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For an old Triumph fan like myself, this show was nothing short of brilliant. Rik played quite a few songs from the Triumph catalog, but for my ears, not having had the pleasure of attending one of these acoustic performances before, the stripped-down versions of songs that were part of my life’s soundtrack were quite a thrill! The other Triumph songs showcased in acoustic version were “Ordinary Man” (my personal favorite Triumph song,) “Fight the Good Fight,” and the big radio hit, “Magic Power” as an encore all from Allied Forces. In addition, “Somebody’s Out There” from The Sport of Kings had a great story to go along with it in that this song was a last minute addition to the album from the label requesting a “hit” that Rik brought to the band and told them to “just play it as it is.” It turned out to be their biggest selling hit, so the kid knew what he was doing, clearly!
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.”