Uncorked: City Winery Boston announces September 17 opening, fall lineup


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UPDATE August 16: City Winery’s targeted opening date has been pushed back to October 16.

A new type of bottle service is coming to Boston’s live music scene: City Winery.

The highly-anticipated 300-person-capacity destination at One Canal Street in Boston’s Bullfinch Triangle, billed as a “state-of-the-art concert venue, working urban winery, restaurant, and private event space,” will open September 17.

Toronto guitarist and former Triumph co-founder Rik Emmett will perform at the venue’s opening night, and it sets the tone for a rather impressive debut slate for the franchise that has seen success already in New York City, Nashville, and Chicago. Included in the fall lineup are multi-night appearances by Frank Turner, Art Garfunkel, Rufus Wainwright, Suzanne Vega (performing Solitude Standing and 99.9 F°), Shawn Colvin, and more, as well as one-off performances from Ben Ottewell of Gomez, John Popper of Blues Traveler, Eilen Jewell, Wye Oak, Loudon Wainwright III, Melissa Ferrick and others.

“Our goal is to offer a one-of-a-kind concert and dining experience,” says Michael Dorf, CEO and founder of City Winery, in a press release. “By blending the worlds of wine and music together, we create an intimate atmosphere where guests can enjoy a concert while savoring great food paired with phenomenal wines for an experience unlike any other restaurant or concert venue in town.”

Adds general manager Keven Halopoff: “City Winery redefines the music venue. We look forward to opening our doors and adding a whole new dimension to Boston’s live music scene on both a national and local level.”

Tickets are be available for City Winery’s VinoFile members starting June 20, and the public on-sale starts three weeks later on July 13. For info on the VinoFile program, click here.

In addition to its plan of roughy 300 live shows a year, City Winery Boston, nestled between North Station and the North End, also features “a separate 100-seat restaurant, a 40 to 70 seat private dining room, a main performance venue, seating 300 guests at tables with full dining and beverage service; a smaller room showcasing singer songwriters and comedians; and an adjacent working winery separated by glass walls visible to restaurant and concert patrons.”

Check out the full list of upcoming shows below; featured Frank Turner image provided by the venue.

City Winery Boston opening schedule
All shows are open to all ages and start at 8 p.m. unless noted
September 17: Rik Emmett
September 19: Mason Jennings
September 20: Ben Ottewell of Gomez
September 22: Tom Papa
September 23: Tom Papa
September 23: Wasabassco Burlesque (10 p.m. show)
September 24: Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen with John Jorgenson
September 27: Dan Wilson
September 28: John Popper of Blues Traveler
September 30: Songhoy Blues
October 1: Madeleine Peyroux
October 2: Tommy Fleming
October 3: Frank Turner
October 4: Frank Turner
October 5: Isaac Mizrahi Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?
October 6: Frank Turner
October 7: Frank Turner
October 8: Frank Turner
October 9: Wye Oak
October 10: Eilen Jewell
October 11: Suzanne Vega
October 12: Suzanne Vega
October 14: Pat McGee
October 15: James Maddock & Vance Gilbert
October 16: Max Weinberg’s Juke Box
October 20: Rusted Root
October 21: Rickie Lee Jones
October 22: Albert Cummings
October 25: Loudon Wainwright III
October 26: Art Garfunkel
October 27: Art Garfunkel
November 1: Renaissance
November 3: Shawn Colvin
November 4: Shawn Colvin
November 5: Holly Near
November 5: The Weepies (early show)
November 8: Los Lonely Boys
November 10: MARIZA
November 11: MARIZA
November 12: MARIZA
November 25: Melissa Ferrick
November 28: Rufus Wainwright
November 29: Rufus Wainwright
November 30: Johnny A.
December 1: Susan Werner
December 2: Donna the Buffalo