2015 Americana Fest at City Winery Nashville


The 2015 Americana Music Festival & Conference is right around the corner and City Winery Nashville is so thrilled to take part of this one-of-a-kind annual event! We’ll be having a show on all four nights during the fest and hosting the Thirty Tigers Gospel Brunch. Tickets for individual nights are on sale HERE and they are selling quick, so get them while they last! Our lineup for each night is as follows:

Tuesday 9/15

8 PM – JD & The Straight Shot

9 PM – Jewel

10 PM – JD Souther

11 PM – Donnie Fritts and John Paul White

 Wednesday 9/16

10 PM – The Contenders

11 PM – James McMurtry

12 Midnight – Patty Griffin

 Thursday 9/17

8 PM –  The Pine Hill Project (ft. Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky)

9 PM –  Eilen Jewell

10 PM –  Dustbowl Revival

11 PM –  Miss Tess & The Talkbacks

12 Midnight –  Jeffrey Foucault

 Friday 9/18

8 PM – T Sisters

9 PM –  Amy LaVere

10 PM –  Anderson East

11 PM –  Margo Price

12 Midnight –  The Band of Heathens

 Saturday 9/19

8 PM –  Leyla McCalla

9 PM –  The McCrary Sisters

10 PM –  Doug Seegers

11 PM –  Gretchen Peters

12 Midnight –  The Hello Strangers

 Sunday 9/20

11 AM- Thirty Tigers Gospel Brunch: The McCrary Sisters host and perform w/ performances by Jonathan Tyler, Ruby Amanfu, Leigh Nash, and Bonnie Bishop.

About Americana Music Festival:

For four nights, September 16-19, the Americana Music Festival will feature approximately 165 live performances at over nine music venues in the vicinity of downtown Nashville.

Wristband wearers may attend ALL evening showcases at ALL participating venues on ALL nights. This does NOT include admission to the Riverfront Park event on Saturday. You must purchase a ticket to attend that show.

**Please note: Wristbands do not guarantee entry if venue is at capacity. In the event of a line, conference registrants have priority access.

A Word from the Winery! Crush season is here!

First crush of 2015 harvest is happening this Saturday! Follow us on Periscope to stay up-to-date with harvest happenings! Periscope: @citywinerynyc

First Crush

Here’s a sneak peak of what’s coming!

KT Tunstall hits City Winery for folk-rock tour – amNewYork

KT Tunstall will be touring all the City Winerys across the country, starting in New York City on Tuesday. (Credit: Mark Davis/Getty Images)


There are a lot of fine pairings for a glass of wine, but for the month of August, perhaps the best combination for your favorite chardonnay or Pinot Noir might be the music of KT Tunstall.

The Scottish-born singer-songwriter and guitarist — best known for her hit song “Suddenly I See” — will be touring through all of the City Winerys across the country, starting with a three-night stand tonight at the venue’s downtown location.
amNewYork spoke with Tunstall about the shows.

What inspired the City Winery tour?
I played a benefit for the Church Street School — an amazing music and arts school for kids in Manhattan — and ended up sitting next to Michael Dorf, the founder of City Winery. We got chatting, and I was saying that I’d heard really good things about the gigs at his venues. So we concocted a plan for a mini-tour.

Will this be an acoustic tour, or will it be more of a folk-rock experience?
Definitely folk rock! I really enjoy playing solo with my pedals. I can cover all different areas of my music and really mix it up.

What can fans expect to see on this tour that they haven’t seen from you in the past?
For fans who haven’t seen me solo, it’s really fun, as I am attempting to be a full band on my own. But it’s also really intimate and feels more like we are all in a living room rather than in a gig. I’ll be mixing up what I play each night, as I am doing multiple nights. I also bring a strong pant and shoe game to the stage, so be prepared.

You’ve done some soundtrack work recently. What movies have you worked on?
Yes. It’s been a lot of fun. I sang vocals on the most recent “Tinkerbell” movie, which I loved being a part of. I wrote “We Could Be Kings” with A.R. Rahman for “Million Dollar Arm,” as well as the closing credit song, “Miracle,” for the Warner Bros. movie, “Winter’s Tale.” I’m also working on a couple of film scores at the moment, which really excites me, as it’s a whole new creative area for me.
If You Go: KT Tunstall is at City Winery Tuesday through Thursday at 8 p.m. 155 Varick St., $32-$40, 212-608-0555.

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To give you even more of a reason to see Kevin Nealon when he comes to City Winery Nashville on August 21st, we’ve compiled a “Top 5 Kevin Nealon” list:

  1. Kevin Nealon got his career jumpstart when he joined SNL in 1986! He holds a title as one of the faux news anchors on the popular ongoing sketch “Weekend Update” AND was one of the longest running cast members to date.
  2. He starred alongside fellow SNL alum Adam Sandler in the classic 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore.
  3. He ALSO starred in Showtime’s admired comedic series Weeds as “Doug Wilson” alongside Mary-Louise Parker.
  4. Nealon became an accomplished writer when he came out with his first book “Yes, You’re Pregnant, But What About Me?”, which was published in 2008.
  5. And LASTLY, he is an accomplished banjo player! Making it all that more appropriate to be joining us at City Winery Nashville.

Save the date y’all! Get your tickets to either his early or late show AND the Meet & Greet.


New “Smoke Jumper Pilsner” released


We have a new addition to our line of City Winery beers, please welcome the

 “ Smoke Jumper Pilsner”

This beer is a variation of our Firefighter’s ESS BEE Pils, which is co-fermented with Sauvignon Blanc concentrate – hence the ESS BEE. For this beer we went for a more traditional approach and concentrated on bringing out the earthiness and hop aromas that are associated with other Pilsner styles (German, Czech and European).

Traditional Pilsner malt was used in this beer. Pilsner malt is the lightest-colored generally available malt, and also carries a strong, sweet malt flavor.  We experimented with the timing of when we added our hops to achieve a lasting hoppy finish. The result is a crisp beer that goes down fast but has a pleasant lingering bitterness that will leave you wanting for more.

Like the ESS BEE Pilsner, the Smoke Jumper Pilsner remains dedicated to those firefighters that risk their lives for us everyday, with $2 from every pint purchased being donated to the Napa Valley Firefighter’s Association.

Blind Wine Tasting hosted by Star Chefs

Last Monday was a sommelier throw down as industry professionals from all around Chicago competed in a blind wine tasting. The event was held at the legendary RPM Steakhouse and hosted by Star Chefs. Our Chicago wine director, Rachel Driver Speckan competed in the tasting bringing her A game. Everyone was seated in a private room with the first four glasses of white wine waiting to be tasted. As soon as the directions were given the atmosphere in the room went from pleasant conversation and laughter to quiet and serious. The only noises in the room were the sounds of glasses swirling and the sipping of wine. Everyone was silent as they ruminated on what the varietal, region, and vintage of each wine could be. Once time was called discussion and debate filled the room. Some of the competitors felt confident they knew exactly what each wine was while some were completely perplexed. The common descriptors amongst everyone were bright and acidic.


The next round of wines were four reds and the same process of swirl, sniff, sip were repeated. These wines were bold, tannic, and chewy and seemed to share many of the same characteristics. Rachel instantly knew from the first sip that these wines were from Spain. As everyone used their intensively trained palettes to decipher the flavors and textures they were experiencing, the mysteries of the wine unfolded. After people described what they thought each wine was, it was time for the moment of truth! Both wines were from Spain, the whites from Rueda and the reds from Ribera. The grapes for the reds were all Tempranillo and the whites were Verdejo. The regions came together for the “Si what’s next” collaborative campaign, aimed at bringing delicious and accessible wines to Millennials. Overall, the participants had a great time and were happy to brush up on their skills, awaiting the next competition.


City Winery’s Shlomo Lipetz plays in the 2015 European Baseball Championship

City Winery’s National Programming Director, Shlomo Lipetz, just returned home after participating in the European Baseball Championship Pool B for the Israeli National Team. With numerous games played back-to-back, Shlomo and his teammates finished with a 3-2 record and a 3rd place finish after losing in the semifinals to Sweden 9-8 in the 9th inning. Shlomo finished the tournament with a 2-1 record and striking out 10 batters in 11 innings. Impressive stats! We are proud of Shlomo’s performance and are excited to have him back on U.S. soil!

To keep up with the Israel Association of Baseball, follow them on Facebook!


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