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Monday, December 8, 2014

Events Through New Year's Day

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.

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FRIDAY 12/19
The Final Gotham Holler Night
Gotham Holler is really about one thing: shining a spotlight on local country music in New York City. We know there’s a thriving community of country music artists here. And we know there are NYC citizens who love country music. This is our attempt to introduce the two.  

8pm- Melodic Miners
Genre: Country/Folk 

Brooklyn based Country/Folk/Americana that swings from foot stomping and raucous to intimate and wistful. Playing songs from their upcoming CD “Brooklyn Honkytonk” to be released in 2015. How school teachers really prefer to spend their evenings!


9pm- The Haggard Kings
Genre: Country, Originals/Covers

Our sound is upbeat country swing as in New Riders, Merle Haggard, or Johnny Cash. Our Originals have a country/Blues influence and can have a jazz swing feel as well.

10pm- Lonesome Prairie Dogs  
Genre: Country/ Rockabilly
For fans of: Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Waylon Jennings, The Cramps

Hailing for the most part from Jersey, The Lonesome Prairie Dogs play lean, no nonsense, garagey honky-tonk and rockabilly for denizens of the current century who liked the last one better. The LPDs play lots of your Sun favorites, stripped down honky-tonk classics and originals in the same vein. They’ve opened for Junior Brown, did a gig at a prison upstate and even played in Nashville that one time. For ten years running, The LPDs have hosted the annual New years day Hank-O-Rama, a celebration of the music of Hank Williams on the anniversary of his death. 

“Even if they weren't a great band, this trio would still get the award for Best Dressed of the evening. Luckily, they're kickass musicians as well,”- brooklyncountry.com


11pm- Mike Cobb & The Crevulators
Genre: Eclectic-Americana
For fans of: CCR, Stones, Nuggets, Doug Sahm, The Band, The Blasters, Los Lobos

Like a dusty old jukebox buried in the back of your odd uncle’s garage, The Crevulators take listeners on a listening trip through the great American soundscape. With influences ranging from classic country, rockabilly, rockn’roll, blues, jazz, garage-psych & even tejano, The Crevs dish up a mélange of everything that is American music.

Wear your most outrageous and ironic Christmas sweater and drink happy hour prices all night long.
 8pm- Ben Kogan Band
Genre: Soulgrass
For fans of: Tim O’Brien, Bill Monroe, Al Green, Ryan Adams

Ben Kogan Band is a blend of bluegrass, roots rock, and soul music. We call it soulgrass.


9pm- Scalpel Fight
Genre: Rock and Roll
For fans of: The Dead Milkmen, Scratch Acid, Tears for Fears

With their lead guitarist in jail and their bassist farming in Nebraska, Marc Valentine and Benjamin Freidl should have quit the music scene altogether. Instead, they wrote an album, studied how Depeche Mode played live shows with multiple backing tracks, and created Scalpel Fight.


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



SUNDAY 12/21
4pm- Moving Pictures: Hand-picked entertainment on the big screen each Sunday evening at the Way Station.

A Christmas Story
We triple-dog-dare you to see this 1983 movie with us. While it’s not as cool as a Red Ryder air rifle (what is?) it’s worlds better than a bunny costume! Now about that leg lamp...

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!


Monday 12/22
6pm- Monster Movie Madness: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated) and Nightmare Before Christmas
Free Pizza

8-10pm- Salt Cracker Crazies
Revisit your childhood as the Salt Cracker Crazies, finishing their second year as the Way Station’s resident jug band, reprise their tribute to perhaps the greatest holiday special of all time, Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas. Join the Crazies as they sing through legend of Emmet, Ma, The Riverbottom Nightmare Band, and the rest of the Frogtown Hollow gang in true jug band style. This is a two-set show, so expect an extended talent show with special guests, lascivious behavior, and plenty of boot stomping hokum.

10pm- Peter Wise
Genre: alt pop/folk
For fans of: Jeff Buckley, Matt Corby, Allen Stone, Gary Clark Jr.

Singer/songwriter Peter Wise (ASCAP) has a lifelong passion for music, playing guitar and piano for over 16 years. A 2014 graduate of NYU, Wise’s sound has been described as alt pop and folk/soul, fusing a wide variety of musical genres to make his own pop/rock style. Blending the early '70s folk/rock lyricism and the modern indie/rock soundscapes and production, Wise’s sound has been compared from everyone from Jeff Buckley and Paul Simon to John Mayer, Bon Iver, and Matt Corby.  Studying music at NYU connected him with some of the industries’ best. He studied privately with award winning and multi Grammy-nominated songwriter Phil Galdston and opened for iconic American band The Eagles at a sold-out Beacon Theater in November 2012.

Firmly entrenched in the New York music scene for the past four years, Wise played a full Studio At Webster Hall in support of Green River Ordinance on their North American tour and is a frequent player at Rockwood Music Hall, Arlene’s Grocery, as well as The Bitter End, where he held the release party for his album When Day Breaks on November 23rd, 2013. With a fan base fast increasing, Wise was a featured performer at Musikfest on the Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz stage in August 2014, and recently played to packed audiences in Boston.

Brooklyn-based Wise continues to perform throughout the New York City area, and has started to expand his fanbase, with upcoming shows in St. Louis and Illinois.

After releasing a four-song EP entitled Don’t Walk Away in October of 2012, Wise spent the summer of 2013 working on his debut LP When Day Breaks, released in November of 2013.  He has now started licensing music featured on both release to TV shows, most recently with the show Bring Your Own Board – Orange County.  Wise continues to work on release new music, with his newest single, Quiet, out this past October.

“On his latest album, When Day Breaks, Peter Wise fuses the upbeat songwriting like that of Simon & Garfunkel with the wistful yearnings of classic folk and Americana.  Opening with ‘To Be Free’, it’s clear that Peter Wise has the musical chops and writing sensibilities to put together an engaging track. Laced with lap steel and heartwarming descending basslines, there are plenty of treats to be found along the way, with snappy guitar work and head-bobbing dropped beats.” – Chris Marsh, Skope Mag


11pm- Fernando Fidanza 
Genre: Italian folk
For fans of: Dave Matthews Band

I used to play in the streets of Italy, exchanging stories and wine with people around me. My songs are about love, hate, sex and, obviously, wine.


8pm-  Morgan Stewart
Genre: soul/blues/pop/R&B/Jazz/country/rock
For fans of: Susan Tedeschi/Alicia Keys/Eva Cassidy/ Carol King/ Janis Joplin

I play piano and sing. I re-arrange popular covers to sound more blues-like. I also play originals. My sound covers a variety of genres and decades.

"She is a very passionate musician with her own unique sound.”- Virginia This Morning News Show

"Morgan Stewart a very passionate, well-rounded singer/musician that captivates crowds with her unique country/pop music. She has grown up surrounded by music, with her parents & step-family being professional musicians.”- 103.7 Play Radio Station


9pm- TL Band
Genre: Folkabilly/ Harmony Rock
For fans of: Fleet Foxes, Fleetwood Mac, Midlake

"Brash, poetic, and gifted singer-songwriter with an electrifying stage-presence, empassioned lyrics, and an impressive vocal range." -Philadelphia Weekly

Now infuse that with the lush, sultry harmonies between Lynne and Zac Gilbert. Next, add some special sauce to the mix with the John Bonham-esque dynamics of Tami Johnson on drums (12 years w/T.L.)! Rounding out this tasty dish is fellow singer-songwriter Sarah Mucho (The Sometime Boys) on bass. They're currently auditioning sopranos to fill the 3-part vocal harmonies. TLB plays mostly in the Tri-State area and you can hear their latest record that came out in October of 2013 on i-tunes and Reverbnation.

"Tara Lynne Mallon, you are a sexy woman. What a voice. Reminiscent of early Heart, Joni Mitchell, and an angel, this lady can sing." -Alan Pinkerton "Rockpile Magazine"

10pm- VARYA
For fans of: From Radiohead to Regina Spector to Muse and all the way to Gogol Bordello. 

VARYA is an Acoustic-Driven, Gypsy-Folk influenced, INDIE ROCK BAND from Brooklyn. Varya as a Singer/Songwriter has been winning the hearts of everyone who sees her and the souls of everyone who hears her since a very early age. Music is the only way that we can really get into and discover the depth of this mysterious yet so open to the world your artist. VARYA as a full band, with the tender strumming of guitar and sweet strokes of cello, has the most unique sound and captivating feel to it.


11pm- Nyla Ninja Rose
Genre: acoustic soul
For fans of: Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Etta James, Beyonce

Nyla Ninja Rose is a performer at heart, singing since the age of 4. Her music is sultry yet refreshingly original. Many of her songs allow the audience to put themselves in her shoes and send them on an adventure of emotions including being in love and falling out.


4pm- The ENTIRETY of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Extended Editions.
Join bartender Kati on an adventure for the ages, the ENTIRETY of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Extended Editions. Starting at 4pm on Christmas Eve and going until roughly 3am Christmas day we sure have our work cut out for us and hope to see you there!

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THURSDAY 12/25- Christmas Day
Open 7pm- 1am

8pm- Dr. Who Christmas Special

FRIDAY 12/26
8pm- The Sensational Country Blues Wonders!
Genre: Blues/Country/Gospel
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!”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYh8ZIO1J9M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2ret71llTc

9pm- Cuervo Jones
Who is Cuervo Jones?
Combining catchy melodies, driving rhythms, and powerful guitar, this dance punk power trio exploded on NYC scene in 2013. Pulling from the best of their favorite bands: the Ramones, Arctic Monkeys, and the Strokes, Cuervo Jones will be in your head long after the last cymbal crash and barre chord have faded out into the night.


10pm- Community Center
Genre: Indie Rock
For fans of: Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Murder By Death

Community Center is a hardworking 7-piece indie rock band from Baltimore, MD. With a live show that features accordion, violin, sax, cello, and clarinet, Community Center has garnered a reputation for being one of the most exciting and unpredictable young bands working today. Don't miss this show! 


8pm- Mar Salá
Genre: Flamenco-pop
For fans of: Rosario, Bebe, La Mala Rodriguez

Based in Brooklyn, Marta Hernández, (aka Mar Salá) is an international singer songwriter, a self taught 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.

"Mar Salá is pure energy, like a volcano in control" Jose Miguel López. Radio 3.RNE


9pm- Mind Open
Genre: Jazz/Rock/Boogaloo/Bossa/Psychedelic/Funk
For fans of: Medeski, Martin & Wood, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Stark Reality, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

Forget everything you thought you knew about Jam Bands. One of the freshest, exciting, and unique sounding bands on the scene today is the very talented Mind Open. Instrumental and jazz based, with a touch of rock, Brazilian, and psychedelic grooves, the Mind Open experience is one you have to see to believe. The bulk of the material the band plays is contributed by Vibist Chris Covais, and Guitarist Andrew Ahr. The rest? Rare grooves from obscure groovy jazz-funk, rock, and psych records. Make sure you see Mind Open spread peace, love, and good vibrations through the medium of music, at one of their many shows in New York city.


10pm- Cookie Cutta 
Genre: Funk ‘n Stuff (Funk is Funk... And the ‘Stuff’ is everything else)
For fans of: Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Chaka Khan & Rufus, Betty Davis

COOKIE CUTTA is the Divalicious frontwoman of ‘The Cookie Cutta Experience’: The Ultimate groove party full of Funktastic Flava! Cookie’s mission, along with her band ‘The Crisps’,  is to perform all over the world spreading positive vibes and funk-delishus soiunds!


SUNDAY 12/28
4pm- Moving Pictures: Hand-picked entertainment on the big screen each Sunday evening at the Way Station.

Dr. Who Christmas special

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!


MONDAY 12/29
8pm- 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


9pm- Divining Rod
Genre: Folk
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


10pm- Rooster-Mimi OZ
Genre: alt country rock, Americana
For fans of: PJ Harvey, Astrud Gilberto, Fleetwood Mac

Our music is a little manic, meaning all over the place because my tastes are so broad and I bore easily. We play a few songs in spanish, alt country rock, blues, and folk pop. The songs are “story songs”, based on experiences that unravel, so they are based around the lyrics, following a pop structure. My music can transport the listener, make one forget where they are, maybe even mess with the idea of time a little bit.

“Mimi Oz actually has the potential to be that rare artist that can take something real into that other world, you know, the one where they give out Grammy Awards”, JJ Hayes, Boog City. 



11pm- Saydi
Genre: Singer-Songwriter / Indie-Pop
For fans of: Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Adele, Sia, Jess Glynne

Coming from the deserts of Phoenix, pianist, singer-songwriter, and indie-pop artist Saydi wears her heart on her sleeve like a badge of honor. Her strong emotive songs are filled with love, beauty, & heartbreak. Raised on the gospel of Tori Amos and Fiona Apple, classically-trained Saydi is ready for her strong voice to be heard.


8pm- valDaniel
Genre: urban electro-folk
For fans of: keller williams, jack johnson, de la soul, ben harper

Drawing on multifarious influences from folk to soul to latin and african rhythms, valDaniel loops vocals and multiple instruments together to weave a rich cord both tethered in and embellishing the singer/songwriter tradition.

"The most creative and multi talented set you can witness live in this city... Valdaniel is up there by himself and killin' it." - Mike Morello, owner: Vagabond Cafe.

"Playing more instruments than it would be fair to ask a workhorse to carry, Valdaniel combines guitar loops, with catchy melodies, beat boxing and trumpet. He never fails to captivate a room." Niall Connolly, singer/songwriter



9pm- Otan Vargas 
Genre: Organic Rock / Acoustic Rock
For fans of: Alice in Chains, Staind, Pearl Jam, Days of the New

Otan is a Filipino born artist who first received recognition in 2009 when Staind frontman Aaron Lewis discovered him on YouTube covering one of his songs.  Lewis later invited Vargas onstage at The Music Box Borgata Hotel and Casinos to perform Staind’s “It’s Been Awhile.”  His heartfelt rendition that night elicited a standing ovation from the crowd. Otan Vargas sings about enduring suffering, battling the voices within, and trying to find a constant peace for his soul. 

“Trust me, if you love bands like Alice In Chains and Staind, you will love Otan Vargas. This kid can write some good music..." (Tim Louie / The Aquarian)

“Otan Vargas’ appeal is found in his deep gravelly vocals backed by brooding bass lines. A powerful simplistic combination layered with candid lyrics..." (Myriah Christine / Resonance Indie Music Vibe)



10pm- Ioanna Tsagari & Black Cotton Doll Quartet
Genre: Jazz R'n'B
For fans of: Maria Joao, Rachelle Ferrell, Nah Youn Sun, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Layla Hathaway, Cyrille Aimee, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Anita Oday, Hooverhonic, Portishead, Roy Hargrove, Erica Badoo, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Asian and Greek Folk musician Maria Callas.

Blues and Jazz standards rearranged and performed uniquely with R'n'B and ethnic influences.

''Black Cotton Doll is a witch of the crowd...She can do whatever she wants. She owns the stage. She has amazing connection with the crowd and her passionate and genuine personality touches everybody’s heart. It's not only about her voice her skills and her music, but it's something pure and seductive about her energy that grasps everyone's breath.''  Ant1 TV

''Her voice is warm and mellow like an old whiskey and when she reaches those high notes is like a mermaid seducing sailor men...You get lost in her melodies.''  LIFO magazine


11pm- The Boobies 
Genre: Rock Indie
For fans of: White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Alabama Shakes, Weezer

Three voices with a lively sound and performance. Rock, punk, indie influenced with a folky sense of story telling. Vocal harmonies and heavy hitting riffs.


12/31- New Year's Eve
Wasabassco’s Rocking 80’s 
New Wave Eve Party
Tickets on sale now. Click here. $50
Doors at 8pm
Take a trip back to the time of skinny ties, Flock-of-Seagulls hair, eyeliner and John Hughes movies at The Way Station's 4th Annual New Wave Eve party. DJ Pseudo Iguana will be playing the best of the 80's New Wave music to dance in the new year while Wasabassco teases and titillates your senses. We're capping the tickets so you're guaranteed an amazing New Year's Eve party that isn't packed like a subway car at rush hour, surrounded by fabulous people, great music and sexy fun.


Wasabassco performances from 9-midnight and Go-Go from midnight-1am courtesy of Evelyn Vinyl, Nasty Canasta, Penny Wren, Sydni Deveraux, and Mala Morrigan. Hosted by Doc Wasabassco.

Doors: 8pm

Midnight: Countdown with complimentary champagne toast

2am: Early brunch with free bagels and such

Tickets: $50

Click here

VIP Tickets: With 2 VIP booths for up to 5 guests. Including complimentary champagne service 9-midnight $350 SOLD OUT

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