September Shows at City Winery Announced: Living Colour, Joan Osborne, Art Garfunkel & more
See the newly announced lineup for September at Chicago City Winery below!
Deacon Blues - America's All-Star Tribute to Steely Dan
Friday, September 1
Deacon Blues, America's premier Steely Dan tribute experience, replicates the music that defined a decade, a nation and an entire jazz-rock genre. The 11-member collective of Chicago-area studio and stage musicians is dedicated to presenting the music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. This stunning collective is the personification of what "The Dan" did on record - gathering top studio musicians for their albums - but for live performances. With support from legendary Chicago FM radio station personalities such as Bob Stroud ("The Drive") and Scott Mackay ("The River"), The Deacon Blues debuted their first album of original music, in a similar musical landscape as "The Dan," in 2016.
Sunday, September 3; 6:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Groundbreaking funk-metal group Living Colour rose to fame with its debut double-platinum album Vivid in 1988. Best remembered for their anthemic Grammy Award-winning single "Cult of Personality," which won "Best Hard Rock Performance" at the 1989 ceremony, they also scored hits with "Type," "Elvis is Dead" and "Love Rears Its Ugly Head" from the Grammy -winning album Time's Up. At City Winery Chicago, singer Corey Glover, guitarist Vernon Reid, bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Will Calhoun will play their greatest hits and cuts from their upcoming sixth studio album, Shade due for release in September 2017.
Monday, September 4; 7:00 p.m.
Howard Hewett is an American R&B and gospel singer and former lead vocalist of the R&B group Shalamar. He started singing as a child fronting his older sisters in the Hewett Singers, which toured the gospel circuit. Hewett got his mainstream break as the male vocal lead in Shalamar, a centerpiece of Dick Griffey's SOLAR (Sound of Los Angeles Records) label. The group gave the world feel-good dance favorites "The Second Time Around" and "A Night to Remember," as well as a number of beautiful B-side ballads like "You Can Count On Me" and "Somewhere There's a Love." In the mid-eighties, Hewett set out on his solo career, and has since released 10 solo albums. Subsequent projects have solidified Hewett's place in the high ranks of R&B balladeers by writing and collaborating and lending his voice with an impressive group of crooners, including George Duke, Quincy Jones, James Ingram, Anita Baker, Prince and Stanley Clarke. He continues to tour and intermittently release new music.
Tuesday-Wednesday, September 5-6
Multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne returns to City Winery, this time with a collection of Bob Dylan songs. A recording project she has wanted to complete since she first covered Dylan's "Man in the Long Black Coat," she cites Dylan as a "tremendous inspiration." Osborne recorded with Dylan and sang onstage with him when she toured with American rock band, The Dead comprised of former members of The Grateful Dead. The opportunity to perform an all-Dylan show during a two-week residency in New York City pushed her to record the album, Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan, coming soon.
Thursday, September 7
Jesse Colin Young, critically acclaimed solo artist and lead singer of the legendary classic rock band, The Youngbloods, took the nation by storm when The Youngblood's single "Get Together" became a worldwide Top 10 hit and a prominent soundtrack for peace. After seven group releases, Young began the production of more than 15 acclaimed solo albums including Song for Juli, Light Shine, Songbird and a live album with his great touring band titled On the Road. His most recent release, The Very Best of Jesse Colin Young, is the most comprehensive collection of his music to date and includes songs from his solo career as well as hits from The Youngbloods.
Friday, September 8
Celebrated American folk singer-songwriter Joe Purdy is a storyteller of folklore through song. Raised in Bluegrass Country of Fayetteville, Arkansas on a diet of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Buddy Holly and the oldies station, Purdy's songwriting is heavily influenced by his environment and his albums act as a travel guide for his experiences. Purdy's hushed moments, crystal-clear voice and reverberation of his acoustic guitar strings are his stories coming to life. Amy Vachal is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and artist. She was introduced to the global music stage through her successful run on NBC's The Voice, where she was mentored to the semifinals by Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams, landing on the overall U.S. iTunes top 10 four times, and twice on Billboard's Artist 100. After the show, she began touring across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, sharing the stage with artists including Jamie Lawson and M. Ward. After a tour-packed 2016, Vachal has honed in on producing and engineering her own recordings, the first of which is showcased on her highly anticipated single, "Wait," released independently on March 3, 2017.
Saturday, September 9
Born in Chicago, bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks has been climbing the blues world's ladder all his life since starting to play guitar around age six. At 19, he joined his father Lonnie Brooks, who by then had influenced some of the most well-known bluesman of our history: Jimmy Reed, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, and Junior Wells. For 12 years the two would tour together, putting Ronnie out front with Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and koko Taylor. In 1998, when he was 32, his father told him to go solo. In the ten years since his first solo album, The Torch, Brooks has started a family, toured North America and Europe, and taken feature spots on the records of other bluesmen. He produced Eddy Clearwater's West Side Strut and contributed guitar work to albums from Elvin Bishop, the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Review, Billy Branch, and Big Head Todd. After a 10-year recording hiatus, Brooks released Times Have Changed, this past January.
Sunday, September 10; 12:00 p.m.
GA Seated $18 advance / $22 day of show
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. Tellers include Nestor Gomez, Archy Jamjun, Steve Glickman, Lynne Jordan, Anne Purky and Drew Love.
Saturday, September 9; 1:00 p.m.
Born and raised in Hawai'i, Makana is an internationally acclaimed slack key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher, activist and one of Hawai'i's cultural ambassadors to the world. His songs range from traditional to highly original, both instrumental and lyrical, exploring a broad spectrum of themes: cultural, philosophical, social-political, economic, inter-personal, sensual, and universal, often through the lens of humor and a piercing wit. He has performed in venues worldwide ranging from Tianjin Opera House in China to The White House, performed with Gotye, Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, opened for Sting, Santana and Elvis Costello, and released seven records to date. At City Winery, he is joined by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Cruz, of Oahu's Palolo Valley.
Sunday, September 10
Ian Moore took up the violin at age six, moving to guitar nine years later. The Austin-based blues-rocker's early influences included the Beatles, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, and Sly & the Family Stone. Moore gained experience touring as a guitarist with Joe Ely which led the way to a solo tour opening for the Rolling Stones and ZZ Top. He then signed with Capricorn; three records followed from 1993-1995: Ian Moore, Live from Austin EP, and the last of which, Modernday Folklore, that suggested that the Texan was looking beyond the blues-rock roots of his home state toward a more expansive sound. Hints of Southern soul, gospel and Beatlesque pop shook hands with the blues riffs that Moore had previously traded in exclusively. In the past 24 years Moore has released 14 albums including his most recent album Strange Days, which was released this past February.
Art Garfunkel: In Close-Up
Monday-Tuesday, September 11-12
Six-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Art Garfunkel has made an indelible mark on the music world as both a solo artist and half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel known for greatest hits such as "Mrs. Robinson," "The Sound Of Silence," "The Boxer" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water," among many others. In his current tour, Garfunkel performs a mix of these hits and works from his solo career to present an artful, moving, and lyrical memoir about the making of a musician, the evolution of a man and a portrait of a life-long friendship with Paul Simon that became one of the most successful musical collaborations of all time.
Wednesday, September 13
Rami Kleinstein, one of Israel's most renowned pop superstars, makes his City Winery Chicago debut as part of a Fall U.S. tour. This intimate concert will feature a selection of original songs from Kleinstein, whose albums have gone Gold and Triple Platinum. Frequently compared to Elton John and Billy Joel, Kleinstein is known for his beautiful love songs, soothing voice and delicate piano-playing. A native New Yorker, he cleverly weaves his songs together with rich anecdotes laced with a poignant, delicate humor that gives the audience insight into his life as well as tidbits of Israeli history.
Thursday, September 14
Those who have followed Ruthie Foster's eclectic musical career know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in Austin, Texas. Her list of achievements includes Best Female Vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2013 from the Austin Music Awards, a 2012 and 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album, and recent Blues Music Award wins for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. Foster's most recent and Grammy-nominated CD, Let It Burn, is a deeply intimate recording featuring a smoky mix of original songs coupled with inventive interpretations of an unexpected collection of covers.
Sunday-Monday, September 17-18
A former child prodigy, Vicente Amigo is considered one of the most imaginative and talented flamenco guitarists and has been called by some fans "the natural continuation of Paco de Lucía." He was named Best Flamenco Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine in 1993 and his album Ciudad de las Ideas won both the 2001 Latin Grammy for the Best Flamenco Album and the 2002 Ondas award for the Best Flamenco Work. He was nominated for two more Latin Grammy awards in 2006 and 2013 (each for Best Flamenco Album) and won the "Patriarch of Flemenco" Award at the 2010 Flamenco Summit in Murcia, Spain. Amigo has played with such artists as Camarón, Sting, Alejandro Sanz, Rosario, Carmen Linares, Manolo Sanlúcar, Khaled and Miguel Bosé and he shared the stage with John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola and Milton Nascimento, among others. His latest album, Tierra (2013 Sony/BMG) stands as the most innovative and international album release of Amigo's career.
Tuesday, September 19
Before establishing herself as a solo artist, Suzzy Roche spent two decades singing alongside her sisters in one of folk music's most celebrated bands, The Roches. Daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche, after graduating from Oberlin College, sang backup for her brother Rufus, opening for her father Loudon Wainwright III, and touring with Dar Williams, Neko Case and Amos Lee.
Wednesday-Thursday, September 20-21
With her thunderous, gospel-bred pipes and heart-to-heart content, singer-songwriter Avery*Sunshine can't help spilling the truth in her music. Her feel-good tunes have helped plump her portfolio with accolades including a turn as choral director on the theatrical production of Dream Girls, featuring Jennifer Holliday. Her videos "All in My Head" and "Ugly" landed heavy rotation on Music Choice, VH1 Soul and Centricm, she's toured with Ledisi and shared the stage with Kem, Musiq Soulchild, Eric Benet, Rachelle Ferrell, and the legendary B.B. King, among others. In 2010, Avery won Best New Artist at the Reader's Choice Awards. The following year, JET Magazine named her one of their 5 rising Indie Artists. Popmatters.com said her most recent album, The Sunroom, "feels truly authentic and friendly, keeping classic soul sensibilities alive and well."
Friday, September 22
Chicago-based artist Terisa Griffin, affectionately called the "Empress of Soul," is an entertainer, songwriter, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Known for her electrifying voice and dynamic live performances, Griffin has toured internationally and is a former contestant of Season 3 of NBC's "The Voice." She has opened concerts for Will Downing, Crisette Michelle, The O?Jays, Roberta Flack, Patti LaBelle, Rahsaan Patterson and Musiq SoulChild. After being mentored by Chicago's Own Jerry "Ice Man" Butler, Griffin landed national exposure singing backup for Diana Ross on an "Oprah" telecast. Through her Production Company, My Naked Soul Productions, Inc., Griffin wrote, produced and stared in a series of "One Voice, One Woman" shows and has three albums to date.
Dan Wilson - Words & Music
Saturday, September 23
"Words & Music by Dan Wilson" is an evening of songs and stories which pulls back the curtain on the art of songwriting. Between stripped down renditions of some modern-day classics he has written on his own and with collaborators including Adele, Dixie Chicks and Carole King, Grammy winning singer-songwriter and producer Dan Wilson shares his insights into writing and tells the stories behind the songs, including some of his most successful collaborations. Before each show, he creates illuminated set lists as a way to help himself map out the shows; at the end of each of show, copies are handed out to members of the audience so that they have a keepsake to remember the evening.
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.
Wednesday, September 27
GA Seated $15 advance / $18 day of show
A. 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.
Thursday, September 28
Rik Emmett gained international recognition as the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist with Triumph. The adjectives "prolific" and "eclectic" frequently pop up in Rik's profiles, after five decades in the biz. Following more than a dozen platinum albums from his Triumph years, he produced 19 more as an independent artist, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to folk to classical. International notoriety earned him entry into three Canadian Halls of Fame, a star on the Walk of Fame in his hometown of Mississauga and he picked up a few "Best Guitarist" awards in various style categories from different organizations along the way. A limited number of Meet & Greet tickets available for $40.
Isaac Mizrahi: Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?
Friday, September 29; 7:30 p.m.
Following his sold out two-week run at Café Carlyle in New York City, Isaac Mizrahi brings his show "Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?" to City Winery Chicago. Praised as "a founding father of a genre that fuses performance art, music and stand-up comedy," The New York Times hails the show as "raucously funny." Mizrahi will delight audiences with a medley of tunes from Blossom Dearie's "Figure Eight" to Cole Porter's "Bad For Me," accompanied by a quintet of musicians lead by Ben Waltzer. He'll also tell irreverent stories and re-gift items he's collected over the years from fans, business associates and gala gift bags.
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, please visit www.citywinery.com.