Tribeca’s Newest Music Venue

When the plan for City Vineyard, the restaurant at the base of Pier 26 in Hudson River Park, was presented to Community Board 1 back in June of 2015, I wrote in the Unofficial Minutes that “there are no plans for live music, except maybe an acoustic trio at brunch, although the Hudson River Park Trust is reserving the right to have musicians play on the plaza in front of the restaurant (and by ‘front’ I mean the side facing the water).”

Perhaps winter has proved a tougher obstacle than expected, because City Vineyard sent out an announcement tonight about “Voices on the Hudson”:

The glass-enclosed eatery will transform into a cozy, intimate music venue, featuring a different singer-songwriter every Tuesday and Wednesday night. These special shows will be limited to 100 general admission tickets (seating will be first come first served) and guests will be able to enjoy a seasonal bistro menu before, during and after the show. City Vineyard opens to the public for Happy Hour from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and performances will start at 8:30. Tickets are $20 and available at CityVineyardNYC.com.

Unsurprisingly, since City Vineyard is a sister to City Winery, the lineup is impressive:

January 24: Michelle Shocked*
January 25: Bobby Bare Jr.
January 31: John Hammond

February 1: David Bromberg
February 7: Ben Lee
February 8: Teddy Thompson
February 15: Chely Wright
February 21: James Maddock
February 22: Ben Taylor
February 28: Amy Helm

March 1: Diane Birch
March 7: Lucy Winwright Roche
March 8: Joseph Arthur
March 14: Jill Sobule
March 15: Shawn Mullins
March 21: Ruthie Foster
March 22: Melissa Ferrick
March 27: David Broza
March 28: Mary Gauthier
March 29: Bob Schneider

The graphic also says Thursday nights are Riverside Jazz Nights, featuring Bill Ware’s Vibes with special guests. UPDATE: The subsequent press had this to add: “Every Thursday night, jazz legend Bill Ware will be performing VIBES as part of the Riverside Jazz Night series. There will be two sets with limited space available and a suggested $10 donation to the artist. The series will conclude as temperatures rise and spring hits NYC.”

*I got excited when I saw Michelle Shocked—Short Sharp Shocked is one of my very favorite records—until I remembered that I haven’t forgiven her yet.