Luther Dickinson Cellar Session & Masters of the Telecaster 1.31 Show!

FINAL Cellar Session

Lead guitarist and vocalist for the North Mississippi Allstars, Luther Dickinson, stopped by last year for an intimate performance of his song “Hurry Up Sunrise”. He’ll be returning with Jim Weider and G.E. Smith as part of Masters of the Telecaster, where all three will showcase their amazing songwriting, vocals, and superb guitar skills.

Check out the video below and grab a ticket here to see him as part of Masters of the Telecaster on 1.31!

Buster Poindexter Cellar Session & 1.13 show!

FINAL Cellar Session

A couple years ago, former lead singer of hard rock band The New York Dolls, Buster Poindexter, performed a memorable One On One Cellar Session on our stage, which included included this rendition of “South American Joe”. Check out the video below and then grab a ticket here to his next show on 1.13!

 

Justin Townes Earle Cellar Session & 1.10 show with Carsie Blanton!

FINAL Cellar Session

Last year, Justin Townes Earle, distinguished singer-songwriter and son of Steve Earle, stopped by City Winery for some amazing performances, including this intimate performance of “Burning Pictures”.

Check out the video below, and then grab a ticket here to his next performance at City Winery on 1.10 and 1.11 with singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton!

 

Stephen Kellogg, George Porter, Rising Appalachia, Choir! Choir! Choir! & Everyone Orchestra- 1/7

FINAL Cellar SessionWhen Stephen Kellogg was growing up, his musical interests were divided between his father’s record collection, devoted to ’70s singer/songwriters like Jim Croce and Cat Stevens, and his sister’s rock & roll discs, dominated by hair metal acts like Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe. In a curious way, Kellogg’s music represents a meeting point between these two styles, with songs that delve deep into the personal, but make room for a sense of fun, while the music, which is intelligent and intimate, is also full of passion and electricity.

 

He’ll be performing on 1.7 at the APAP Showcase, alongside George Porter, The Everyone Orchestra, Rising Appalachia and Choir! Choir! Choir! Tickets are available here!

 

Don’t forget to check out Stephen’s Cellar Session!

Founder Michael Dorf’s take on the evolution of City Winery

City Winery’s founder & CEO, Michael Dorf, recently chatted with journalist, Rebecca Pratt, about the evolution of City Winery. Read on for a peek behind the curtain!

How did you get involved in City Winery?

I started City Winery in 2008.  I had started earlier a club in NYC in 1987 called The Knitting Factory which grew into a large entertainment company.  In 2002, I sold my interests and in 2004 made a barrel of wine in California. I caught the bug.  Always loved drinking wine as a fan, but now, wanted to get deeper in the creation of this consumable art form. As they say in winemaking, it is easy to make good wine, it is harder to sell it.  I combined my interests and thought, if I programmed great music in a sit-down environment, that a more sophisticated audience will enjoy a glass of wine served in Reidel perhaps more than other beverages.  I was right, about 70% of our beverage sales are wine, and we make more than half of what we sell to our customers.

What makes you happiest about City Winery?

I love that we are really authentic.  We source great grapes from about 30 vineyards in California, Oregon, and some from Washington, upstate NY, and even parts of Georgia for our Atlanta facility.   I love how the concept is working in cosmopolitan markets around the country, showing that there are sophisticated audiences, young and old, in many great cities everywhere.  I love how we have great relationships with the artists who work with us, many enjoying their experience “working” at City Winery more than any other venues on the circuit.  That is in particular very fulfilling these days, to know that the “medium” we have created is really working for the precious musicians making a living using our stages.

What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you since you started City Winery?

Besides loosing more hair, what I love has been the discovery of winemakers who are huge music fans, chefs who are really closet rock and rollers, and the musicians who hold the chefs and winemakers in the utmost celebrity.  There is such mutual respect and bringing them together has been most interesting.

What do you look for when you recruit people for your team?

Background, resume, and academic history are NOT the most important. It is the person, are they passionate about what they want to do?  Do they enjoy their work so much, that the lines between work and play are very gray? In fact, in our business, the lines are very gray and hopefully you want to be here, want to be seeing a concert, want to be learning about wine, and want to be hanging with other folks who enjoy both.   There is no other restaurant or culinary option to actually make wine, so for someone who wants to be in hospitality, but go deeper into wine, we are the place.  If you happen to also be in the place where your favorite singer is also hanging out, we are your place.  Those are rare and cool unique points that other places are more challenged to work for.  We might not have the free soda machine in the office next to the yoga suite near the HR lounge, but we have other perks that make our place special.  We look for people who want our culture.  We think it is cool and so do 750 other current employees.

What is a quirky, little-known fact about you?

I’m into hiking and mountaineering.  I’m a very good ping pong player, I am embarrassed to say, I do like golf.  I would say, the one fact, not perhaps that public is I used to do some oil painting.  I love great art and did a few pieces in college.  There was a moment when I was 22 years old, hanging out in Europe, sitting in cafes pondering life, that I wondered if I should do something less businessney and more personal and arty, and pursue abstract painting. You know, drink wine in a small studio in Amsterdam or Barcelona and paint.   I don’t know if I have any real talent, but I know what I like. So, I did some work, more private.  The first name for The Knitting Factory that came from sitting in cafe’s was something called “Expressoism”  which turned into several other names before it morphed into The Knitting Factory.

7th Annual New Year’s Day w/ Joseph Arthur & Teddy Thompson & 1.1 show!

FINAL Cellar SessionWho else can self-record an album, handling vocals, drums, programming, pianos, guitars, and synths? None other than Joseph Arthur, releasing his newest album “The Family” earlier this June! Start off 2017 by getting your tickets to see him and special guest Teddy Thompson on 1.1 here and check out his recent Cellar Session!

Los Lobos Cellar Session & 12.17 – 12.19 shows!

FINAL Cellar SessionAfter celebrating their 40th anniversary with the cleverly titled 2013 live album Disconnected In New York City, the hard working, constantly touring band – David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin – leaps headfirst into their fifth decade. Get your tickets to see them on 12.17 – 19 here, and check out their recent Cellar Session!

 

The Secret Sisters Cellar Session & 12.5 Show!

FINAL Cellar Session

Back in 2014, Americana singing and songwriting duo The Secret Sisters recorded their hit song “You’ve Got It Wrong”. Check out this amazing performance, and then grab a ticket here to their next performance at City Winery on 12.5, where they’ll perform songs from their hit Christmas tour!

 

John Forté Cellar Session & 12.2 Show!

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John Forté and Ben Taylor laid down this amazing stripped down version of “I’ll Be Gone” a few years ago for our Cellar Session series. John will be returning on December 2nd to City Winery so grab your tickets now!

 

Rhett Miller Cellar Session & 11.28 Show!

 

FINAL Cellar SessionRhett Miller, of the Old 97’s, recorded a few songs for our Cellar Session series a few years back, including “Drowning In The Days,” “Busted Afternoon,” & “Big Brown Eyes.” Rhett will be back at City Winery on 11.28 for his 4th Annual Holiday Extravaganza with special guests Dave Hill, Clarence Bucaro and more (TBA)!