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City Winery to present Syleena Johnson, Shemekia Copeland, Levi Kreis
2019-09-15

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CHICAGO ( Sept. 10, 2019 ) — City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, announces Grammy-nominated R&B artist Syleena Johnson, Chicago's own Queen of the Blues Shemekia Copeland and more. The show goes on sale to the public on Friday, Sept. 13 at noon. Tickets will be available at citywinery.com/chicago .

All City Winery Chicago events are open to all ages and start at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m., unless noted.

On a Winter's Night feat. Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Patty Larkin & Cliff Eberhardt

Tuesday, November 19

$24/$28/$30/$32

In 1994, Christine Lavin gathered together veteran singer/songwriters John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Cliff Eberhardt, and other folk and Americana artists to showcase music of the winter season on the, now classic, On A Winter's Night album. These artists have released dozens of recordings and toured steadily through the years. For the past three decades, Lavin, Gorka, Larkin, and Eberhardt have been among the brightest stars of the singer/songwriter genre.

Levi Kreis - Home for the Holidays

Saturday, December 21; 12:00 p.m./11:00 a.m. doors

General Admission: $25 advance/$30 day of show

+$20 brunch buffet available

The 5th Annual Home for the Holidays show by Levi Kreis infuses gospel, country, rockabilly, and jazz into a fresh and flawless collection of Christmas classics and holiday favorites. Kreis's gospel-rich vocals and church-inspired piano style have come to define some of his best-known songs. An East Tennessee native, Kreis spent his youth mimicking the piano style of southern gospel music and idolizing men like Ray Charles who brought that sound to the mainstream. Every stage of Kreis's life has been chronicled through his albums. Each one reveals a new side to this singer/songwriter, taking you through a myriad of genres — piano pop, gospel, country, R&B, and jazz. Kreis's music has been featured in film and television shows including The Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy, and So You Think You Can Dance. Seven albums have afforded Kreis impressive accolades — top ten positions on various charts, #1 music videos, national tours, TV appearances on The View, David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon and a Tony Award for originating the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway's "Million Dollar Quartet." But Kreis is now settling into what he knows best — southern soul.

Michael McDermott - Mischief & Mistletoe

Saturday-Monday, December 21- 23

$32/$35/$38/$42

Described by author Stephen King as "one of the best songwriters in the world and possibly the greatest undiscovered rock 'n' roll talent of the last 20 years," Michael McDermott's brand of rock 'n' roll brims with the kind of well-honed style and wisdom that can only come from a career on the road and a pedigree in the studio. Effortlessly blending natural folk sensibility, pop hooks, and honest rock, McDermott's music is as much for the outcast as the congregation. It's an exploration of the dark corners of life's journey and it resonates middle class truths through the passionate filter of a kid that grew up on Chicago's Irish South Side. McDermott returns to City Winery Chicago for his 8th Annual installment of Mischief & Mistletoe.

Shemekia Copeland with special guest Kevin Burt

Thursday-Friday, December 26- 27

$38/$45/$48/$52

Whether she's belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up, or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Copeland's wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. Copeland's latest album, America's Child, is by far her most compelling work yet, with music swelling beyond blues and into spirited Americana, with elements of rock, soul, and country. From America's Child's anthemic opening track, "Ain't Got Time For Hate," to the closing lullaby, the traditional "Go To Sleepy Little Baby," Copeland sings with passion and insight about the chaos and uncertainty in the world while still finding joy all around her.

Syleena Johnson

Friday, January 10; 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.

$35/$38/$45/$55

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Syleena Johnson is one of those undeniable talents. Johnson has collaborated with everyone from Kanye West and Common to Anthony Hamilton. She has appeared on television shows including TV One's "R&B Divas: Atlanta," WE TV's "Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars" and the TEGNA Media/ TV One daily live talk show "Sister Circle."

Johnson's latest album Rebirth of Soul was released in November 2017 and features Johnson's searing interpretations of classic R&B songs, mainly from the fifties and sixties, recorded in real-time with live musicians just the way "real music" used to be made. Recorded in Chicago, Johnson's long-time base and hometown, the sessions included musicians who played on hit R&B recordings over the years, and a majority of the album features songs associated with Chicago artists, songwriters, or record labels. The songs on Rebirth of Soul run the gamut from lesser-known gems such as Betty Everett's "There'll Come A Time," the original song "We Did It," and Bettye Swann's "Make Me Yours" to such landmark hits as "Chain of Fools" and "I'd Rather Go Blind," recorded definitively by Aretha Franklin and Etta James respectively. Johnson manifests an uncanny ability to get inside of each song, digging deep to deliver passionate performances that bring a fresh spark to even the best-known selections. With the release of Rebirth of Soul, Johnson reaffirms her place as one of the most dynamic singers of her generation, rooted in the great soul tradition and uniquely capable of moving it forward

City Winery also announces Sinclair to open for Kevin Griffin on Oct. 8 and 9.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Sept. 13 at noon. Only members of City Winery Chicago's signature VinoFileâ„¢ program have access to ticket sales tomorrow in addition to receiving: a waiver of ticketing fees; free valet parking; Restaurant Loyalty Rewards, such as a free pair of VIP concert tickets for every $500 spent on food & beverage in the restaurant; exclusive membership-only events; and access to the proprietary City Winery Virtual Sommelierâ„¢, which helps make suggestions for wines one might enjoy based on past consumption at the venue.

Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Cliff Eberhardt, Levi Kreis, Michael McDermott, Shemekia Copeland, Kevin Burt, Syleena Johnson and Sinclair join a diverse mix of the most respected names in pop, rock, jazz, blues, world music, theater, dance, spoken word and comedy presented at City Winery Chicago, including previously announced headliners and supporting acts: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn ( Sep. 10 ); Chely Wright & Alice Peacock ( Sep. 11 ); Laith Al-Saadi ( Sep. 12 ); Ross Mathews Presents Dragtastic Bubbly Brunch ( Sep. 15, 12p ); Smells like Nirvana ( Sep. 15, 7p ); Rhett Miller ( Sep. 16 ); Glenn Jones ( Sep. 17 ); David Cook with Carrie Welling ( Sep. 18 ); Ronnie Baker Brooks ( Sep. 20 ); 8 Nights of EIGHT NIGHTS ( Sep. 22, 12p ); CeCe Peniston ( Sep. 22 ); Roger Clyne Acoustic with Miles Nielsen ( Sep. 23 ); Greg Laswell ( Sep. 25 ); Billy Cobham Crosswinds Project featuring Randy Brecker ( Sep. 29, 5 & 8p ); Toronzo Cannon ( Sep. 30 ); Radney Foster & Kim Richey ( Oct. 2 ); Chicago Farmer with Althea Grace ( Oct. 3 ); Lee Ann Womack with Sarah Siskind ( Oct. 4-5 ); Amy Black's Heart & Soul ( Oct. 6, 12:30p ); Paula Cole ( Oct. 6, 7p ); Eric Hutchinson Uncorked with Skout ( Oct. 7 ); Kevin Griffin with Sinclair ( Oct. 8-9 ); Vivian Green ( Oct. 11, 7 & 10p ); Bilal ( Oct. 13, 5 & 8p ); Hiromi ( Oct. 14-15 ); Tyrone Wells ( Oct. 16 ); Teedra Moses ( Oct. 17 ); Robbie Fulks ( Oct. 18 ); Jon McLaughlin with Sawyer ( Oct. 20, 4 & 7:30p ); Justin Townes Earle with The Cerny Brothers ( Oct. 21 ); Madeleine Peyroux ( Oct. 22-23 ); Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi ( Oct. 26-27 ); Chicago Philharmonic Fall Series ( Oct. 27, 12p ); An Acoustic Evening with John Hiatt with Logan Ledger ( Oct. 30-Nov. 1 ); William DuVall ( Nov. 3 ); Edwin McCain ( Nov. 7 ); An Evening with The Flatlanders ( Nov. 10 ); John Lodge ( Nov. 12 ); Marc Cohn ( Nov. 13 ); Booker T. Jones ( Nov. 14 ); Hip Hop Yoga ( Nov. 16, 11a ); Watch What Crappens ( Nov. 16, 7 & 10p ); Story Jam ( Nov. 17, 12p ); Jimmy Webb with Robin Spielberg ( Nov. 17 ); Corey Smith ( Nov. 18 ); Kris Allen ( Nov. 20 ); Don McLean ( Nov. 21 ); Heather McDonald ( Nov. 22, 8p; Nov. 23, 7 & 10p ); Chicago Philharmonic Fall Series ( Nov. 24, 12p ); Enter the Haggis ( Nov. 24, 7p ); Cherie Currie & Brie Darling ( Nov. 25 ); Digable Planets ( Nov. 26-27, 7 & 9:30p ); Dwele ( Nov. 29, 7 & 10p ); BoDeans ( Nov. 30, 7 & 10p; Dec. 1, 7p ); Whine Down with Jana Kramer and Michael Caussin ( Dec. 3 ); Los Lobos ( Dec. 8-10 ); Jane Lynch ( Dec. 15, 5 & 8p ); Jump, Little Children with Hula Hi-Fi ( Dec. 16 ); Stephen Kellogg ( Dec. 18 ); Musiq Soulchild ( Dec. 19-20, 7 & 10p ); Chicago Philharmonic Fall Series ( Dec. 22; 12p ); Sawyer Fredericks ( Jan. 19, 7p ); and We Banjo 3 ( Mar. 8, 5 & 8p ).

Opened in 2012, City Winery Chicago is a fully operational winery, restaurant with outdoor patio, concert hall and private event space located in the heart of the West Loop at 1200 W. Randolph, in the historic urban Fulton Market district. Once a refrigerated food distribution warehouse, the 1911 building has been transformed into a contemporary 33,000 square foot haven for those passionate about wine, music and culinary arts. The décor evokes the romance of being in wine country, from the exposed stainless-steel fermenting tanks and French oak barrels, to the aroma of fermenting grapes. The West Loop's only fully operational winery has produced dozens of in-house wines sourced from vineyards in California, Oregon, Washington, Argentina and Chile, including a Wine Enthusiast 92-point 2015 Verna's Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir. With more than 400 unique producers from around the world City Winery is recognized with 2014 and 2015 Best of Awards of Excellence "for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world" by Wine Spectator. The globally inspired, locally sourced, wine-focused food menu is conceived for pairing and sharing. The concert hall accommodates up to 300 guests, all seated at tables with complete beverage and dining service, ensuring a comfortable "listening room" experience enhanced by a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound system. Riedel is the official and exclusive provider of glassware, showing City Winery's commitment to enjoying quality wine in a quality vessel. American Airlines is the Official Airline and Virgin Hotels Chicago is the Official Hotel of City Winery. For more information, please visit www.citywinery.com .

—From a press release


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