Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What's happening through May 11, 2016

The Way Station 
21+ all the time (it is a bar after all)

$5 donation strongly suggested for all events unless otherwise indicated.

8pm- Hamin Reed
Genre: Acoustic
For fans of: Elliott Smith, Tool

The Way Station is proud to host Hamin Reed's residency, every Friday in April at 8pm.

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- Eliane Amherd
Genre: Groovy Funky Jazz, Brazilian/Latin Pop
For fans of: Sade, Seu Jorge

Hot genre-busting Swiss-born, New York-based female singer, guitar player and songwriter combines Brazilian and Latin rhythms along with contemporary Jazz and Pop vocals to create a fresh sound, completely her own.

"She sounds like what would happen if Norah Jones let her inner Patty Smyth (of Scandal), Pat Benatar, and Natalie Cole out. This is the Pop music, Pop music itself forgot it could be.” - This Is Book’s Music

"Eliane Amherd sounds like a Sheryl Crow with a jazz and world-music sensibility." - InaBlueMood


10pm- Sometime Boys
Genre: Progressive Roots
For fans of: The Band, Lucinda Williams, Shovels & Rope

Brooklyn-based, progressive roots band The Sometime Boys have become known for their elegant, meticulously crafted albums as well as their ferocious and riveting live shows. Founded by award winning vocalist Sarah Mucho and guitarist Kurt Leege, they blend elements of bluegrass, country, soul and rock into a distinctively fresh, yet authentic sound. Sarah’s voice, described as a "bold, ethereal vibrato" is also backed by Pete O'Connell (bass), Jay Cowit (drums) and Gypsy George Mihalopoulos (banjo/mandolin/piano). In May 2014, they released their third studio album Riverbed, 13 powerful tracks full of life, joy, struggle and transcendence. Riverbed received acclaim as one of the best albums of the year in New York Music Daily and the first single from the album, The Great Escape, received the nod for song of the year and was featured on Soundcheck's Gig Alerts on WNYC. Check out one of their many upcoming performances and see for yourself, The Sometime Boys are the real deal.

"The long and the short of it is that The Sometime Boys are an amazing roots band, but they're unlike anything you've heard before or will hear afterwards." - Adobe and Teardrops

"...all the layers of acoustic and electric textures build an ambiance that on one hand sounds antique, yet absolutely unique and in the here and now. This band should be vastly better known than they are." - New York Music Daily


8pm- Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show present:
Genre: Glam Rock, Art Rock, Musical Theater
For fans of: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, David Bowie, Iggy Pop 

For one night only, in honor of the film’s 15th anniversary, local circus-punk act Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show will be covering the entire soundtrack from Hedwig and the Angry Inch! The soundtrack for this cult movie phenomenon is still the gold standard, not just for rock musicals, but for all glam rock albums. Put on your wig and makeup and come sing along to faithful and loving covers of songs like “Origin Of Love,” “Wig In A Box,” and “Angry Inch,” plus a song that was cut from the original Off-Broadway production! 


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

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.)


4pm-Moving Pictures: Star Wars viewers choice!
Hosted by Alex D!  It's May the Fourth! OK, maybe not, but we can celebrate early! We have the theatrical versions of 4, 5, 6 and 7, but we only have time to play 2 movies. How do we solve that problem? I know, by letting you decide what we should play. And before we have to throw you out of the cantina for saying something stupid, there are only 4 movies!

9pm - Nerdeoke!  Hosted by Joe Rude of the Kings of Karaoke!

8pm- Tower Music Album Release Party
For over 100 years the Eiffel Tower has been hailed as a monument, an engineering feat, a destination…now composer Joseph Bertolozzi reveals its voice.

Using only raw, unprocessed audio samples harvested from the Eiffel Tower’s surfaces Bertolozzi stunningly translates the bangs and clanks of the Tower's metal structure into vigorous, rhythmic music without the use of studio effects or standard musical instruments. 

Come celebrate the results of Bertolozzi's twelve year odyssey with bonhomie, music, special French food & drink, prizes and a live interview with the composer moderated by Matt Storm of Crash Chords.


8pm- Victoire Oberkampf
Genre: French/English Folk/Indie 
For fans of: Lisa Hannigan, Camille, Keren Ann, Damien Rice, Feist, First aid Kit, Johnny Flynn, Laura Marling. 

Victoire Oberkampf uses her voice to express her heart, and her guitar to carry the moment. Largely inspired by British folk songwriters such as Lisa Hannigan and First Aid Kit, she writes French songs like the English ones, with the same taste for melancholy and storytelling, and delicately balancing sweetness and strength. Her music is also inspired by her travels to Africa and Brazil. 

"A singing Elf." - Arièle Buteaux, France musique

"A young lady full of talent." - Francis Zegut, RTL2


9pm- Red Art Trader
Genre: Blues, Funk
For fans of: The Budos Band, Charlie Hunter, Stax Volt recordings

Red Art Trader is an instrumental group playing original funk and soul music, with a hint of country, hard rock, jazz, and Latin.


10pm- Becca Krueger
Genre: Pop/rock/jazz
For fans of: Alessia Cara, Adele, Norah Jones

Becca Krueger is a singer songwriter based out of Denver, CO and NYC. She has a unique soulful flair that brings a contagious energy to pop. Becca is currently pursuing a songwriting and performing career in the Big Apple. She is currently performing in local venues with NYU-based band "Watermelon King" and putting the finishing touches on her debut EP "Go Alone" with KMG Studios.

"Full of soul and strong lyrics" - OK-Tho


11pm- Annie Pichan
Genre: Jazz/Soul/Funk/Pop
For fans of: Sia, St. Vincent, Annie Lennox 

Originating from jazz roots with influences from the great Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Annie performed within the Detroit jazz circuit prior to attending Berklee College of Music in 2011 to study songwriting and composition. Jazz meets electro-soul, quirky songwriting and storytelling for an eclectic and immersive evening. She is based out of Brooklyn, and her EP is set for release in late 2016.  


8pm- Andrew Kirell
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Alt-Country
For fans of: The Walkmen, Bruce Springsteen, Townes Van Zandt

Andrew Kirell is a Brooklyn-based songwriter whose music sounds like 2016 going on 1966. Nostalgic, melancholic, and cathartic—like a sip of rock 'n' roll at a rowdy whiskey bar.

"Like an alt-country Ian Curtis" - The Stag Blog


9pm- Michael Drabik
Genre: Blues/Soul 
For fans of: John Mayer, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix


10pm- Lanusa
Genre:  Soul folk
For fans of: Ianne La Havas, Valerie June, Ani DiFranco

The heavy influences of Soul, Jazz and R&B vocals and feel focused in stylistic new folk sound topped with lyrical philosophizing that sometimes requires a bit of picking apart. A lot of love and a lot of purpose. Dark, wide, soaring and earnest. Garners atypical rhythms and a solid backbeat.

"Large audiences with short attention spans are often wary of complex chord changes and atypical tunings. But, resting smoothly and simply atop the guitar, Lanusa’s voice consummates the essence of songwriting, manifesting melodies as pure as air and as addictive as wine, enticing the palette well after the conclusion. And her lyrics, born of a certain philosophical inertia... hit home with resonating pungency." 
-the Budding Review, 2010


11pm- Jeri Silverman Band
Genre: Folk, Singer Songwriter
For fans of: Ani DiFranco, Fleetwood Mac, Daughter, Regina Spektor

Powerful, acoustic folk with a rock edge. Originally from South Africa, Silverman infuses her melodies with rich lyricism and a fierce intensity.


Wasabassco Thursdays at The Way Station

Doors at 8:30pm.  Show at 9:00pm.

It's Wasabassco's monthly first-Thursday show at Brooklyn's famous Bar With The TARDIS.

Featuring Dolly Debutante, Essence Revealed, Jenny C'est Quoi, Luna TikTok, and stage kitten Mala Morrigan.  Hosted by Sydni Deveraux.

$20 Reserved seating - guaranteed reserved seat held until showtime.  Limited to 30 seats.

$15 GA at the door - mixed standing room and limited bar seating. 

TICKETS available here!

8pm- Karen Jonas
Genre: Americana/Alt-Country
For fans of: Jason Isbell, The Civil Wars, Dwight Yoakum, Ryan Adams

Don’t be fooled by those big brown eyes, Karen Jonas is no deer in the spotlight. From her intensely personal songwriting to her smoldering performances, this delicate, soft-spoken songstress pulls no punches. Joined by guitarist Tim Bray, the pair have been lighting up venues at an astonishing rate since the successful debut of their first album, "Oklahoma Lottery." Richly atmosphered by Tim’s tasteful twang, Jonas’s storytelling comes to life on this ten-song exploration of love and loss. Jonas borrows the eyes of Bonnie Parker, a Dust Bowl family, and a whole cast of struggling characters in a voice so true you’d swear she’s seen it all herself.

“Karen Jonas doesn’t turn lemons into lemonade; she takes lemons and spikes her whiskey before punching you in the face.” - Colin McQuire, Frederick News Post

“One of the year’s most unexpected, yet critically acclaimed albums.” - Saving Country Music


9pm- Selsbak
Genre: Alt-Folk-Blues
For fans of: Nathaniel Rateliff, Gregory Alan Isakov, Junior Wells

Selsbak has spent the last 5 years traveling and living in Iceland, Russia, Madagascar, Germany and currently New York -- while playing his indie-folk to a wide variety of audiences. His unique selection of instruments, including the tenor guitar and harmonica, give his music a melodic presence that is immediately stirred up with the sound and soul of his rugged voice. His recent EP, White Pine, tells of stories and feelings through the natural and concrete jungles of his travels. His music has a soft nature with a large presence sure to please.

"The music evokes all of the dreaminess, pensiveness, and/or wanderlust you would expect from a folk singer who’s begun to master a sound that can create atmospheres out of the minimal.” - WordKrapht


10pm- Ben Clark & the Long Shadows
Genre: Acoustic, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Blues
For fans of: Dave Matthews Band, Punch Brothers, Jeff Buckley, Ra Ra Riot, Martin Sexton

Ben Clark hails from Floyds Knobs, Indiana and leads the Long Shadows, a set of freelance musicians collaborating in his compositions. The lineup will include Ben Clark on guitar/vocal, Nick Rapley on drums, Joe Young on mandolin and guitar, Sean Muzzi on bass and Kate Steinberg on backing vocals.

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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 musician from Seville, Spain. With the collaboration of many accomplished musicians from all over the world, she mixes Latin sounds such as Rumba Flamenca, Brazilian rhythms and Spanish Pop, with Swing and Rock. Marta's original compositions are a cross over between the Flamenco air of Seville and the eclectic sounds of New York City.

She has a total of 3 albums in the market: Primavera (2008) Take Me to Bahia (2009) and her third album, Entre 2 Rivers (2014), produced by Alejandro Zuleta, an accomplished composer, musician, singer and producer from Colombia, has the collaboration of LA SHICA  in her version of LOS CUATRO MULEROS. 

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


9pm- James Labrosse Collective
Genre: Flamenco-Jazz
For fans of: Paco de Lucia, Vicente Amigo

The James Labrosse Collective performs a diverse repertoire of music with influences from across the globe. Performing original music by James Labrosse, and covers by greats such as Paco de Lucia, and Vicente Amigo.  Traces can be found from Flamenco, Jazz, Latin American, to Asian musical influences. Always featuring talented special guests in the Collective, James Labrosse promises a unique musical experience aimed to navigate the listener to other cultures. 


10pm- Zydeco Revelators
Genre: Zydeco 

Raw accordion Louisiana zydeco delivered by a bunch of city slickers! Bayou flavor + East Coast hustle & bustle! THE REAL DEAL - Inspired by the country zydeco sounds of Boozoo Chavis & Geno Delafose. Honkin' accordion classics and peppy party originals are backed by a powerhouse rhythm section that improvises on a dime. As Featured in The Bergen Record & The Jersey Journal - Fresh off the main stage at Hoboken Art & Music Festival and Rutherford Multicultural Festival!


4pm-Moving Pictures: Animaniacs
Hosted by Alex D!  It's May the Fourth! OK, maybe not, but we can celebrate early! We have the theatrical versions of 4, 5, 6 and 7, but we only have time to play 2 movies. How do we solve that problem? I know, by letting you decide what we should play. And before we have to throw you out of the cantina for saying something stupid, there are only 4 movies!

9pm - Nerdeoke!  Hosted by Joe Rude of the Kings of Karaoke!

8pm- Lunifred Benjamin
Genre: Chamber Pop
For fans of: Father John Misty, Dirty Projectors, Sufjan Stevens

Blonde On Blonde with woodwinds

"It’s no exaggeration to say that this month we’re featuring someone we consider to be one of the most unique and exciting songwriters we’ve stumbled upon in a long time." - Seattle-based Turntable Kitchen

"Remember first listening to GIRLS back in, oh, 2011? Now play this. You’re welcome." - Philly-based Yvyny

9pm- Turnpike
Genre: Americana
For fans of: Dawes, Ryan Adams, Lyle Lovett, Brandi Carlile, Gregory Alan Isakov, Gillian Welch

TURNPIKE is an alt-country band from South Slope, Brooklyn. Their road-trip through Americana is powered by big harmonies, rolling beats, and universal stories. As lead singer and songwriter, Jeff Yas drives the unit with honest songs about growing up, family history and the complexities of co-habitation. In “Bulletproof”, Jeff takes us back to his hometown of Framingham, Massachusetts, exploring the trapped & wayward feelings of youth. In “Finding My Place in Time”, Jeff goes “digging through those basement drawers to find out where [he’s] from”. In “I Never Knew What to Say”, Jeff voices the regret that comes from wasted love. Ryan Parker is a jazz-influenced drummer (and music teacher) whose vocal range and arrangements give TURNPIKE its hidden horsepower. Ben Herzog plays stand-up bass with a playful bluegrass pace coupled with an architect's vision, rounding out the vocals on the tight turns. Ray Gehring has been cutting across all lanes as a jazz guitarist for 20 years, and has given TURNPIKE a new edge.


10pm- The Messy Beds
Genre: Progressive Folk
For fans of: Dando Shaft, The Lumineers, The Decemberists, DMB, Tallest Man on Earth

Progressive/Psychodelic folk music featuring mandolin, double bass, guitar, and a teddy bear


11pm- TBD

Jameson Caskmates Special from 7pm to 9pm
8pm- Vienna D'Amato Hall
Genre: Alternative Rock/Acoustic
For fans of: PJ Harvey, Fiona Apple, Laura Marling, Leonard Cohen

Vienna D’Amato Hall is an American/Canadian/European singer-songwriter. She began her musical career in New York City where she self-released her debut album, “It’s What the Dog Saw” (2015).  Vienna incorporates electric elements into her sound, resulting in bold and lyrical story telling.  Her new album will be showcased at The Way Station(!), a pre-cursor to the June 1 release!

“Like Leonard Cohen, and with a depth that places her in the same realm, Vienna D’Amato Hall makes continual allusion to the ancient spiritual traditions.”

“Given D’Amato’s recent entry into songwriting, this is a subliminal and enchanting first album, one that shows only the tip of the iceberg of a gifted and blessed artist.”


9pm- James Barry
Genre: Power Pop, Jangle Pop, Alternative Rock, 
For fans of: Guided By Voices, Robyn Hitchcock, Nick Lowe, The Buzzcocks, The Kinks

Influenced by the craftsmanship of the British Invasion & classic country music, Girl Group Spector era hooks, the beauty of jangle & power pop, the violence of punk & a drop of the psychedlic, James Barry synthesizes these sonic touchstones into a fresh take on classic guitar based pop music.  

“From the opening note, it’s clear that this guy knows how to work a stage. A charismatic frontman and a clever lyricist, Barry holds his audience captive with an almost lunatic energy focused into recreating some of rock’s most famous postures, such as Pete Townshend’s leaps into the air, and a hint of Chuck Berry’s duck walk. His catchy, radio-ready tunes have punk’s length and uptempo attitude, but they share a lyrical gene with classic rock of the mid-70s. Barry’s voice, on the other hand, is neither rock nor punk, but high and theatrical, capable of holding attention over an excellent band and all other nonsense in the room and forcing you to listen.” - Olivia Delmore, Hydrogen Jukebox

“Pompadoured piston James Barry is a searing axman with a balletic flair…wild abandon.” - Andrea Simakis, Cleveland.com

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10pm Drop Diamond
Genre: Soul, Funk, Rock
For fans of: Al Green, Foster the People, D’angelo

Drop Diamond mixes 60’s and 70’s soul with modern rock and pop. Blending the rhythmic elements of funk, the melodic embellishments of soul/R&B and the blues, Drop Diamond creates a truly unique soundscape. Some songs are slow and sad. Some songs are fast and happy. All of the songs feel good.


11pm- Arjun
Genre: Instrumental Rock
For fans of: Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson, Charlie Hunter

ARJUN, the three-piece instrumental band from New York, has been trailblazing their own hybrid of rock and improvisational jazz since 2003. Made up of Eddie Arjun Peters (guitar), Lamar Myers (drums), and Andre Lyles (bass), ARJUN fuses the power of rock with improvisational alternative jazz, resulting in a delicate balance of intricately crafted melodies backed by powerhouse musicianship.

“ARJUN has truly developed an eargasmic experience that is likely to place the band among some of the greatest performers of our time.” – G&S

“The combo of a solid and expressive rhythm section in the form of Myers and Lyles and the artistic vision and technical prowess of Peters come together to create a very unique listening experience.” – Windslow Review