Michael Dorf (entrepreneur)

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Michael Dorf is an American entrepreneur. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he founded the Knitting Factory, a New York City music performance venue, and City Winery, a chain of restaurants that feature live music and wine.[1]

In 1986, at the age of 23, Dorf started the Knitting Factory in the East Village.[2] The Knitting Factory later became a widely known club for jazz and rock music. A spin-off entertainment company, KnitMedia, eventually established various record labels. In 2002, Dorf lost the company.[3]

In 1996, Dorf founded the Digital Club Network with partner Andrew Rasiej. The business grew and was eventually acquired by eMusic Group.

Dorf has produced a number of tribute concerts. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and R.E.M. are among the artists who have been featured at Dorf's tribute events. Dorf has also planned benefits for Central Park’s SummerStage.[4]


  1. ^ Gensler, Andy (December 4, 2015). "City Winery CEO Michael Dorf on Expanding His $40 Million Business and Why Older Fans Just Want a Place to Sit". Billboard. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Hochwald, Lambeth (February 27, 2015). "How This Entrepreneur Reworked His Business Idea in the Face of Financial Armageddon". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Dorf, Michael (May 2014). "From New York to Napa: Meet the Man Behind City Winery". Inc. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Seabrook, John (July 5, 2010). "Hello, Lamppost". The New Yorker. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 

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