It is almost impossible to believe that we’ve reached the end of 2015 already—it feels like just yesterday we were ringing in the new year! This year was a huge for City Winery, full of extraordinary performances, unforgettable celebrations, and of course amazing food and wine. To look back at all of these amazing events, we’ve compiled a list of just a few of our favorite moments from 2015.
We want to give a special thank you to the City Winery staff, programming team, and event planners for making this year spectacular, and of course our wonderful patrons for making this all possible. Have a great new year, we look forward to seeing you in 2016!
La Paulée Off Grid Wine Tasting & Seminar (2/24)
The official La Paulée festival is one of the biggest Burgundy festivals in the world, and City
Winery had the privilege of hosting their off-grid tasting this February! La Paulée has become a grand gala attended by Meursault growers and producers along with other wine connoisseurs, and Daniel Johnnes, the Wine Director of Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group, produces the New York festival. It is a privilege to attend and reservations are mostly made a year in advance, so for City Winery to be included in the festival is a huge honor! We also worked with La Fete du Champagne in November, providing décor and barrels for their tasting.
Farm Aid VIP Reception and Dinner (5/19)
City Winery had the honor of partnering with Farm Aid this spring for an amazing private gala! Norah Jones gave an incredible solo performance, and City Winery provided top-of-the-line service for this great organization. Guests who attended also enjoyed a City Winery wine tasting and seated dinner. Farm Aid is a non-profit organization that has worked to support independent family farms for the past 30 years, and more recently took on the task of supporting the labeling of GMO produce.
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell (5/21)
After years of collaboration, singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris and country star Rodney Crowell have developed an undeniable musical chemistry, captivating our audience last spring. The duo wowed fans with songs from their Grammy-Award winning album Old Yellow Moon, as well as tracks from their most recent project, The Traveling Kind. We hope to see them continue their partnership and visit us again very soon!
Stephen Stills (7/7)
As one of the most prolific songwriters and musicians alive today, we were extremely grateful to host Stephen Stills in our New York City venue – the only City Winery he had not yet played! The set list featured a wealth of material from throughout his extensive musical career, touching on his work with Buffalo Springfield, CSN(Y), and Manassas; as well as his own solo work. If you haven’t had a chance to see him lately, take our word—there is no doubt that Stills can still send a song flying.
Indigo Girls (7/23)
Last July, City Winery was presented with the opportunity to host the Indigo Girls’ album release show for their latest record, One Lost Day, in partnership with one of our favorite radio stations, WFUV. With two packed shows, the band quickly established their groove, and were often joined by the singing and clapping audience. As one of the smallest venues featured on their short tour, City Winery was very fortunate to give fans a chance to experience material both new and old in a very personal, intimate setting.
Watkins Family Hour (7/28-7/30)
The Watkins siblings, Sean and Sara, created a home away from home when they took their show on the road for the first time with Watkins Family Hour. The group perfected covers of beloved bluegrass, folk, country, and rock tracks with the help of their friends Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Don Heffington, Sebastian Steinberg, and other special guests such as Ashley Monroe, Shawn Colvin and Michael Daves. Sara, Sean, and company successfully harnessed the ability to touch their audience in a profound way through their music, and we were honored to be featured as one of the few venues they played on this small tour.
John McCauley (9/7 & 9/8)
John McCauley left behind packed, sweaty crowds and the familiar full band backing to join us in all four City Winery rooms this year. Those who are fans of Deer Tick were captivated by the frontman’s solo work but were also treated to songs from the band’s discography as John indulged the crowd in hits drawn from several of the group’s albums. We hope that this four city tour becomes a City Winey tradition for years to come!
Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build (9/25)
City Winery hosted a memorable fall fundraiser for Habitat’s Women’s Build. This chapter of the charity involves women from all paths in life in their building process, teaching them construction skills and encompassing them in the Habitat for Humanity mission. As a large format cocktail party, this event was an exciting beginning to what hopes to be a continuing partnership! It was truly inspiring and touching to hear some of the speeches and stories from women whose lives had been forever improved by the homes that Habitat has provided for them over the years.
John Hammond & G. Love (9/28)
As one of City Winery’s favorites, John Hammond has rocked our stage many times over the years with his unique blend of rock and blues. Packing the house on a Monday night this past September was no challenge for the Grammy winner and his special guest G. Love of G. Love & Special Sauce, who considers John one of his greatest mentors. After such an amazing performance, we look forward to revisiting this combination again down the line.
Joan Armatrading (9/29-10/1)
It was an honor to have three-time Grammy Award nominee Joan Armatrading grace our stage this past September. With her unique contralto vocal range, she delivered three rare and exceptional solo performances, bringing new, exciting energy each night. Known for her deeply passionate lyrics, Joan displayed her powerful knack for filling the room with intense emotion, which proved to be a treat for all who were in attendance each evening.
The Ann Wilson Thing (10/7)
This fall we were lucky enough to book one of rocks most revered female vocalists, Heart front woman Ann Wilson. We were honored that she made City Winery a part of her mini tour, fittingly called The Ann Wilson Thing. Ann performed two sold out shows in one night, featuring songs from her new EP, simply called #1, to an extraordinarily enthusiastic audience. We cannot wait to have her back again!
Dennis Goodman’s 60th Birthday Party (10/18)
City Winery New York hosted its largest party ever this October. It was an honor to work with the reputable Colin Cowie and his team of event planner professionals. Highlights of the party included a magician, photo booths, Grinder Girl, an incredible cocktail hour and seated dinner from our executive chef, Chef Jeanty. Idan Raichel also gave a mind blowing performance with a full band. The Winery has never looked so fabulous, and each of the evening’s 285 guests departed with a bottle of City Winery custom label wine to commemorate the event!
Gregg Allman (11/1, 2, 4-6)
After many years of working toward this booking, our much-anticipated five-night run with the Gregg Allman Band proved to be a tremendous success and well worth the wait. Each night featured a unique set list and opener, allowing a chance for some of City Winery’s favorite up-and-coming artists to shine. For many fans that attended the Allman Brothers yearly residency at the Beacon Theater, the chance to see Gregg and company in a room with one-tenth the capacity was an incredible experience. We anticipate that 2017 will play host to more surprises for fans of Georgia’s finest.
Somms & Sliders at The Bowery Hotel (11/10)
City Winery was honored to participate in the first ever Napa Valley Somms & Sliders event, which showcased 18 leading wineries from Napa Valley teaming up with some of the most esteemed restaurants in Manhattan. Guests have the opportunity to try 11 different wine and burger pairings from participating eateries, as well as over 40 different varieties that hail from the region. Our own Chef Jeanty and talented wine director Tali Dalbaha were on hand to present a special lamb burger paired with a glass of our own NYC Cab.
Every Mother Counts Wine Tasting at The Bowery Hotel (11/12)
In support of Every Mother Counts, a foundation dedicated to improving maternal health for all women, City Winery was on hand to provide food and wine at the charity’s second annual #LoveEMC event at the Bowery Hotel. The fundraiser was incredibly successful, raising over $100,000! We are so grateful to participate in such an important organization.
Southern Soul Assembly feat. J.J. Grey, Luther Dickinson, Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne (11/28)
JJ Grey, Luther Dickinson, Marc Broussard and Anders Osborne rounded out November by joining together to deliver an amazing night of songs and stories at City Winery. Each artist provided a unique take on his deep Southern roots, presenting a passionate, authentic, and deeply soulful homage to the rich legacy of Southern musical spirit.