Monday, March 9 at City Winery
(February 11, 2015) –The Spaniels, Willie Rogers of The Soul Stirrers and Stormy Weather come together at City Winery for the Chicago premiere of The Signal. Direct from standing-room only sellouts in the Midwest, this new musical revue is a true story told in narrative and song by a star-studded cast at 45 rpm. The Signal: A Doo Wop Rhapsody “transmits” Monday, March 9, 8 p.m. at City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph.
Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award winners The Spaniels, (“Goodnight Sweetheart,” “Baby It’s You,” “Peace of Mind”), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Willie Rogers of The Soul Stirrers (“A Change is Gonna Come,” “Chain Gang,” “If I Had a Hammer”) and the nation’s premier a cappella group Stormy Weather (“Sweets for my Sweet,” “Sh-Boom,” “For Your Precious Love”) star in the live musical, The Signal. A true story in narrative and song is a reminiscence of radio, steel mills, family, gangs and, most importantly, Gary, Indiana’s Vee-Jay Records. The first female Black-owned label that landmarked the Blues, pioneered R&B, triggered the Four Seasons (which ultimately led to the Jersey Boys), introduced the Beatles to America, was the role model to Motown and heavily influenced home-towners, The Jacksons.
The Signal: A Doo Wop Rhapsody
Monday, March 9, 8 p.m.
City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph Street
Tickets, $30-40 at citywinery.com/chicago
All City Winery Chicago events are open to all ages.
The Signal joins 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: Marc Broussard with Chastity Brown (Feb. 12-13); Michelle L’amour’s Big SEXY Show (Feb. 13-14, 11:30pm); 10,000 Maniacs (Feb. 14, 5:30 and 8pm); Pedrito Martinez Group (Feb. 15, 5 & 8 pm); The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano (Feb. 16); Black Violin (Feb. 17); Shawn Colvin with Lucy Wainwright Roche (Feb. 18-19); Colin Hay (Feb. 20-22); Story Sessions (Feb. 22, 11am); Auxi Fernández-Flamenco (Feb. 23); Leon Russell with Kory Quinn (Feb. 24-25); Funkadesi (Feb. 26); Sam Moore (Feb. 27); Stomp Your Feet to the Jammin’ Beat w/ Amy Lowe and KingKatz (Feb. 28, noon); Ed Kowalczyk – Throwing Copper Unplugged (Feb. 28 – Mar. 1); Scythian (Mar. 1, 4pm); The Hot Sardines with Mipso (Mar. 2); David Broza (Mar. 3); Buckwheat Zydeco with Sanctified Grumblers (Mar. 4); Ben Sollee (Mar. 5); Chrisette Michele (Mar. 6, 7 & 10pm); British Invasion Tour (Mar. 7); Chicago Philharmonic Sunday Series – Rags, Rhythm and Reels (Mar. 8, noon); Carrie Newcomer (Mar. 8, 8pm); The Andalucian Flamenco Experience: Son y Tacon (Mar. 8); The Signal: A Doo Wop Rhapsody (Mar. 9); Shooter Jennings with Waymore’s Outlaws (Mar. 10); Langhorne Slim (Mar. 11); Asleep at the Wheel with The Quebe Sisters Band (Mar. 12, 6pm & 9pm); Michael McDermott (Mar. 13); Del McCoury Band (Mar. 14); The Weight – Music of The Band (Mar. 15); Andy Statman and Tim O’Brien (Mar. 16); Kneebody with Spare Parts (Mar. 17); Judy Collins (Mar. 18); Citizen Cope (Mar. 19-20; Mar. 22-24); Willy Porter Band (Mar. 25); Paul Thorn Band (Mar. 26); Johnette Napolitano with Laurie Sargent (Mar. 27); Stomp Your Feet to the Jammin’ Beat w/ Amy Lowe and KingKatz (Mar. 28, noon); Matthew Perryman Jones with Molly Parden (Mar. 28); Storm Large (Mar. 29); Andy McKee (Mar. 30); Eliane Elias (Apr. 1); Wayne Krantz Group (Apr. 2); The James Hunter Six (Apr. 3-4); Luke Wade (Apr. 7); Jorma Kaukonen (Apr. 8-9); Anat Cohen Quartet (Apr. 10); Kurt Elling – Elling Swings Sinatra (Apr. 12-13); Blitzen Trapper performs Harvest with Spirit Family Reunion (Apr. 14, 7pm); The Gibson Brothers (Apr. 15); Bettye LaVette (Apr. 17); Todd Snider (Apr. 19); John Waters – This Filthy World (Apr. 22); Joan Armatrading (Apr. 23-24 SOLD OUT); Stomp Your Feet to the Jammin’ Beat w/ Amy Lowe and KingKatz (Apr. 25, noon); Madeleine Peyroux (Apr. 25-27); Chicago Philharmonic Sunday Series – Magic of Rhythm (Apr. 26, noon); Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues with Sam Lay (Apr. 30); Eilen Jewell with Margo and the Pricetags (May 1); Alice Peacock (May 2); Tyrone Wells with special guests Dominic Balli & Emily Hearn (May 7); Rufus Wainwright (May 4-6); Kathleen Madigan (May 8, 7:30 & 10pm); Eddie From Ohio (May 10); Lee Ann Womack (May 13); Chicago Philharmonic Sunday Series – Heavenly Harps (May 31, noon); and Joan Armatrading (Oct. 7-8).
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. Chicago’s only fully operation winery has produced dozens of in-house wines sourced from vineyards in California, Oregon, Washington, Argentina and Chile, including a Wine Enthusiast 90-point 2012 Bien Nacido Vineyard Reserve pinot noir. With more than 400 unique producers from around the world City Winery is recognized with a 2014 Best of Award 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.
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