155 Varick Street
New York, New York 10013

City Winery, Michael Skurnik Wines and Family Tradition Cognac present:

The Reds, Whites & Blues Experience

On May 24th we're teaming up to kick off the Memorial Day weekend with some great music and drink - A down home music and wine experience!

Includes 7 seasonal Wine and Spirits selections from Michael Skurnik to 7 sets of the blues provided by The FTC Trio.

Wine and Spirits Selection

Pasquet Coeur de Grande Champagne

Pinot Gris, 'Oregon', A to Z Winery

Vin Gris de Cigare, Bonny Doon Vineyards

Chardonnay, 'Arroyo Grande - Estate', Talley Vineyards

Pinot Noir, 'California', The Pinot Project

"Chateau Smith", Cabernet Sauvignon, Charles Smith Wines
Pasquet Pineau des Charentes

Additional food and beverage will be available for purchase

The Band: FTC Trio featuring Bill Sims Jr., Matthew Skoller and Jr. Mack.

MATTHEW SKOLLER is one of Chicago's most respected harp blowers and blues bandleaders. For the past 20 years he has played in all of Chicago's heaviest showcase venues and toured much of the world with his super tight ensembles. Deeply rooted in the tradition of the Chicago blues elders with whom he worked and studied, Skoller has developed a unique style that conjures the past while being firmly planted in the present. His blues wardrobe clothes a range of original songs whose subject matter comments on many of the issues and realities of life during this age of technology, information and upheaval. Skoller, known for his fiery and engaging performances, combines passionate harp playing and singing with original song writing and prodigious production skills. He has self produced 4 of his cd's and the critically acclaimed, award winning Let's Talk About Love by Lurrie Bell.

Most recently Matthew collaborated with his brother Larry Skoller (producer and guitarist extraordinaire) on the Grammy nominated, historical project, Chicago Blues A living History. He lent his production experience, deep knowledge of Chicago Blues history, and his harmonica to this project that is now being hailed by critics as one of the greatest Chicago Blues events of our time. Matthew has emerged as one of Chicago’s most accomplished blues-based artists.

BILL SIMS JR. has emerged over the last thirty years in NYC as its most respected practitioner of traditional blues styles. From acoustic Delta blues to the more sophisticated urban blues of B.B. King and T-Bone Walker, his grasp of the diaspora of American music has garnered respect from his peers in every genre of music in his town. “I have made it my business to study all music related to blues and that covers most American musical forms. I am just as at home playing Delta Blues as I am R&B or Jazz. For me all roads lead to the blues.”
Born and raised in Marion, Ohio by his parents Rev. William and Georgia Mae Sims his musical education began at home and in his father’s church. From the beginning of his life he was immersed in the Gospel music of the church and the blues music he heard at home. His father had been a blues singer in his earlier years and did not hesitate to teach his four-year-old son his first blues patterns on their piano. “I’ve been expanding on that lesson for over 55 years now!” A multi instrumentalist (guitar, piano, banjo, harmonica and vocals), Bill is equipped to explore all the burgeoning music of the 1960s and expose the blues roots of Country, R&B, Jazz and Bluegrass.

Official Website: http://citywinery.com/events/276888

Added by E_b on May 1, 2012

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