Cathy Richardson - 5PM SHOW - 4/17/21 **SOCIAL DISTANCE SEATING - LIMITED CAPACITY**Saturday, April 17 2021 4pm Doors / 5pm Start
Cathy Richardson - 5PM SHOW - 4/17/21 **SOCIAL DISTANCE SEATING - LIMITED CAPACITY**
at City Winery Chicago
General Admission Table Seating
Tickets - $40 per seat
Table of 2 - BUY HERE
Table of 4 - SOLD OUT
Welcome Back To City Winery!
The Show Must Go On...Just a Bit Differently!
Welcome back to City Winery! To protect the safety of our guests, our performers and our staff, we have established a socially-distanced seating layout in our concert venue. Out of an abundance of caution, and in keeping with official local health guidelines:
In these difficult times facing our industry, we kindly request a $40 food and beverage minimum per person
We will be continually updating our seating map to adhere to all official guidelines regarding social distance requirements as they evolve. We have reduced the capacity to 50 people and all seating will be General Admission. In the event that capacity limits change, we will adjust our venue seating to offer additional tickets while maintaining the recommended distance between parties.
We recommend coming to the venue one hour early to enjoy a pre-show dinner in our venue (with contactless ordering and payment!) for the best experience.
All guests are required to complete a contactless temperature check and wellness questionnaire (we take this too) prior to entering our venue. Also, we require all patrons to wear a mask or face covering when entering, moving throughout public areas and while speaking with our staff and other guests. You're welcome to take off your mask at your table.
We are no longer seating unaffiliated parties at the same table. As such, tickets for this show will be sold in quantities of 2 or 4 people. Please select the appropriate group size for you and your companions.
Limited amount of single tickets available by contacting the Box Office at chicagoconcierge@citywinery.
It’s hard to think of any musician who’s had a more varied career than Chicago-based singer Cathy Richardson; from scrappy indie rock singer selling albums out of her car to commercial jingles, off-Broadway stage productions to fronting Jefferson Starship and a variety of side projects, she also picked up a Grammy nomination along the way. The twists and turns of her career feel impossible to follow, and incredibly unlikely, but are owed to the vast range of Richardson’s dynamite-packed vocal cords and her dogged perseverance to achieve goals she set as a teenager.
“When I set out to do rock and roll, I was like, 'I'm going to be a rock star.' Not, 'I want to be a rock star.' I'm going to be a rock star,” she says. “I thought that it was, 'Oh, I'm going to write songs and I'm going to shop them to a record label and then I'm going to get signed and then I'm going to be rich and famous.' That's how I thought it was going to go down and that was my sort of plan. I had no idea how I was going to enact that plan, but I just blindly started trudging down that path. And then it was just always one little door after another that kept opening. It was just these little sort of victories along the way, these little dangling carrots that I would chase after and then I would get them, and then it would be like, 'Okay. What next? What's next?'”
What’s next for Richardson is as varied as her list of credits, but in the immediate future is performing with her deep well of self-penned songs, which she’s built up over decades as the frontwoman for a list of bands too long to list here, and more recently, in Voice Box, a monthly songwriting and storytelling event she co-hosts outside Chicago for the last seven years where she spontaneously comes up with writes songs to accompany the stories in a single night and performs them immediately.
“I collaborate with Maureen Muldoon on this show called 'Voice Box,’ where the stories are in a theme of a song title,” she says. “I listen to the story with the audience and then jump up and play a song spontaneously, based on their story. We’ve also We I've been writing some songs and using them for different film projects. But I'm thinking that there's going to be an album, a new Cathy Richardson album that comes out of it.”
You can see Richardson pull from this catalog of her own songs--and from her Goddesses of Rock showcase celebrating the iconic women of the rock n’ roll era--on tour. In addition to seeing her solo, she’s consistently touring with Jefferson Starship, which she’s been a member of since 2008, when the band’s founder Paul Kantner asked her to join the band after seeing her touring with the original Big Brother’s Holding Company, which she was a member of following her days playing Janis Joplin in an off-Broadway stage play called Love, Janis (remember the little doors she mentioned earlier?). Jefferson Starship is also readying their first album since 2008, featuring songs written by Richardson, including one co-written , guitarist Jude Gold with, and with Grace Slick.
“The first song we [Richardson and Gold] wrote was, “What Are We Waiting For?” and I played that for Grace, and she cried and she loved it so much. She's like, 'It sounds old and it sounds new and the message is right on.',” Richardson says. “And I said, 'Well, you know, we're doing a whole record. Why don't you send me some words and we'll see if maybe we can make them into a song?' We were watching the Women's March on TV at her house and I said, 'You know, we should write the ultimate female empowerment anthem.' I'm like, it's about time. Let us run the world, guys. Come on. It's about time. So, she sent me these “It's About Time” lyrics and I grabbed bits and pieces of it and Jude Gold (Jefferson Starship guitarist) had this riff that he had been playing with,and I wrote a chorus and we put it together for the album.”
As she enters her fourth decade carving her own unique trail through the thickets of the music industry, Richardson’s live shows--for herself and for her various projects--are the thing that keep her going through new doors and accepting new challenges, the thing that makes sticking it out through unforseen twists and turns worth it.
“When I was really young, I performed a Barbara Streisand song for a church school thing. I did my thing with my costume and I belted it out, and everyone jumped up out of their seats applauding. And I was terrified. I was like, 'What's happening?,” she remembers. “And I walked off the stage shaking, and my mom meets me backstage, so excited. 'Cathy, they gave you a standing ovation.' And I'm like, 'What does that mean?' And she said, 'That means they really liked you.' And that was it, man. That was the litmus. I was like, 'I need to make them stand up every time.'”