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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Events Through September 6, 2014

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.

Can't see the show in person stream it live here 

7:30pm- Lion O. King
Genre: Blues, Folk, Singer-Songwriter
For fans of: JJ Cale, Kurt Cobain, Paolo Nutini, The Black Keys

I was born in Ethiopia in 1989. As a teenager, I wanted to become a professional cyclist. Then I started smoking and playing the guitar. I went to Berlin at the age of 19 and started studying philosophy. I dropped out and now I live the existence of a struggling musician.

"Like a One-Two punch from Ali himself- beauty & the opening from
crysalis to schmetterling." - Jeffrey DeVito, CEO of "Triplandia"/"What A Trip"

"Among the best songwriters in the contest"- Rolling Stone Magazine


8pm- Lester Slade
Genre: Folk
For fans of: Devil Makes Three, Old Crow Medicine Show, Johnny Cash, Hayes Carll

Zac Hackett (Lester Slade) is a Moncton, New Brunswick based songwriter, musician, and frontman of East Coast Love Story. Hackett has developed his whiskey sippin’, foot stompin’ sound through years of experimenting with various genres including country, grunge, folk, and Punk rock.


9pm- Khaled Dajani
Genre: Rock with a blend of Spanish and Middle Eastern
For fans of: Incubus, Jeff Buckley, Tool

Khaled is a groundbreaking artist whose unique brand of Alternative World Fusion music combines hard rock, Spanish style guitar and Middle Eastern music elements into one explosive listening experience. Khaled’s latest album, “Luci”, was released on January 2013 to a sold out performance at NYC’s Pianos. Since then, Dajani and his band performed all over New York as well as a successful 14 date East Coast Tour in the Fall of 2013. Khaled also appeared on International TV on MBC’s Kalam Nawaem, TEDxGramercy and NPR’s Voice of America.

"If you’re looking for a fresh sound that fuses together a variety of influences for music that never misses a beat, then you should definitely give Khaled Dajani and his album Luci a listen" ~ This is Rock Candy

"The verdict: eclectic, impassioned and a welcome break from the norm." ~ Sound of Confusion, U.K. Music Blog

"...Mad World, Khaled Dajani hit me hard and I can’t stop listening to it...One thing is for sure: Khaled Dajani needs to be heard." ~ Nothing but Hope & Passion


10pm- The Jacks of Kings County
A Brooklyn-based country/americana/folk/rock band that will BLOW YOUR MIND with their original songs, tight arrangements, and angelic vocal harmonies.


11pm- Bourbon Express 
Genre: Country/Honky-tonk
For fans of: Kitty Wells, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Wanda Jackson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, etc.

Bourbon Express is a country band co-founded by singer-songwriter, Katie Brennan, and guitarist, Brendan "Slim" Curley, inspired by their favorite "girl singers" and pickers of the past and present. It's twangy 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. Featured on lap-steel is guitarist, Ben Serby, joined by Elijah Ocean on bass, and Andrew Hodgkins on drums.

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8pm- The Salt Cracker Crazies
For fans of: The Memphis Jug Band, Cannon’s Jug Stompers, Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas

The Salt Cracker Crazies have been playing their own brand of jug centric skiffle for centuries. They sing about unicorns. They sing about fireworks. They sing about poontang. Once you've heard their bone rattling, floor shaking, gut thumping hokum, you'll want to bang on something...hard.


9pm- 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.


10pm- Mike O'Malley
Album Release Party
Genre: Screamer-Songwriter.
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. On August 29th, he'll be descending on The Way Station to release his debut full-length, Beastie - 10 ragged tracks of acoustic savagery.

11pm- The Grey Man
Genre: rock
For fans of: Hendrix / Petty / Can

"The Grey Man" bring "Kraut - Rock" to the new world. Fronted by native "Kraut", and Brooklyn transplant David Kay, the trio also consists of Matt Holt on bass (a real nyc-man) and Moroccan Sam Rekaibi on drums. Formed at the deep end of the Gowanus Canal (in the winter of 2013), the trio transformed a good portion of the best decades of rock into dynamic and eclectic loudness. Some sparks of emotion and light shine through their straightforward compositions and might bring up fond memories of past high times of songwriting.


Midnight Special: Eric Vitoff

Genre: looping/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.


A Night of Cosmic American Music
8pm- Jordan Renzi
Genre: folk
For fans of: Regina Spektor, Head and the Heart, Norah Jones, Adele, Wild Child

Jordan made her musical debut in 2011 at a series of open mics on Cape Cod where she received instant recognition as an emerging indie-folk artist with her unique and deeply moving original music. Jordan’s soulful voice and sensitive song-writing style, coupled with her growing fan base has expanded her visibility in 2014 at music venues throughout New England and New York. After moving to Boston in the fall of 2013, Jordan landed an invitation to perform at Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s Inaugural Gala in January 2014, helping to catalyze her "break-out" year as a young artist.


9pm-12am- The Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo Tribute
(The Legacy Edition)

On the 46th anniversary to the day, five bands reinterpret this seminal 1968 release in album order by The Byrds.

9pm - Jordan Renzi
1. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
2. I Am a Pilgrim

9:20pm - The Sensational Country Blues Wonders
3. The Christian Life
4. You Don't Miss The Water
5. You're Still On My Mind

9:50pm - The Cornell Brothers
6. Pretty Boy Floyd
7. Hickory Wind
8. One Hundred Years From Now
9. Blue Canadian Rockies

10:30pm - Bourbon Express

10. Life In Prison
11. Nothing Was Delivered
12. All I Have Are Memories

11pm - The DiveBombers

13. You Got A Reputation
14. Pretty Polly
15. Lazy Days 

Check out where Cosmic American Music is today.
The Midnight Special- The DiveBombers 
Genre: rock n' country
For fans of: Gram Parsons/Jerry Lee/Faces/Charlie Rich/Waylon

The DiveBombers are a greasy, Brooklyn based trio, seasoned and surly. Combining the sounds of pioneer Rock n Roll, a little Blues & Country, with a big city attitude. Get up and dance, or sit and drink in the corner, it's all gonna work out real nice.


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


10pm- 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!


6pm- Monster Monday Madness

No bands, just day drinking.

8pm- Sara Nelms
Genre: singer songwriter/ folk
For fans of: Dixie chicks, Alanis Morrissett, Civil Wars

Originally from Florida, Sara’s sound combines the control and melodic power of her classical training, melancholy of lost loves, the southern stylings from a lifetime love affair with country music, and the grit and truth found in her current home in New York City. All of this still leaving you with the hope of a positive outcome in things to come. Her new album, Lover, No Longer captures this spirit completely, through woven tales of love, loss, heartache, and hope. “With her individual vocal delivery and strong songwriting, Nelms isn’t trying to be anyone else, and why should she be? Lover, No Longer is an extremely consistent effort and if this is anything to judge by, then it certainly looks like a long career is ahead of Sara Nelms," says Ross Barber.

Critic Justin Kreitzer says, “classically trained, her versatile acoustic-based sound is fluid enough to slide between intimate coffee shops and club stages with full band arrangements without losing any of the passion in translation.” Also, “she possesses one heck of a beautiful voice. And with the understated yet infectious country-leaning folk-pop melodies and captivating songwriting on her exceptional new album, Lover, No Longer; singer-songwriter Sara Nelms should attract the type of national attention that she deserves.” 


9pm- The Lonesome Cupcakes 
Genre: Country
For fans of: Dwight Yoakam, Buck Owens Junior Brown, Ernest Tubb

The Lonesome Cupcakes play Honky Tonk music for enthusiastic beer drinkers throughout the metro area. The Cupcakes are the perfect soundtrack for a shot and a beer.


10pm- Jerid Nowell
Genre: rock/indie/pop
For fans of: Imagine Dragons, One Republic, Muse

A singer, songwriter, and musician out of Phoenix, Arizona, where music prospects normally shrivel and die in the barren desert, Jerid took a fateful trip to NYC to start singing to more than cacti and the occasional scorpion, and hasn’t looked back. His journey is present, & his goals are set high. With a full band behind him, the future is endless.

“Full of emotion and gut-wrenching lyrics, ‘Outburst’ calls for a renaissance of rock-an-roll vibes along some present day production.” —  Sarah Tariq, Vibe Magazine


11pm- Ben R. Mackie
Genre: folk, country, Americana
For fans of: Neil Young, Whiskeytown, Townes Van Zandt, Big Star

Melbourne, Australia songwriter Ben R. Mackie “mixes folk and country inspired sounds with a distinctively Melbournian soul” (Beat Magazine) to create music that is stripped back, delicate but rough-around-the-edges: An outsider’s slant on the Americana genre.

No stranger to the world of live music, Mackie has been performing in bands since he was just a kid, along the way taking out many of Australia’s finest music prizes (including the country’s largest alternative radio station Triple J’s “Top Song” competition). Recording deals followed, as did tours with some of the nation’s finest musical acts.

In late 2013, Mackie decided it was time for a change of scenery. Armed with his Hummingbird, harmonica and a deep love for the rich history of American music, he left behind the comforts of his band and city for a new beginning in Brooklyn, New York.


8pm- Kita P
Genre: Soulful, R&B, Folk
For fans of: Allen Stone, Marsha Ambrosious, 90s R&B

Singer/songwriter that portrays personal experiences through her music. Singing all her life her influences range from Curtis Mayfield, Badu, Krystle Warren, and many others. Her sound is a package of acoustic, soulful, folky melodies. When asked to describe the Kita P sound, she sums it up in two words, “Blind Vibe.”



9pm- The Short Line Project 
Genre: Acoustic Free Funk
For fans of: Mehliana, Now vs. Now, Mathew Shipp.

The Short Line Project is an acoustic free-funk ensemble based in Brooklyn. They play highly communicative yet completely improvised music, with a deep groove and soulful melodies. David Bertrand on flute, Julia Chen on piano, Ofer Gazit on bass and Carter Bales on drums sound the lines between aggressive and delicate in this unique, ear-opening band.      


10pm- The Academics
Genre: Indie Rock
For fans of: Modest Mouse, The Felice Brothers, Bright Eyes, Lorde

The Academics consist of a rotating cast of musicians led by singer-songwriter Adam LaGreca and are based in Brooklyn, NY. The "Happier EP" is the project's first home-brewed release and features artists from New York City and Long Island.

“Adam LaGreca: Our favorite musical lexophile.”—SHK Magazine


11pm- Voodoo Boogaloo
Genre: Indietronica
For fans of: Little Dragon, Lana Del Rey, Flatbush Zombies, Sparklehorse, Clams Casino, Hydrabadd, and Darkside.

Wide and open fields of angelic verses are met by huge sonic temples that call the listener to worship. The effect is an embrace of the simple, yet powerful message that each song encases. They are messages of acceptance, encouragement, and love. Cardona's voice will soften you into submission while Woodyard's instrumentals pump your blood. This is a process that you can dance to.

*…a lush aggregate of sweeping sonic melodies, interviewed and found-sound vocal drops, lyric flows, as well as rising and falling bass pads all recalling the darker and sometimes more sinister moments of Portishead’s Dummy.

*Cardona’s singing serves as a strong foundation for both the rhythmic and leading melodic progression making a listener “feel” Cardona’s singing and Woodyard’s beats interwoven like the satisfying “click” of a lock and key.

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Thursday 9/4
8pm- doors 
$10 general admission
$15 advance seating tickets here (limited to 30)
9pm- Wasabassco
We're back at The Way Station with performances by Wasabassco favorites Nasty Canasta, Evelyn Vinyl, and Jenny C'est Quoi. Hosted by Doc Wasabassco.


8pm- Ryan Cole and the Paper Souls
Genre: Funk/Folk

This Funk/Folk trio has been in the NYC music scene for over a year now. With classic funk style rhythms and folk/soul vocals, the Paper Soul’s unique song writing has grown in popularity since they started in a filthy basement. They have headlined such venues as Bitter End, Trash Bar, and Fontana’s. This band is more about grooving souls than making money, so groove away.


9pm- Fellaheen
Genre: Alt / indie / Americana
For fans of: Tom Waits, Lou Reed, the Band

Fellaheen whips up a lyrical mix of alt rock ’n’ roll, scratchy blues, Americana-rama, and downbeat jazz informed with a murky existential wit, comparable to the likes of Tom Waits, Wilco, the Velvet Underground, and Kurt Weill. More deeply-rooted influences include Beggar’s Banquet-era Stones, the Beatles, Captain Beefheart, Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, and Mose Allison.

Fellaheen is led by Bruce Hanson, a somewhat-grizzled veteran musician born in Chicago and raised in New Jersey, who specializes in writing slightly off-kilter original songs about shady characters, particle physics, love ’n’ hate, and works of art in the age of mechanical reproduction. Joining Bruce in Fellaheen’s live performances are Ben Dumbauld (accordion, percussion), David Evan (lead guitar), Kaveh Haghtelab (drums), and Nick Sullivan (bass, vocals).

Fellaheens releases include a new full-length album (recorded primarily at Seaside Lounge Studios in Park Slope, Brooklyn), entitled “You Either Get Hands or Get Wings”, the followup to its highly-acclaimed 2012 release “Death & Frolic”.

“Armed with oddball, brilliant compositions containing humor, verve, alacrity, and mysteriousness, [Fellaheen’s] songs play out as a cinematic noir soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t exist. Bruce Hanson plays the world-weary, self-destructive private dick hellbent on solving the vicissitudes of his own psyche.” —Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly

“You just gotta admire the ambition, ingenuity and imagination at work.... [Fellaheen] skillfully blends elements of moody jazz, gritty blues, and melodic alternative rock into a fresh, compelling and harmonic synthesis. The cool, raspy vocals likewise hit the soulful spot. Ditto the quirky, yet incisive lyrics. Best of all, there's a hypnotic smoky atmosphere evident throughout which adds immensely to the overall sonic richness of this excellent and inspired oddball project.” —Joe Wawyrnizak, Jersey Beat Magazine

“What does cigarette smoke sound like? It sounds like Fellaheen’s “Always on the Way.” The smoke suffuses the lead vocal and oozes through the song’s twin accordion cushion. Listening to this, I imagine a Parisian café, filled with scientists and artists making secret plans. That may sound bizarre, but the musical setting here makes it entirely plausible.” — Oliver di Place

“Trippy, dark, and rumbling like a clumsily approaching lumbering monster waving a bong, [Fellaheen] will shroud you in storm clouds and blow your mind. Immersing yourself in this darkly swirling (and highly intellectual and literate) music is not a bad way to channel your darker energies.”—Jennifer Layton, Indie-Music.com

“[Fellaheen] succeeds in tribal exorcisms, garage psychedelia, and sparse Americana with equal skill. Great imagery alongside some soul-baring episodes, with just the right sense of humor and the macabre.” —Bill Holmes, Pop Culture Press

“Armed with an uncanny (and unfair) sense of melody, [Fellaheen’s] Bruce Hanson weaves a diverse array of elements into a final product that is seamless, fresh, [and] living with impossible vibrancy.” —Jedd Beaudoin, Pop Matters

“Beautifully eerie and mellow, infused with a serenely smoky’n’sulky atmosphere, further enriched by an entrancingly jazzy and laid-back sound, this marvelously moody album positively drips with a profound sense of despair, ennui, and unfulfilled yearning that’s truly something to hear...Astonishing stuff.” —Jersey Beat Magazine


10pm- Brandi & The Alexanders
Genre: Soul/R&B
For fans of: Aretha Franklin, Sharon Jones, D’Angelo, James Brown, Jack Black’s band at the end of High Fidelity

Brandi & The Alexanders perform God damn soul music! We play that good old fashioned good grinding good roaring ain’t nothing wrong with getting down tonight baby and feeling the floor now music.”

8pm- Stanley John Mitchell and his Band of Buddies
Genre: Americana/singer -songwriter
For fans of: Mumford and Sons, Neil Finn, Chuck Berry

Native New Zealander Stanley John Mitchell is a veteran of the New York alternative scene. After arriving here with legendary Kiwi band ‘The Drongos’ Stanley J soon established himself as a songwriting force. His current band ‘Stanley John Mitchell and his Band of Buddies’ plays original material inspired by the Americana/Roots American style he loves so much. These influences, along with Stan’s own South Pacific background make for a delightfully original sound.

“A delightful mélange of funk rhythms, country harmonies, precisely layered guitar counterpoint and airy folk-rock sounds, with many influences, old and new, absorbed into a delightfully original sound”. - Robert Palmer. New York Times


9pm- 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. The band currently has two songs in rotation on east coast radio stations and this summer Community Center is playing their first festival dates. With a new album coming out at the end of the summer and their first road shows scheduled throughout the rest of the year, Community Center has quickly proven to be one of the most promising up-and-coming bands. Don't miss this show! 


10pm- Kagero
Genre: Japanese Gypsy Rock
For fans of: Gogol Bordello meets David Bowie

Upbeat, folky pop songs with world music flavors, sung by a Japanese man with a British accent. Kagero’s sound is a melting pot of tonalities and rhythms from Asia, the Middle East, South America and Eastern Europe -- "Cultural Confusion." Sometimes the songs are beautiful imagery, sometimes sad folk tales, and sometimes silly songs about drinking. But the tunes are always fun, and the show is high energy dancing good time.

"Kagero’s world music goulash is very tasty -- even if you don’t always know what’s you’re eating."

“Rooted in uplifting elements from eclectic origins, "Japanese Gypsy Rock" unites Kagero’s musical influences and talents into a cross-culture dance party.” 
by Meijin Bruttomesso, The Deli Magazine


Midnight Special- Two Girls