City Winery-Farewell to Varick Street Location in NYC

July 31st was a most bittersweet evening at City Winery NYC. 

Joan Osborne, who headlined City Winery’s very first show on December 31, 2008, also headlined the venue’s final show, after 11 years on Varick Street.

Owner Michael Dorf introduced the show, noting that the new location, on Pier 57 at 15th Street, which is set to open in early 2020, will be even better than the old place.

It will be a hard act to follow.

The final night’s lineup included so many class acts, from Jill Sobule, who is a personal favorite of mine (always delightful and funny with a brilliant voice!), Rhett Miller (personable, adorable, and super talented), Teddy Thompson, Robyn Hitchcock, Emma Swift, Lee Ranaldo, Jill Hennessey (knew she could act…didn’t know about that beautiful voice), James Maddock, Brian Mitchell, Oz Noy, BETTY, Joseph Arthur and more.

Everyone recognized that this was a special and legendary night.

Joan Osborne did a terrific job of emceeing as well as performing. She’s awesome — I first saw her in the early/mid-90’s when she played Tramps.

Everyone on stage continually thanked Michael Dorf and Shlomo, Vice President of Programming and Music Director, along with all the great people that worked at City Winery.

As a regular there myself, I can’t say enough great things about the entire staff! They were caring, kind and professional.  Also exceptionally nice and always very helpful to any need. Hoping to see them in the future!

Photos and Review by Jamie Kalikow