The Way Station
21+ all the time (it is a bar after all)
$5 donation strongly suggested for all events unless otherwise indicated.
Wasabassco Burlesque Thursdays at The Way Station
Doors at 8:30pm. Show at 9:00pm.
On the first Thursday of every month we're at Brooklyn's famous Bar With The TARDIS!
The best in Brooklyn Burlesque featuring a rotating lineup of Wasabassco favorites, new performers, and special guests. November features your hosts: Sapphire Jones and Nasty Canasta, plus Evelyn Vinyl, Luna TikTok, Qualms Galore, and Mala Morrigan.
$20 Reserved seating (guaranteed reserved seat held until showtime. limited to 30) Available HERE:
$15 GA at the door (mixed bar seating and standing)
8pm- Rapid River Boys
For fans of: The Avett Brother, Trampled By Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, Grateful Dead
Original Music written in New York’s Southern Tier. Developed by many years of traveling, retiring, and repeating.
9pm- Pale Mara
Genre: Folk, Rock, Country
For fans of: Fairport Convention / Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris / Graham Nash
Pale Mara is a new and exciting endeavor born from hearts of Lee and Al. Hailing from the north and south, and winding up in Brooklyn, their music is a passionate alchemy of the old and the new- blending the beauty of musical tradition with a restless and adventurous spirit.
10pm- A Valley Son
For fans of: Father John Misty and Band of Horses
90s shoegaze rock with a twang.
11pm- Mike O’Malley and the Beastie Band
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.
4pm- Spacefriend Picture Day with Liam Cotter!
Go to link below to prepay for your photo and save 5 bucks!
Save the date, polish your shoes, comb your hair.
The ALL GENDER sequel to last year's Gentlemen of the Way Station has arrived. It's Picture Day! Put on your best outfit and strut your stuff!
Pictures will be $30 per outfit/position/10 minute pose if booked ahead of time or $35 day of.
Genre: Surf, Exotica, Reggae
For fans of: The Ventures, The Shadows, Burt Bachrach, Martin Denny, The Specials
Fun and adventurous renditions of classics from the '60s, 70s and 80s with vibes as the lead voice, as well as compelling originals.
9pm- Eric Vitoff
Genre: Guitar Looping Alchemy, Acoustic, House, Dance
For fans of: Daft Punk, James Blake, Reggie Watts, John Mayer, Bag Raiders
Long Island born and raised and now Brooklyn based, Eric Vitoff's tunes toe the imaginary line between the genres of house/dance and acoustic singer-songwriter. Equipped just with an acoustic guitar and some effects pedals, he builds pulsing, colorful beats that make your feet move and your mind wonder just where all those sounds are coming from.
10pm- Smith & 9th Ward
Genre: New Orleans Blues/Funk/Jazz
For fans of: New Orleans Jazz, Blues, Funk and Brass Band music
SMITH & 9th WARD is a combo in the New Orleans, funky and soulful tradition. We channel the likes of Dr. John, James Booker, Allen Toussaint and Professor Longhair to bring you New Orleans grooves with a Brooklyn attitude. We consist of members of the OUTER BOROUGH BRASS BAND and we love playing funky NOLA tunes, traditional jazz standards and low-down blues. SMITH & 9th WARD: New Orleans grooves with a Brooklyn attitude.
“Leyton-Brown’s physical stance at the keyboard comes closer to Joe Strummer than Dr. John, but she’s got skills that would make Mac Rebenack grin that trademark grin. Allison injected some old school stride into “Don’t Think Twice,” and her vocals on Crescent City classics like “Big Chief” and “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” were right on point. But it’s the little differences she brings that make her a not-so-secret weapon, like the Fender Rhodes sound she brought to the funky Scatassa original “BQEeze,” or the sizzling Clavinet vibe she conjured up toward the end of the second set that was straight out of Billy Preston’s “Outa Space.” Maybe the traditionalists might freak, but it’s a Brooklyn thing! They wouldn’t understand!” – J Hunter “Nippertown”
“After the bass drummer unexpectedly decided to lead a secondline into the bar room, which freaked out most of the people there, they came back in and kicked things up another notch. By this point, those of us who were dancing stopped caring about what the room full of lazy people thought, and we got up and got down in front of the band on a rousing finale.” – a fan
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL- 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.
Hunter S. Thompson Flying Dog Tap Takeover!
3:30pm- Moving Pictures: The GOONIES!
Hosted by Sean Proper!! HEYYY YOUUU GUYYYYS!!!!!!! In celebration of Sean Proper's birthday, he will be hosting two viewings of his favorite childhood film.
Arrive early for the cast reunion video commentary beginning at 3:30 and see how the cast looks now (or at least, how they looked 15 years ago). Possibly some Cyndi Lauper during intermission. Regular (quote-along) screening at 6pm. Suggested attire: Dress like a Goonies, dress like a pirate, dress like a Baby Ruth bar.
8pm- Queerious Trivia: What A Fu*Xing Riot
Queerious Trivia is back for a riled up, politically frazzled, here-and-queer riot of beers and queries!
WHAT DO WE WANT?????
Killer drink specials!
Incredible prizes and raffle items!
An overwhelming amount of cute and curious queerdos!
Carefully curated trivia that caters to the entire crowd!
Pre-election punk rock catharsis!
Incredible special guest draggity half time showza!
WHEN DO WE WANT IT!?
MONDAY NOVEMBER 7TH, 8PM
$5 suggested donation
Election coverage all night long. Come celebrate the election of our new president, or cry in your beer. 'merica!
8pm- Gustaf Axel
Genre: Singer Songwriter
For fans of: Troubadours
9pm- Genna & Jesse
Genre: Vintage Soul Pop
For fans of: Soul and pop music from the 1960s and 1970s. Smart, fun, and sophisticated pop music.
Genna & Jesse are defined by a unique alchemy born of the quirky chemistry, intricate vocal harmonies and ardent storytelling which infuse their songwriting and vibrant performances. With whispers (and sometimes roars) of folk, blue-eyed soul, jazz, blues, torch song, and popular music from the ‘60s and ‘70s, their self-chosen genre “vintage soul pop” doesn’t fully encompass what they conjure up in their joyful live shows and sensual, deliberate albums. These two shrug off music industry conventions in favor of doing what feels good, and this genre-defying dedication to being current and free has an exciting and irresistible effect.
"With an old soul steeped in jazz and folk, Giacobassi's velvety vocals coast across piano keys on ballads like 'Don't Be Surprised.' Dyen boasts a storyteller's intonation; when the two join in harmony, it's like earth meeting fire." - Savannah Connect
"...incredibly catchy, with melodies and hooks that'll make pop cynics smile, and have fans of grown-up radio reaching for the volume dial." - Leicester Bangs Music Magazine
10pm- Christine Sweeney & The Dirty Stayouts
Genre: Bluesy Indie Pop
For fans of: Grace Potter, KT Tunstall
Christine Sweeney deftly handles poppy and playful without sacrificing genuine emotion. Her sultry sweet bluesy Pop sound has been compared to Sara Barielles, KT Tunstall, and Norah Jones. Performing live for over a decade solo acoustic, she now has a band behind her and is looking forward to their next recording project,
11pm- Bug St.
Genre: Progressive Folk
For fans of: Dando Shaft, The Lumineers, The Decemberists, DMB, Tallest Man on Earth
Progressive/Psychodelic folk music from The Messy Bed's Zac Pierce-Messick.
8pm- Marc Delgado
For fans of: R.E.M/Son Volt/Bob Dylan/Pavement/Grant Lee Buffalo
Marc Delgado’s songs are eclectic and unexpected and deal with characters trying to make sense of the American Landscape.
9pm- Cancion Franklin
Genre: Americana, Country, Blues
For fans of: Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, Lightning Hopkins
Unsigned, unasked and unapologetic, Cancion is a true DIY singer/songwriter. His songwriting ranges from outlaw country stylings and driving blues/rock raptures, to gorgeously vulnerable, raw, gentle music. He is often accompanied by Alex Whelan, on backup vocals and guitar, blending tight harmonies with a broken down home guitar attack.
For fans of: David Bowie, Jeff Buckley, Bjork, Tom Waits, Books, Movies, Fine Dining
Hi-fi lo-tech folk from the future.
"This is some weird stuff." - Jarett the All Seeing, Galactic Archive
"Fear is the mind killer." - Paul Atreides/Mua'dib
11pm- J. Sterling
Genre: Electronic, Experimental, Ambient, Noise, Pop
For fans of: Caribou, Tycho, Burial, Brian Eno, Cut Copy, Nicolas Jaar
Canadian born multi-instrumentalist, J. Sterling has been writing and performing music for the past 10 years in western Canada. His projects span from film scores, remixes, DJing, solo and band albums as well as being an in demand studio and live session musician. Sterling constantly strives to weave his love of vastly different styles of music to create something unique and worthwhile while hoping to offer the audience a distinctive sonic experience only available through his music.
"Sterling's music is quite something. It truly manages to submerse you in the warm, pulsating and beautifully executed, sun soaked electronic production." - MatchMusik.com
8pm- Boy Wonder
Genre: Funk, Rock
For fans of: The Police, Prince, Maroon 5, John Mayer
“With a rockin' new wave sound, Boy Wonder's tracks are at times, reminiscent of the sexiest of Lenny Kravitz and the funkiest of Carlos Santana.” - Sheena Beaston (Blogger)
“Since he was seventeen years old, Boy Wonder has entrenched himself in Philadelphia through adapting and evolving as an artist, immersing himself in a number of impressive projects in multiple capacities” - Billy Cook, Rock on Philly
Genre: Power Pop, Indie-Rock
For fans of: Weezer, Blink 182, Fountains of Wayne, The Front Bottoms
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Megan Talay plays punchy power-pop that draws comparisons to 90's favorites like No Doubt, Blink 182, and Third Eye Blind. Her songs engage audiences with lyrics that are equally cleaver, emotionally vulnerable, and even biting at times. Talay has also won praise for her lead guitar work, stretching out into wah-inflected, blues-influenced solos over the band’s tight rhythm section.
“Memorable melody lines, tight harmonies, and passionate, powerful vocals” - Bruce Figler, 107.1 The Peak
“From the fantastic guitar to the detailed and thought provoking lyrics…this is a release that stands out from a lot of things I've listened to this year.” - Backseat Mafia
10pm- Chamber Band
Genre: Coffee Rock
For fans of: The Decemberists, They Might Be Giants, Dungeons & Dragons
With unchecked charisma and a near-mythical dedication to pouring every last ounce of themselves into their performances, Brooklyn mainstays Chamber Band have ascended to indie rock notoriety in a scene already notorious for being pretty far out there. Gorgeous guy-girl harmonies ascend over spirited beats and bass, then descend into agonized groans for love won and lost, all with enough magical underpinnings and references to geek arcana that you'll be knowingly nudging your dance partner between tunes. The perfect scene for music nerds (and nerd nerds) who, above all, just want to dance.
“Unholy.” – San Diego Reader
“A critical hit.” – Trollish Delver
“This is the shit right here.” – Nerd Titan
“Damn good… damn good indeed.” – Geek Radio Daily (GRD 198)
“Epic… worthy of the bardic tradition.” – BlogCritics.org
“I was reminded of Led Zeppelin, another band that never shied away from constructing little lyrical universes.”– Feast of Music
“Seriously, if you haven't already clicked on the link to their Bandcamp page and bought this, you need to do that right now.” - Geekland
11pm- Kittens Slay Dragons
For fans of: CHVRCHES, Minecraft, Depeche Mode, Musical Theater
Kittens Slay Dragons multitasks on drum machines and synths while you dance. Their music goes beep boop with solid melodic hooks and harmonies bonded by love and cat hair. Sarah Donner (best known for her musical collaborations with The Oatmeal) was inspired to form this band by a special needs kitten named Melon who defied the odds against her. Their debut album Big Big Heart is being released in December 2016.
3:30pm- Drink & Draw
8pm- Mar Salá
For fans of: Rosario, Bebe, La Mala Rodriguez
Based in Brooklyn, Marta Hernández, (aka Mar Salá) is an international singer songwriter, a musician from Seville, Spain. With the collaboration of many accomplished musicians from all over the world, she mixes Latin sounds such as Rumba Flamenca, Brazilian rhythms and Spanish Pop, with Swing and Rock. Marta's original compositions are a cross over between the Flamenco air of Seville and the eclectic sounds of New York City.
She has a total of 3 albums in the market: Primavera (2008) Take Me to Bahia (2009) and her third album, Entre 2 Rivers (2014), produced by Alejandro Zuleta, an accomplished composer, musician, singer and producer from Colombia, has the collaboration of LA SHICA in her version of LOS CUATRO MULEROS.
"Mar Salá is pure energy, like a volcano in control." Jose Miguel López. Radio 3.RNE
9pm- Soft Cactus
Genre: Soulful Indie Rock
For fans of: Jeff Buckley, Aretha Franklin
Soulful Indie Rock from Massachusetts with fiery vocals and dynamic instrumentation.
"Too often funk and soul bands grind down the edges, polishing off the point of the music. Soft Cactus retains those nice jagged corners and prickly bits by mixing in heavy guitar and indie energy.” - Boston Herald
“A very promising act for sure that is definitely worthy of your attention.” - MusicBoxPete
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
11pm- Tattoo Money
Genre: Indie Rock/Hip-hop
For fans of: Cold War Kids, Childish Gambino, Black Keys, TV on the Radio
Tales of relationships set the the soundtrack with catchy guitar riffs and fat drums.
"His setup was simple: a slideshow, featuring images and movie clips that moved in sync and relevance with each track he played, and a light show behind him
His album, The Brain. The Mind. The Heart, features tracks that center on the ups and downs of dating in NYC, making his set immediately relatable. And the best thing about it all? He kept the crowd moving along with him. I imagine nothing is more nerve-wracking than the pressure of impressing a new crowd of music-lovers, but he nailed it!" - popwrapped.com
3:30pm- Moving Pictures: Crime month!
Hosted by Alex D! This week, starting at 3:30, we look at 50's era mysteries. First, we explore a missing inmate in a criminal mental institution in Shutter Island. I encourage you to read the novel by Dennis Lehane, but this movie is just as good as the book. There are so many twists and turns that all you can do is watch. Then we're playing L.A. Confidential. High priced hookers who look like movie stars...that time when police pocketing drugs was quaint...non-Americans who sound American - you really can't go wrong!
Surprise Entertainment!! Still the same great Happy Hour - who knows what will be happening?
8pm- Barabás Lőrinc
For fans of: Esbjörn Swenson, Eric Truffaz, Ibrahim Maalouf
Barabás Lőrinc Trio, led by trumpet player Barabás Lőrinc, is having their Way Station debut. The music is groovy, improvised fusion Jazz with the taste of the 60s and 70’s Jazz-Rock, spiced with today’s electronic devices and instruments. Barabás Lőrinc mixes his looping techniques with live musicians on stage for a one-of-a-kind sound. Pianist Benito Gonzalez and drummer Alon Cohen are along for the musicial journey.
9pm- Alison Shearer
For fans of: Kenny Garret, Snarky Puppy, Maceo Parker, Lettuce
The Alison Shearer Quintet fuses harmonically diverse melodies with funk grooves to create a sound that is versatile and fresh.
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- Astronomy On Tap: NYC Astronomy
You can’t see many stars from Times Square, but literally dozens of research astronomers call NYC home! Some of the most fun people you’ll ever meet – cause no one has a better perspective on life than the people that study the universe. Come on out as we look at the present, and future, of NYC Astronomy!
8pm- Paula Ryan
Genre: Celtic Singer Songwriter
For fans of: Paul Brady, Joan Baez, David Gray, Roddie Womble, Annie Lennox, Julie Fowlis, Liam O Maonlai
Paula Ryan is an award-winning singer songwriter hailing from Tipperary, Ireland. Paula’s music has been described as a quite unique blend of Celtic lyricism and passion with original songwriting and the funky rhythms and influences of the roots music of other cultures. Paula uses an unusual array of instruments (Marimba, Guitar, Bodhran, Bazouki) to accompany songs which are insightful and powerful as well as entertaining. Whatever the stage or the size of the audience, Paula's performances are always laced with the warmth, wit and creative energy of her Irish roots.
"With the quality of the writing and performance on offer from Paula, there there is nothing that can stop her (as the title track from her new album 'Let Me Fly' suggests) flying high artistically or her music flying off the virtual shelves. Paula is such a strong talent in writing and performing...and (her) live performances are well worth seeking out." - Irish Music Magazine
"Irish Singer/Songwriter Paula Ryan is a unique voice in the contemporary folk world..... Proving how insanely talented she is, not onl