Posted in music | pictures | venues on January 12, 2009

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Steve Earle

Steve Earle

Steve Earle and Allison Moorer played one of the first shows at the newly-opened City Winery in NYC on Thursday night (1/8). It wasn't just any show though. It was a "pairing"...

"Pairings is a unique 'blend' at City Winery: an intimate concert series served with fine wine that will take place on City Winery's main stage every Thursday evening, starting in January 2009. Each concert will be preceded by an optional tasting or private dinner, followed by personal performances from some of today's most respected musicians."
Suzanne Vega and Lenny Kaye play the next Paring on January 15th. Then Mike Doughty & Tony Scherr Trio, and then Jill Sobule & Julia Sweeney.

Venue owner Michael Dorf (of Knitting Factory fame) made an introduction, and then Steve Earle's set kicked off with "Christmas In Washington" which included a multiple minute story about Obama and the upcoming inauguration followed by "My Old Friend the Blues." The rest of his 90-or-so minute set was spattered with old ("Copperhead Road", "Jerusalem", "Guitar Town") and new ("Down Here Below", "Tennessee Blues", "Days Aren't Hard Enough").

Allison Moorer opened and then later joined her husband Steve on stage for some songs. Her set ended with a cover of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" which had everyone cheering, when she said during the intro, "It is nice to have a new president that can...talk."

Earle also mentioned his next CD will be an album of all covers by his friend Townes Van Zandt (RIP) who his oldest son, Justin Townes Earle (also a musician), is named after.

More pictures of the performers and the venue below...

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Comments (20)

barf

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 12:16 PM

How was this place as a venue? Will be seeing MMW there in Feb. Looks nice!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 12:17 PM

Looks like the Ikea concert hall.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 12:34 PM

Omar won't tollerate this bullshit

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 12:35 PM

Steve Earle goes better with fish.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 12:40 PM

Too bad the admission price is ridiculous for these shows. NYC needs a good sitdown venue.

Posted by Adam | January 12, 2009 12:51 PM

I agree Adam, want to see Keren Ann there, but it's too expensive IMO.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 12:58 PM

looks way too bright in there

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 1:27 PM

I don't drink - so what do I do when I get there?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 1:38 PM

1:38! Eat cheese! Yum!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 1:52 PM

It's good to have nice, new, thoughtful venues for music. Even if they come with a price.

Posted by drewo | January 12, 2009 1:58 PM

Yikes! CW uses the word "cool" on its website. This sounds more like a business plan, than a website...

"Pairings has been designed especially with City Winery's target audience of COOL urban wine sophisticates in mind, and promises to be a stand-out program that draws from City Winery's core rudiments — wine, music and food — to create a holistic cultural evening unlike any other in Manhattan."

http://www.citywinery.com/suzanne-vega

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 3:06 PM

I have another problem. I don't eat cheese either.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 3:18 PM

boyz to men will be playing at the city winery! INSANE!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 3:31 PM

I love the complimentary issues of The New Yorker. So chic!

Posted by bobo | January 12, 2009 3:35 PM

yeah, id like to see this place in one year.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 3:38 PM

now that Morrissey is playing the smail club circuit, maybe he will book a show there too.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 3:43 PM

the room is sterile and very corporate. wont last....

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 8:39 PM

Yo, Steve -- trim that thang.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2009 9:28 PM

Wow. Mr. "Anonymous", whose anonymity I find ironic considering the numerous big opinions that you seem to have (and seem to think are "cool", again irony), I really think you should consider getting a life. You posted waaay too many messages here that took you A WHOLE DAY (from 12noon until past 9:00pm)! I decided to make a note of this to those like me who read these comments in order to actually come away with useful information and would ask you to stop being that guy who posts comments of supposed-wit on message boards.
By the way, I recently went to City Winery and thought it was refreshing to experience an intimate sit-down venue where the music is being appreciated and enjoyed, you can eat dinner, drink wine, and be able to SEE both in front of you while doing so (I'm sorry you don't look good in the light but please don't take it out on any venue that is lit).

Posted by namethattune | March 1, 2009 7:28 PM

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