Live Music Returns to City Winery with Two Successful Nights of Grammy Nominee John Hiatt with Special Guest Lilly Hiatt

Nashville’s “Safe Place for Music” impresses guests with the first night of socially-distanced live music. City Winery offers safe seating options and proper protocols for a law-abiding musical environment.

NASHVILLE - Leading the way for local Nashville music venues to reopen safely, City Winery successfully hosted two nights of socially-distanced music over the weekend showcasing nine-time Grammy nominee John Hiatt with special guest Lilly Hiatt.

John Hiatt’s shows featured City Winery Nashville’s new reconfigured seating layout, including widely-spaced tables with the same intimate feel Nashville has come to expect. Hiatt serenaded the crowd with his legendary hits, “Have A Little Faith In Me” and “Crossing Muddy Waters.” Guests enjoyed City Winery’s signature globally-influenced and wine-focused menu while appreciating the updated safety measures within the seated venue.

“City Winery Nashville [gave] me a lot of hope that our listening rooms will get through this. Thank you for leading the charge safely and professionally,” one guest stated after John Hiatt’s early show on Saturday 7/25.

Another happy City Winery guest shared, “That show was a blast! Thank you guys for all the precautions you took. Made us all feel safe and normal. Can’t wait to come back!!!!”

Long-time VinoFile Member told City Winery’s team, “Good job on Saturday, I felt comfortable being there.”

Singer-songwriter John Hiatt said, “I have always enjoyed City Winery’s intimacy and professionalism over the many years I’ve played their rooms. And now, given the new world, I trust all the safety, precautions, and efforts they are making to help take care of us artists and the fans. It's really great to see the critical ecosystem of live music in independent venues starting up again.”

These exciting live shows featuring John Hiatt were the first socially-distanced musical evenings offered by City Winery since adapting to new safety protocols. City Winery currently offers in-depth precautionary information on its website, including a detailed safety video about what guests can expect when dining, visiting, or enjoying live music in the downtown venue.

City Winery has been working diligently to create “A Safe Place for Music.” As they reopen and offer their unique live music experience in a new way, they aim to:

  • properly communicate their venue’s new safety features and precautions
  • safely fill their rooms with happy, healthy people enjoying a new standard of the concert experience

City Winery’s commitment to providing a space for guests and artists to safely and comfortably indulge their senses has never wavered, but their approach to doing so has certainly evolved.  Safety measures include, but are not limited to:

  • tables spaced 6 feet apart
  • all City Winery employees wearing masks and gloves
  • all guests required to wear masks upon arrival, when moving about the room, when finished eating & drinking, and when server is attending to a guest’s’ table
  • contactless temperature check & wellness questions (including City Winery staff)

“Reopening is a process, but one thing remains constant - your safety, and ours, is of paramount importance. We are careful to err on the side of caution,” said Michael Dorf, Founder and CEO of City Winery.

August 2020 Socially-Distanced Shows - On Sale Now!

  • 8/1 - 8/2 - Keb’ Mo’ - Solo Acoustic
  • 8/9 - Colin Linden & Friends
  • 8/13 - 8/14 - Tommy Emmanuel
  • 8/15 - Seth Walker
  • 8/21 - Hayes Carll
  • 8/22 - Molly Tuttle

City Winery Nashville’s Upcoming Show Calendar

For interview and media inquiries, please contact Marketing Director Caroline Acree at Thank you.



City Winery was founded in New York City in 2008 by Michael Dorf to deliver a unique combined culinary and cultural experience to urban wine enthusiasts. Each City Winery offers intimate concerts, food & wine seminars, private event spaces, upscale dining, and a fully functioning winery. Today, City Winery has physical locations in New York, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Hudson Valley. There are also four other concepts run by the company: City Vineyard at Pier 26, City Winery at Rockefeller Center, City Winery Chicago at the Riverwalk, and City Winery Greenway in Boston. More information at