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Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy (7/1)
South Rail - Stars EP (5/6)
PHOX - S/T (6/24)
Sara Lowes - The Joy of Waiting (TBA)
Johnossi - Transitions (4/29)
Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean (5/20)
Birdy - Fire Within (6/3 U.S.)
The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln Theatre DVD (4/29)
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo! (7/29)
Sara Swenson - Runway Lights (Summer TBA)
Challenger - Back to Bellevue (5/27)
Jay Brannan - Always, Then, and Now (7/15)
The Shilohs - S/T (5/13)
Wilsen - Magnolia EP (5/19)
Amber States - Saratoga EP (4/28)
Mimicking Birds - Eons (5/13)
Mark Chadwick (Levellers) - Moment (6/16)
Mary Gauthier - Trouble & Love (6/10)
You Are Wolf - Hawk to the Hunting Gone (5/6 UK)
Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks (5/26)
Beverly Craven - Change of Heart (6/17 UK)
Lonely the Brave - The Day's War (6/3)
Eleanor McEvoy - Stuff (5/12)
Heather Peace - The Thin Line (6/9 UK)
George Ezra - TBA (6/23 UK)
James Taylor - TBA (8/19)
Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie (6/10)
Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come to Me (6/3)
Paul Weller - More Modern Classics (6/3)
Daughter - Live @ Air (4/15)
Imelda May - Tribal (7/29)
The Roots - And Then You Shoot Your Cousin (5/19)
Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light (5/19)
Nick Mulvey - First Mind (9/16 U.S.)
The Peach Kings - Mojo Thunder EP (6/3)
Ed Sheeran - x (multiply) (6/23)
Puss N Boots (Norah Jones) - No Fools, No Fun (7/15)

April 15

Afghan Whigs - Do To the Beast
Amatorski - From Clay Figures
Amaya Laucirica - Sway (4/18 AUS)
Bobby Bare Jr. - Undefeated
Bruce Springsteen - American Beauty EP (4/19)
Dan Wilson - Love Without Fear
 Daughter - Live @ Air
Dinah Thorpe - Lullabies & Wake Up Calls
Elizaveta - Hero EP
Emerson Hart (Tonic) - Beauty In Disrepair
Horse Thief - Fear In Bliss
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) - Homo Erraticus
Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out
Jessica Lea Mayfield - Make My Head Sing...
Jim Kroft - Lunatic Lullabies (UK)
Justin Currie - Lower Reaches
Justin Nozuka - Ulysees
Marika Hackman - Deaf Heat EP
Matthew & The Atlas - Other Rivers (UK)
Needtobreathe - Rivers In the Wasteland
Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love (UK)
Ramona Lisa (Chairlift's Caroline Polachek) - Arcadia
Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky
The Bee Gees - The WB Years 1987-1991 Box
The Both (Aimee Mann, Ted Leo) - S/T
The Secret Sisters - Put Your Needle Down
Thee Oh Sees - Drop
Vaudeville Etiquette - Debutantes and Dealers
Wallis Bird - Architecture (UK)
Woods - With Light & With Love

April 22

Black Prairie (Decemberists) - Fortune
Dwight & Nicole - Shine On
EELS - The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
Fear Of Men - Loom
 G. Love & Special Sauce - Sugar
Hedley - Wild Life
Justin Rutledge - Daredevil (Tragically Hip Songs)
Keb' Mo' - BLUESAmericana
Little Daylight - TBA
Little Feat - Live in Holland 1976
Margot & The Nuclear So and Sos - Sling Shot to Heaven
Sharon Corr - The Same Sun
The Madden Brothers (Good Charlotte) - TBA
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Days of Abandon
To Kill A King - Cannibals With Cutlery (U.S.)
Tom and Hebron - Zoyugo

April 29

Amber States - Saratoga EP
Archie Powell & The Exports - Back In Black
Ben Watt - Hendra
Brigitte DeMeyer - Savannah Road (4/29)
Broken Twin - May
Caitlin Park - The Sleeper (5/2 AUS)
Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Phosphorescent Harvest
Curtis Stigers - Hooray For Lovers
Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) - Everyday Robots
Dave Keller - Soul Changes
Edward David Anderson - Lies & Wishes
Fiona Bevan - Talk To Strangers
Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon) - Midnight Sun
Hafdis Huld - Home
Johnossi - Transitions
Little Hurricane - Gold Fever
Pink Mountaintops - Get Back
Prefab Sprout - Crimson/Red (U.S.)
Rodrigo y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive
Sam Morrow - Ephemeral
The Currys - Follow
The Howlin' Brothers - Trouble
 The Milk Carton Kids - Live from Lincoln Theatre DVD
The Old 97's - Most Messed Up
Tommy Malone (Subdudes) - Poor Boy
Wye Oak - Shriek 

April TBA

Imogen Heap - Sparks
Neil Young - A Letter Home

May 6

Ben Harper/Ellen Chase-Verdries - Childhood Home
Brian Eno/Karl Hyde - Someday World
Current Swell - Ulysses
Gabrielle Aplin - English Rain EP (U.S.) 
  Gregg Allman & Various Artists - All My Friends (CD/DVD)
Gruff Rhys - American Interior
Jenny Scheinman - The Littlest Prisoner
Kina Grannis - Elements
Leisure Cruise (Dave Hodge, Leah Segal) - S/T
Liam Finn - The Nihilist
Lily Allen - Sheezus
Luke Elliot - Provisions
Lykke Li - I Never Learn
Natalie Merchant - S/T
Nikki Lane - All or Nothin'
Pacifika - Amor Planeta
Papercuts - Life Among the Savages
Rachel Taylor Brown - Falimy
Rae Morris - Do You Even Know? EP (UK)
Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) - Seven Dials (UK)
Sarah McLachlan - Shine On
South Rail - Stars EP
The Horrors - Luminous
Thomas Dybdahl - What's Left Is Forever (US)
Tiny Ruins - Brightly Painted One
tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack
Willie Watson - Folk Singer, Vol. 1
Wooden Wand - Farmers Corner
You Are Wolf - Hawk to the Hunting Gone (UK)

May 13

Amen Dunes - Love
Braid - No Coast
Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt - For Keeps
Collin Herring - Some Knives
Eleanor McEvoy - Stuff
Jake Bugg - Messed Up Kids EP (UK)
Jeremy Fisher - The Lemon Squeeze
Jesse Denaro - Dear, Love
Joseph Arthur - Lou (Lou Reed Tribute)
Kris Delmhorst - Blood Test
La Sera - Hour of the Dawn
Little Dragon - Nabuma Underground
Megson - In A Box 
Mimicking Birds - Eons
Mirah - Changing Light
Molly Beanland - Night Dreams
Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
Nick Mulvey - First Mind
Owen Pallett - In Conflict
Rhodes - The Morning EP (5/11 UK)
Swans - To Be Kind 
Sylvan Esso - S/T
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
The Shilohs - S/T
The Trouble With Templeton - Rookie
Tom The Lion - Sleep
Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
Walter Martin (The Walkmen) - We're All Young Together

May 20

Bry Webb - Free Will
Cara Dillon - A Thousand Hearts (UK)
Coldplay - Ghost Stories
Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) - Upside Down Mountain
Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean
Haley Bonar - Last War
Hundreds - Aftermath
Jolie Holland - Wine Dark Sea
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Going Home
LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye: Live @ Madison Sq. Garden
Malka Spigel - Gliding EP
Nightmare & The Cat - Simple
Oasis - Definitely Maybe 20th Anniv. Ed.
Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light
Smoke Fairies - S/T
Syd Arthur - Sound Mirror
The Roots - And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Wilsen - Magnolia EP (5/18)
Yann Tiersen - Infinity

May 27

Amy LaVere - Runaway's Diary
Blair Dunlop - House of Jacks
Challenger - Back to Bellevue
John Fullbright - Songs
John Illsley (Dire Straits) - Testing the Waters
Little Barrie - Shadow
Madison - The Bright Light EP
Matthew Barber - Big Romance
Miniature Tigers - Cruel Runnings
moe. - No Guts, No Glory
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
Teleman - Breakfast
The Ghost Wolves - Man, Woman, Beast
Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers - World of Strangers


Bridie Jackson & The Arbour - New Skin
Erlend Øye (Kings of Convenience) - Legao
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

June 3

Alice Boman - EP II
BANKS - Goddess (Full Length Debut) 
Birdy - Fire Within (U.S.)
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Run
Echo & The Bunnymen - Meteorites (4/28 UK)
Ethan Johns - The Reckoning (Prod: Ryan Adams)
Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) - Black Hours
Howling Bells - Heartstrings
James - La Petite Mort
JD McPherson - TBA
Joe Henry - Invisible Hour
Josh Record - Pillars (UK)
Kan Wakan - Moving On
Lonely the Brave - The Day's War
Matisyahu - Akeda
Meshell Ndegeocello - Comet, Come to Me
Paul Weller - More Modern Classics
Peter Murphy - Lion
Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour
Sleep Party People - Floating
The Donkeys - TBA 
   The Peach Kings - Mojo Thunder EP
The Pierces - Creation
The Shoe (w/ Jena Malone) - I'm OK

June 10

Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin
Cowboy Mouth - Go
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
Glass Aniimals - Zaba
Got A Girl - I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Heather Peace - The Thin Line (UK)
Jose James - While You Were Sleeping
Jack White - Lazaretto
Mary Gauthier - Trouble & Love
O.A.R. - The Rockville LP
Passenger - Whispers
Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie
The Who - Quadrophenia Live In London
Tomas Barfod - Love Me

June 17

Beverly Craven - Change of Heart (UK)
Glass Towers - Halcyon Days
Lewis Watson - The Morning
Mark Chadwick (Levellers) - Moment
The Antlers - Familiars
The Felice Brothers - Favorite Waitress      

June 24

Ed Sheeran - x (multiply)
George Ezra - TBA (UK)


Allen Stone - TBA (Summer)
As Animals - S/T
Bebel Gilberto - Tudo! (7/29)
Ben Ottewell (Gomez) - Rattlebag (TBA)
Charlene Soraia - Love Is The Law (TBA)
Dear Plastic - The Thieves Are Babes (TBA)
Deluka - BONDS EP (Spring TBA)
Don Henley - Cass County (TBA)
Ellis Paul - Chasing Beauty (TBA)
Empires - Orphans (TBA)
Haroula Rose - Here The Blue River (TBA)
Imelda May - Tribal (7/29)
James Taylor - TBA (8/19)
Jay Brannan - Always, Then, and Now (7/15)
Jonah Tolchin - Clover Road (Summer TBA)
Kite Club - Fresh Air for Humans (TBA)
Kris Delmhorst - Blood Test (Spring TBA)
Little Daylight - TBD (7/15)
Miranda Lee Richards - Echoes of the Dreamtime (TBA)
Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business (Summer)
  Nick Mulvey - First Mind (9/16 U.S.)
Old Crow Medicine Show - Remedy (7/1)
Peter Himmelman - The Boat That Carries Us (TBA)
Puss N Boots (Norah Jones) - No Fools, No Fun (7/15)
Rich Robinson (Black Crowes) - The Ceaseless Sight (TBA)
Sara Lowes - The Joy of Waiting (TBA)
Sara Swenson - Runway Lights (Summer TBA)
Sasha Siem - Most of the Boys (TBA)
Scott Matthews - Home Pt. 1 (TBA)
Slow Club - Complete Surrender (7/14)
The Felice Brothers - Favorite Waitress
The Good Natured - Prism (Summer TBA)
The Vespers - Sisters and Brothers (TBA
Tiny Ruins - Brightly Painted One (TBA)
Toby Lightman - Every Kind of People (TBA)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye (Summer TBA)
Wakey! Wakey! - All It Takes Is A Little Love (TBA)
Winterpills - Echolalia (Covers) (TBA) 
Woman's Hour - Conversations (7/15)

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City Winery Chicago Announces Opening Concert Lineup

Direct Current is proud to announce that Suzanne Vega, Bebel Gilberto, Paula Cole, Joan Osborne, Jesse Harris, Shawn Colvin, Matthew Sweet, Rosanne Cash, David Broza and Girlyman are among the celebrated headlining artists who will be appearing at City Winery Chicago, a new performance venue, restaurant and winery opening mid-August in the Windy City. The new concert venue joins its sister operation in New York in offering an eclectic and adult mix of folk, pop, jazz, blues and world music. Details on City Winery Chicago and a current listing of upcoming concerts and events are below...


The show time for all concerts, except the Sunday Klezmer brunches, is 8 p.m. unless noted.

Tickets for the following acts at City Winery Chicago are now on sale to VinoFile members, and go on sale to the public Monday, June 11 by phone at (312) 733-WINE (9463) or by visiting

  • Lewis Black, Running on Empty, with special guest John Bowman (comedy):  Wednesday, Aug. 15; Thursday, Aug. 16; Friday, Aug. 17; Saturday, Aug. 18; and Sunday, Aug. 19 (Tickets: $80/65/50)
  • Jesse Harris (singer-songwriter): Wednesday, Aug. 22 ($10)
  • Howie Day (singer-songwriter): Thursday, Aug. 23 ($25/22/20)
  • Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave, R&B-soul): Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25 ($85/55/45). All VIP tickets include post-show wine reception with Sam Moore
  • Wine & music pairing: Music of T. Rex performed by the Waco Brothers: Tuesday, Aug. 28 ($35 w/5 wine tasting; $15 ticket only)
  • An Evening with Johnny & Jimmy - John Sebastian (of The Lovin’ Spoonful) & Jimmy Vivino (of the Basic Cable Band/CONAN): Friday, Aug. 31, and Saturday, Sept. 1 ($45/40/35)
  • Klezmer Brunch with Tum Balalaika: Sunday, Sept. 2 ($10)
  • Charlie Mars (singer-songwriter):  Sunday, Sept. 2 ($22/20/18)
  • An Evening with the David Grisman Sextet (jazz-bluegrass): Thursday, Sept. 6, and Friday, Sept. 7 ($50/45/40)
  • Suzanne Vega (singer-songwriter) with special guest Musikanto: Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9 ($50/45/40)
  • Klezmer Brunch with Shakshuka: Sunday, Sept. 9 ($10)
  • Wine & music pairing: Music of the Rolling Stones  performed by the Exiles on Randolph Street: Monday, Sept. 10 ($25 w/5 wine tasting; $10 ticket only)  
  • Klezmer Brunch with Chicago Klezmer Ensemble: Sunday, Sept. 16 ($10) 
  • Joan Osborne Duo - Residency (singer-songwriter): Sunday, Sept. 16, and Monday, Sept. 17 ($40/30/25) Joan Osborne calls City Winery Chicago her home Sept. 16 & 17 and Oct. 16 & 17
  • Matthew Sweet (pop): Thursday and Friday, Sept. 20 and 21 ($40/35/30)
  • Patterson Hood (southern rock): Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23 ($28/25/22)
  • Deolinda (Portuguese fado): Monday, Sept. 24 ($25/20/18)
  • Klezmer Brunch with Maxwell Street Klezmer Band quartet: Sunday, Sept. 30 ($10)
  • Girlyman (three-part harmony folk-pop): Sunday, Sept. 30 ($30/25/22)
  • An Evening with Paula Cole (singer/songwriter): Saturday, Oct. 13 ($35/32/28)
  • Joan Osborne Duo - Residency (singer-songwriter) Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Wednesday, Oct.  17 ($40/30/25)
  • Mason Jennings (singer-songwriter) with special guest The Pines: Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20 ($35/35/22)
  • Klezmer Brunch with Chicago Klezmer Ensemble: Sunday, Oct. 21
  • An Evening with Kurt Elling (jazz vocalist): Monday, Oct. 22, and Tuesday, Oct. 23 ($45/40/35)
  • Acoustic Africa (Dobet Gnahore, Manu Gallo of Zap Mama, Kareyce Fotso and Leni Stern): Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Thursday Oct. 25 ($35/32/28)
  • Glen Phillips (singer-songwriter, of Toad the Wet Sprocket) & Grant Lee Phillips (singer-songwriter, of Grant Lee Buffalo): Saturday, Oct. 27 ($35/30/28)
  • Klezmer Brunch with Maxwell Street Klezmer Band quartet: Sunday, Oct. 28 ($10)
  • Klezmer Brunch with Maxwell Street Klezmer Junior Orchestra: Sunday, Nov. 4 ($10) 
  • Shawn Colvin (singer-songwriter): Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7 and 8 ($50/45/40)
  • David Broza (Israeli singer-songwriter and guitarist): Monday, Nov. 12 ($35/30/25)
  • Mary Black (Irish) with special guest Rosie O: Thursday, Nov. 15 ($55/45/40)
  • Jorma Kaukonen (roots rock, of Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane), with special guest Steve Kimock: Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17 ($48/45/42)
  • Klezmer Brunch with Chicago Klezmer Ensemble: Sunday, Nov. 18 ($10)
  • An Evening with Rosanne Cash (country): Sunday, Nov. 18 ($68/58/48)
  • Mavis Staples (gospel): Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24 ($75/58/48)
  • Klezmer Brunch with Tum Balalaika: Sunday, Nov. 25 ($10)
  • Klezmer Brunch with Chicago Klezmer Ensemble: Sunday, Dec. 16 ($10) 
  • Klezmer Brunch with Maxwell Street Klezmer Band quartet: Sunday, Dec. 30 ($10)
  • Los Lobos (Mexican folk- Rock & Roll): New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, two shows: 7:30 pm & 11 pm. ($175/125/85) VIP tickets include a five-course dinner with wine; all tickets include a champagne toast.

Additional talent will be announced shortly.

Press Release: City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph Street, the city’s newest concert venue and only fully operational winery, will present an eclectic mix of the most respected names in pop, rock, jazz, blues and world music, when it opens its doors August 1, 2012.  Among the initial headliners announced includes soul/R&B legend Sam Moore of Sam & Dave fame (August 24-25); the jazz-bluegrass combo, David Grisman Sextet (Sept. 6-7); singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega (Sept. 8-9); Brazilian pop chanteuse Bebel Gilberto (Sept. 14-15); pop star Matthew Sweet (Sept. 20-21); the legendary Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople fame (Sept. 28-29);  jazz vocalist Kurt Elling (Oct. 21-22); singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin (Nov. 7-8); Israeli singer-songwriter and guitarist David Broza (Nov. 12); singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash (Nov. 18); gospel/R&B superstar Mavis Staples (Nov. 23-24); and in two special rockin’ New Year’s Eve performances, Los Lobos (Dec. 31).  Timed for the political season, comedian and City Winery friend Lewis Black will officially “inaugurate” the room with a rare, intimate five-night engagement of “Running on Empty,”  Wednesday – Sunday evenings, August 15-19.  

Plus,  City Winery Chicago is proud to announce two ongoing series combining the pleasures of music and wine.   The weekly Sunday Klezmer Brunch joins musical performances by the best klezmer bands from around the city and around the world with a menu of schmears, scrambles and Nova Scotia salmon, and launches Sunday, August 19.  Klezmer Brunches take place every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., with live and lively musical sets by the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble, Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Jutta & the Hi Dukes, and others. Wine & music pairings celebrate a musical artist’s catalog, pairing live or recorded versions of their work with wine flights specially chosen to accompany the songs.  This series launches Tuesday, August 28, with the Music of T. Rex performed by the Waco Brothers and continues Monday, September 10 with the Music of the Rolling Stones performed by the Exiles on Randolph Street.  

The City Winery Chicago concert venue will accommodate 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.  Music, spoken word and comedy will be presented 20-25 nights per month.  

“We realize time and money are precious commodities for many people, and have thus created a single destination to enjoy high-end cuisine and wine combined with high-end culture in a comfortable, sophisticated and unique setting," said Michael Dorf, City Winery Founder & CEO.

City Winery Chicagos signature VinoFile™ membership is now available, exclusively offering advance tickets now through the public on-sale, Monday, June 11. In addition to valuable advance ticket purchase opportunities, members also receive:  waiver of ticket service fees; 50% off valet parking; Restaurant Loyalty Rewards, such as a free pair of VIP concert tickets for every $500 spent in the restaurant; exclusive membership-only events; and access to the proprietary City Winery Virtual Sommelier™, which helps make suggestions for wines one might enjoy based on past consumption at the venue. For more information on becoming a VinoFile member ($75 annual fee), please call (312) 733-WINE (9463) or visit

City Winery Chicago is a sponsor of Direct Current Music.



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I love the music these guys make. The one and only time I have seen them live was in a little club in LA .

June 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLos Lobos tickets

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