2013 Musical Highlights & Memories

As we come to a close in 2013 with a 6 sold-out run of The

Fab Faux and get ready to ring in the New Year, we look

back on more than 300 incredible nights of music and share

with you some of our memories of the past year and our

favorite 2013 albums.


1. An Evening With Graham Nash and special guest Jackson Browne Renowned

singer-songwriter Graham Nash performed three sold-out shows during a short

break in his 2013 touring schedule with Crosby, Stills & Nash joined by his friend

Jackson Browne. These rare and intimate shows will go down in the history books

for this folk-rock music legend. Next month we proudly welcome David Crosby to

City Winery New York with four sold-out shows and continue to grow our very

special relationship with the members of CSN.

Billy-Gibbons 2. Billy F. Gibbons & Friends featuring Anton Fig, Will Lee, Martin Guigui & Mike

Flanigin rolled into City Winery New York for an unbelievable night of blues and

rock ‘n roll gems. Not only did ZZ Top’s legendary guitarist show up with truly

amazing friends to jam with – he arrived in true ZZ Top style and fashion, with his

ridiculously cool studded leather jacket! Expect this sharp dressed man to return to

City Winery NYC, Chicago and beyond in 2014.

__Citizen-Cope 3. Citizen Cope performed to sold-out crowds nine times in 2013 at City Winery.

Over the past three years, Citizen Cope has made City Winery his home for intimate

solo & acoustic performances. We anxiously await Cope’s return and can’t help but

wonder what is planned for the New Year and how many shows are in store for


__David-Bromberg-Band 4. David Bromberg Band is always a treat and City Winery was extremely honored

to celebrate the CD Release of David’s most recent album, “Only Slightly Mud.” At

this CD Release party, his soul-driven combinations of bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz,

country western and rock and roll was at a highpoint and we embrace his talent and

welcome his return.

__Macey-Gray 5. Macy Gray Performing “On How Life Is” marked the 14th anniversary of her iconic

debut studio album. After a long hiatus and in preparation for the 2014 release of

her up and coming album, Macy Gray performed a few rare club performances in the

US, including two sold-out shows at City Winery that thrilled each and every fan in

attendance. We wish Macy Gray only the best with her forthcoming release and can’t

wait for her return to our stages.

__Mavis-Staples 6. Mavis Staples returned to celebrate the release of her fantastic new album,

One True Vine with three jam-packed shows. Sixty years on the road has not slowed

down this legendary soul-singer who exudes the highest level of energy and class

each and every time she arrives at City Winery.

__Neil-Young 7. Neil Young & Jackson Browne are two of the greatest Rock & Roll legends of all

time and they shared the City Winery New York stage for one 2013 night only! On

this special night, the artists each performed a short set in support of Ocean Elders,

a non-profit organization focused on conserving and protecting the world’s oceans.

This rare night of incredible music helped raise awareness and important funds for

Ocean Elders and believe us, it does not get any better than this.

__Prince 8. Prince featuring New Power Generation, Shelby J, Liv Warfielf, NPG Hornz, &

Special Guests performed two surprise all-night shows! Following a surprise late-
night set at City Winery Chicago earlier in the year, Prince was joined at City Winery

New York by special guests Luke James, CeeLo Green, old school rapper Doug E.

Fresh, a sweat-inducing performance by Sly Stone bassist and funk pioneer Larry

Graham and Alice Smith, a City Winery favorite and up & coming star…Only in NYC!

__Steve-Martin 9. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell performed an exclusive event for City Winery

VinoFiles and WFUV members to celebrate their album release amongst an intimate

crowd. The sound of Edie’s beautiful vocals coupled with her brilliant songwriting

and combined with the picking and humor of the legendary Steve Martin made

this show a true night to remember. Become a VinoFile today and gain access to

extraordinary experiences this year at City Winery.

__Sinead-oconnor 10. Sinead O’Connor: The American Kindness Tour brought 5 sold-out shows to

the City Winery stages. Three of which were in New York City where O’Connor

performed a mix of new and old, reggae, Irish soul and her own brand of rock. The

crowds were extremely enthusiastic and Sinead was nothing short of brilliant.

__The-Roots 11. The Roots & Special Guests Present the Music of Prince (Live Rehearsal Show).

Every year Michael Dorf Presents hosts an evening at Carnegie Hall to raise money

for music education programs by honoring the music of a living legend. The 2013

event honored Prince and offered a once-in-a-lifetime rehearsal the night before

with a star-studded event at City Winery, with performances from Elvis Costello,

Booker T. Jones with Diane Birch, Maya Rudolph, The Waterboys, The Blind Boys

of Alabama, Nina Persson, DeVotchka, Bhi Bhiman, FDeluxe (aka The Family), Bilal

and Eric Leeds. Expect something as sensational at City Winery NYC as we gather to

celebrate the music of Paul Simon on March 30, 2014.

City Winery Talent Buyers Announce Their Top Ten Albums of 2013

City Winery Talent Buyers Announce Their

Top Ten Albums of 2013

Shlomo- National Director Of Programming – 


Boz Scaggs “Memphis”

Cody ChesnuTT “Landing On a Hundred”

Jake Bugg “Shangri La”

John Grant “Pale Green Ghosts”

Kevin Morby “Harlem River”

Allah-Las “Allah-Las”

Mandolin Orange “This Side of Jordan”

Matthew E. White “Big Inner”

Bombino “Nomad”

Mavis Staples “One True Vine”

Libby – Talent Buyer – Chicago Venue

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Emmy Lou Harris and Rodney Crowell “Old Yellow Moon”

Robbie Fulks “Gone Away Backward”

Houndmouth “From the Hills Below the City”

Daniel Ramano “Come Cry With Me”

Neko Case “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love”

Luke Winslow King “The Coming Tide”

Valerie June “Pushin’ Against a Stone”

Son Volt “ Honky Tonk”

Pokey Lafarge “Pokey Lafarge”

Laura Marling “ Once I was an Eagle”

Hannah – Talent Buyer – New York City Venue


William Tyler “Impossible Truth”

Kevin Morby “Harlem River”

3Ty Segall “Sleeper”

Willie Nelson “To All The Girls”

Kurt Vile “Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze”

Blind Willie McTell “The Complete Recorded Works” (Third Man Reissue)

Phosphorescent “Muchacho”

Caitlin Rose “The Stand-In”

Valerie June “Pushin’ Against A Stone”

Cass McCombs “Big Wheel And Others”


Peter – Artistic Director – Napa Venue


Rokia Traore “Beautiful Africa”

Buika & Chucho Valdes “Border Free”

Mas Larga “La Noche”

Dave Holland “Prism”

Madeleine Peyroux “The Blue Room”

Wayne Shorter Quartet “Without a Net “

Ana Moura “Desfado”

Pat Metheny/John Zorn “TAP Book of Angels vol 20”

Omar Sosa/Paulo Fresu “Alma”

Mulatu Astatke “Sketches of Ethiopia”

Kind words about our staff/venue


Our goal at City Winery is to make every customers visit here to the venue a great and memorable experience. As they say, “Without you guys, we would be nothing.”

We want to share some kind words sent in to us from a great customer who had a great experience at our venue!

“Hats off to you and your Class A++++++ staff at City Winery.  Not only is the venue over-the-top, but your entire staff was professional, accommodating, patient, friendly and courteous!  It was an absolute pleasure to be there and we’d love to come back again soon!  The band had a great time and I thought the room sounded exceptional.”

Thanks for the kind words. We have a great staff and making sure our customers have a top notch time at the venue  is our top priority!

Bobby Womack Reviews His Career at City Winery



Classic soul singing is, among countless other things, the art of the interjection. “Whoo!” “Mmmmm.” “Ohhhhhh.” “HahahaHA!” “Owww.” “Yeah, yeah!” “Am I lying?” Can I take my time?” “Listen to me!” “Do you feel it?” Used right, those interjections can be percussion, comedy, respiration, tension, release and more. Bobby Womack, 69, used them all at City Winery on Friday night, wearing a red leather suit, a red hat and red sunglasses as he started a three-night stand.

The jacket came off to reveal a black T-shirt and serious biceps. Mr. Womack, who started his career singing gospel in the 1950s with his family group, the Womack Brothers, was flaunting his fortitude. In secular music, Mr. Womack’s heyday as a hitmaker extended from 1960s soul through 1980s R&B, despite struggles with drugs and alcohol. Onstage, he’s still a classic soul man.

He has said he has Alzheimer’s disease, and he sat down to sing some songs. But his voice moaned and quavered, yowled and slid and leapt into falsetto as he sang his hits. His catalog spans the vintage sexism of “Lookin’ for a Love,” the streetwise commentary of “Harry Hippie” and“Across 110th Street,” the romantic advice of “Woman’s Gotta Have It,” the cheater’s remorse of “I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much,” the kiss-off of “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” and the song the Rolling Stones borrowed, “It’s All Over Now.”

Mr. Womack’s most recent album, “The Bravest Man in the Universe” (XL), was released in 2012, produced by XL’s owner, Richard Russell, and by Damon Albarn, whose project Gorillaz has included Mr. Womack as a guest vocalist. Like the album Mr. Russell made with Gil Scott-Heron, its backup tracks use contemporary-sounding loops and electronics, while its performances bring out the creaks and wear in Mr. Womack’s voice, with spoken-word interludes that reflect on age and experience. Its songs, like Mr. Womack’s gospel recordings from nearly six decades ago, reach for the moral high ground. “The bravest man in the universe,” Mr. Womack sings, is “the one who has forgiven first.” A spiritual that Mr. Womack originally sang with the Womack Brothers, “Deep River” — which was part of the 2012 album and of Friday’s set — now sounds like an acceptance of mortality.

Yet Mr. Womack was by no means autumnal onstage. The rasp his voice had decades ago is sharper now, and the quaver he always applied for emphasis is a little wider; his croon isn’t as smooth. But he still intersperses his songs with spoken advice and exhortations, and gospel-rooted timing still catalyzes his vocals: bounding ahead of the beat, sailing sustained lines over it, flinging raspy shouts against it. Mr. Womack followed impulses: What started as his own 1984 single “Love Has Finally Come at Last” became a tribute to“The Town I Live In” by McKinley Mitchell, a 1962 single he said was played “every day on the radio” while Mr. Womack was growing up in Cleveland, forbidden to listen to secular music.

“At my age you start to get out of wind, and I don’t feel like getting out of wind tonight,” Mr. Womack confided near the end of his 90-minute set. But he had been doing just the opposite, growing stronger and looser throughout the set, with longer falsetto flourishes and more potent growls. He wasn’t easing off yet.

credit – new york times

The Benefits of City Winery’s House Wine Tap System


We launched our unique tap system with three wine taps in Spring 2009.  The winery upgraded to five taps in Spring 2010, and in Summer 2011, the system was upgraded to 11 taps total with the launch of the winery’s Barrel Room in NYC. Learning thru NY tap set up, we integrated a tap set up of 26 wines for CW Chicago with dedicate temperature controlled tap room for kegs . Tap wines at City Winery Napa will be the core of by the glass selection with 36 tap wine lines featuring 30 wines from partner’s wineries from north coast.

I have always been a big supporter of tap wines, and it just makes sense for City Winery to serve fresh and good wines by using this technique, being that there are a number of benefits to this system.

We launched our unique tap system with three wine taps in Spring 2009.  The winery upgraded to five taps in Spring 2010, and in Summer 2011, the system was upgraded to 11 taps total with the launch of the winery’s Barrel Room.

City Winery probably sells the most volume of tap wine out of all wineries and wine bars on the East Coast.

In Europe, bulk wine “vin en vrac” does not always carry the connotation of poor quality.   When you know the right spot and the right wine (either local wineries or a wine shop), buying bulk wine is often a good way to get pleasant everyday wines for a great price. Wine by the tap is similar, but for a winemaker it opens many doors.

Here are some of the benefits behind the tap system.

Lower stress: Wines by the tap do not need to be bottled!! One of the worst tasks for any winemaker is bottling; there are always last-minute problems (not enough glass, not enough labels, incorrect labels, not enough staff, wine plugging during the final filtration, the threat of microbial infection during bottling, equipment breakdowns, etc.). During the winemaking process, we work hard caring for the wines.  We witness our wines fermenting and maturing in front of us.  This evolution is usually slow and we can influence it if it goes awry.  All our attention and care provided over 6 to 18 months can be wasted if we encounter any problems during bottling.   No bottling makes our lives easier — I think we can all agree on that!

Minimal SO2: When bottling a wine, most wineries will increase the SO2 content to prevent any chance of microbial infection during bottling and to preserve the wine after bottling — Recall the obvious sulfite odor found in many recently bottled sweet white wines, such as German Riesling.  I do not add sulphite before “kegging” any of our tap wines. The wine is stored at 60F and covered with inert argon.  We simply don’t need to do anything more to protect the wine.

Truth In wine: Given the wine’s character (our Sauvignon Blanc did not go through malo-latic fermentation), we would have to sterile filter the wine in order to bottle it safely. Such a tight filtration would damage the wine (decrease richness and potentially induce some dryness), but it would be necessary to insure stability of the wine in the long run. Tap wines, however, do not need filtration.

Greener product: With tap wines, there are no supplies (cork, label, foil, bottle, boxes) to purchase, receive and store. As a result, there is no waste, and this product is much greener than traditional bottling. This is a big deal!

Reduced wine losses: There is no need to worry about an oxidized bottle opened last week or unsatisfied customers complaining that our wine is corked. Because it doesn’t go through the bottling process, this isn’t a concern.

More fun / unique wines: There are always some small batches of wine that are odd, but interesting somehow.  They are usually light or hard press wines kept separate from the classic free run wines.  We are speaking about 15 to maybe 60 gallon lots. In these cases, bottling these small volumes is unrealistic, because bottling costs are high and because there wouldn’t be enough product to market with so few cases.  However, with the tap system, we can feature such a wine on tap as a special “barrel/ keg of the week.”

Fewer worries: You can’t even imagine how many ways a wine can go bad in bottle.  It rarely happens because we take great care to prevent any potential chemical instability (protein and tartaric precipitation for whites, copper case and color instability for reds, TCA/corked bottles) or microbial instabilities (re-fermentation in bottle, Brettanomyces development in bottle).  For example, our Sauvignon Blanc has some fresh aromas of citrus, hawthorn with a lively month feeling — it may not be tartaric stable, meaning than a few harmless tartaric crystals might appear (tartaric crystals do not change the wine’s taste but their appearance may make the wine unmarketable). I do not have to worry about this, though, because the wine is stored at 60F in the cellar and is chilled down to service temperature en route to the tap. Even if a few crystals appear, they will remain in the bottom of the kegs.

Wine education: We can also build educational value from our wines by the tap. For example, we could offer the same wine aged in French vs. American oak barrels to guests. The tap system also enables us a unique way to feature wine in wine flights for educating clients.