The City Winery presents Duncan Sheik Review – Pop Rock in an Urban Setting


Thursday, October 30th, City Winery hosted an amazing musical performance by Duncan Sheik. I am, admittedly, a huge Duncan Sheik fan and have been for many years, so being able to see him perform was my Halloween treat! A Grammy and Tony Award winner, Sheik sang a variety of songs from his old pop chart toppers, segments from musical theatre pieces he wrote, and newer songs, which will be released on his new album due out in spring 2015. This great variety, along with an outstanding venue, truly made for a wonderful night out.



Duncan Sheik became a well-known pop singer in 1996 when his song "Barely Breathing" debuted. This 90s pop style song writing is apparent in much of his work. While Sheiks played a variety of songs, each seemed to have a sound that felt very influenced by the 90s, which was when he began his music career. These songs, both old and new, went over very well with the full crowd at City Winery. While the crowd was energetically engaged all night, they went wild when Sheik sang "Don't Do Sadness” from the Tony Award winning musical, Spring Awakening, for which he wrote the music with Steven Sater. This song is not only a personal favorite, but also got the crowd very excited which seems to be what drew them in for the remainder of the show. Sheik’s low and slightly seductive voice, that also could hit insanely high male notes, sounded spectacular and he introduced each song with a cool story about how that song came to be. This combo of pop songs, award winning musical numbers, and funny conversations with the audience made this show truly great. To learn more about Duncan’s life and new album, please visit:

Duncan Sheik website


City Winery in Chicago is located in the west loop on W. Randolph and was the perfect venue for this type of show. Sheik, whose band consisted of a guitar, drum set, and piano sounded awesome in this space. Between the intimacy of the venue and the great acoustics, any show here would be very well done. City Winery looked very stylish with its exposed brick, and the low lighting they chose set the mood very well. City Winery also offered a unique menu of drinks and food that satisfied the audience. The only issue was that some seating was consistently being interrupted by the flow of servers. However, once the show got rolling and people began to settle in, this was not a distraction. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a cool place to relax, listen to good music, and just enjoy an easy night out to check out City Winery at: City Winery website




Performance photo credit: Allison Taylor

Sheik's headshot and City Winery logo provided by: City Winery of Chicago

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