The Way Station
21+ all the time (it is a bar after all)
$5 donation strongly suggested for all events unless otherwise indicated.
8pm- Miriam Elhajli
Genre:Jazz, Folk, Singer Songwriter
For fans of: Nick Drake, John Coltrane, Debussy
Miriam Elhajli is a Venezuelan-Moroccan-American composer and vocalist whose work is
influenced strongly by Latin American folk, modern jazz, and contemporary classical
"Her poignant vocals and deft finger-picking immediately bring to mind artists like Joan Baez and Buffy Sainte-Marie who helped to popularize the singer-songwriter genre in 1960s Cambridge. Elhajli is certainly part of the folk revival that is taking place in Boston and throughout music as a whole” - Maimed And Tamed
“This troubadour captivated all of the early comers to the Unraveled Launch with a richly textured voice that belied her youth. Miriam’s guitar playing was effortless, alternating between fingerpicking and percussive strumming. Without a backing band, we were able to
focus on her voice which authentically channeled the sound of America-past – defined by new ideas, new freedoms, war, and protest.” - Unraveled Blog
9pm- Chris Norwood
For fans of: The Mountain Goats, John Craigie, Bob Dylan
The storytelling is the thing. Over the past year, Chris gathered band mates from different walks of creative life to make music that is familiar, yet hard to pin down or categorize. It's folk, it's rock, it's blues, it's country. Chris sings his stories and keeps time on guitar with Keith backing him up on bass and Nastasia harmonizing to the tune while Hajnal lends a sweeping violin that wraps it all together.
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 allllllll like drinking. And music. And attention. Our music is a mix of traditional folk,
unconventional covers, and irreverence. And drinking. Did we mention the drinking?
11pm- Danny and Caroline
Genre: Indie Rock, Jazz, Pop, Soul
For fans of: Norah Jones, Tennis, Matt & Kim
Danny and Caroline are a band of New York natives, include singers/songwriters and husband and wife duo, Danny Golub and Caroline Couture Golub, bassist and cellist, Nikki Allison, and drummer, Thomas Robertine.
Combining songs inspired by introspection, Danny and Caroline give their audience an intimate view into life -- blending reality with imagination. Connecting haunting vocals and harmonies with feet-tapping rhythms and lyrics, Danny and Caroline are a band that will stay with you after first listen.
“Upbeat, cheery pop songs with big hooks…” - Indie Rock Cafe
All The Way: Dangrrr Doll's Dirty 30
Doors at 8:30pm. Shows start at 9pm. With Interstitial Go-Go and goodies.
Different MCs and performances for each set.
Wasabassco is celebrating a milestone birthday of one of the most badass dames in history, the nakedest being in the universe, our very own Dangrrr Doll.
Help us celebrate the creation of Dangrrr with sets hosted by Kita St. Cyr and Nasty Canasta, with performances by Kita, Nasty, Dangrrr, Penny Wren, Poison Ivory, Qualms Galore, Amuse Bouche, and the Wasabassco debut of Sharp Robert. Plus go-go sets and more.
- $20 General Admission to the night. Standing and limited seating.
- VIP Booth, with guaranteed seating for 5 people. $175 (limited to one booth)
Purchase of booth includes admission for 5 people.
- VIP Table for 2 people, up close and personal, the best seats in the house. $70
Purchase of table includes admission for 2 people.
- Hightop Table for 3 people $90.
Purchase of table includes admission for 3 people.
8pm- Hamin Reed
For fans of: Elliott Smith, Tool
Hamin Reed [hay min reid] conveys love & hate, dark & light, everything between & everything outside, and what it means to the human psyche. Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1984, he has been performing regularly solo or with different musicians from all over the world. Currently based in New York City.
"An acoustic artist who challenges the notions of wood, strings, and sentiment . . . Just as much a slap in the face of your "folky" values as it is an embrace of humanity song, craft, and experiment." - Jason Medina (Producer/Promoter, Transient Authority)
"Jeff Andrade's musical project Hamin Reed goes unparalleled in its diversity of sound and talent. His voice is warm and heartbreaking on ballads and he can rock harder than any hardcore musician I've seen. The lyrics are thought provoking and emotionally moving to whimsically entertaining. Hamin Reed crosses a plethora of genres with a facility that does not make their performances seem disjointed. It is to say that whilst traversing through a variety of styles, there exists a continuity that is never lacking. Hamin Reed is an act that defines what more acts in current state should be, talented, creative and entertaining." - Daniel Ouellette (Performance Artist, Daniel Ouellette and the Shobijin)
"Get inside the head and heart of one of the most evoking songwriters I have ever encountered. Genius insight to the world and who we are in it. I've been everywhere from Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to The Bitter End in NYC listening to hundreds of songwriters and none have been quite as prodigious as Jeff. He has inspired and ignited me as both a listener and a producer-songwriter. He has been an exquisite new addition to my ipod as well as an amazing addition to my life as a friend. Check him out. You will not regret it." - Nicole Berkowitz (Producer-songwriter, The Willow Tree)
For fans of: Chryssie Hynde, Jimi Hendrix
Viva plays guitar like a flaming sword, a screaming train, a ringing bell, and a scratching chicken. She sings like if Freddy Mercury had been a woman. She's played everywhere from Bonnaroo to Monterey Jazz Fest, and been featured in Guitar Player Magazine.
“The love child of Little Richard and Joan Jett” - The Aquarian
10pm- Hambone Relay
For fans of: Soulive, Robert Walter, Galactic, Karl Denson
With influences ranging from jazz, funk, blues and rock and roll, Hambone Relay redefines the modern organ trio with their own brand of high-energy live music.
“Hambone Relay, a great Philly soul-jazz-funk organ trio who blew me away.” - Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly
4pm - Moving Pictures: Farscape
Hosted by Ed Reynolds
10pm - Nerdeoke - Hosted by Joe Rude of the Kings of Karaoke!!!
8pm - Wax: Stories on Vinyl
We're Chloe and Marcie and we want to see you at WAX!
Storytellers: TBD and YOU! The skinny: bring a record, tell us a 5-minute story about a song, then spin that track. We wanna know all about that heartbreak/first dance/all night booze binge and we wanna hear the song that just won't unattach itself from the memory. Specials: Draft beer--$4. Ridiculous, anachronistic entertainment--free all night, baby.
Genre: Soul Folk
For fans of: Ianne La Havas, Valerie June, Ani DiFranco
The heavy influences of Soul, Jazz and R&B vocals and feel focused in stylistic new folk sound topped with lyrical philosophizing that sometimes requires a bit of picking apart. A lot of love and a lot of purpose. Dark, wide, soaring and earnest. Garners atypical rhythms and a solid backbeat.
"Large audiences with short attention spans are often wary of complex chord changes and atypical tunings. But, resting smoothly and simply atop the guitar, Lanusa’s voice consummates the essence of songwriting, manifesting melodies as pure as air and as addictive as wine, enticing the palette well after the conclusion. And her lyrics, born of a certain philosophical inertia... hit home with resonating pungency."
-the Budding Review, 2010
9pm- Meaghan Burke
Genre: Post-Grunge Cabaret
Fro fans of: Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Tom Lehrer, Billie Holiday
Praised for her “alarming tour-de-force intensity” (The Examiner) and “impossibly beautiful but in no way forgiving” songs (The Deli), Meaghan Burke writes haunting, festively dark songs for cello and voice, part art, part pop, with witty, macabre lyrics and killer riffs. With inspirations ranging from Nirvana to Cole Porter to Anton Webern, she tells stories of bedbugs, bedfellows, and the apocalypse, wedding her sundry influences of Brechtian cabaret, 1990s grunge, old-school blues, and avant-garde contemporary music.
"Impossibly beautiful but in no way forgiving." - The Deli NYC
"...alarming tour de force intensity..." - The Examiner
"We admit, one could dispute whether this is pop. But let’s just say, it should be." - Robert Rotifer, FM4 Radio / Popfest Curator (Austria)
"...what she’s created is too personal, too direct and unusual to claim she’s a songwriter – which sounds categorically absurd but it’s true – it’s like she’s a songwriter, imploded." - The Deli NYC
10pm- Joe Young
Genre: Folk + Classical
For fans of: Gabriel Kahane, The Lone Bellows, Punch Brothers
You’ll hear harmonies, classical music elements, and acoustic sound. “Truthiness” without pretentiousness.
11pm- Divining Rod
For fans of: Pentangle, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, Stephen Stills, Manassas, Bert Jansch
A veteran of the New York and Baltimore music scenes, Miyuki Furtado branches out musically with his latest work as psych-folk explorer, Divining Rod. The band creates dense sonic collages of frenzied drums & explosive guitar. Songs steeped in 60's British Folk & 70s US folk rock are fused with psych drones resulting in a heady mix of melodic songwriting and left turn experimental arrangements.
"OK, it’s honesty time. Though we can mostly all agree that NYC, with the emergence of Brooklyn DIYs and the ability of the internet to stream albums to LA A&Rs faster than you can say Best New Music®©™, has once again become America’s preeminent music mating pit, the city’s folk scene has remained comparatively infantile (not so much in quality as development). Gotham gig vet Miyuki Furtado’s newest project, Divining Rod, however, is exactly the kind of band that could kickstart an urban folk movement in the already flannelled and bearded bastions of Brooklyn." - My Social List
For fans of: Aimee Mann, PJ Harvey, Neil Young
Your last girlfriend scratching on your back kitchen door.
“Catchy with hook-filled, yet dark melodies and vocals.” - NPR, All Songs Considered
“…probably the most cinematic and emotionally engaging video you’ll see all year” - The Vinyl District
9pm- Kelcy Mae
Fro fans of: Neko Case, Shelby Lynne
Following the release of Half-Light (2014), Kelcy Mae has been likened to a variety of recording artists, drawing comparisons to the raw, emotive sounds of Neko Case, Natalie Merchant, and Regina Spektor, as well as to the southern, country-influenced blues of Shelby Lynne and Bonnie Raitt. Half-Light has launched the New Orleans-based Americana singer/songwriter and band leader into the national spotlight with U.S. tours, a featured Emerging Artist performance at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, and designation as a “Pepsi Southern Original” finalist at the Gulf Coast Jam country music festival in Panama City Beach, Florida.
“With a voice as delicate as Regina Spektor’s but accented with the occasional twang or growl, Kelcy Mae shines on stage. She’s not afraid to do the unexpected.” - AXS.com
For fans of: Emily Haines, New Order, Depeche Mode
From her spellbinding sound to her top notch dance moves Kidaudra is a musician on the rise. Her reserved demeanor and soft voice are completely uncharacteristic of the charismatic, crowd quieting energy that is Kidaudra. Her music can be described as a new-wave, dystopian sound "reminiscent of Depeche Mode" accompanied by some house, industrial, noise, and R&B.
For fans of: The Knife, Depeche Mode, Robyn, New Order
Formed by three Craigslist zombies with a love of pop music, Citrusphere brings together soaring vocals, ethereal guitar and propulsive rhythms to create a psychedelic swirl of dance, color and sound.
"Citrusphere’s energy and passion shines through." - Michael Marotta, Vanyaland
7pm- Astronomy on Tap
10pm- Time Machine Appetizer
Genre: Retro Instrumental
For fans of: The Shadows, The Ventures, Booker T and the M.G.'s
Drawn to the sounds of early guitar and organ-based rock instrumentals, this band of four originated this project at the Red Hook Bait and Tackle to great success and have now been playing together for years.
11pm- JoAnn and Friends
Genre: European Folk Fusion
For fans of: Feist, Wax Taylor, Milky Chance, Caravan Palace
JoAnn and Friends is a collective music project consisting of the works of songwriting duo John Mapel and Andrea Hausheer. The musical styles range from rock, gypsy jazz, and bossa nova, with lyrics in French, Italian, Spanish, and English. Musical influences include Thievery Corporation, Miike Snow, Milky Chance, and Feist.
SOUL AND FUNK REVIEW
8pm- Melissa McMillan
Genre: R&B, Pop
For fans of: Emily King, Sade, Lauryn Hill
Melissa McMillan is a singer/songwriter based out of Brooklyn, NY. After studying Jazz in college, she was inspired to relocate to the New York City area. Since her move, Melissa is more focused on original compositions, fusing elements of Jazz, R&B, and pop to create a sound all her own. She has recruited some of the best musicians in the area to help her tell her story.
9pm- Sho Ishikura
For fans of: D'angelo, Elliott Smith, Stevie Wonder
A unique, charismatic approach to soul music, incorporating funk rhythms and rock themes. Shochan tends to stays true to the revisited classics he covers, but in his live show can effortlessly transition between crooning and carnal groove.
10pm- Jenn Mundia
For fans of: Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Lianne La Havas, Corinne Bailey Rae
Jenn Mundia is an acoustic soul songstress spreading her sultry vocals one song a time. Her poignant and relatable lyrics cut through the room when she tames her raw vocals to tell a story. Mundia is not afraid to wail over the blues, but will ground you with messages of love and love lost. The intimate performances of this Brooklyn songbird are not to be missed!
"..a combination of ballad and acoustic soul, with longing and hopeful lyrics.
Jenn's band was tight and spot on all evening, navigating tight hits and quick melodies through a tapestry of soul sounds. Grounded by her long time bass player Tim Borecky, the band kept the crowd moving in their seats while her lyrics kept them listening."
-Feast Of Music
11pm- The Travelers
Genre: Rock-Hop/Funk & Blues/Stoner Soul
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'll take you places in the universe you've never been.
8pm- Lines West
Genre: Alt-Country, Rock, Pop
For fans of: Wilco, Paul McCartney, Jason Isbell, Big Star
Bridgeport, CT based Americana/Indie-pop band that has been described as "Simon and Garfunkel fronting Wilco or The Band".
"Toe-tapping, head-bobbing, heart-swaying tunes of unrequited love, loss, and longing that etches a smile on your soul and a chorus in your head. This Bridgeport, CT duo writes songs that could be Simon & Garfunkel fronting Wilco (or The Band)" - Gary Gone, Cygnus Radio.
"Perfectly crafted pop songs that should be all over terrestrial radio at the very least" - Review Stalker
10pm- Shayfer James
Genre: Folk-Rock, Noir Pop Singer Songwriter
For fans of: Tom Waits, Danny Elfman, Fiona Apple
Shayfer James weaves surprisingly genuine musical landscapes that evoke the gauzy, sweaty sexuality of gulf-coast barrooms and the fantastical, narcotic mysticism of a Lewis Carroll-inspired three-ring circus. Mr. James' noir-infused, piano driven music swaggers from dark danceable anthems to harrowing ballads with jazz lilted satire and whiskey-dirt grit.
"New & Noteworthy Alternative" - iTunes
"Rich orchestration swells over James’ melodic bellows and conjures up a dark and sinful scene underscored by mischievous charm". - wnyc.org
10pm- Gretchen & The Pickpockets
Genre: Alt. Rock
For fans of: Lake Street Dive, Amy Winehouse, Fleetwood Mac
Hailing from Durham, New Hampshire, Gretchen & the Pickpockets is a band whose unique blend of rock, jazz, and soul -- coupled with an insatiable appetite for playing shows in New England and elsewhere - has gotten them a great deal of attention in a short amount of time.
“I came across a band that has to be one of the most unique musical groups I’ve heard in years; and that is no exaggeration.” - Danielle Cooper, TBubble
“I loved Gretchen and the Pickpockets debut EP, “Stop,” which was released in 2013. Loved it. I’m so happy they didn’t stop there. Why? Because I LOVE their debut self-titled full-length. This is one of the most promising young bands on the Seacoast, and (I seem to say this a lot – which is testament to the quality that exists here … ) one of the most promising young bands in existence today. Anywhere. Big on rock, big on soul, big on fun. Those are the keys to an excellent band, and an excellent record.” - Christopher Hislop, Seacoast Online
Genre: Electro Pop
BYRN is a New York-based singer songwriter with a love of 808 drums and sensual sounds. Evanescence meets Aaliyah in a new twist of emotion and dance. The lyrics are poetic and the melodies are sexy and sweet with a hint of pain. Enjoy the smooth crispy taste.
9pm- Stephanie Rooker & Ben Tyree
Genre: Soul, Jazz, Funk
For fans of: Tuck & Patti, Joni Mitchell, Erykah Badu, Patty Griffin, Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth
Stephanie Rooker’s soul-shaking sounds range from saucy R&B to innovatively revived funk to jazz-infused ballads. She delivers songs of personal and societal empowerment with a voice that is at once evocative & healing. Guitarist Ben Tyree is a performer and composer of virtuosic ability, infectious groove, and eclectic tastes. Born in Washington, DC and based in Brooklyn, he leads the abstract jazz-funk trio BT3 while expressing a more introspective side on his classically-influenced solo debut, Thoughtform Variations. That versatility has led to work with artists as diverse as Vernon Reid, Valerie June, Elliot Sharp, Burnt Sugar and The Arkestra Chamber, to name a few.
“Potently intelligent, pensively psychedelic...What’s most impressive is how aware Rooker is. With her brooding, sometimes sultry, sometimes wounded voice, her lyrics draw just as deeply from conscious hip-hop as from classic soul and funk … brings back memories of acts like Sandra St. Victor back in the 90s." - delarue, Lucid Culture
“Rooker’s repertoire of songs, some channeling Mississippi blues, some channeling emotive rock vixens like Janis Joplin, some others channeling jazz songstresses like Nina Simone, and then the more nuanced of contemporary genre-bending artists like Meshell Ndegeocello, are all authentic expressions of who Rooker truly is. Rooker’s sojourn to Ghana, her formal jazz training, and her reverence for hip-hop are authentic to her experience as a singer/song-writer.” - Boyuan Gao, The Revivalist/Okayplayer.com
10pm- The Healing
Genre: Soul, Hip Hop
For fans of: Jimi Hendrix, The Roots, Radiohead, Miles Davis, Kendrick Lamar, Gentai Kaijo
Music is The Healing. The Healing will be a jam session of sorts where artists (poets, musicians, songwriters) can come together to create freely, without worrying about confines of what music should be. The house band, the Travelers (www.thetravelers.nyc) will be welcoming musicians to create with us, onstage, in communion.
“The entire sound straddles the fence between rock-soul, fusion jazz, and indie rock” - Shaine Freeman, The Miews
8pm- Rascals & Rogues
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