The Way Station Events
21+ all the time (it is a bar after all)
All events are a strongly suggested $5 donation unless indicated otherwise.
7pm- Monday Movie Madness- My Science Project
9pm- Board Game Night
Bring your favorite game or mine our collection. Dot is slinging drinks all night long, $4 drafts. Best price in town!
Genre: Alternative Pop
For fans of: Fiona Apple, Lana del Rey, Feist, Laura Marling
LA native DYLLAN (Dylan Nichols) is an honest, passionate lyricist with deep and original music. By way of L.A., New York and Paris, she released two EPs and collaborated with French electro musician Thylacine on "Distance," which was the iTunes free download of the week in France and recently, “Closing.” Her authentic songwriting and unique sound toe the line between folk and electro pop, evoking the likes of Fiona Apple and Lana Del Rey. She will release her first official music video, “Moments Like These” on March 20th.
…this generation needs an authentic, down-to-earth artist pointing the way to calmer, more soulful times. That voice is Dylan Nichols… Her lyrics […] are filled with sensuous detail and complex emotion accurately conveyed. – Ella Riley-Adams, The Faster Times
(Trans.): Moving with mystery, William chose Dylan Nichols to baffle us even more on “Distance.” Rocking, then summoning, the voice of the young American guides us on this long road to an increasingly attractive unknown. –Fred Lombard, IndieMusic
9pm- Morning Bound
Genre: Jazz/ Rock/ Electronica
For fans of: St. Vincent, Knower, Now Vs. Now
The New York-based trio Morning Bound is a new collaboration between vocalist Tammy Scheffer, vocalist/bassist Panagiotis Andreou and drummer Ronen Itzik. The three musicians playfully blend electro-pop, jazz-rock and Mediterranean soul with live vocal loops and effects, fusing a wide array of musical backgrounds into an enjoyably unique, yet cohesive musical experience. Their debut self-titled EP was released in 2015, and both their recording and live performances received enthusiastic reviews from printed publications, music blogs and fans alike.
“…Innovative, provocative and alluring” -Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
"...This is the sound of three almost unfairly talented musicians aiming to take your mind and throw it like a Frisbee, while making sure you enjoy the process..." –The Musical Melting Pot
10pm- Phantom Pop
For fans of: Snarky Puppy, Lettuce, Robert Glasper Experiment
Phantom Pop is a 5 piece instrumental band from Brooklyn, NY. The group combines elements of funk, soul, and R&B with the improvisation of jazz to create their own sound.
Originally formed by Dave Lowenthal to create an album, it was quickly realized that there was something special going on. The band consists of Dave Lowenthal on electric bass, Josh Schusterman on drums, Haruka Yabuno on keyboard, Matt Giella on cornet, and Atsushi Ouchi on saxophone.
-photo credit Gail Heidel
11pm- Joe Pino Quartet
Genre: Jazz, funk, soul
The hard working Boston native stays busy with gigs and sessions around NYC, particularly in the Jazz scene. Joe’s reputation as a jazz trumpet player has also led him playing with such greats as The Temptations, and The Happenings while also performing with the legend TV star, Vicky Lewis.
Joe leads his organ trio, and quartet that have an extensive performing schedule playing at many of the great jazz venues all over the map; Smalls Jazz Club, The Garage, Why Not Jazz Room, Chris’s Jazz Café, Tea Lounge, Shape Shifter Lab, Piano’s Lounge, Treme Jazz and Blues Club, The Sugar Bar, Trumpets Jazz Club, Twins Jazz Club, Somethin’ Jazz Club, The Fat Cat, House of Blues Foundation Room, Chianti Jazz Lounge, Ryles Jazz Club, The Zeiterion Theatre, and The Wilbur Theatre.
8-10pm- Local Vocal hosted by Stanley John Mitchell
'Local Vocal' is a new show that has been put together featuring some of the best singers and performers working the local pubs and clubs of the larger New York City area.
Based on the beloved 'Review' style shows of the 1960's, it will feature 5 plus performers over the course of 2 hours.
Hosted by Stanley John Mitchell, the show will have an emphasis on the eclectic. “I love watching those vintage shows”, says Stan, “They proved to be quick moving and highly entertaining. It’s a perfect format for these times.”
Featured in this first show will be the following in order of appearance.
Julia is a multi talented Brooklyn based actor, film-maker and singer songwriter. Her work as a director can be seen on YouTube – Moon Hooch’s ‘EWI’ and Tiny Hazards ‘Little House’.
Americana singer and songwriter/band leader. Billy was featured in the Broadway show 'The Million Dollar Quartet' and PBS special 'Sun Studio Sessions'. With his unique voice Billy fills the room with music and personality.
Alena is the compelling lead singer and songwriter for the Brooklyn based experimental pop band Tiny Hazard. She has also worked with various other acclaimed bands including Moon Hooch, Leverage Models, and Gods and Girls.
As the consummate performer Gene leads The Lone Sharks, one of the most popular and highly acclaimed Roots Americana bands in the tri-state area. His repertoire features classic vintage tunes as well as solid originals. His tunes have been featured on various tv shows and films.
Stanley John Mitchell.
Originally hailing from New Zealand singer/songwriter/drummer Stan, now based in Brooklyn, fronts his own Band of Buddies and plays an eclectic mix of Americana meets South Pacific rock and roll.
10pm- The Waysties
Genre: Scotch-soaked Celtish folk-rock
For fans of: The Decemberists, Battlefield Band, Great Big Sea, Flogging Molly
We are what happens when a group of Way Station regulars realize that we all like drinking. And music. And attention. Our music is a mix of traditional folk, unconventional covers, and irreverence.
11pm- The Travelers
Genre: rock-hop/funk & blues
For fans of: the Hazelton brothers, SmokeDawg Williams, Air Force One, Count Bassface
Our music is a mix of jazz, blues, and hip hop. We have a flute, and the faith of a mustard seed. A flute! We'll take you places in the universe you've never been.
7pm- Astronomy on Tap: Future Telescopes
For over four hundred years astronomers have been building ever bigger and better telescopes with which to explore the Universe. From the simple spyglass telescopes have become incredible feats of design, engineering, and technology. Learn about the future of telescopes on Earth and in space with Astronomy on Tap at the Way Station on Thursday, June 18!
What & Who:
Big Glass on the GroundProf. Kelle Cruz (CUNY/AMNH)
The New Sky (LSST)Dr. Federica Bianco (NYU)
More presenters TBA!
Games, Prizes, and Astro-tainment by Brooklyn’s Friendly Neighborhood Astronomer!
Genre: Funk, Punk, and Ballads
For fans of: Prince, Leonard Cohen, The Beach Boys
A Prospect Park band established in the fall of 2014, Joan’s feel is fun, unpretentious, bold and beautiful. If Grandma’s in town, she’s also invited. Let us know ahead of time through the website and we’ll save her a good seat.
11pm- Buckeye Rooster
For fans of: Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush, Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth
Foot Stompin, Down Home Music
"Check it out! Buckeye Rooster serves up their original tunes and vocals in an appealing bluegrass-jugband style that's music to my ears. They've got it all!" - Bill Keith, Banjo Soloist and Bluegrass Legend
“These guys got a good catchy sound. We really enjoyed them.” - Ty Jaquay & Andrew White of the Gypsy Hillbillies
9pm and 10:30pm- Wasabassco
Wasabassco brings it all to Fridays at The Way Station.
We're proud to present ALL THE WAY, a monthly Friday night series of evening-long Wasabassco programming. Limited engagement: March-June 2015
Good news for all our Way Station friends and Ambassadors - those unable to make our monthly Thursday night shows, those who can't stay out late on a school night, and those who love our Thursdays but just want more.
ALL THE WAY where we raise the stage and clear the floor to create an atmosphere to party. Pick your show or stay all night for one admission price.
A full evening of programming starting with doors at 8pm.
Shows at 9pm and 10:30pm. Plus Interstitial Go-Go and goodies.
June 19 features sets hosted by Legs Malone and Nasty Canasta and performances by Legs, Nasty, Evelyn Vinyl, Lily Faye, Penny Wren, Go Go by Penny & Mari Ko, and our featured performer Stella Chuu.
- $20 General Admission to the night. Standing and limited seating.
-VIP table for two. Two seats up close and personal. The best seats in the house. Includes 2 premium drink tickets. $100 (limited to one table)
- VIP booth, with guaranteed seating for 5. Includes one premium drink ticket per person. $200 (limited to two booths)
8pm- Dave Hassell Trio
Natural, organic and raw sound of emotion. Pure in spirit, and void of judgement.
9pm- Allie Carroll and the Heroes
Genre: Pop Rock
For fans of: Paramore, Sara Bareilles, Christina Perri
Allie Carroll & the Heroes is a collection of the coolest music nerds from Northeast Philly. Together, each member brings their own unique spin to a group of original tunes. With guitar solos that will melt your face, and melodies that will melt your heart, I guarantee they will be your heroes in no time.
“Lyrically, she is introspective and imaginative.” “She not only understands the connections between genres, she understands the connections between the listener and the artist.”
10pm- Dawn Drake & ZapOte
Genre: Afro-Latin Funk
For fans of: Antibalas, Budos Band, ESG, Jamiroquoi, Chico Mann, Cumbiagra, English Beat, Police
Taking its name from a luscious fruit in Cuba known as "ZapOte", this band is an original Funk Latin Afro-Beat band lead by Dawn Drake, bassist/conguera/singer/songwriter and composer, who manages to wear several hats while setting the scene with her own brand of cool. Her original music takes the listener and dancer into a zone where House, Funk, Afro-beat, Samba, Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jazz are right at home. Poetic lyrics spread messages of universal consciousness, delivered with heartfelt vocals, and are joined with the irresistible grooves of Latin percussion, funky bass, swinging horn lines and improvisation.
BAM CAFE LIVE –Darrell McNeill
"Dawn Drake and her band ZapOte are at the beginnings of a fascinating journey to enthusiastically bridge chasms of cultural and gender disconnect that plagues so much of pop music's body politic. To hear them is to imagine early period jam sessions between Laura Nyro and Carole King with Sly Stone and Sergio Mendes sitting in. Theirs is a playfully intense dynamic that needs to be seen more."
-Darrell McNeill, Black Rock Coalition Director of Operations & CURATOR of BAM Café LIVE, Brooklyn Academy of Music GO MAGAZINE –Jenny Lazar
"Dawn contributes heavy Afro-Caribbean licks on congas, bongós and Brazilian caixa as a partial list...and it's no amateur hour..."
Dawn Drake –Meewsic Records
"Cuban, African & South American styles mesh together into delicious jazz/pop fusion; a wonderful backdrop for Dawn's sassy vocals. She also arranged the horns (excellent job), played bass and did all the percussion; a truly multi-talented performer!" Brian Fox, Meewsic Records
Jules Bistro Presents Dawn Drake –Jules Bistro
"This saucy debut by soul sistah Dawn Drake is an incredible gift to the world of world music! She skillfully weaves together her bold poetic lyrics, melodic vocals, and a fusion of danceable rhythms performed by herself and a very talented band of musicianados.
You'll love the horns, the deep bass, the compelling percussion..."
Luis Da Silva, Jules Bistro, NYC Third Street Music Concert Series Presents Dawn Drake & ZapOte Salsa -
"[They] were the hit of the season!" Beth Flusser, Talent Booker for Music in Abe Lebewohl Park.
4pm- Moving Pictures: Hand-picked entertainment on the big screen each Sunday evening at the Way Station.
What if you could have the genetically perfect baby - no defects, no diseases, no problems? Now what if you had to do this for your child to have a chance at the good things in life?
6:30pm- Nerd Cabaret: Superheroes VS Supervillains
Put on your secret identity and assemble your sidekicks and henchmen! The Way Station is calling on you to come and toast your favorite Superheroes and Supervillains the best way we know how. In song!
Ashley Boehm is joined by Joy M Seldin, Rachel James, Rebecca Marcus-Monks, Alyssa Borg, and Cecelia Gray.
$5 suggested donation.
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!
7pm- Monday Movie Madness- Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
9pm- Board Game Night
Bring your favorite game or mine our collection. Dot is slinging drinks all night long, $4 drafts. Best price in town!
For fans of: Natalie Merchant, Patty Griffin, Kate Bush
Poetic, witty lyrics, and catchy melodies reflecting her Texas upbringing, Indian roots and global appeal. Her melodic country rock sound is unique, with her varied & diverse influences, and sound great acoustic or with a band. With a strong and graceful presence on stage, she connects effortlessly with the audience and ensures an evening of great music for a true music lover. She is excited to be releasing a new CD of all original songs later this summer called, PUZZLE.
"Her voice carries in that effortless way that fans of Sade, Mary Black, and the more recent Kate Bush would really enjoy" Parrish Highley, Music Producer, Los Angles Music
"Rashmi’s clear, expressive vocals deliver her heartfelt message from start to finish through each excellent original composition. Her skillful crafting of lyrics and melodies give us some real insight into this artist’s unique vision" STUDIO Magazine Journal of Folk & International Music
9pm- Seth Adam
Not one to rely on trends of popular music, this self-described “scrapper” takes a page out of the Lucinda Williams instruction book by performing frequently and writing deeply personal, heartfelt rock & roll songs. He has shared the stage with Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, Grammy-winning Robert Cray, Tonic, Vertical Horizon, Carbon Leaf, The Alternate Routes, Will Hoge, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Ken and Drew from Sister Hazel, Grammy-nominated YARN, and Mayer Hawthorne, has had a song licensed to Volkswagen, and was described by entertainment columnist Roger Friedman as “the hardest-working best live act in indie rock.”
Finalist – Best Country/Americana category – 3rd Annual CT Music Awards (2014)
10pm- Tim Haufe
For fans of: Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Daniel Rossen, Cat Stevens, Stevie Wonder
Tim Haufe is a songwriter and musician who grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY. His music is volatile, desperate, beautiful, dynamic, and full of hope. His fifth self-produced album, The End of the Year (November 2012), has received critical acclaim. Although Haufe typically performs as a solo act, the Tim Haufe Trio presents his music in an expanded and exciting form, recalling the full band arrangements present throughout his studio work. Haufe currently lives in New York, where he is striving to establish for his music the grand reputation that it deserves.
“Tim has all the qualities one looks for in a live performance: He is in tune with the elasticity of the crowd. I could feel myself being drawn closer and closer to the music as the song went on.” -Daniel Dissinger, InStereoPress
11pm- Hurrah! A Bolt of Light
Genre: Indie Rock
For fans of: The Pixies, Dr Dog, and The New Pornographers
High energy rock and roll you can dance to. Anthemic choruses you can shout along to after hearing for the first time. Good luck standing still during the show.
“Encompassing pop-like electronics, standard rock instrumentals, and haunting indie vocals; when used in combination with the band’s shockingly powerful lyrics, a sound is created that is innovative, emotionally provocative, and enthusiastic. Hurrah! A Bolt Of Light is a vivacious and surprisingly innovative addition to indie-rock.” WSBU fm
8pm- Jeri Silverman
Genre: acoustic folk/singer-songwriter
For fans of: Fleetwood Mac, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor
New York City based singer-songwriter Jeri Silverman plays acoustic folk that is contemplative, powerful and edgy. Originally from South Africa, her songs celebrate the rawness of melody and poetics of intimacy. She can be seen at an ever-growing slate of venues across the city and heard anytime on iTunes and Spotify.
9pm- Cameron Orr
Genre: electro-classical indie film
For fans of: Andrew Bird, Sigur Ross, Radiohead, Phillip Glass, Steve Reich
Cameron Orr is a looping artist living in Brooklyn, NY who incorporates his classical and jazz training with electronic elements to create violin- and synth-driven orchestral, cinematic compositions.
For fans of: Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Tracy Chapman
She's got piercing eyes and a voice that's larger than her body. But, small as she is, she won't fit in a box. She switches styles more quickly than you can follow. First she's jazz, then she's blues, then she's rock, but always powerful. You definitely want to hear this girl sing... if you can handle it.
"Her music is authentic, from the heart, and her voice is blissful to listen to. She is fulfilling the early promise she showed. She has the range and tone of an angel yet the throatiness and devilment of a banshee." -- Sammy Stein [http://somethingelsereviews.com/2014/08/28/kosi-pictures-of-us-2014/]
"Can a person be bold and polite? Can their music supersede what traditional blues emanate, and go deeper, with universal appeal? Yeah…Kosi can." -- Pete Carma [http://streetcredmusic.blogspot.com/2014/07/pictures-of-usthe-follow-up-cd-by-kosi.html]
"From jazz to blues to neo-soul: it’s all there, pre-tapped and ready to be heard, but with such freshness of vision that it could be from no other singer. This is Kosi’s strength, a raw yet elegant presentation that explodes with originality…" -- Tyron Grillo [http://ecmreviews.com/2014/04/14/kosi/]
11pm- Shannon Pelcher
Genre: Folky Jazz
For fans of: Brandi Carlile, M. Ward, Nora Jones.
With nods to Tin Pan Alley, 1960s folk and experimental acoustic, Shannon Pelcher has one foot dipped in the jazz world and the other planted in singer/songwriter storytelling traditions. Her dreamlike lyrics and lilting vocals are backed by elegantly deft guitar playing, and her sound is both vintage and contemporary, influenced as much by John Coltrane as it is by PJ Harvey.
“She’s very eclectic, has a great sense of melody and sings in an unaffectedly clear, nuanced soprano.” http://newyorkmusicdaily.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/shannonjessi/
8pm- Zuni Mountain Boys
The Zuni Mountain Boys are an Americana duo based out of Brooklyn, NY. Connor McGinnis and Matt Campbell formed the group in early 2014. They recorded their first EP in East Nashville in late May 2014 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.
9pm- Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth
Genre: Americana, alt-folk-rock
For fans of: Brandi Carlile, Fleetwood Mac, Kathleen Edwards
Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth is an Americana band based out of Reading, PA. Reese's acoustic guitar, strong songwriting, and country-leaning lead vocals combined with electric guitarist Mark Watter's indie-rock hooks makes for a fresh take on their familiar genre. Since forming the band in 2013, CRD5 has toured extensively around the east coast, including an appearance on Nashville's Music City Roots show. Reese and her band have released three original albums to date and opened for a variety of notable songwriters such as Ben Folds, Chris Stapleton (Grammy-nominated SteelDrivers), and Riders in the Sky. Reese's song "Pennsylvania, Again" has been featured in American Songwriter, and the band was a top five finalist in PHL Live's competition to name the best country/folk band in Philadelphia. They are also Y102's local artist of the year.
"As a country-folk-rock group, Caroline and her boys cover a lot of genre turf without missing a beat. CR+D5...blends the crystalline grit of Caroline’s voice with some powerhouse electric guitar, giving us a sort of feminine rock that we haven’t heard much of since Stevie Nicks." -Emmy Fortunato, Verge Magazine
"With it's heartfelt display of edgy folk and Americana, "The Electric Year" clearly illustrates why Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth are garnering attention..." -Jim Price, Pennsylvania Musician Magazine
11pm- Bourbon Express
For fans of: Emmy-Lou Harris, Johnny Cash
Bourbon Express is a country band led by singer-songwriter Katie Brennan. Influences include Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, and George Jones. It’s twangy toe-tapping music that’s new yet familiar, and just might give you a hankering for a cool glass of whiskey and a honky-tonk.
8pm- Yoav Shlomov Quintet
Genre: Contemporary Jazz
For fans of: Pink Floyd, John Coltrane, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Omer Avital, Robert Glasper, Yoni Rechter
Yoav Shlomov Quintet includes some of the greatest musicians from around the world living in New York today, most of them comes from the jazz scene in the city. They play original music with lots of soul and their music associates with Pink Floyd, Progressive rock bands from the 70’s, Swing, Jazz and Mediterranean Folk.
For fans of: Aretha Franklin, Taylor Swift, Hall & Oates
Hailing from New York City, 12KO is a driven, passionate and charismatic band with a unique approach to their blend of pop and funk. "We want people to love the songs and get them stuck in their heads!" The above statement is as direct and simple as it is ambitious, and it is a great sum-up of the band’s attitude: it’s all about positive vibes and infectious grooves that will get you on the dance floor! The band’s catchy sound echoes the Top 40s artists of today, but with a retro twist: the 8-piece is a true hurricane on a stage, musically and visually: their shows are lavish sonic feasts where band and crowd engage on a personal and powerful level.
10pm- Hambone Relay
Genre: Soul Jazz/Funk
For fans of: Soulive, The New Mastersounds, Lettuce, Galactic, Medeski Martin & Wood, Robert Walter
Hambone Relay is a soul jazz organ trio based in Philadelphia, PA. HR3 shrewdly explores the genres of soul, jazz, funk, R&B, blues, and rock. Their live performances deliver brazen jams and contagious grooves with a familiar yet altogether refreshing sonic palette, tipping a hat to such artists as Soulive, Grant Green, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and The New Mastersounds.
4pm- Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club
Book: American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
More information and group updates are available on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/groups/540489066090307/
8pm- Zamba 2 Samba
Genre: roots samba
For fans of: Marisa Monte, Elis Regina, Cartola, Nelson Cavaquinho, Adoniran Barbosa
Conceived as a tribute to "Samba de Raiz" or roots samba, Zamba 2 Samba delves deep into Brazil's musical past offering reinterpretations of Brazil's most joyous music from the '40's, '50's & '60's. Led by Susan Justice's beautiful, clear voice and backed by both Brazilian and a revolving group of international musicians, Zamba 2 Samba will take you to a small samba club in Lapa, Rio...at least for the night.
9pm- Hanging Hills
Genre: Folk Rock
For fans of: Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, CSNY, Midlake
Hanging Hills is a folk rock band from Willimantic, CT, a source for the growing music and arts scene in the state’s quiet corner. Crafting songs that are heavily rooted in the past while maintaining a steady foothold in the present, they constantly bridge the gap between nostalgia and innocent wonder.
"Beautiful and poignant lyrics are draped around spacious and lush musical pieces like the accoutrements of a vast musical dwelling." - Chip McCabe, Lonesome Noise
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