The Way Station Events
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6pm- Monday Movie Madness: Xanadu
8pm- Emily Barnes
Genre: Contemporary Folk/ Singer-songwriter
For fans of: Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaelson, Paolo Nutini, Brandi Carlile
A standout on the northwest jersey music scene, Barnes writes and sings songs that belie her age. Songs of love found and lost, of hope and disappointment. Armed with an acoustic guitar and an array of imaginative tattoos Emily is no old school folkie but she’s no pop princess either. Instead Emily is true to her intuition, writing from the heart and turning heads with a voice that cuts to the bone. Think early Nora Jones with a funkier fashion sense.
9pm- Nick Sumner
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Rock
For fans of: Ray Lamontagne, Biffy Clyro, Tom Waits, Jeff Buckley
Nick weaves haunting lyrics and graceful melodies, bringing them to life through emotionally charged performances. Part of what makes his set an experience, more than simply a show, is his ability to take the audience with him to the places that inspire the music. He has been to SXSW and shared the stage with Slash when he fronted a hard-rock trio, but finds no greater fulfillment than to forge a bond between himself and his audience.
10pm- Don Paris Schlotman
Genre: Downbeat alternative space rock
For fans of: Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Bill Callahan
Don Paris Schlotman, the bass player and co-founder of Sky Captains of Industry, is a Brooklyn musician whose solo recordings span a variety of genres and styles. He was born in a freak accident, the seventh son of a lightning bolt and a mountain lion. He plays the bass like some people fall over, and his artificial left eye can see 4 seconds into the future. Don makes art, plays and writes music, wrestles conundrums, falls down sometimes, and is a cat lady in training. The reports of his wizardry are greatly exaggerated.
“This is Don in a Lou Reed meets Johnny Cash mode, with the banjo and reverberating whistling adding to a sense of understated, yet mysteriously present, anarchism. It’s a kind of mix of Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” and “Perfect Day”, with a bluegrass ketchup.” — Eric Hathaway, Sometime in Long Island City
11pm- Joseph West
For fans of: Townes Van Zandt, Gram Parsons, Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle, Neil Young
Intricate, melancholy, lyircal country/folk.
8pm- Ben R. Mackie
Genre: folk, country, Americana
For fans of: Neil Young, Whiskeytown, Townes Van Zandt, Big Star
Melbourne, Australia songwriter Ben R. Mackie “mixes folk and country inspired sounds with a distinctively Melbournian soul” (Beat Magazine) to create music that is stripped back, delicate but rough-around-the-edges: An outsider’s slant on the Americana genre. No stranger to the world of live music, Mackie has been performing in bands since he was just a kid, along the way taking out many of Australia’s finest music prizes (including the country’s largest alternative radio station Triple J’s “Top Song” competition). Recording deals followed, as did tours with some of the nation’s finest musical acts.
In late 2013, Mackie (now 26) decided it was time for a change of scenery. Armed with his Hummingbird, harmonica and a deep love for the rich history of American music, he left behind the comforts of his band and city for a new beginning in Brooklyn, New York.
9pm- Those Sensible Shoes
Genre: Acoustic Folk
For fans of: Nick Drake, The Swell Season, The Milk Carton Kids
Those Sensible Shoes are Anthony Mulcahy and Rachel Stern, who began playing and writing original music together in September 2014 after meeting through the Big City Folk Collective. They perform a blend of acoustic and indie folk with unique harmonies. Based in New York City, they have been playing shows all over Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey. They are currently working on their first album, due in Spring 2015.
GADADU is a collaboration between five NY-based musicians: Hannah Selin (viola, vocals, composition); Nicki Adams (keys, vocals, composition); Pat Adams (trumpet); Dan Stein (bass); and Moses Eder (drums). With a kaleidoscopic sense of time and texture, GADADU weaves driving rhythms, dynamic shifts and unorthodox song forms into a unique and mesmerizing sound.
11pm- Mike O'Malley
For fans of: Tom Waits, Glen Hansard, The Decemberists, Fiona Apple
Mike O'Malley carries a lot of anger around. He endeavors to funnel said extra energy into a rollicking, kinetic set of folk songs for drinking, howling, and stomping to. He would specifically love to howl with you.
For fans of: Jeff Buckley, Tool, Nirvana
Khaled is a groundbreaking band whose unique brand of Alternative World Fusion music combines hard rock, Spanish style guitar and Middle Eastern music elements into one explosive listening experience. Their new album Luci – an 11-track concept album based on themes of temptation.
"If you’re looking for a fresh sound that fuses together a variety of influences for music that never misses a beat, then you should definitely give Khaled Dajani and his album Luci a listen" ~ This is Rock Candy
"The verdict: eclectic, impassioned and a welcome break from the norm." ~ Sound of Confusion, U.K. Music Blog
"...Mad World, Khaled Dajani hit me hard and I can’t stop listening to it...One thing is for sure: Khaled Dajani needs to be heard." ~ Nothing but Hope & Passion
9pm- Vienna D'Amato Hall
For fans of: Ryan Adams, Laura Marling, Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant & Allyson Krauss.
Vienna’s music was first inspired by traditional, American Folk songs as well following the lyrical genius of her fellow Canadian, Leonard Cohen. During the making of her debut album, “It’s What the Dog Saw”, Vienna incorporated electric elements into her sound, resulting in story telling that progresses into a visceral explosion; this can be heard on such tracks as “It’s What the Dog Saw”, “Dear Child”, and “In the Orchard”.
10pm- Letters to Nepal
For fans of: Bjork, Sigur Ros, Hammock
Letters to Nepal- it's an integration of Russian soul and nature's sounds; sounds of space, which come from the heart of the earth and the universe into everyone's heart.
11pm- Dick Valentine
Genre: Solo acoustic
For fans of: I am the lead singer of Electric Six. But you could say I have some Roky Erikson, Tom Waits, Talking Heads in me.
Dick Valentine is best known as the frontman for Electric Six, but in the last few years he has been known to play solo acoustic sets both in the US and the UK. He has two solo albums, “Destroy The Children” and “Halloween Fingers” and his set consists of a healthy mix of songs from those albums as well as Electric Six songs done acoustically. Requests are taken, drinks are consumed, and occasionally audience members can come up and sing backing vocals. Though originally from Detroit, Valentine has lived in Prospect Heights for 7 years and is always excited about being able to walk 2 blocks to his gig at The Way Station. Valentine is available for private parties, religious ceremonies and also charges a lofty consulting fee in his role as a private consultant.
“With many absurd lyrics and heartfelt, but rigorous acoustic guitar playing, this is a frontman’s acoustic set at its best” -- The Yorker (York, UK)
“(Valentine) prefers not to think about it. Why push genius, anyway?” QRO Magazine
8pm- The Sensational Country Blues Wonders!
For fans of: Hank Williams, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf
"The Sensational Country Blues Wonders!" are a power duo whose patented blend of Blues, Country and Gospel sounds are guaranteed to turn any venue we play into a bonafide juke joint! This is not your father’s blues – it’s more like your grandfather’s…if your grandfather was a preacher in a Mississippi Baptist church. The "Wonders" are: Gary Van Miert - acoustic guitar and vocals. Malcolm Marsden - electric guitar. Come check us out. As always, we promise to rock your soul!
Blues with a Country feel. Country with a Blues feel. Add a pinch of Gospel and you’ve got, “The Sensational Country Blues Wonders!”.
9pm- Circadian Clock
Genre: Alt Rock/Metal
For fans of: Muse, Queen, Guns n Roses, MCR
Circadian Clock is a five piece rock band from NYC that incorporates a variety of classical, jazz and metal influences in a unique sound. Circadian Clock fuses their individual talents together to create a solid harmonic framework with breath taking melodic breakdowns. Listen closely to "The Dreamer Reborn" to reveal the heartfelt story behind the forth coming concept album to be released summer 2015. Circadian Clock promises to deliver an emotional, action packed performance that will leave your face melted.
“Circadian Clock is a band that’s not afraid to get in your face. Their music is rambunctious and well-crafted. Groovy riffs and intricate rhythms make for a rockin’ song that you can also dance to.” -Matt Storm
“The rock band that is a musical melting pot of music is making waves with their debut album on the way and a new video which changed the dynamics of how independent videos are made.” -Luis Vasquez
"Circadian Clock throws the best shows, I kissed Mike, I found my new bff, made out with a girl, Good Music Good People"- Danny Wilkes after the Sideshow 10/31/14
10pm- The Jacks of Kings County
A Brooklyn-based country/Americana/folk/rock band that will BLOW YOUR MIND with their original songs, tight arrangements, and angelic vocal harmonies.
11pm- Jacknife Sympathy
For fans of: Al Green, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie
Vince Parker and Daniel Serrato formed Jacknife Sympathy in October 2012. The pair have formulated their own unique style of Rock, Soul and Blues by blending their Texan and Detroit roots along with a Brooklyn flavor. Shahar Mintz (guitar) and Jordan Scannella (bass) complete the lineup and help bring the original songs to another level. Jacknife Sympathy recorded The Kennel Sessions-EP in 2013.
8pm- Sun Thief
Genre: Folk Rock
For fans of: Fleet Foxes, Elliott Smith, Radiohead, Avett Brothers
The dulcet harmonies of Sun Thief have been lauded by many a listener from the far reaches of Crown Heights to the stony rows of Park Slope. Formed in the Spring of 2014, Sun Thief consists of Nathaniel Riehl (vox/guitars), Patrick Cochrane (vox/guitars), and John Matson (vox/drums). All members contribute to the band's catalogue of original music which can be described as folky, sometimes ethereal, and always introspective. The band plans to release their first EP this Spring.
9pm- Azro Cady
Genre: Rock and Roll
For fans of: McClintock Sphere, Richard Katz. Smiling Jack Ebbets
Harry Smith on milk.
"These guys make great songs fly and train dreams come true.”- Robbie Leaver, BIRDTHROWER
10pm- George Gilmore
Genre: Folk, Singer/songwriter
For fans of: Nick Lowe, Leonard Cohen, Justin Townes Earle, Kris Kristofferson
This New York City veteran singer/songwriter/guitar slinger has been a mainstay on the Americana/roots-rock scene for over two decades. His latest (I am a Weed) finds him in great form on these (lucky) 13 tunes exploring the journey of life with and without love, accompanied by an able stable of well-known Big Apple players. Tops for me is his gospel-fueled offering "The Good Lord Smote My Eye."
8pm- Lesley Kernochan
Genre: singer/songwriter + ham
For fans of: Gillian Welch, Flight of the Conchords, Regina Spektor
Lesley Kernochan is equal parts singer/songwriter and ham. Her show is therefore a bit like going on a beautiful hike in the forest with a bubble gun and a partially tamed dragon. Lesley’s voice is both intimate and powerful and her songs bounce between hilarious and heartfelt. She has toured with many eclectic bands including, The March Fourth Marching Band and Vagabond Opera.
"Filled with unending smile-inducing brilliance!” – KBOO, Portland OR
"Kernochan's jazzy pop is intelligent, playful, and has plenty of nuance and groove to boot." - CDBaby Pick of the Week
9pm- The Seventh Word
Genre: Rock and Roll
For fans of: Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Meat Puppets, White Stripes
In their current formation as a power trio, Brooklyn's The Seventh Word toes the line between dirty, distorted, distinctly American rock and sticky, cynical pop, with unexpected melodies supporting wistful lyrics regarding the complexities of lost love, memory, and imaginary mathematics. Singer/guitarist/pianist Isaiah Singer studied poetry with Ishmael Reed, and is a former member of Genesis P-Orridge's Psychic TV and Bryin Dall’s 4th Sign of the Apocalypse.
10pm- Little Lesley and The Bloodshots
For fans of: Wanda Jackson, The Chop Tops, Link Wray, Elvis Presley, The Living Deads, Hank Williams III
The Bloodshots are up-and-comers that have been taking the neo-Rockabilly scene by storm with their twangy roots sound and high energy live show. Little Lesley, the feisty blond bombshell on standup bass and lead vocals, brings it every time with a voice that's a mind-blowing mix of Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline, and jaw-dropping bass moves.
4pm- Moving Pictures: Hand-picked entertainment on the big screen each Sunday evening at the Way Station.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Yeah, you saw it in the theatre. But did you see it with all your friends? while getting drunk? I think not! OK, fine, so you did, but don’t you wanna see it again?
9pm- Nerd Karaoke
DJ JOE RUDE and The KINGS of KARAOKE present a Nerds Night to RAWK OUT at the BAR with the TARDIS!!! Come sing They Might Be Giants, Tom Lehrer, Jonathan Coulton, and MORE! No cover, awesome cocktails and fine beers on tap--its the best party Sunday can buy!
6pm- Monday Movie Madness: Rock & Rule
7:30pm- Art Talks Brooklyn
An informal speaker series highlighting the importance of Brooklyn art initiatives and how they positively impact our community. Monthly, we invite three speakers, each allotted 15 minutes, to talk about their organization's history, mission and creative public programming. A great opportunity to get involved and network.
The Invisible Dog Art Center, Risa Shoup, Associate Director
The Invisible Dog Art Center opened in October, 2009, a raw space in a vast converted factory building with a charmed history and an open-ended mission: to create, from the ground up, a new kind of interdisciplinary arts center. Over the last two years, over 50,000 people have attended our events: visual art exhibits; dance, theater, and music performances; film screenings; literary arts and poetry readings; lectures; community events; and more.
JACK, Alec Duffy, Artistic Director
Alec Duffy is the founder and Artistic Director of JACK, and of the theater company, Hoi Polloi, founded in 2007. Recent theater work includes Our Planet (Japan Society, 2013), Beckett Solos (JACK, 2013),Baal (JACK, July 2012) Three Pianos (as creator/performer), produced at New York Theater Workshop and at American Repertory Theatre in 2010-12, All Hands, The less we talk and Dysphoria (Ontological Theater) and The Top Ten People of the Millennium Sing Their Favorite Schubert Lieder. In 2010, he directed the revival of Murder in the Cathedral at the Church of St. Joseph in Brooklyn. Awards and honors include OBIE Award (Three Pianos) and the Drama League Directing Fellowship. B.A. in Drama/German Studies, Duke University; Certificate in Theater, Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France.
651 Arts, Candace Feldman, Associate Producer
It is the mission of 651 ARTS to deepen awareness of and appreciation for contemporary performing arts and culture of the African Diaspora, and to provide professional and creative opportunities for performing artists of African descent.
We fulfill our mission by:
Presenting live dance, music and theater events in venues throughout Brooklyn; Maintaining a robust educational program that provides unique opportunities for youth in public schools to engage with professional artists from around the globe; Investing in artists by providing financial and other resources needed to advance their careers and to develop new work; Supporting exchange between U.S.-based and African artists in both the United States and Africa; Leveraging years of experience and leadership to advocate for artists, to develop projects that impact the field of performing arts, and to provide expertise about the artists and art forms of the African Diaspora; Linking communities, artists and audiences as close as our Brooklyn neighborhoods, as varied as our metropolitan area, and as integral as our African Homelands.
9pm- Cara Scarmack
For fans of: Gillian Welch, The Lonesome Sisters, The Carter Family
Cara Scarmack is a theatre-maker and musician based in New York City. A native of Ohio, she’s got Appalachia in her heart and in her lungs. Singing songs of love, longing, heartbreak and home, Scarmack’s music is here and now. And it takes you way back to the old days…
10pm- Martina Fiserova
Genre: folk jazz
For fans of: Joni Mitchell, Lizz Wright, Kate Bush, Tracy Chapman
An experienced singer from Prague, Czech republic, performing her original music. Martina Fiserova has been surrounded by musicians since the moment she was born. It took her many years to realize and accept the fact that she was becoming a musician herself. After a decade spent gaining experience on the Prague Jazz Scene (from blues and fusion oriented bands to collaborations with international bands, backing up rock stars and diving into silence with music therapy), she decided to get her ass kicked by New York City. Come check out her unique songwriting approach and intimate yet emotional vocal performance.
“Her voice is graceful, and her phrasing and delivery are right on tempo.” - James Nadal, All About Jazz
“Her biography is impressive. (...) Jazz pop? Folk jazz? Either way it's cool, and if this is the sort of stuff she is capable of writing then I hope there is more on the way.” - Tony Emmerson, Prague Jazz Blogspot
11pm- James Margolis
For fans of: Jeff Buckley, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Glasper
I'm a rabid fan of music like jazz and blues and folk and funk and soul and anything that sounds good. And thus, I interpret my perception of all of the history of sound and music and the current vibes I'm getting through my guitar (and voice) to you. A singer as well as a songwriter, I guess you could call me a...singer/songwriter? Or something.
“James Margolis is a unique musician. He is a guitarist, a composer, and a multi-instrumentalist. After moving to NYC, he has played shows at venues like: The Bitter End, Arlene's Grocery..."-theloaferonline.com
8pm- Mickey Ehrlich
For fans of: Loudon Wainwright III, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs
Mickey Ehrlich has been writing and performing his original songs at clubs in Brooklyn and across the north east for more than a decade. He recorded his first album, Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist (Halfcut Records), when he was just 16. He has shared bills with luminaries such as Richard Buckner and Hammel on Trial. Mickey has been described as having the "raw emotion of Tom Waits combined with the easygoing humor of Loudon Wainwright III."
9pm- Doll Magdalene
Genre: Folk Rock
For fans of: Mumford And Sons (if the sons were daughters), June Carter and Dolly Parton meet Thelma and Louise.
We are Doll Magdalene. A folk/rock/pop fusion band. Formed out of the love of country music. Our songs are a litany of dark humor, ghost stories, and creepy tales of the west.
“Doll Magdalene’s haunting sound and chilling lyrical story telling gave me the best nightmares I’ve had in years” -Gene Getman, Jizzaball.com
“The beautifully sinister harmonies coupled with a honkytonk twang gives Doll Magdalene the feel of a haunted hootenanny.” -Roanoke-Chowan Herald
10pm- The Dragonflies
For fans of: Regina Spektor, Feist, Kat Edmonson, Bon Iver, Ingrid Michaelson
The Dragonflies is a new women-fronted band with sensuous melodies, unexpected lyrics, and a sophisticated international flavor. Vlada’s slightly breathy and breath-taking vocals and Sana’s exquisite violin improvisations will make your head turn 360 degrees. They speak the languages of jazz, pop, and folk music from around the world with equal ease. Their renditions of ballades de torches francais will make you remember words you’ve never known — ou-la-la! — while their catchy and driven originals can become the background music in your mind.
11pm- Doolittle Family
For fans of: Everly Brothers, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane
Sixties pop vibes with a modern psych-folk flavor, featuring tight vocal harmony.
8pm- Robinson Treacher
Similar Sound: Richie Havens, Keb Mo, Otis Redding, Cat Stevens, Ray LaMontagne
Robinson Treacher is a uniquely emotional singer/songwriter whose live shows are focused on passionate performance combined with equally passionate lyrics. His music has been defined as everything from Gospel/Soul to Country/Folk, but he'd rather the listener define it for him/herself. He spends most of his time between NYC and Nashville and is currently completing his third recording due out in the spring.
"Robinson's smoky and raspy voice quickly excels in the spotlight. He is a true storyteller who gives you goosebumps while listening to his strong and highly emotional songs. This guy needs to be discovered very soon!" - www.rootstime.be
"Soulful, bluesy with a little bit of rock, all combine to elevate this artist from the many others who are active in this market." - Paul McGee -Lonesome Highway
9pm- Zuni Mountain Boys
The Zuni Mountain Boys are an Americana duo based out of Brooklyn. Connor McGinnis and Matt Campbell formed the group in early 2014. They recorded their first EP in East Nashville in late May over two days, and released it via bandcamp in August 2014. The five song EP consists predominantly of two acoustic guitars, and two part harmonies with Connor singing the leads, and Matt accompanying. Dobro and piano are the only other accents on the recording, leaving the sound spare, with little more than is necessary to deliver the song. The lyrics hesitate to dip into the abstract, and instead paint the sound with ordinary images that allow the listener to arrive at something larger on their own.
For fans of: Old Crow Medicine Show, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Doc Watson
Cropdust is a lively five-piece string band who play original roots music inhabited by the spirits of old-timey Americana.
For fans of: Gillian Welch, Gram Parsons, Angel Olsen
Formed in Minneapolis and residing in Brooklyn, Tanbark is a sometimes acoustic duo, sometimes country band with an all the time affinity for close harmonies and lonesome melodies.
8pm- Daniel Rylander
Genre: Acoustic/Alternative/Indie/Folk Rock
For fans of: City & Colour, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Ben Folds, Relient K, This Wild Life.
Rockin’ smooth tunes with catchy licks that are sure to get stuck in your head. A nice blend of new and old themes with lyrics that come straight from the heart, mind, and soul. Hopelessly romantic with everything to prove, offering a new take on an age-old theme which is seemingly timeless. A refreshingly new but familiar sound which captivates listeners both young and old. A little musical something that everyone can relate to and take with them that will put a smile on their face.
“[Daniel] Rylander, a drummer by trade who taught himself piano, guitar and a few other instruments, packs the album’s [Strawberry Skyline] 13 tracks with his high emotionally charged tenor to keening melodies that recall other singer/songwriters such as Ben Folds and ’90s emo-kings Dashboard Confessional.
"Love seems to be the overriding theme of the 63-minute work, be it abusive, forlorn, lost, brand new or all consuming. Rylander’s got a lot to say about relationships both interpersonal and familial.”
“[Daniel] Rylander’s musical talent, his way with a sing-songy melody and the cool instrumental touches that beef up his arrangem