2012 Year in Review – Top 12 Greatest Moments From Our Staff (in chronological order)


#1 -Little Feat

January 2nd – 4th

What a great way start to 2012! For three nights, this American rock group brought their authentic, bluesy-horn blowing, down-home sound to the City Winery stage. City Winery has had their sights set on Little Feat for a long time, and hope that this will become a yearly event before they cross the ocean for their annual run in Jamaica.





Click here to see Joshua’s performance at City Winery.

#2 – Joshua Bell

January 6th

Joshua is one the most famed violinists in the world. Being a friend and a fan of our venue, he chose City Winery for a very special underplayed album release performance. The room was jam packed with an audience that was enjoying food and drink while remaining completely captivated by Joshua’s compositions.





#3 – The Cabinet of Wonders

February 4th, March 10th, April 28th, May 19th, September 8th, October 19th, November 16th and December 16th

City Winery is proud to have hosted and provided a home for wildly popular and NPR hit variety show by John Wesley Harding. The show has developed over the past three years into a true representation of what City Winery is all about; a coming together of leading cultural influencers in music, comedy, and literature. This year included the likes of Sam Amidon, Iris Dement, Nick Hornby, Stephin Merritt, Eugene Mirman, Aaron Neville, Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth, John Roderick, Ron Sexsmith, Stephen Kellogg and many more!






#4 – Wyclef Jean

February 24th, March 31st, October 18th, December 16th (Chicago)

2012 was “The Year of Wyclef” performing four incredible shows between New York and Chicago. This amazing talent showed everyone who was lucky enough to get in to the four-day residency that he is much more than a refugee; he is an amazing and talented musician who knows how to put on a remarkable performance. By the end of the show Wyclef had everyone out of their seats waving  City Winery napkins in the air. We look forward to seeing more from Wyclef in 2013 when he hosts the newly created Refugee Lounge Series at the winery.




 #5 – Robert Johnson 100th Birthday Celebration Rehearsal Show

March 5th

A live dress rehearsal at City Winery the night prior to the sold out show at The Apollo Theater. The show featured many soul, jazz and blues legends such as Steve Jordan’s All Star Band, Living Colour, Shemekia Copeland, Bettye LaVatte, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Sam Moore, Todd Rundgren and more.

Click here to see a clip from the show at City Winery.













Click here to see Todd’s performance at City Winery

#6 – Todd Rundgren

March 7th

One of our most beloved artists came through City Winery with five shows this past year, each one a little different from the other. These shows were advertised as ‘An Unpredictable Evening With Todd Rundgren’ not without reason. In addition, Todd also took part in our outside production at the Apollo Theater to celebrate Robert Johnson’s 100th birthday anniversary.









#7 – Mother’s Day Show with Patti Smith & daughter Jesse Paris Smith plus Lucy Wainwright Roche  and daughter Suzzy Roche. 

May 13th

Click here to see a clip from the show at City Winery.

This very unlikely bill was put together specifically for City Winery and featured two mother and daughter combos and brought together the beautiful, melodic, harmonies of the Roches contrasting the strong minded delivery of the Smiths. Only in New York and only at City Winery can such a collaboration blossom from idea to reality.






#8- Ronnie Spector’s Beyond the Beehive

July 6th, 14th, 20th, 27th, August 18th, September 15th

This was a monumental run of 6 shows that was developed specially for City Winery and featured Ronnie Spector at her best. Ronnie took the audience on an emotional journey through her amazing life story through song, photos and video. Audience members included fellow celebrities in the music and theater community and friends that Ronnie has collected over the year.








Click here to see the performance of “This Land is Your Land” by Diana Jones, David Robbins, Steve Earle, Tim Robbins, Miles Guthrie Robbins, Steve Butts (original member of The Highwaymen), and John Hammond.

#9 – Woodyfest: Celebration of Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday

July 11th-13th

An incredible line up of musicians from all genres came out to celebrate the100th Birthday year of the man who defined Americana music in this country. The performers selected for the tribute were a perfect fit for the City Winery audience and we were lucky enough to get a little help from our friend Steve Earle who was both the co-curator and host for all three nights. Some of the highlights included Billy Bragg, Allen Toussaint, Tim Robbins and John Hammond among others.





#10 – Sam Moore

July 17th

Who knows the fate of feel good soul music? A true, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came when   Sam Moore of Sam and Dave played two shows in one day at City Winery this past summer. First he rocked out our backyard at the Hudson Square Wine & Music Festival and then a full show in the winery that evening. Keeping the Soul Man music alive!

See Sam More on “Goody Day NY” with Bethenny Frankel and Dave Price.














#11 – Taj Mahal

August 25-26th

The legendary blues man hit the stage for two special nights as well as joined our Rolling Stones tribute at Carnige Hall. Taj has been on our radar from day one and to see him finally play our stage was definitely  a highlight, especially when his daughter Deva joined him on the last night.






#12 Gad Elmaleh

November 25th-29th

Truly not knowing what to expect after booking a 4 night of comedy show performed all in French – we ended up adding two additional nights, made way for Jerry Seinfeld and started talks about an encore performance this summer!  The show was a real home run with the French community in New York! We hope that by hosting one of the most successful comedians in the world more will join the ranks.



Be sure to comment below and let us know some of your favorites, or acts you would like to see at City Winery in 2013.


Happy New Year!!

Legendary Soul Man: Sam Moore on Good Day NY

Legendary R&B singer Sam Moore was recently featured on Good Day NY where he talked about his special, upcoming show at City Winery on July 17th.

On Monday, July 16th, Dave Price and guest co-host Bethenny Frankel spoke to Sam about his new found health, nerves before performing and his upcoming show at City Winery.  They discussed City Winery’s intimate vibe, which Moore really enjoys, as well as the delicious food and wine served during the shows.

Bethenny Frankel, a neighbor to City Winery also enjoys visiting and hopes to come to the show on Tuesday.

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City Winery Chicago Brings the Heat in August!

The offices of City Winery Chicago are at a full-bore excited hum these days as construction nears completion, and the final pieces slide into place. All of our managers get positively giddy when they start talking about City Winery Chicago opening, and every event already on the docket. We are just over a month away from that official opening, and that means the beginning of an incredible month of events to introduce you to our new beautiful, shiny facility and top quality entertainment.

Our first event is a five-night residency from world famous comedian, TV personality, actor, and author, Lewis Black. That’s right, five nights. For those five nights, August 15th-19th, Black will bring his patented brand of anger and outrage at the absurdity of the world to our stage. We couldn’t be happier to have such a talented performer welcome you into our venue for the very first time, and kick off our opening week with a screaming bang.

That’s not where our exciting programming for August ends, though. Oh, absolutely not. How about the following week including back-to-back nights of fantastic music from singer/songwriters Jesse Harris (Wednesday, August 22nd) and Howie Day (Thursday, August 23rd)? What if I were to also say that this one-two punch is followed by yet another? We have not one, but two nights of legendary soul/R&B singer Sam Moore? We’re talking about the “Soul Man” himself for two nights in a row (August 24th and 25th). We then follow that up with another two-night residency from rock ‘n roll legend Lindsey Buckingham (August 26th 27th). Throw in The Waco Brothers, a gumbo and cabernet night with Lost Bayou Ramblers, and two nights with John Sebastian and Jimmy Vivino, and you’ve got one of the greatest opening line-ups a venue could have.

That’s just the music side of things. We also have great programming in our City Winery restaurant and winery. A wine making class with our resident wine maker Robert Kowal in our secluded and plush Barrel room? Check. The beginning of our weekly, and amazing, Klezmer brunch every Sunday morning? Double check (you have to have the bagels and lox). We will even have a dinner hosted by Chicago’s own Greg Hall, owner and operator of Virtue Cider, where he will discuss cider’s versatility coupled with a coursed meal.

It’s hard to beat events like this, and it’s just the first month. For more information on these events, and the many more coming up, check out our calendar here.