Rhett Miller, Ben Ottewell and More on Sale at City Winery Chicago

City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, announces the return of The Old 97's' Rhett Miller, plus Ben Ottewell of Gomez, back-to-back shows with Squirrel Nut Zippers and more.

The following shows go on sale to the public on Thursday, May 18 at noon at citywinery.com/chicago.

William Elliott Whitmore

Monday, June 26


Growing up on the family farm in Iowa, William Elliott Whitmore learned lessons from his father about respecting the land-how to care for crops, to never take more than is needed and, ultimately, to try to leave things better than how they were found. It's with that wisdom that Whitmore tends to the very same acreage today, but it's also how he forms his approach to his music. That natural balance found throughout Whitmore's 15+ year career has never been more urgent than on his new album, Radium Death. While not a concept album, the songs present a cohesive look into those recurring Whitmore themes of respect, protection, sustenance and survival.

Rhett Miller

Sunday, July 9


Rhett Miller is the front man and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock 'n' roll quartet Old 97's as well as an accomplished solo artist. In addition to his nine studio albums with the Old 97's, Miller has released seven solo albums: Mythologies (1989), The Instigator (2002), The Believer (2006), Rhett Miller (2009), a live covers album, The Interpreter Live at Largo (2011), The Dreamer (2012), and The Traveler (2015). Miller has also written short stories, essays, and articles that have appeared in Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, and Salon. Miller returns to City Winery Chicago for a solo performance following the Old 97's release of their most recent album, Graveyard Whistling, this past February.

Squirrel Nut Zippers

Sunday, July 16; 5 p.m. & 8 p.m.


After a long hiatus that began in 2009, the Squirrel Nut Zippers returned to touring this past fall, with 2016 marking the 20th anniversary of the group's most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot. Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot was the follow up to the band's critically-acclaimed debut The Inevitable. By 1996, Squirrel Nut Zippers had already established a substantial live following across the country thanks to early support from NPR, college radio and non-commercial stations and Hot wound up selling over 1.3 million copies. Squirrel Nut Zippers continues to tour and returns to City Winery Chicago this summer for back-to-back shows.

Madeleine Peyroux

Sunday-Monday, September 24-25


Singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux's one-of-a-kind voice has carried the jazz artist from busking on the streets of Paris to mainstream recognition. Through intensely distinctive renditions of old classics and modern tunes by the likes of Leonard Cohen and The Beatles, Peyroux has proved to be an uncannily insightful interpreter with her consistently impeccable choice of material. In her latest album, Secular Hymns, she continues her musical journey with a spirited and soulful masterwork of loping, skipping, sassy, feisty and sexy tunes delivered in a captivating mélange of funk, blues and jazz. Peyroux intimately renders tunes by seminal blues artists Willie Dixon and Lil Green, classic gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, dub star Linton Kwesi Johnson, 19th century composer Stephen Foster and more. A dollar of every ticket purchased will go to Peyroux's charity of choice.

Ben Ottewell

Wednesday, September 27

GA Seated $15 advance / $18 day of show

As singer and lead guitarist in the band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rolling Stone declared, "Gomez's not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell." And as GQ Magazine once wrote and anyone listening can attest, "[his] voice is not of this world." Since his first solo release, Shapes & Shadows (2011), Ottewell has been pleasing audiences with a series of successful acoustic tours across the UK, U.S. and Australia. Now with a newly-recorded album of songs for his second solo project, Rattlebag, the singer returns to the road, performing his new music as well as a few Gomez favorites.

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors - The Souvenir Tour

Saturday, October 28; 7pm & 10pm


Drew Holcomb has collected many souvenirs. A road warrior for more than a decade, he's spent his adulthood on-stage and on the road, traveling from place to place with a catalog of vibrant, honest songs that explore the full range of American roots music. He turns a new corner with his most recent album, Souvenir, released in March. Souvenir is a highly collaborative album that finds Holcomb and the Neighbors focusing on the important things - including family and friends, music and memories, people and places - in a fast-moving world.

City Winery also announces Nicholas Tremulis opens for Garland Jeffreys June 15 and Tommy Keene opens for Matthew Sweet July 13-14.

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, May 18 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.

Rhett Miller, Squirrel Nut Zippers, William Elliott Whitmore, Madeleine Peyroux, Ben Ottewell, and Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors 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 Whitehorse (May 16); Wanda Jackson (May 17); Taylor Hicks with Brett Wiscons (May 18); Donna the Buffalo with Chicago Farmer (May 19); The CrossRhodes (May 21, 6 & 9pm); Christopher Cross (May 22); Kevin Ross (May 24); The Westies & Heather Horton (May 25); BoDeans (May 26, 7 & 10pm); Vivian Green (May 29, 5 & 8pm); Emin & Friends (May 30); Norman Connors & the Starship Orchestra (May 31); MAJOR. (Jun. 1); Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues featuring Marcella Detroit (Jun. 2); Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers (Jun. 4-6 & 8); Shannon McNally (Jun. 7); Cathy Richardson Band with Maisie Bull (Jun. 9); John Waite (Jun. 11); Micky Dolenz: The Voice of the Monkees (Jun. 13-14); Garland Jeffreys (Jun. 15); Nancy & Beth (Jun. 16); Josh Kelley (Jun. 18); Jean-Luc Ponty (Jun. 19-20); Lynne Jordan & the Shivers (Jun. 23; 7:30 pm); Wasabassco Burlesque (Jun. 23; 10:30 pm); Griffin House (Jun. 25); Michelle Shocked Short Sharped Shocked (Jun. 27); International Bob Dylan Tribute (Jun. 28); Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (Jun. 29); Holly Bowling (Jun. 30-Jul.1; 1pm); Eric Roberson with D Maurice (Jun. 30-Jul. 1); The Church (Jul. 3-4); FrEddy Jones Band with Brian Collins (Jul. 6); Dweezil Zappa (Jul. 7); Louis Prima Jr. & the Witnesses (Jul. 11); Graham Parker Duo (Jul. 12); Matthew Sweet (Jul. 13-14); The Everly Brothers Experience (Jul. 17); Tommy Castro & the Painkillers (Jul. 18); Mac McAnally (Jul. 19); Michelle Shocked Captain Swing (Jul. 27); Chris Smither (Jul. 28); Pat McGee (Jul. 29); Rachelle Ferrell (Aug. 4, 7 & 10pm); Jake Clemons (Aug. 8); Delbert McClinton (Aug. 9); Ana Popovic (Aug. 14); Roomful of Blues (Aug. 17); Dave Barnes (Aug. 18); Rickie Lee Jones Trio (Aug. 20); Michelle Shocked Arkansas Traveler (Aug. 23); John Gorka (Aug. 27; 7:30 pm); The Alarm (Aug. 28); Jesse Colin Young (Sep. 7); Vicente Amigo (Sep. 17-18); Arlo Guthrie (Oct. 1-3); HONEYHONEY (Oct. 4); John Popper (Oct. 6); The City Church of the Reverend Horton Heat (Oct. 11- 15) 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 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.

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