1200 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL
"The Cooke Book: The Music of Chicago's own Sam Cooke- A Birthday Tribute"
DARRIAN FORD, A Chicago native, stars in "THE COOKE BOOK/ The Music of Sam Cooke". It was first produced by North Carolina Theater in 2008 to rave reviews. He continues to perform THE COOKE BOOK around the country dedicated to developing his show into the grand production, complete with orchestra, he envisions to be worthy of the Legendary Cooke, another Chicago hometown boy. Click here to sit with our group, only 10 tickets available. You may buy 1 extra ticket for a guest: https://www.wepay.com/events/sam-cooke-tribute
If you miss the group purchase you can buy a ticket on your own here, then just indicate "BOUGHT OWN TICKET" in the comments: http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/checkout/cart/ If you arrive early you may still be seated with our group. Call or text host Robin T when you arrive[masked]-7555.
Don't miss this special evening of smooth, soulful sounds! We will be joined at this event by friends from Enjoy Life Chicago! Black Professionals Social Group and Intercultural Meetup. Sure to be a wonderful event!
We will meet at City Winery at 6:30p to get seated together for drinks, eats and meet & greet and distribute tickets. Look for Meetup signs on the tables and Robin T with a nametag[masked]-7555. Please arrive early, we will try to hold a table but seating is first come first served so we may not be able to save your space for long. If you are late your ticket will be left at Will Call under your name, and you will be seated separately from the group.
SAM COOKE (born Jan. 22, 1931) was considered by many to be the “Man who invented Soul”. Sam Cooke blended sensuality and spirituality, sophistication and soul, movie idol looks and Gospel singer poise. “YOU SEND ME”, one of Cooke’s earliest secular hits, was the first of 29 “Top 40” hits by the Chicago- raised, singing son of a Baptist minister. In addition to being a successful performer, Cooke established himself as a successful and groundbreaking black entrepreneur within the mainstream music industry. Cooke founded his own publishing company (Kags Music) and launched a record label (SAR/Derby). Tragically, Cooke was shot and killed in a Los Angeles motel on December 11, 1964. His musical influence can be heard in every generation since.
City Winery restaurant is a sparkling palace of vintage champagne, wine and cognac. There are small and large plates such hibiscus-glazed cornish hen, saffron and rock shrimp risotto balls and gourmet flatbread pizzas. Appetizer portions are small. This venue caters to an upscale clientele, and the food & drink prices reflect this. Dress classy & stylish and come prepared financially. Please bring cash to make paying the group tab easier. There will be meal tally slips to help determine everyone's fair share. Or eat a bit before you come so you are not too hungry.
DARRIAN FORD began his professional theater career at age 13 in Oscar Brown Jr's GREAT NITTY GRITTY. At 15 he danced with The Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater and at 19, moved to NYC to dance in the companies of Alvin Ailey, then Donald Byrd/The Group. He made his Broadway debut as Charlie in Rodgers & Hammerstein's STATE FAIR; about which The New York Times quoted "...and note the expert dancing of the irrepressibly comic Darrian Ford". He also appeared in The Who's TOMMY (B'way/1st National), Smokey Joes cafe (1st National), for which he won The Black Theater Alliance Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the 1st National touring company of THE COLOR PURPLE.
He co-starred opposite Halle Berry in HBO's INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE as Fayard Nicholas of the legendary Nicholas Brothers. In addition to a dozen appearances as musical guest on daytime talk shows, you might even hear him on a few of his Broadway colleagues’ albums. As a singer/song writer, he's collaborated with some industry heavy hitters like Allan Rich, Baby Boy, Robbie Buchannon and Bill Esses who co-produced Darrian's own CD, EVERYTHING. He is working on his sophomore release right now.
As a filmmaker, his film, BROTHER'S KEEPER (a short narrative), has made the rounds in smaller festivals and is being adapted into a play for the stage.