August Events at City Winery Chicago

August is right around the corner- can you believe it? We sure can’t. Autumn might be approaching- but that doesn’t mean there’s not still time to get out and enjoy summer! Among the Festival After Parties, the impressive lineup of folk shows, and an evening with Country music royalty coming up next month, this August truly has something to offer everyone!

Summertime in Chicago means lots of music festivals-but the fun doesn’t stop there! We have not one, but TWO Festival after shows! Lollapalooza is August 1-3, and we’re excited to kick off the month with UK artist Kate Nash here for an Official Lolla After Show on 8/1! We’re expecting a sold out show- so get your tickets before they’re gone! We’re also excited to have contemporary soul group The Nth Power & Chicago’s own Van Ghost on 8/31 for an official North Coast Music Festival after party! We’re starting off the month with an after party, so it only seems fitting to go out with one as well!

August also brings exciting news for all the folkies in Chicago! We’ve got several great folk acts throughout August, including songster Dom Flemons on 8/3, string bands Guy Forsyth’s Hot Nut Riveters & The Appleseed Collective on 8/7, and “Folk’s Renaissance Man” John McCutcheon on 8/8. Each has their own unique take on folk music- and all worth checking out!

We’re especially excited to have country music royalty & Carter Family member Carlene Carter perform on 8/9 with special guest Jodee Lewis, who performed here earlier this year. She recently released her new album Carter Girl, which includes her own interpretations of several Carter Family songs. Don’t miss an intimate night with this very special country artist.

Be sure to check out our full August lineup below:

8/1- Kate Nash w/ Meg Meyers
8/3- Dom Flemons
8/4- The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke with Darrian Ford
8/6- Brother Joscephus and The Love Revolution & Stooges Brass Band
8/7- Guy Forsyth’s Hot Nut Riveters & The Appleseed Collective
8/8- John McCutcheon
8/9- Carlene Carter w/ Jodee Lewis
8/9 – Michelle L’amour’s Variety Show
8/10- Bruce Cockburn w/ Jenny Scheinman – SOLD OUT
8/11- Bruce Cockburn w/ Jenny Scheinman (2nd Show)
8/12- Sharon Shannon
8/13- Eric Roberson – SOLD OUT
8/14- Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and The Barefoot Movement
8/15- Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound & Peter Mulvey
8/17 & 18- An Evening with Leo Kottke
8/19- Music of John Lennon Wine Pairing
8/20- Toby Lightman & Emerson Hart
8/21- Butch Hancock and Jimmy Dale Gilmore & Fred Eaglesmith
8/22- Paul Thorn – CD Release show
8/24- Corky Siegel Chamber Blues with Sons of the Never Wrong
8/28 & 29- An Evening with Alejandro Escovedo & Joe Ely
8/31- The Nth Power & Van Ghost w/ DJ Otto

All tickets can be purchased at the City Winery Chicago Website

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New Pinot Porter at City Winery Napa!



Attention Porter beer fans! City Winery Napa is thrilled to announce the release of our exclusive Pinot Porter. A perfect summertime refresher, our beer carries rich, dark flavors of milk chocolate and coffee beans while offering a lighter-bodied style of Porter. The nose is dense with cocoa, chicory, vanilla bean and overripe plantain. The palette reflects more  chocolate than coffee, with touches of almond and forest floor, most likely from the Pinot Noir… yum! A perfect pairing with our roasted wild mushroom Vegetable Farro or our Niman Ranch Big City Burger. Come try our newest beer on tap today!


ABV: 5.9%

IBUs: 25


Made with Pale, Crystal 20 & 80, Black Patent, Vienna, and Chocolate malts.

Hopped with Saaz and Perle Hops.

City Winery Sign goes up

Sign in Nashville

A two sided 14 foot barrel sign when up on Lafayette Street making our location very clear finally.  Soon, the drive into our complex will have landscaped fencing with lights to our front doors.  Construction is moving along quickly now with the new tower on our front facade framed out, our interiors being completed and soon the installation of equipment and fixtures.  We are moving quickly to hit our opening date.

City Winery sets opening date for Nashville


City Winery, a restaurant, music venue and fully functioning winery in one, has set an Oct. 1 grand opening date for its Nashville outpost.

Located at 609 LaFayette St. in SoBro, it will be City Winery’s fourth location, behind New York, Chicago and Napa Valley. Moving into a rehabbed 30,000-square-foot warehouse space, City Winery Nashville will feature a 300-seat concert hall, restaurant and private dining operation, according to a news release. A head chef has not been announced yet, but the menu will feature more than 400 wines and house-made City Winery selections on tap.

“We’ve been eyeing Nashville for a long time and we’re thrilled to finally become a part of its flourishing cultural and culinary scene,” said City Winery founder and CEO, Michael Dorf. “The heart of City Winery is its music and what better place than Music City to showcase all types of music in a unique, upscale setting with fine wine and food. We can’t wait to open our doors and provide our guests with a one-of-a-kind concert and dining experience.”

City Winery has a series of soft opening events planned leading up to October’s grand opening. It has partnered with the Americana Music Association to host the award show after party and has booked a full calendar of shows during the Americana Music Festival. It will also serve as the after-party location for the second annual Music City Food + Wine Festival, according to the release.

The initial concert lineup through December can be found on City Winery’s website, in addition to details on the restaurant’s “VinoFile” program, a membership club with perks. City Winery Nashville was first confirmed last August.

Lyricist Robert Hunter On Finding Words for the Grateful Dead – Wall Street Journal July 18th 2014


Lyricist Robert Hunter On Finding Words for the Grateful Dead

Robert Hunter was a non-performing member of the Grateful Dead, a master lyricist who wrote the words to virtually every Jerry Garcia song. Their collaboration produced “Uncle John’s Band,” ”China Cat Sunflower,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Casey Jones” and dozens of other songs.

Since Garcia’s 1995 death, Hunter was worked with Bob Dylan, country artist Jim Lauderdale, Warren Haynes, Little Feat and many others. Last year he returned to the stage as a solo performer after a decade-long hiatus that saw him write an unpublished novel.

“After a brush with death, I realized that was not the best way to spend my remaining ears,” Hunter says from his California home. “I started playing guitar again and it reinvigorated me.”

Hunter will be on the East Coast for four dates at New York’s City Winery – July 21, 22, 23 and August 2. In between, he will be at the Newport Folk Festival and in Long Island and Wilkes Barre, PA. You can see his tour schedule here.

This is an edited conversation.

How did your working relationship with Jerry Garcia begin?

HUNTER: We started a folk duet called Bob and Jerry and wrote our first song when we were 18 and 19. I stayed with him through bluegrass, but the next phase was jug band, and I couldn’t make a sound out of the jug he handed me. I kept writing songs to perform at parties to impress the ladies, including “Alligator,” “China Cat Sunflower” and “St. Stephen’s,” then I moved to New Mexico. When the Dead formed, I sent Jerry some lyrics, and he called and asked me to come back and be their lyricist. They were working on “Dark Star” when I arrived, I wrote the lyrics on the spot and never really left.

Did you ever wish to perform with the band?

HUNTER: It was my choice. I was doing background vocals for “China Cat Sunflower” during the [1969] Aoxomoxa sessions, and Phil [Lesh] looked at me and said “Can you ever sing the same line twice the same way?” and I said, “I don’t think I can.”

So I bowed out and continued to offer my perspective on which takes were good and the like. And I named all the albums except for Mars Hotel. A lot of them I pulled out of the air. Like Jerry said, “This is beginning to sound like a bit of workingman’s dead instead of the psychedelic.” I said, “There’s your title.”

You created a worldview and personality that became, publicly, Jerry’s.

HUNTER: It all happened effortlessly. He called me a week or two before he died and started complimenting me, which is something he never did. He said, “Your words never stuck in my throat.” I thought, “Jerry? Are you ok?” – because we took each other utterly for granted for decades. He definitely was saying good-bye and it was the last time we ever spoke.

Did your collaborations start with music or words?

HUNTER: It was usually lyrics first. I would put the better lyrics into a file called “Can You Dig This?’ for any of the guys that wanted to write. Every once in a while Jerry would offer a tune to me, and the band pretty much wrote the music for “Uncle John’s Band” first. In the first few years, I also would often be in the rehearsal room as the band developed an idea. For instance, I was writing verses for “Ramble On Rose” as they worked it out. Sometimes you had to sneak up on Jerry because he was overflowing with ideas. I would hear him playing beautiful things on the guitar or piano that would just evaporate, tape them, and make them songs. He’d be shocked when I played it back to him.

I wrote the words for “Touch of Grey” for a planned solo album that was dragging along. My version was much slower and Jerry asked if I minded him recasting it for the Grateful Dead. I And all of a sudden we had a hit single and I had enough money to buy a house.

That song changed everything for the band.

HUNTER: We were just about done. The Grateful Dead was virtually broke and there wasn’t enough money coming into the enterprise to cover expenses. I’m actually glad the success didn’t happen earlier because to my way of thinking everything went wonky after that. The old days were gone. There was suddenly huge money, which simply attracts huge problems. But it did put the band into a pretty superior position. We were the top grossing band for some years. Or should I say, “they were?”

I think you can say we.

HUNTER: Thank you.


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