Americana Music Association, Newport Folk Presents® and City Winery Announce New Spring Slate for State of the Union

Americana Music Association, Newport Folk Presents® and City Winery Announce
New Spring Slate for State of the Union:
A Celebration of American Roots Music
Monthly concert series continues in Chicago, Napa, Nashville and New York City

(Nashville, TN, Newport, RI and New York, NY) April 8, 2015 – City Winery, Newport Folk Presents® and the Americana Music Association announced today the continuation of their unique partnership with the second edition of their State of the Union series of select performances from April through July, 2015.

State of the Union: A Celebration of American Roots Music, taking place at the esteemed City Winery venues in Chicago, Napa, Nashville and New York City, will highlight artists whose musicianship and excellence set the standard for live performance.

Following on the heels of the successful winter run, which featured artists from Joe Henry to Booker T. Jones, Willie Watson to Aaron Neville, the spring lineup is poised to maintain the same bar of excellence.

State of the Union: A Celebration of American Roots Music presented by American Airlines, Lagunitas and Nissan – Spring Lineup:

CHICAGO
April – Jorma Kaukonen 4/9
May – Shelby Lynne 5/26 5/27
June – Sam Bush 6/11
July – Amy Helm 7/7

NAPA
May – Rhiannon Giddens 5/11
June – Leo Kottke 6/28

NASHVILLE
April – Holly Williams 4/29
May – Dar Williams with Jim Lauderdale 5/9
May – Darrell Scott & Friends: A Tribute to Ben Bullington featuring John Cowan, Rodney Crowell and Bill Payne (of Little Feat) 5/19

NEW YORK
April – Blitzen Trapper performs Harvest 4/17
May – Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams (Album Release) with Blind Boy Paxton 5/18
June – Sonny Landreth 6/14

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About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including the Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, September 15-20, 2015, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. For more information, please visit www.americanamusic.org.

About the Newport Folk Festival
Newport Folk Festival was founded in 1959 by famed festival producer George Wein and folk icon Pete Seeger. The Festival is renowned for introducing a number of legendary artists to the world. Since 1959, Newport Folk has been serving true musical omnivores, fans who crave innovation but appreciate tradition. The 56 year tradition continues to this day, as Newport has won Pollstar’s Music Festival of the Year for the last two years. The Newport Folk Festival is a production of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., a 501 (C) (3) non-profit corporation, whose mission includes educating young people about folk and jazz music, and to present the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island in perpetuity. To learn more, visit www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.

About City Winery
City Winery, founded in 2008 by Michael Dorf, has four locations in New York, Chicago, Nashville, and Napa. The brand is a growing haven of fully functioning urban wineries that present world-class musical performances in an intimate listening room environment. Young and emerging local artists join internationaltouring stars to play the City Winery stage for 320+ showa per year. With a modest capacity of 300 seats in the house, City Winery has created a compelling mix for their sophisticated clientele of active cultural patrons, bringing the wine country experience to the heart of large cities.

This incomparable musical experience is enhanced through state of the art sound systems from
Meyer Sound®. Among stainless steel fermenting tanks, French oak barrels and the aroma of fermenting grapes, cultural connoisseurs who are passionate about music, wine and culinary arts can savor top-notch artists in an urban setting with a wine country vibe. For a full schedule of City Winery’s four city programming, please visit www.citywinery.com.