Monday, August 17, 2015

What's happening through September 4, 2015

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.

8pm- Julia Toaspern
Genre: Singer Songwriter, New Folk, Folkjazz, Indie Folk, Folkfunk, Pop
For fans of: Feist, Neko Case, Susanne Vega, Rachel Sermanni, Ingrid Michaelson

Berlin-based Julia Toaspern spent the past years busking around Europe and the East Coast, played in Cuba and recorded in NYC – but she felt at home in the Scottish highlands where she makes music, tends sheep, milks goats and is inspired by the clarity, even when it’s foggy.

As she sings of traveling she takes the audience along on the journey - an evening filled with songs and tunes. Julia’s own »folk« mixed with Irish, Scottish and American roots in a vivid variety of desire and delight, longing and yearning.

On her EP Hills & Highlands you can hear Julia play fiddle and banjo as well as e-guitar and a percussive red suitcase. Her debut album will be released this coming June featuring her band which includes beatbox, double bass, and flute.

The combination of groovy rhythms and fingerpicked melodies makes her live performance a special event.

“She has a voice like clear water – refreshing, pleasant, simply beautiful. Fetchingly and openly she presents to us her unique mélange of folk and jazz. Her songs tell of love, of longing and of being held. Julia’s distinctive style, her musicality, but most of all her heart warming nature make her concert a special experience: a wonderful encounter that will stay with you long afterwards.“ - Lars Steitz, Die Buchbar, Dresden
9pm- Marc Delgado of Wounded Knee 
Genre: Alt-Rock/Americana/Folk
For fans of: R.E.M/Son Volt/Bob Dylan/Pavement/Grant Lee Buffalo

Marc Delgado’s songs are eclectic & unexpected & deal with characters trying to make sense of the American Landscape.

10pm- Darling
Genre: Vocal-driven pop, rock and soul

Initially conceived by singer-songwriter Kate Douglas, Darling combines muscular vocal harmonies and driving beats with feline grit and style.

Douglas began working with vocalists Barrie McLain and Molly McAdoo while performing with Courtney Love in the rock opera Kansas City Choir Boy. They are joined by several other world-class musicians including pianist and vocalist Matthew Marsh.

Between the four, these musicians have performed in venues across the country including Madison Square Garden, The Appel Room at Time Warner Center, Le Poisson Rouge and worked with artists such as Todd Almond, PigPen Theatre Co, Shaina Taub, Sherie Rene Scott and Justin Vivian Bond.

Darling is gaining a fast following for their rambunctious show that combines pop, rock, soul with a unique theatrical sensibility. 

11pm- Taylor Plas
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk
For fans of:  Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jeff Buckley, Janis Joplin, Lady Lamb

Taylor Plas is an American folk singer/songwriter. She grew up playing open mics in coffeehouses and howling into tape recorders in bedrooms and living rooms in Columbus, OH. Often described as “raw and powerful controlled chaos,” this artist takes you on a journey through the senses with her dark, haunting vocals and simple acoustic self-accompaniment.

8pm- Eva Rubin
Genre: singer/songwriter 
For fans of:  Aoife O’Donovan, Gillian Welch, Feist, Fionn Regan 

Eva Rubin plays alternative folk music. It has an edge because of complex chords with organic melodies that play tribute to both the folk and jazz tradition.  

“She was honest, authentic, with a little bit of an edge and a whole lot of heart. She somehow managed to balance a sense of vulnerability with a commanding stage presence that was subtle but firm. Imagine Aimee Mann meets Kacey Musgraves and you just might get a sense of the magnetic pull that Rubin maintained over me. She was great.” - John Barry (The Poughkeepsie Journal) 

9pm- Ego Scriptor
Photo by Nikki Blanck
Genre: Indie Progressive Rock and Roll 
For fans of: Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, of Montreal, David Bowie, The Beatles, Syd Barrett  

Ego Scriptor is best described as bold, harmonically adventurous music with unpolished and grimy undertones. It is music propelled by a sexually dark drive and a contrasting classically literate vulnerability. Ego Scriptor is influenced by David Lynch's "Eraserhead", sunsets, Dionysus, the occult, vultures and 1920s B Westerns. Deceptively accessible, complex music with exploratory harmony. An aesthetic of vast and penetrating darkness and a universal scope of beauty. 

“Ego Scriptor's demented organs and pummeling beats act as a sledgehammer, smashing the mirrored walls for us to emerge squinting into the sunlight.” 
- The Equal Ground 
“Nova… combines a diverse set of musical influences including Beatles-esque melodies, invigorating funk-soul and Bossa Nova grooves…sophisticated yet visceral musical components that form a boundary-breaking and dance-inducing sound.” - The Seveno7ogy  

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 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?

Genre: Hip Hugging Hip Hop
For fans of: Beck, Beastie Boys, Frank Zappa, A Tribe Called Quest

Years of supporting a variety of artists in grab-bag of different styles has equipped bassist Jordan Scannella with the necessary skills for all sorts of musical situations.  But can he support himself?  JORSCAN is a project led by bassist/em'cee Scannella which combines the interaction, story-telling and wit of hip hop, with potent grooves and musical sophistication that is as refined as it is raw!  Keyboardist Romain Collin provides a mad array of colors, textures, guitarist Adam Minkoff makes it feel good and dirty  while Josh Giunta brings unyielding support and nuance on the drums.  The songs are mixture of humor and drama, foibles and fiasco; in other words, real life.

“There is swagger in Jorscan’s rhymes, not obnoxious, but wise. And the complex, keys-heavy, funk-rock that underscores it gives the music so much crossover appeal that it hardly seems fair to classify it as hip hop. “ - NJ Aquarium

8pm- Will Farr 

Genre: Rock, Bossa Nova, Country and Western
For fans of: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Slayer, coffee, naps

Lead singer and songwriter or Hurrah a Bolt of Light. mucho energy and plenty of wit and whimsy for all.

“Hurrah! A Bolt of Light! Traffic in anthemic and melodramatic material.” - The New Yorker

9pm- The Jacks

Genre: Folk, Rock, Americana
For Fans of: Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles

A Brooklyn-based americana, folk rock duo that feature original songs, and
angelic vocal harmonies. 

10pm- Tumbleweed Highway
Genre: Americana
For fans of:  Little Feat, Marshall Tucker, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Gov’t Mule

Guitar Driven, Blues fused Americana.  

"Tumbleweed Highway is a great regional band that has everything you are looking for in a performance: good songs played by good musicians with a good attitude. They are easy to work with, helpful and audiences love them" -Eric Larsen, Chenango Blues Society President/Founder

"I hear Gram Parsons when I listen to your music.  The stories, the Vibe.  You guys are a lot of fun and it's nice to see you're touring around spreading your brand of grassroots style country blues.  We can't wait to have you back." - Dana Potter, MAGIK 101.7 FM, Endicott, NY

11pm- Dalton Deschain
Genre: Anti-Folk, Rock, Punk
For fans of: Against Me!, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Dresden Dolls

Dalton Deschain is a songwriter from Detroit, Michigan.  In his first life he was a survivor of the War that tore apart America, and in 1947 he was exiled from his hometown, and his time.  He has arrived here in the present to share his stories of lost love, nuclear warfare, loneliness, rats, plane crashes, and architecture.  
Twitter @daltondeschain

8pm- Joy Dragland
Genre: Soft Rock
For fans of: Fleetwood Mac, America, Bread

A Minnesota native with arctic Scandinavian blood, Dragland's musical career started behind the drums in her dad's band. She studied piano and violin, and at age 15- guitar with which she started writing songs. Many gigs, tours and albums later, she's promoting her second solo project, the EP "Tumble Town".

"Some of the most musically mature acoustic pop you'll ever hear." Isthmus Daily Page

9pm- Darling Din
Genre: Indie Rock
For fans of: Wye Oak, Pixies, Nirvana, The Black Keys, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Smart, atmospheric indie rock textured with vintage guitar riffs, fearless drums and an elephant bass backbone.

“Then all manner of crazy shit breaks loose in the most wonderful of almost-crescendo style effects, which makes the listener very pleased they took the time and certainly set this lot apart from the schwag.” - Killing Moon

“One moment soft and atmospheric and the next moment a terrifying storm of heartbreak.” - Pancakes and Whiskey

“A dream soul to pop your heart out!” - Sound Injections 

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.

8pm- The Jazz Thieves
Genre: Jazz/Rock
For fans of: Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Sufjan Stevens, Bjork

The Jazz Thieves are a group of jazz musicians from Brooklyn, NY.  Their music "steals" elements from other different styles of music and brings them to jazz.  Like true thieves, they improvise while sticking to a plan, and rely on a "certain set of skills" to help them make music. The band features the dynamic vocalist Matt Robbins, in addition to Ayumi Ishito on sax, Garrett Manley on guitar, Carter Bales on drums, and John Gray, the leader of The Jazz Thieves, on bass.

9pm- Moondrunk
Genre: Indie Singer/Songwriter
For fans of: The XX, Ben Harper, First Aid Kit

Moondrunk is a New York-based folk trio that jumps from heartbreak to humor  before you can finish your whiskey. Andrew Bancroft’s original lyrics and guitar are complemented by Ashley Perez Flanagan’s powerful vocals. The talented multi-instrumentalist Yair Evnine rounds out the group’s sound with professional cello, guitar, looping sounds, and more. If the mood strikes, you may get wrapped up an audience-inspired freestyle rap. Either way, you will hear something new and from the heart.

Andrew Bancroft has been has been featured on Mtv’s TRL and in Rolling Stone  and TIME. He has performed alongside Broadway star and band-mate Lin-Manuel Miranda with the popular hip hop group Freestyle Love Supreme.

Yair Evnine has performed in countless venues and shows, include Late Nate with David Letterman and a highly successful tour to Edinburgh and beyond with Lady Rizo.

"Even better, Ashley Perez Flanagan…delivers a sweetly touching 'Another Suitcase in Another Hall.'" –The New York Times (review of Evita)

10pm- Nathan Kalish & the Lastcallers
Genre: Roots Rock And Roll, Country, Mayhem

Nathan Kalish is a Multi Instrumentalist, Songwriter and Touring Musician. He keeps a busy schedule on the road all year long that takes him to Europe and around the entire US. He performs with his roots rock band Nathan Kalish and Lastcallers as well as solo. His music draws comparisons to John Prine, Tom Petty and Paul Westerberg. He has self released 6 albums and played on countless other artists/bands records and continues to be a prolific writer in between all his other musical efforts.

8pm- Clare Sands
Genre: Blues/Folk
For fans of: Bob Dylan, Eva Cassidy, Irish Music, Blues

With a fiddle in one hand and a guitar in the other, Clare Sands is a musician, composer, and song-writer hailing from Cork, Ireland. With deep roots in Irish Traditional and folk music, her music emanates from these family traditions combined with her love of Jazz and the Blues.

"Clare writes with a really true sense of freedom in her lyrics, just as young Dylan did. As for her vocals, they grace her words with all the care of an experienced musical surgeon at work"- Irish Music Magazine

"Clare Sands has been one of our best finds. She has unique ways in covering classic songs and making them her own. She is a real talent and a firm favourite of ours in our venue" – The Oliver Plunkett, Cork

9pm- Allie Armstrong
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Folk

Allie is a singer/songwriter originally from Texas. She migrated to the Northeast in 2012, and has been musically floating between Boston and New York. She considers herself a singer who likes to write, and places a heavy emphasis on honest vocals. Her influences range from Jeff Buckley, Karen Dalton, Leonard Cohen to Arthur Rimbaud.

10pm- Karen Curious

Genre: shoegaze-grunge-music
For fans of: Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, Queens of the Stoneage, Neil Young, Taylor Swift

Shoegazer, grunge, noisy pop, rock with dark vibes hiding in sweet cotton candy

"Karen Curious one of the best songwriters in NYC" - NY Waste. 
"Singer/songwriter Karen and her band (the Glorious Revolution) (3 guitars plus percussion)  delivered solid and earthy rock with grungy elements. I like Karen´s somewhat raspy voice which fits well to the powerful performance. Amplified by a sometimes massively and blurred guitar sound the local rock star creates a lot of thrill and tension. One of my favorite songs is "Nothin Pretty" (SIC) which you can find on Facebook" - Driveby Curiosity blog

11pm- Daniel Feels
Genre: indie psyche soul pop
For fans of:  Hozier, Jeff Buckley, Frank Ocean

8pm- Mary Elaine Jenkins
Genre: Blues/Roots/Rock/Americana
For fans of: The Delta Blues, Lucinda Williams, Cat Power, Ryan Adams

Mary-Elaine Jenkins is a New York-based blueswoman.  A South Carolina native and lifelong musician, she began performing live when she moved to Washington, DC for college.  She came to New York by way of Madrid, where she spent two years teaching English, roaming around, and playing a whole lot of music.  Her sound is a delicious and ever-evolving mix of blues, Americana roots, soul, and rock 'n roll, specializing in the sultry/spooky.  This ain’t your mama’s singer/songwriter music. 

11pm- Pork Chop Willie
Genre: Blues/Roots
For fans of: RL Burnside; Junior Kimbrough; Lucinda Williams; Steve Earle

Pork Chop Willie’s debut national album Love is the Devil lights a new fire under America’s musical melting pot, bringing fresh heat to the Mississippi hill country blues tradition while blending in elements of Americana, rock, alt-country and even classical music. The 13-song disc serves as a bridge between those genres, the past and the present, and the band’s Magnolia State inspirations and Manhattan home.  Led by singer-guitarist Bill Hammer and violinist Melissa Tong, Pork Chop Willie is fueled by grooves, grit, honesty and passion as well as a unique blend of down-home and uptown musicianship.

“Brilliant new national debut release … Hill Country music and beyond, like you have never heard before … An absolutely wonderful album that very quickly rose to the top of my favorites list for 2014 ...” —John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network

“I'll be hard pressed to find another debut this year that impresses me as much as this album. All the right ingredients presented with great musicianship and passion. The roots, they be strong and entangled with tradition but with a unique freshness.” —Popa’s Tunes,

"With this hypnotic, modern approach to the spiritual purgation that is great hill  country blues, Pork Chop Willie should turn some ears…Tracks like Too Many Cuts are strikingly original as the yearn of Tong's violin provides a fresh spin on an old formula…The debut as raw as any hill country stomp and as haunting as the most backwoods Appalachian holler".  ---Living Blues Magazine 

10pm- TBD

11pm- Jake LaBotz
Genre: Blues, Roots
For fans of: Howling Wolf, Lightning Hopkins, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan

After dropping out of school at 15, Jake La Botz hit the road, frequenting punk rock shows, hobo camps, and libraries. He found employment as a roofer, boilermaker, graphite factory worker, and obituary writer. In the midst of this he learned how to play guitar. He played on the streets and in the juke joints of New Orleans, Chicago, and the Mississippi Delta, finding kinship with some of the last of the pre-war era bluesmen: David “Honeyboy” Edwards, “Homesick” James, and “Maxwell Street” Jimmy Davis. La Botz has become known for his "Tattoo Across America Tour," where he tours the country performing at tattoo shops and as an actor in films in which he sometimes sings his original songs: RAMBO dir. Sylvester Stallone, ANIMAL FACTORY dir. Steve Buscemi, ON THE ROAD dir. Walter Salles.
"Jake La Botz is a creator of dark poetry and haunting song, the kind of music that gets in your bones and rides you for days, a sound and vision only those who've been to the bottom and clawed their way back up can generate. His midnight gifts evoke Hank Williams and Skip James as much as Tom Waits and Dylan. Not everybody will get this music - because not everybody is ready for the truth. --Jerry Stahl (author of Permanent Midnight)

"Jake is the modern day Hank Williams." --Steve Buscemi (Actor-Director)

8pm- Hamin Reed
Genre: Acoustic
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)
9pm- Marek and the Boss Chops
Genre: boogie woogie, honky tonk and early rock & roll

Marek and the Boss Chops is a piano driven spin on boogie woogie, honky tonk, early rock & roll, rockabilly and jump blues.  Marek (piano/vocals) leads a unique, high energy run through the stuff of Hank, Fats, Chuck, Jerry Lee, Muddy and more, joined by some of NYC's finest rhythm sections and special guests on saxophone, fiddle, or guitar.
10pm- Double Down
Genre: Swing/Rock/Pop
For fans of: Frank Sinatra, Brian Setzer, Michael Buble, Chicago

Rat Pack style swing with a high energy, modern edge. Imagine the good old days of popular music with a modern twist! From Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin to classic pop/rock hits from the 80′s and 90′s and today, Double Down swings the hell out of everything. Take a look and discover New York City’s best kept secret that is poised to take over!

"This band has a tight sound and keeps the audience on their feet. I booked them for a dance event, and not only did the guests talk about them for weeks afterwards, they requested that we hire them for nearly every upcoming event." - Stacee Mandeville, featured dancer of Mad Hot Ballroom

"Double Down performs with an infectious energy, you can't help but tap your feet. We booked them for several gigs, and they never fail to make our events a smashing success." - Tommy Sunshine, NY impessario