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MUSIC icon Wynonna Judd has a compelling story to tell, centered on her 30-year, one-of-a-kind career that has distinguished her as one of the most influential and dynamic performers of our time. As part of her “Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song” tour, she will perform at City Winery on January 28. Joined by her three-piece band (including her husband, producer and award-winning artist Cactus Moser), they perhaps will reveal more than even her most devoted fans probably know about the five-time Grammy Award-winner when they share some never-before-heard stories that inspired the multitude of hits. “The concept for the ‘Stories & Song’ tour has been a dream of mine for many years and will be unlike any tour I’ve ever done before,” says Wynonna, whose tour will visit only intimate venues such as City Winery. “I have shared the stage with some of the greatest singers and musicians in the world and I have recorded with artists from all genres of music. It has been an amazing journey for me. I'm an ordinary woman that extraordinary things have happened to because I choose to continue to suit up and show up where I am called. I am more passionate now than I have ever been about my life, my gift, my faith, hopes and dreams, and I want so much to share my story and my songs with my fans. I have experienced so many personal and professional highs and lows on this journey, and having been on the road for 34 years now, I am so grateful for the wisdom and experience I have gained throughout all that has happened on and off stage. I'm looking forward to sharing my message with others, to celebrate this time in my life with the fans that have supported me all these years, as well as connect with new fans.”
For tickets and more information, go to www.citywinery.com.
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'Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song' Tour
William H. Macy On TV's Shameless and Magazine Cover
WILLIAM H. MACY, an Emmy Award-winner and an Academy Award-nominee, recently did double duty in Chicago when he appeared at Hubbard Inn as part of Michigan Avenue magazine’s December/January issue release celebration, a celebration to highlight Macy on the magazine’s cover. The star of such movies as Fargo, Seabiscuit, Jurassic Park III, Air Force One and The Cooler also took the opportunity to shoot new scenes for the award-winning Showtime series Shameless, in which he plays Frank Gallagher, the patriarch of a dysfunctional family on the South Side. “The characters are just like [Chicago]––they work hard; they don’t take a lot of guff; and they don’t take things too seriously,” says Macy, who is married to actress Felicity Huffman. “Chicago is where I learned to act [the St. Nicholas Theatre], where I started my career, and it is delicious that Shameless is set in Chicago, so I get to come to the city at least twice a year.” Macy recently enhanced his resume when he made his directorial debut in the film Rudderless, a moving musical film about a father dealing with the loss of his son. “That [directing] was an eye-opener. I loved it. I totally loved it,” says Macy, who is directing his wife in the movie. “It [directing] was the toughest thing I’ve ever done. It was the deep end of the pool for me. And it was great at my age to shake things up so much. I just fell in love with the business all over again.”
GRAMMY-nominated R&B singer Johnny Gill, a solo artist and one of the lead singers for New Edition, recently visited Chicago to serenade the exceptional women honored as part of Café Mocha Radio’s “Salute Her: Superwomen Making a Difference” awards at the Ritz-Carlton. Known for such songs as “My, My, My,” “Rub You the Right Way” and “There U Go,” Gill performed at the event that highlighted nine of Chicago’s most influential women, including singer/songwriter Syleena Johnson, fashion designer Barbara Bates and Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, senior vice president for U.S. strategic community alliances and consumer engagement at Nielsen. The star-studded evening, hosted by Café Mocha Radio host MC Lyte and longtime Chicago television news anchor Robin Robinson, raised funds to support Chicago’s Tabitha House, a 28-bed recovery home for chemically dependent women to help them during their recovery process. While in Chicago, Gill also made other stops to talk about the possible reunion of New Edition and to promote his new 12-track CD Game Changer, featuring collaborations with New Edition, Babyface and other renowned musicians. The video of the lead single, Behind Closed
Johnny Gill's Soulful Salute To Chicago Women
STOMP Kicks Off At Bank of America Theatre
THE unique, captivating, crowd-pleasing and long-running show STOMP, which has gained international acclaim, comes to Bank of America Theatre for a short run, beginning January 20 through January 25. During the production’s North American tour, the explosive percussion group blends dance, music and theatrical performance into one pulse-pounding rhythm that creates an unforgettable experience for adults and children alike. Originated in Brighton, United Kingdom, the eight-member, innovative troupe substitutes conventional percussion instruments with garbage cans, matchboxes, brooms, Zippo lighters and hubcaps to generate an electrifying and sensational sound for nearly two hours. Observers already have used words such as “fantastic,” “riveting,” “inspirational,” “inventive” and “superb” to describe the global phenomenon. Now is your chance to view one of entertainment’s most unique performances, one that includes an appealing, rhythmic beat to create a very special kind of “noise.”
For tickets and more information, go to www.broadwayinchicago.com.
Doors, highlights Nicole Murphy (Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife) and has generated rumors about a romantic relationship, but Gill says Nicole “is like my sister” and that his longtime friend Murphy is “OK” with the mother of his children appearing in the video.