten of the R&B charts and reaching number five in late 1986.
Howard has 10 studio albums and many top ten hits on the R&B Charts during her 35+ year career, as well as a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album for her album, Three Wishes. Her most recent album, I Choose to be Happy, includes both new material and some of her top hits re-recorded.
Sunday, October 8
With nearly 20 years of musical explorations and milestones under its belt, Fastball remains one of the most consistent and continuously celebrated rock bands on the road these days. After rising to prominence in 1996 with their debut album Make Your Mama Proud, the Austin, Texas-based trio exploded into a household name come 1998's breakthrough project All the Pain Money Can Buy, joining the likes of fellow artfully spun acts like The Wallflowers, Matthew Sweet, The Jayhawks, Cracker and the Ryan Adams-fronted Whiskeytown on the charts. During the band's career, they have earned a pair of coveted Grammy nominations, an MTV Music Award nomination and regular rotation on the late-night talk show circuit, including appearances on Conan, Letterman and Leno. They have released six albums to date, the most recent of which, Step Into Light, was released in May.
Sunday, November 5; 5pm & 8pm
Victor Wooten, now a five-time Grammy winner, hit the worldwide scene in 1990 as a founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Continuing to blaze a musical trail with the band, Wooten has also become widely known for his own Grammy nominated solo recordings and tours. Among other things, he is a loving husband and father of four, a skilled naturalist and teacher, a published author, a magician and acrobat, and has won every major award given to a bass guitarist including being voted Bassist of the Year in Bass Player Magazine's readers poll three times, the only person to win it more than once. In 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine voted Victor one of the Top Ten Bassist of All Time. Wooten's sought-after skills and growing popularity have lead to recordings and performances with artists such as Chick Corea, The Dave Matthews Band, Bootsy Collins, Branford Marsalis, Mike Stern, Prince, India Arie, Keb Mo, Dennis Chambers, Susan Tedeschi, Gov't Mule, Bruce Hornsby, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Frank Gambale, the legendary Moroccan group Nass El Ghiwane, and many others. At City Winery, he is joined by drummer Dennis Chambers and saxophonist Bob Franceschini.
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, June 15 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.
Concert for the Camp, Boy Named Banjo, Miki Howard, Fastball, and Victor Wooten Trio 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 Micky Dolenz: The Voice of the Monkees (Jun. 14); Garland Jeffreys with Nicholas Tremulis (Jun. 15); Nancy & Beth (Jun. 16); Josh Kelley (Jun. 18); Jean-Luc Ponty (Jun. 19-20); Funkadesi (Jun. 21); Lynne Jordan & the Shivers (Jun. 23; 7:30 pm); Wasabassco Burlesque (Jun. 23; 10:30 pm); Griffin House (Jun. 25); William Elliott Whitmore with Heather Styka(Jun. 26); Michelle Shocked Short Sharped Shocked (Jun. 27); International Bob Dylan Tribute (Jun. 28); Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers with Gabriel Kelley (Jun. 29); Holly Bowling (Jun. 30-Jul.1; 1pm); Eric Roberson with D Maurice (Jun. 30-Jul. 1); The Church (Jul. 3-4); Zoso (Jul. 5); FrEddy Jones Band with Brian Collins (Jul. 6); Dweezil Zappa (Jul. 7); Rhett Miller (Jul. 9); Les Nubians (Jul. 10); Louis Prima Jr. & the Witnesses (Jul. 11); Graham Parker Duo feat. Brinsley Schwarz with James Maddock(Jul. 12); Matthew Sweet with Tommy Keene (Jul. 13-14); Squirrel Nut Zippers (July 16; 5 pm & 8 pm); The Everly Brothers Experience (Jul. 17); Tommy Castro & the Painkillers (Jul. 18); Mac McAnally (Jul. 19); GZA (Jul. 24 & 25); Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth (Jul. 26); Michelle Shocked Captain Swing (Jul. 27); Chris Smither (Jul. 28); Pat McGee (Jul. 29); Rahsaan Patterson (Jul. 30; 6:30 & 9pm); Ann Hampton Callaway (Aug. 3); Rachelle Ferrell (Aug. 4, 7 & 10pm; Aug. 5, 7pm); Jake Clemons (Aug. 8); Delbert McClinton (Aug. 9); The High Kings (Aug. 10); Ana Popovic (Aug. 14); Max Weinberg's Juke Box (Aug. 15; 7pm); Roomful of Blues (Aug. 17); Dave Barnes (Aug. 18); Rickie Lee Jones Trio (Aug. 20); An evening with Leo Kottke (Aug. 21 & 22); Michelle Shocked Arkansas Traveler (Aug. 23); Alejandro Escovedo & Joe Ely (Aug. 24-25): John Gorka (Aug. 27; 7:30 pm); The Alarm (Aug. 28); Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer (Aug. 30-31); Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan (Sep. 5-6); Jesse Colin Young (Sep. 7); Joe Purdy with Amy Vachal (Sep. 8); Ian Moore (Sep. 10); Vicente Amigo (Sep. 17-18); Avery*Sunshine (Sep. 20-21); Dan Wilson (Sep. 23); Madeleine Peyroux (Sep. 24-25); Ben Ottewell (Sep. 27); Rik Emmett of Triumph (Sep. 28); Isaac Mizrahi: Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? (Sep. 29; 7:30 pm); Arlo Guthrie (Oct. 1-3); HONEYHONEY (Oct. 4); John Popper with Katrina Woolverton (Oct. 6); The City Church of the Reverend Horton Heat (Oct. 11- 15); Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors (Oct. 28; 7pm & 10pm) and Sons of the Never Wrong with Jonas Friddle (Oct. 29; 7 pm).
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 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, visit www.citywinery.com.