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

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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:

April – Jorma Kaukonen 4/9
May – Shelby Lynne 5/26 5/27
June – Sam Bush 6/11
July – Amy Helm 7/7
May – Rhiannon Giddens 5/11
June – Leo Kottke 6/28

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

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


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

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

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

The Tribute to David Byrne and Talking Heads at Carnegie Hall

Electric. Unforgettable. One of a kind. These are just a few words that capture the performances of last week’s Michael Dorf Presents: The Music of David Byrne and The Talking Heads. Celebrating the 11th annual benefit concert produced by City Winery CEO and Founder Michael Dorf, the evening at Carnegie Hall was a massive success.

The concert itself took place on the night of Monday, March 23, but the excitement really began during the live rehearsal show, which took place on Sunday, March 22 at City Winery NYC. The venue, located in the heart of Hudson Square, was buzzing with talent preparing for the big event at Carnegie Hall. Pete Molinari, Amanda Palmer, Alexis Krauss and Forro in the Dark gave noteworthy performances. When the big day finally arrived 24 hours later, artists were prepared to channel David Byrne’s punk and pop energies, combined with their own original renditions of his songs.

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Alexis Krauss performing at the Live Rehearsal show 3/22/15

The show started off on a positive note with Little Kids Rock covering “Stay Up Late”, a pleasant reminder that all the proceeds from the night are given to the Michael Dorf Presents Foundation, providing funds for music education to underserved youth. The benefit raised over $100,000, supporting music education for underserved youth.


The energy from the performances and the anticipation in the crowd provided an electric pulse felt by all, which lasted through the entire show. Sharon Jones gave a chilling performance of “Psycho Killer”, which the audience awarded with a standing ovation. Rolling Stone said, “If there’s not a Record Store Day 7-inch of her version by this time next year, someone messed up somewhere.” (Rolling Stone, Weingarten).


The electricity continued through the night, solo artists we accompanied by backing band Antibalas, providing a unique Afrobeat punk sound into the mix. The sounds produced were undeniably New York influenced, reigning true to The Talking Heads legacy. Questlove and The Roots never disappoint, providing an unbeatable cover of “Born Under Punches”.

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House band Antibalas performing at the Live Rehearsal show 3/22/15

CeeLo Green, Steve Earle, Joseph Arthur, Esperanza Spalding, O.A.R., Santigold, and so many other talented artists made this night truly magical. The crowd went wild when David Byrne himself came out to perform with the Brooklyn United Marching Band, beaming and boogying to “God’s Love”, finishing the night with an unexpected and incredible cover of “Uptown Funk”.

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David Byrne encores at Carnegie Hall 3/23/15

The excitement continued on through Monday night during the after-party at City Winery, Antibalas keeping the music alive, accompanied by various artists from the night jumping on stage to join them. Sharon Jones blessed the stage with an incredible 15 minute afrobeat solo performance. The crowd couldn’t get enough of these unique pieces, especially Thievery Corporation’s on-stage energy and Jenni Muldaur’s bluesy contribution. An evening of extraordinary live music, topped with food, wine and the presence of David Byrne himself made this night an overwhelming success, providing the attendees with a night they won’t soon forget, and anticipation for next year’s concert.

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Sharon Jones performing at the after-party  3/23/15

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House band Antibalas performing at the after-party  3/23/15

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City Winery CEO & Founder Michael Dorf, David Byrne of Talking Heads, City Winery National Programming Director Shlomo Lipetz