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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Events Through December 7

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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Readers' Choice Contest 2014 

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FRIDAY 11/21
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- 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!”.

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sensational-Country-Blues-Wonders/404169299642111
Video/audio links:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYh8ZIO1J9M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2ret71llTc

9pm- Aron Blue
Aron Blue writes funny songs and likes to rock out, honkytonk style. Alone and with the Bootleggers, she has performed at NYC venues like The Stone, Tonic, Goodbye Blue Monday, Jimmy’s No. 43, Otto’s Shrunken Head, Grand Victory, CultureFix, and ConArtist. She’s also performed at Montreal’s fabulous L’escalier.

Aron has had her songs featured on Democracy Now and Wisconsin Public Radio WIEC, and scored the documentary Loan Shark in Your Living Room for IndyVideo. Her video Never Talk to Cops was featured and linked to by the nonprofit Flex Your Rights. In 2014, she was awarded Best Couch at Couch by Couchwest!

The Bootleggers are: 
James Telfer, bass
Daniel Lieberman, guitar
Tyrone, pedal steel
David White, drums 
Mitchell Leonard, keys

Find us online at www.aronblueandthebootleggers.com

10pm- 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.


11pm- Cropdust
Genre: Old-Time
For fans of: Old Crow Medicine Show, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Doc Watson

Cropdust is a lively five-piece string band who play original roots music inhabited by the spirits of old-timey Americana.


8pm- Eliza and the Organix
Genre: gritty jazz rock
For fans of: Cake, Morphine, Beck, The Dresden Dolls

Eliza and the Organix is an experimental Brooklyn-based rock group centered around the songwriting of vocalist and guitarist Eliza Waldman. E&O deals in deep grooves, quirky humor, and high octane playing, drawing from a broad sonic canvas that remains focused in storytelling and soulful sound.

"...A deliciously dark and exuberantly hook-filled sound..."-Peter Hay - Twin Vision 

“Led by singer-songwriter/guitarist Eliza Waldman, the group [Eliza and the Organix] integrates madness and irony, providing on off-beat, crazy, and intense vibe that is also fun and inspiring.”-Andrew McDonald - Living Free NYC 

“The music showcases a powerful vocal dripping with charisma – Eliza's chief instrument, attracting a serious suite of talented jazz musicians...Whether Eliza continues to find her fun lyrically, or instead opts to marshal that idiosyncrasy through complex song construction a la “freak folk” standout Tune-Yards..., E&O will remain a band to watch.”-Jim Pembry - NYC Indie Music Live 

"...Excellent..." -Tom Robinson, Fresh On The Net

"Harkens back to the old No-Wave Movement of the late 70s, early 1980s."

Mike Taylor - Amazing Radio 

(ATTN: "Let Me Have This", "Cold Comfort")
9pm- Out of System Transfer Video Release Party
Genre: folk-punk
For fans of: World/Inferno, The Band, Defiance OH, Against Me, Crass 

New York City's skyrocketing rents have increasingly scattered middle and working class people widely across the boroughs, making hour-plus rides on the subway and bus a way of life. This has inspired folks to explore so much more of this great city and all it has to offer, but on the other hand, it fucking sucks to spend 2 hours on the subway every day. Out of System Transfer's "New Train Blues" shifts between earnestly celebrating the exploration and sarcastically bemoaning the schlep.

The video, directed and filmed by George Silvertooth, captures our love-hate relationship with public transit and layers on an additional story. Out of System Transfer are whooping it up on the beach with their instruments and beers when they are caught by a bumbling police officer played by UCB performer Dave Murray. In an homage to classic slapstick comedy, "Officer Buzzkill" chases the band all over the boroughs through the subway system, failing to apprehend them at every turn.

It's modern and classic, joyous and radical, and pure NYC.

Out of System Transfer comes from Brooklyn, and plays high-energy, semi-acoustic folk-punk. With songs that are fun and danceable with a message of social justice and rebellion, their music has been described as "perfectly crazy and political without being po-faced or didactic." Live shows with Out of System Transfer are an engaging mix of jangly punk, punchy brass, and crisp vocal harmonies, enjoyable for all who like dancing, yelling, and mayhem. On top of playing some of New York's coolest indie venues like the Delancey, the Silent Barn, and Goodbye Blue Monday, they perform at events supporting activist groups like SolidarityNYC and the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.


10pm- Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak
"You must not try to make love definite. It is the divine accident of life.”
So said Sherwood Anderson in his great book, Winesburg, Ohio. Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak knows all about accidents. Of birth. Of place and strange times. Of music heard through screen windows in summer, of lonely faces in discos while blizzards raged outside in the Northern night.

What’s a young criminal to do? Read every book he can get his hands on, obsess over record club 45s, play the theme song to MASH over and over on a rented trumpet, lose a thousand fistfights till he finally wins one. Ride a stolen bike, a bus, a train, get out.

Years later, redemption at last. Robert Whaley is just about where he should be. Compared to everyone from David Byrne to Leonard Cohen, he’s been welcoming audiences into a private world of enchantment and debauchery, and oh the influences are clear:  Anderson (words and emotions), Fossee (dance and controlled hysteria), poetry (Artaud and O’Hara).

Whaley had a lot of practice riding the line between rock n’ roll, performance art, and stand up comedy as the front man for The Niagaras, a legendary force of Manhattan’s live music scene of 80s and 90s, when a wild front man could dance on bar tops and swing from the rafters without getting banned, except for when he was:

“Lunacy? Spectacle? And music too??”- Rene Chun, New York Times

No wonder the attraction included a “celebrity” following – everyone from Ethan Hawke to Kevin Spacey to Gwyneth Paltrow to the good people in Anthrax.

As a songwriter, Whaley has covered a lot of ground and has shown range through a number of outlets.  He cowrote and recorded the original score for the feature film, Joe the King, starring Val Kilmer, and has also written for the stage –his rock musical Wrong Way Up ran off-Broadway at NYC’s Zipper Theater. He is currently working with playwright Matthew Freeman on a musical adaptation of the great 1908 novel, Buried Alive – now titled Selling Sacred Objects.

Meat Market Lullaby, the second album from Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak, reflects an obsession with pre-1974 soul, filled with nuance and tender bitter sweetness.  Jazz pianist Mara Rosenbloom sets the tone with her loose/attacking, touch on grand piano and Rhodes. Pete O’Connell lends a sophisticated sense of drive and counterpoint as both bassist and co-arranger. Whaley’s long-time collaborator, lead guitarist and singer, Tony Grimaldi, shines with masterful harmonies and chunky guitar lines.  Chris Schultz, percussionist with Blue Man Group, shimmers, cascades and of course, rocks.

Recorded live in the studio with a minimum of overdubs, a maximum of misfit charm, and this: “Only the few know the sweetness of the twisted apples.” (Sherwood Anderson, again.)


SUNDAY 11/23
4pm- Moving Pictures: Hand-picked entertainment on the big screen each Sunday evening at the Way Station.

Super Troopers & Beerfest
It's official! Broken Lizard Industries is making Super Troopers 2! To celebrate we're screening 2 of their best. Beerfest and Super Troopers. So no shenanigans just come down to the Way Station right meow. Grab your snozberries and come have a drink!  More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/508080249295601/

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 11/24
6pm- Monster Monday Madness: Pilot episode of Forever Knight
Free Pizza

7:30pm- Art Talks Brooklyn
An informal speaker series highlighting the importance of Brooklyn art initiatives and how they positively impact our community. Monthly, we invite three speakers, each allotted 15 minutes, to talk about their history, mission and creative public programming. Learn, network and share ideas for a better Brooklyn.

MoCADA, Isissa Komada-John, Exhibitions Director
MoCADA was established in 1999 as Brooklyn’s first and only museum dedicated to the creation and interpretation of contemporary Black arts and culture. Fifteen years later, MoCADA has expanded from a grassroots startup with a social justice mission to an internationally recognized arts institution, featured in the New York Times, Time Out New York, The Huffington Post, ARTINFO and countless other publications. The museum has established a reputation for cutting edge exhibitions and programs that cross artistic disciplines, creating opportunities for emerging artists and cultivating the next generation of cultural producers. MoCADA has produced over 60 exhibitions and 500 public programs, expanding from the museum’s main gallery to the streets, parks, schools, and public housing of Brooklyn and beyond, while challenging the boundaries of the traditional museum to increase public access to the arts.


Groundswell, Daonne Huff, Project Manager
Groundswell brings together youth, artists, and community partners, to make public art that advances social change, for a more just and equitable world. Our projects beautify neighborhoods, engage youth in societal and personal transformation, and give expression to ideas and perspectives that are underrepresented in the public dialog.

Groundswell is now celebrating our 18th anniversary as New York’s leading organization dedicated to community public art. Over our eighteen year history, thousands of youth in our programs have worked with professional artists and hundreds of community organizations to transform more than 450 public spaces, enhancing the quality of life for thousands of New Yorkers every day.


KIND AESTHETIC & DELVE, Andrea Wenglowskyj 
Andrea Wenglowskyj is an artist and a founding partner of Kind Aesthetic, a creative agency based in Gowanus, Brooklyn that uses art, design and communal action to give voice to ideas and make them exist and thrive in the real world. Our ideal clients are organizations, brands, artists, and creative entrepreneurs who want a stunning visual and emotional representation of their idea that is fresh, exciting and engages their audience. DELVE is the name of their workshop series, networking events, and popular Toolkit that all help artists and creatives best communicate what they do in person, on line and in writing. With DELVE, our goals are simple: to create community, to empower artists and creatives to hone the professional skills they need to put their best work into the world, and to inspire ourselves and others to take action on projects that truly matter.


9pm- Chris Sherman
Genre: psychedelic folk
For fans of: Donovan, George Harrison, Syd Barrett

Chris Sherman, singer/ guitarist/ composer of Brooklyn psych rock band Sky Picnic, weaves a series of pastoral and pensive acid-folk songs on the more melancholy side.

"Opener "Time Must Have Stopped" is the most straightforward track here, and shows Sherman's much hinted at Donovan influence more strongly than anything we've heard from him yet - a gentle psychedelic folk song with a strong melody, and a graceful sitar accompaniment weaving in and out.” - http://active-listener.blogspot.com/2013/03/chris-sherman-sandalwood-haze-review.html

“Sherman keeps the waking edge billowing and free of sticky inertia. Like everything else here, it’s a rich smoky mix of the earthy and the ethereal, both sides working together for escape in tandem.”-


10pm- 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


11pm- Daniel Stampfel
For fans of: Elvis Costello, Buddy Holly, Neil Finn

In the past two decades, New York-based singer, guitarist and songwriter Daniel Stampfel has played in ska, power-pop, garage rock and glam rock bands.  Stampfel first left a mark on the music world with The Skastafarians, who won Late Night with Conan O’Brien’s 10th Annual College Band Search. Stampfel then assembled The Inevitable Breakups in 1999 who became beloved sons of NYC with their catchy, crunchy power-pop. His current band, At The Moment, performs stripped-down, heartfelt pop-rock set aloft by Stampfel’s unique voice.  Stampfel is also a current member of Michael T and the Vanities.

“…what Stampfel is doing is putting his own stamp on an oldschool style, tuneful verses working their way up to irresistibly catchy resolutions when the choruses hit.” – New York Music Daily

“the Monte Carlo EP has a fun, romantic manner that is definitely attention worthy and most importantly; relatable. Stampfel’s voice is simply radiant and shines through in every song.” – Pop-break.com

“His latest EP, Monte Carlo, is a foundational trio of summery pop songs that shimmer in the way that only great songs can.” – BrooklynRocks


8pm- Sami & Sarah
Genre: From traditional country music, early jazz recordings, Brazilian sambas to European movie soundtracks and the golden age of American animation
For fans of: Cliff Edwards, Huayno, Serge Gainsbourg, Ween, Willie Nelson, Tom Ze, Sega Genesis , The Moldy Peaches, Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin, and Johnny Cash & June Carter

Sami & Sarah are a Brooklyn-based vocal duo playing banjo-ukulele, and upright bass. Their whimsical sound has been described as a combination of The Moldy Peaches, Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin, and Johnny Cash & June Carter. Their multi-lingual music draws from influences as varied as traditional country music, early jazz recordings, Brazilian sambas, European movie soundtracks and the golden age of American animation. Since their formation in early 2013, they have played various venues in New York City and Buenos Aires, Argentina.


9pm- A Flying Dodo Society 
Genre: jungle-pop, anti-folk, crooner, musical theater
For fans of:  Belle & Sebastian, Cole Porter, Daniel Johnston, The Muppets, Pavement, Billie Holiday, Alan Menken, Gene Austin, The Beach Boys

A Flying Dodo Society is a husband-wife-and-friend brooklyn-based music project. They make playful melodic songs about love, nature, cannibalism and absurdity drenched in a measureless wonderment at the inescapability of extinction.

With members from Argentina, Puerto Rico and the United States, they have accomplished hundreds of smiles and sing-alongs playing in all types of settings; from the forests of Córdoba, to terraces looking out on the Caribbean Sea, to underground venues in NYC.

"If you like your breakfast cereal with dry leaves and powdered skulls, this is the music for you. The songs are deceptively sweet and crunchy, but there is plenty of marrow in every bite." Club de Folk, Rosario, Argentina

"The most fun I've had at a live show in years! They make the crowd help out with special effects (sparklers, bubbles, etc.) and encourage everyone to sing along. I left the show feeling I was truly part of the Society."  Conboca, Puerto Rico


10pm- Swingaroos
Genre: Swing/Jazz
For fans of: Ella Fitzgerald, Tommy Dorsey, Jamie Cullum, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller

Swing-era Territory Band. Originals & 1930-40s Hit Parade. Hot Swing with Hollywood Class & Vaudeville Spirit.


11pm- Sean Cronin's Very Good
Very Good. In these times, where irony and passivity reign, we must create ways of saying things without actually saying them. Thus: this band is Very Good.

It’s issues like this that Sean Cronin's Very Good addresses, and consequently questions the importance of; all while creating musical tapestries that create a journey through styles and various states of lucidity. Sean Cronin is the band’s leader, and his musical life is a testament to the diversity of this project. Cronin was raised on Country, trained in Classical, steeped in Punk Rock, and brought to maturity as a Jazz musician. Similar tales have shaped all of the members of the band, and Very Good is Cronin’s place to conglomerate such stories into song. Some inspirations include Steve Reich, Bjork, Leonard Cohen, and the Band. The band’s malleable nature enables it to fit into any circumstance – be it a dance party or a theatre. Whether they’re performing in the dark, singing a capella to announce that “the show will start soon”, or joined by a marching band that emerges from the audience, Very Good is always full of color, spontaneity, and madness. Very good, indeed.

8pm- Rob Robinson 
Genre: Singer/Songwriter
For fans of: Folk/Pop/Americana - Bob Dylan, John Lennon, John Hiatt

Pennsylvania born singer/songwriter Rob Robinson has been playing music since his youth. A long time drummer, Rob recorded and toured with Ben Vaughn, Suzanne Gorman, and many Philadelphia based acts. 2013 saw Rob’s first solo release with Catchin’ A Ride. He has been out on two tours in 2014 including his most recent to Nashville, TN.

“Listening to Catchin' A Ride is a beautiful thing. The songs, production, and singing are fantastic. You can feel the man's journey as he travels from song to song. Under The Sun in particular stands out as a shining testament to Rob's talent. Well done!” ~Ben Vaughn- Record Producer and Host of "The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn" radio program...


9pm- Yoav Shlomov Quintet
Genre: Contemporary Jazz
For fans of: Pink Floyd, John Coltrane, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Omer Avital, Robert Glasper, Yoni Rechter  

Yoav Shlomov Quintet includes some of the greatest musicians from around the world living in New York today, most of them comes from the jazz scene in the city. They play original music with lots of soul and their music associates with Pink Floyd, Progressive rock bands from the 70’s, Swing, Jazz and Mediterranean Folk. 


10pm- Theresa Gorella
Genre: Country Pop
For fans of: Taylor Swift, Michelle Branch, The Band Perry

I’m a confused overachiever who loves to write songs and sing. I’m just going with it.


11pm- Fractal Caravan
Genre: Sci-Funk
For fans of: Bob Marley, The Clash, Arctic Monkeys, Fela Kuti

Fractal Caravan play funk-charged indie rock w/ a sci-fi edge. Their sound aims for The Clash meets Prince in the Star Wars Cantina. Edwin Quirk writes 3 chord modern rock songs about philosophy, magick, sci-fi, & sex. Fabio Montenegro & David Cornejo lay down the groove with a danceable mix of funk, reggae, soca & rock & roll. Paradox Lust, their debut album, is out now!


The Way Station is thankful for your continued support. Without all of you we wouldn't be able to bring you the future of music, provide a home for nerd culture and serve as your community headquarters. Thank you.
-The Way Station staff
FRIDAY 11/28 
8pm- Mike Herz
Genre: Folk/ Singer-songwriter
For fans of: Josh Ritter, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bob Dylan

Raised in rural Northwest, New Jersey, Mike grew up amongst fertile farmlands and majestic mountains. So naturally, as a teenager his music of choice was rap. Why you ask? The words. There was poetry and passion there, and it resonated. Some years later Mike discovered the songs of Bob Dylan, and after listening to those words his heart clinically stopped for 3 minutes. While dead he saw a heavenly blinding light and returned to Earth with the understanding that simply a guitar and words could alter the universe. Folk music hit home. So words were written, chords were learned and songs were born. Songs sung in a deep voice that rattles around in your head long after the music ends. Songs that make you think, but don't trip you up and leave you realizing something you already knew.

“New Jersey singer-songwriter Mike Herz understands the power of words, and on “Overgrown” he presents 14 songs that recount facets of the human condition with some skill.” – Leicester Bangs Review

"I listen to a lot of independent CDs and yours really surprised me with its point-of-view, the fresh honest lyrics, the remarkable turn-of-phrase, one right after another. Those are important songs.” – Don Lowe, Towne Crier

Preserved Land (live video):
Ready As I’ll Ever Be (live)

9pm- Bride & Groom
Genre: Folk / Indie / Pop
For fans of: Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling, Tallest Man on Earth, Dave Van Ronk

Bride & Groom is an Indie Folk duo based out of Montreal, Quebec, consisting of guitar playing and songwriter Jesse Daniel Smith and cellist Kaitlyn Raitz. When the couple reached a musical crossroads in early 2014, the group was formed in the hopes of performing harmonically driven, contemporary songs that continue the folk tradition.

"Bride & Groom, the duo and EP, are the cream of the crop in indie folk music." -IAE Magazine

10pm- The Fantastic Plastics
Genre: Neo New Wave
For fans of: Devo, The Flaming Lips, Man or Astroman?, B-52s, The Faint, The Cars, Blondie, The White Stripes

If Devo and The White Stripes hooked up and had a love child that child would be The Fantastic Plastics. A 2 piece Girl/Boy combo, The Fantastic Plastics deliver big sound with their Moog synth, big rock guitars, and electro drum and bass. Their electric stage show is enhanced with vintage TVs, and Atari Video Music machine, costumes, and songs you can’t help but sing along to all night long. We Are Obsolete!

https://soundcloud.com/thefantasticplastics/overtime  --- Overtime!
https://soundcloud.com/thefantasticplastics/we-are-obsolete --- We Are Obsolete
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgqh_R2LPYs --- Under The Knife (video)

11pm- Chris Woz




8pm- TBA

9pm- 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)


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. 

-Darrell McNeill, Black Rock Coalition Director of Operations & CURATOR of BAM Café LIVE, Brooklyn Academy of Music "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."

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..." 

Brian Fox, 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!"  

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.



SUNDAY 11/30 
3pm- Screening: Bathtub Jen and the Henchmen present: ZOMBIES!!
NYC's favorite hooligans and vaudeville stars bring their steampunk camp to The Way Station to premier their first music video, which was filmed here at the bar.  For more info and a taste of their style, visit www.bathtubjen.com. Inappropriate Film's latest zombie-themed release will also be screened (which was filmed around the corner from the bar).  $5 suggested.

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

Star Trek: DOCTORS Part 2
We wrap up our Starfleet medical examination with episodes from the last two series of the Star Trek franchise. Like a famous doctor from another sci-fi series, Voyager’s chief medical officer does not often go by any other name besides “The Doctor”.  We’ll watch one of his adventures, as well as one with Enterprise’s Dr. Phlox, and possibly a bonus “Bashir” episode if there’s time.

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!


6pm- Monster Monday Madness:
Free Pizza!

Paul Ryan Presents a Night of Singer Songwriters
8pm- Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan is an Irish-born singer and guitarist. Paul has been living and playing music in Brooklyn for the past three years. With songs of life, love, and living, he is inspired by the music of Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, The Beatles, and more.

9pm- Anthony Mulcahy

10pm- Elijah Tucker

11pm- Trey Powell                   
Genre: Folk
For fans of: John Prine, Dan Bern, Tom Waits

I can normally be found with the rest of my band, Harlem-based Loose Canyons, playing with a full complement of strings, piano and a rhythm-section. This set will be a much stripped-down version of Canyons songs and whatever else happens to come to mind.



9pm- Sam Ryder & The Emotions 

10pm- Sally 
Genre: Indie Pop
For fans of: The Smiths, Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura, Magnetic Fields
Sally is a Brooklyn- and Queens-based indie pop band whose sugary, witty pop songs evoke The Smiths, the Six-ties, and tons of romantic angst. Hooky song structures hide forlorn, honest lyrics. The group consists of song-writer Jordan Cooper (guitar, accordion, back-up vocals), Kristen Gudsnuk (lead vocals, glockenspiel, melodica, tambourine), and Will Kastner (drums and percussion).
Sally originated from a series of songs written by Jordan from the perspective of a fictitious, lovelorn girl. Their debut EP, We Are In A Car, was released in July 2012.

“Sally is full of indie-pop fun. Eloquently composed . . . [We Are In A Car] rides on the strength of Gudsnuk’s honest vocals and Cooper’s cheery songwriting.” —Ben Anshutz, Turnstyle Music Group

“We Are In A Car, though accounting the ending of relationships, has a simple, childlike air, thanks to Gudsnuk’s light vocals and the band’s use of unconventional instruments.”—The QueensTribune

“Charming tween-pop. . . .While all of Sally’s songs chronicle the ‘perils’ and frustrations of relationships, . . . Kristen Gudsnuk . . . chronicles these tales in an innocent and childlike voice while the other members of the band create a catchy indie-pop backdrop, which is complete with accordion, glockenspiel, kazoo, and melodica.” —Brooklyn Rocks


11pm- LTLT
Genre: folk, rock, indie
For fans of: Joni Mitchell, The Cranberries, Old Crow Medicine Show

LTLT is as musically eclectic as the members who give it life. Fronted by San Francisco native, L.T. Tannenbaum, with three of Maryland’s finest, John Bimbiras, Dylan Kaminkow, and Allen Branch on guitar, upright bass, and percussion, respectively, and the incredibly talented Céline Boulben on violin hailing all the way from France, LTLT delivers a sound that reflects each of its part’s unique stories, warm spirits, and their abiding love of fun. Their music is catchy but complex, different but highly accessible, with a perfect balance of depth and humor. 


Wall-to-Wall Tom Waits

The Way Station continues their Tribute Series by honoring consummate singer-songwriter and performance artist Tom Waits a few days before Tom’s 65th birthday. The Wall-to-Wall Tom Waits evening will begin at 7:45pm with a reading of the Waits ominous classic, “What’s He Building?” by Way Station soundman, raconteur and resident Aussie madman Miles Portek. Music will directly follow with singer songwriters Joshua Garcia, Rosa Tu and Mary-Elaine Jenkins each performing three to four Waits covers during their respective thirty-minute sets. The true breadth of the Waits extensive catalog can be heard during the 24-song set performed by nine-piece band and headliners, Big in Japan. Don't miss a single track as re-imagined by these most reverential performers.

7:45pm- Miles Portek Reads, "What's He Building?"

8pm- Joshua Garcia
Genre: Folk, Country, Blues
For fans of: Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, Woody Guthrie

Joshua Garcia is a folk-singer/songwriter whose music and writing style draw from the influences of his musical heroes Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joshua spent time writing and performing in Providence, RI before settling down in Brooklyn, New York.

A firm believer in the power of song and 'the album' as an artistic format, Joshua is currently in pre-production for his first official release slated for December 2014/January 2015.
Stay tuned! and as he often tells his audiences:
"If you do your best to listen; I'll do my best to remember the words!


8:30pm- Rosa Tu
Genre: singer-songwriter/folk
For fans of: Neko Case, Aimee Mann, Joni Mitchell

Rosa is an American woman who writes and performs songs. Her songs are acoustic, multi-layered stories that spend time in living rooms, coffee shops and other quiet spaces. Her influences range from Leonard Cohen, to traditional Bulgarian music, to the soundtrack of Final Fantasy VII. Rosa feels happy cooking/eating delicious food, lying on the floor in homey spaces, and singing. She hopes that her music will continue to evolve, and to evoke lost feelings and a sense of warmth to the people who listen to it.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rtumusic
Bandcamp: http://rosatu.bandcamp.com/

9pm- 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.


10pm-12am- Big in Japan 
Julie Margolies – vocals
Jonathan Horn – vocals and guitar
Emily Fellner – vocals, accordion and trumpet
Gene Caprioglio – vocals and guitar
Pauli Diamond – vocals, soprano sax and keyboards
Richard Bryant – vocals, guitar and harmonica
Joel Darelius – vocals and bass
Justin Aaronson (drums) and David Paarlberg (keyboards) both from the roots band The Hollows

8pm- Cygne
Genre: blues/electric folk
For fans of: PJ Harvey, Ricki Lee Jones, Edie Brickell

Whether she’s calling out corrupt bankers, Monsanto, or no-good boyfriends the 1970s punk spirit of Tom Petty and Patti Smith pulsates in these songs, ensuring the next generation of blues-infused rock and roll. “Ultimately my intention is to uplift and inspire people,” says Cygne. “Life is short. There’s no need to spend it following orders and not doing what you love. My mission is to show people that, yes, it can be done.”

“Illuminating” - Eugene Weekly
“Extraordinary” - Montgomery News


9pm- Dolly Trolly

10pm- Phonosynthesis 
Genre: Funk, Jam/Jazz
For fans of: Soulive, Medeski Martin and Wood, Lettuce, Phish, Frank Zappa

Phonosynthesis is the careful infusion of rock and jazz, imbued with the indomitable swagger of a classic funk band. The result: A slick combination of sonic vibration that pushes the boundaries of live music and evokes its audience to dance and shout.

"Their debut single, “Birth of a Machine,” even touches on gospel from the beginning chords of Young’s B3. It makes you wanna shoot up to your feet and preach to the gospel of Hell Yeah, Son! " Chris Mariotti -- Lonesome Noise

"Somewhere in between lurk the jam-band jazzers — purveyors of accessible, groove-oriented funk for ass-shaking and stretched-out, rock-influenced improvisations. They approach jazz with brains and libido. It will entertain the Cabernet-sipping night club set, but mostly it succeeds at animating throngs of stoned noodle-dancers. [Phonosythesis] [...] wear the patchouli proudly." - Mike Hamad, The Hartford Advocate

"The band never repeats a show and never plays a song the same way twice. Instead of just trading off solos like typical jazz bands, they have moments of collective improvisation in which the music takes on a life of its own." - Mike Sembos, The Hartford Advocate

www.facebook.com/phonosynthesisband www.twitter.com/phonosynthesis https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxzCh_3FVE-fQZ8O5BPiIfg  

11pm- Joe Benjamin & A Mighty Handful 
Genre: Rock/Pop/Jazz
For fans of: Banda Magda, Queen, Jamie Cullum, Jessica Hernandez, Frank Sinatra

Joe Benjamin & A Mighty Handful is a collective of 11 musicians from New York City. With the help of the arranger Martin Seiler, this bands' vision is to give Swing Music a new and more 'a la mode' meaning. Influenced by and built on the musical styles of Freddie Mercury, Frank Sinatra and Roger Cicero, Joe Benjamin brings contemporary music styles and themes of modern life together in an entertaining live show. Joe Benjamin & A Mighty Handful - America's New Swing!


3-5pm- Nasty Canasta's yard sale of feathery things 

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 influence’s, 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- Barefoot & Bankside 
For fans of: old time gospel/blues, southern rock & classic country

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


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

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!