Christian McBride & JAZZ HOUSE KiDS Celebrate 'Most Influential Year in Jazz'
Ledisi & Ravi Coltrane are among spring gala's special guests raising awareness for jazz education.
By Gail Mitchell
Noted jazz education organization JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is presenting its 2019 Spring Gala on Wednesday, where Ledisi, Ravi Coltrane, Ingrid Jensen, the Bill Charlap Trio and Christian McBride’s New Jawn are among the special guests who will perform at the City Winery in New York City. The dinner and concert will be hosted by NBC News anchor Lester Holt.
Puerto Rican Farmers and Relief Volunteers Take a Moment to Celebrate
by Betsy Andrews
City Winery's Michael Dorf and a dozen sound and production pros from each of the country’s half-dozen locations are shin-deep in muck on a mountainside clearing surrounded by snapped and broken trees. Slapping at mosquitos and unraveling extension cords, they are attempting a Fitzcarraldan task: to build a stage in a storm-ravaged jungle. In four hours, 200-some Puerto Rican farmers and stateside volunteers will descend on this farm in Patillas to devour a multicourse, locally sourced, fundraising feast; drain 15 cases of City Winery pinot, syrah and chardonnay; and dance to the sounds of salsa legend Johnny Rodriguez and his All-Stars.
City Winery CEO on eviction by 'a 900-pound gorilla'
by Stuart Miller
City Winery has been drawing capacity crowds to see performers such as Los Lobos and Graham Nash since it opened near the Holland Tunnel in 2008. Founder and CEO Michael Dorf has brought the concept—live music, food and drinks in a working-wine-cellar setting—to six cities and is looking to expand. The company sold 500,000 tickets this year. But in July "two 900-pound gorillas"—Trinity Real Estate and the Walt Disney Co.—agreed Disney would buy the building and tear it down for its New York headquarters.
City Winery, A Club Where You Can Drink In Live Music And Wine, Finally To Open In Boston
by Jim Sullivan
City Winery is situated to become a key music club on the Boston circuit. Like the flagship club in New York City, Boston's downtown club will position itself to become a musical mecca for mostly veteran artists who wish to play more intimate, upscale venues — and for older audiences who don't mind a higher ticket price, don't want to stand and might enjoy a nosh or good wine during the concert.
Icons Of Impact: City Winery Helps Rebuild Puerto Rico
By Brendan Doherty
The founder of City Winery hates the word “retreat” when he’s talking about his annual companywide leadership trip. “Retreat to me is the wrong word, we're going forward not backward. It's exactly the opposite of what we're trying to do.” He prefers the word basecamp – and this year Michael Dorf, founder and CEO of the fast-growing City Winery, took his entire national leadership team on a basecamp trip to Puerto Rico. They helped rebuild Puerto Rican farms and put on a live concert that brought people to tears.
City Winery: A Chain of Restaurants Featuring Wine & Live Music
June 4, 2017: This $50 million dining business started as an urban winery with innovations like wine on tap. Now City Winery has a state of the art live music venue and hosts private events. Founder Michael Dorf balanced multiple revenue streams and duplicated his business in five cities.
How This Entrepreneur Reworked His Business Idea in the Face of Financial Armageddon
By Lambeth Hochwald
The financial crisis of 2008 changed everything. Michael Dorf, who founded legendary New York City rock venue the Knitting Factory in 1986, was just three months away from opening a combined winery and music club in Manhattan that would feature visible steel fermenting tanks and a refined dining experience. Dorf anticipated bankers buying wines by the barrel.
The Who Never Kept It So Kosher
By Douglas Quenqua
“O.K., who’s still sober?” asked Ed Greer, poking his head into the room.
“We’re spitting,” replied Michael Dorf.
“I know, but sometimes that doesn’t matter when you’re dealing with 160 bottles,” Mr. Greer said with a laugh.
Thru The Grapevine: Details emerging on new Boston music venue City Winery
by Michael Marotta
City Winery, the combination music venue, restaurant, and wine bar that already has successful operations in New York, Chicago, Nashville, and elsewhere, is eyeing a summertime opening for its space at One Canal Street in the Bulfinch Triangle Historic District just outside North Station. A rep for City Winery tells Vanyaland there is no set opening date, but the venue should be operational “later in the summer — July, maybe even August.”
By John Seabrook
Michael Dorf, the impresario behind the City Winery, has in recent years perfected the art of the tribute concert. The formula goes like this: select an artist to honor; recruit a bunch of other musicians to perform songs from the artist’s catalogue; and make the event a benefit for a worthy cause…
All Together Now, Eyes on the Screen
By John Leland
You start off a brash outsider, testing the limits of acceptability, and if you’re good enough and lucky enough, you eventually become the Establishment, explaining to your children why the things you’re passionate about aren’t too boring for words. Such is the trajectory of Michael Dorf…
Vintage venue strikes the right note
Glenn Tilbrook knew what his audience of some 300 baby boomers wanted as he scanned the candlelit room at City Winery.
When the former frontman for the late, great U.K. pop band Squeeze finally delivered his hits "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)" and "Tempted" at the end of his 90-minute set, the crowd erupted.
Out With the Knit, in With the Wine
by Ben Sisario
IT was an especially cacophonous “Auld Lang Syne.” But for the Knitting Factory’s last night in Manhattan, it was appropriate, as the shaggy avant-folk group Akron/Family led a version of that Scottish New Year’s hymn on Wednesday night that mutated from a simple singalong to screeching feedback to a meditative one-note drone.
The Knitting Factory has been celebrating noise and eclecticism ever since it opened on East Houston Street in 1987, and in its earlier days the club gained renown as a defining stage for downtown music, that clamorous and unclassifiable New York amalgam of jazz, punk, art-rock and every kind of experimentation.