Thursday, June 25, 2015

Events through The Prospect Heights Music and Arts Festival

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

All events are a strongly suggested $5 donation unless indicated otherwise.

8pm- Zuni Mountain Boys
The Zuni Mountain Boys are an Americana duo based out of Brooklyn, NY. Connor McGinnis and Matt Campbell formed the group in early 2014. They recorded their first EP in East Nashville in late May 2014 over two days, and released it via bandcamp in August 2014. The five song EP consists predominantly of two acoustic guitars, and two part harmonies with Connor singing the leads, and Matt accompanying. Dobro and piano are the only other accents on the recording, leaving the sound spare, with little more than is necessary to deliver the song. The lyrics hesitate to dip into the abstract, and instead paint the sound with ordinary images that allow the listener to arrive at something larger on their own. 

9pm- Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth
Genre: Americana, alt-folk-rock
For fans of: Brandi Carlile, Fleetwood Mac, Kathleen Edwards

Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth is an Americana band based out of Reading, PA. Reese's acoustic guitar, strong songwriting, and country-leaning lead vocals combined with electric guitarist Mark Watter's indie-rock hooks makes for a fresh take on their familiar genre. Since forming the band in 2013, CRD5 has toured extensively around the east coast, including an appearance on Nashville's Music City Roots show. Reese and her band have released three original albums to date and opened for a variety of notable songwriters such as Ben Folds, Chris Stapleton (Grammy-nominated SteelDrivers), and Riders in the Sky. Reese's song "Pennsylvania, Again" has been featured in American Songwriter, and the band was a top five finalist in PHL Live's competition to name the best country/folk band in Philadelphia. They are also Y102's local artist of the year.

"As a country-folk-rock group, Caroline and her boys cover a lot of genre turf without missing a beat. CR+D5...blends the crystalline grit of Caroline’s voice with some powerhouse electric guitar, giving us a sort of feminine rock that we haven’t heard much of since Stevie Nicks." -Emmy Fortunato, Verge Magazine

"With it's heartfelt display of edgy folk and Americana, "The Electric Year" clearly illustrates why Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth are garnering attention..."  -Jim Price, Pennsylvania Musician Magazine 

10pm- 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.

11pm- Bourbon Express
Genre: Country
For fans of: Emmy-Lou Harris, Johnny Cash

Bourbon Express is a country band led by singer-songwriter Katie Brennan. Influences include Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, and George Jones. It’s 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.
8pm- A Valley Son
Genre: Rock

For fans of: Father John Misty and Band of Horses

90s shoegaze rock with a twang.

9pm- 12KO 
Genre: Pop/Funk
For fans of: Aretha Franklin, Taylor Swift, Hall & Oates

Hailing from New York City, 12KO is a driven, passionate and charismatic band with a unique approach to their blend of pop and funk. "We want people to love the songs and get them stuck in their heads!" The above statement is as direct and simple as it is ambitious, and it is a great sum-up of the band’s attitude: it’s all about positive vibes and infectious grooves that will get you on the dance floor! The band’s catchy sound echoes the Top 40s artists of today, but with a retro twist: the 8-piece is a true hurricane on a stage, musically and visually: their shows are lavish sonic feasts where band and crowd engage on a personal and powerful level.
Instagram: @12KOband 
10pm- Hambone Relay
Genre: Soul Jazz/Funk
For fans of: Soulive, The New Mastersounds, Lettuce, Galactic, Medeski Martin & Wood, Robert Walter

Hambone Relay is a soul jazz organ trio based in Philadelphia, PA. HR3 shrewdly explores the genres of soul, jazz, funk, R&B, blues, and rock. Their live performances deliver brazen jams and contagious grooves with a familiar yet altogether refreshing sonic palette, tipping a hat to such artists as Soulive, Grant Green, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and The New Mastersounds.

4pm- Readers of the Lost Ark Book Club
Book: American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
More information and group updates are available on our Facebook page,

8pm- 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, least for the night.

9pm- Hanging Hills 
Genre: Folk Rock
For fans of: Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, CSNY, Midlake

Hanging Hills is a folk rock band from Willimantic, CT, a source for the growing music and arts scene in the state’s quiet corner. Crafting songs that are heavily rooted in the past while maintaining a steady foothold in the present, they constantly bridge the gap between nostalgia and innocent wonder.

"Beautiful and poignant lyrics are draped around spacious and lush musical pieces like the accoutrements of a vast musical dwelling." - Chip McCabe, Lonesome Noise
10pm- Matt Cranstoun with Moonlasher
Genre: Pop, Alternative
For fans of: Prince, David Bowie, Tom Waits

The core of this band is rooted in blues and alternative styles. The mix of modern sounds and arrangements make for a great marriage between familiar feels and something entirely original. Matt focuses heavily on lyrical content and has a versatile voice that reaches from intimate whispers to soaring peaks. The emphasis of the shows are on energy. This band brings the energy. 

"The energy jumped off the stage into the crowd and every mouth dropped in amazement as Cranstoun captivated the room."

"...Matt conveyed a sense of urgency and longing as his breathy vocals and guitar work built up to a passionate outcry backed by fierce strumming"
- DC MusicLive

11pm- The Sky Captains of Industry
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Rock and Roll
For fans of: David Bowie, Devo, Queen

The Sky Captains of Industry came from the future to inform you about the upcoming apocalypse and/or to rock it to rubble. Are they men? Are they machines? Will they indeed save the rest of your heart?

While allegories dressed as science fiction may not be new to this world, they’ve never been more aesthetically pleasing than they are here. I mean, at bottom, once you strip away all the concept and metaphor, Rocket City is just a really, really great sounding record of awesome songs.”— Chris Michael, Eat That Guitar
4pm- Moving Pictures: Hand-picked entertainment on the big screen each Sunday evening at the Way Station.

Weird Science
Have you figured out this month’s theme yet? In this month of sci-fi ideas run amok, we end with John Hughes’ classic teenage fantasy movie. Guest hosts Marc and Ed, from our Monday screenings, present the perfect sex goddess as only us nerds can envision her.

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!

6:30pm- Cartoons

7pm- Monday Movie Madness- Explorers

9pm- Board Game Night
Bring your favorite game or mine our collection. Dot is slinging drinks all night long, $4 drafts. Best price in town!

8pm- Marc Delgado
Genre: Alt-Rock/Americana/Folk
For fans of: R.E.M/Son Volt/Bob Dylan/Pavement/Grant Lee Buffalo 

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

9pm- Patricia Santos
Genre: cello rock, singer-songwriter
For fans of: Bessie Smith, Gillian Welch, DeVotchKa

Patricia is a singing cellist (vocellist) who loves many musical styles and uses both traditional and new cello techniques to craft her songs and arrangements.  Particular loves are blues, rock, and folk styles, and getting a little weird.

“like drinking awesome through the ears” - Celestial Blue Music

“dark diverse cello rocker” - Lucid Culture 

Photo Credit: Marc Santos Photography
10pm- JWQ

11pm- Institute of Flyer Learning
Genre: hip-hop/neo-soul/electronic
For fans of: Little Dragon, Janelle Monae, Theophilus London, Outkast, The Flaming Lips

The Institute of Flyer Learning is a Brooklyn based hip-hop/neo-soul band composed of a singer, a rapper, and a rhythm section. Human vocals mesh with electronic beats, pulsing bass lines, and guitar arpeggios pouring out like sunshine. Flyer Learning performs original songs drawing upon eclectic influences ranging from old school hip-hop and electronic music to art-rock and funk. For good measure, they also perform some retro-future/re-mixed covers of classic hip-hop/soul songs, paying homage to the grand masters that came before, rocked the mic, dropped the mic, and inspired them to get up and write.
8pm- Tim Barr 
Genre: indie rock
For fans of: Cymbals Eat Guitars, Spoon, Wilco

After years in the music scene with gigs ranging from playing in clubs as part of Lana Del Rey’s band to playing with Dizzy Gillespie’s pianist Mike Longo, songwriter Tim Barr met English producer Kristopher Harris and together they recorded Silverbird’s acclaimed debut EP, Surface Life. With the addition of Corey Davis on bass, Dan Whaley on lead guitar and Jacob Schuab on drums, their music fearlessly treads through an emotional landscape that, combined with infectious melodies and swirling, intricate rhythms, provides an absolutely enchanting first listen. Their debut LP, Pureland, is due out later this year.

“….it’s only a matter of time before Silverbird buzzes its way to the top.” - CMJ,

“Tim’s songwriting skills are sure to amp up your day with almost gospel-like energy.” - LADYGUNN
9pm- Those Sensible Shoes
Genre: Acoustic Folk
For fans of: Nick Drake, The Swell Season, The Milk Carton Kids

Those Sensible Shoes are Anthony Mulcahy and Rachel Stern, who began playing and writing original music together in September 2014 after meeting through the Big City Folk Collective. They perform a blend of acoustic and indie folk with unique harmonies. Based in New York City, they have been playing shows all over Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey. They are currently working on their first album, due in Spring 2015.

10pm- Oh! Mega!
Genre: Transatlantic witch-pop
For fans of: Talking Heads, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fiona Apple, My Brightest Diamond, Pink Floyd, Elbow

Oh! Mega! is an unbridled quintet hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Pennsyltucky, and Milan. Armed with a mercurial lead singer, bold instrumentalists, and a new EP, they're poised to strike with a vivid blend of genres from rockabilly to jazz to pop-punk. 

“...a force of nature - jazzy edging into jazz-punk, raw and once in a while downright spasmodic (and, yes, I say that like it’s a good thing). Above all else, Oh! Mega! is deeply musical.”
--Peter Melnick, award-winning composer and lyricist (“The Last Smoker in America,” “Snow in August”) 

“Oh! Mega!’s fresh brand of witch-soul will delight fans of Kate Bush and other pioneers of dynamic female-fronted pop bands.” --Sophie Chernin, Madam West 

11pm- The Travelers
Genre: rock-hop/funk & blues
For fans of: the Hazelton brothers, SmokeDawg Williams, Air Force One, Count Bassface

Our music is a mix of jazz, blues, and hip hop. We have a flute, and the faith of a mustard seed. A flute! We'll take you places in the universe you've never been.


8pm- Vintage Language Trio
Genre: Funk
For fans of: The Meters, Lettuce, Stanton Moore, Medeski Martin & Wood, John Scofield, Charlie Hunter

Mighty funky grooves. Vintage Language Trio (VL3) formed in 2012 and played their first gig before they rehearsed or had any material. The trio built on those raw, improvisational beginnings and created a strong musical chemistry with a sound that's always rooted in rhythm and groove. VL3 plays high energy sets filled with original tunes and funky covers.
9pm- Soul'D Out NYC 
Genre: Soul music
For fans of: Aretha Franklin, Bill Withers, King Curtis, Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, Stax Records, Southern Soul

Soul'D Out NYC is a nine piece band featuring vocalist Aliah Sheffield on vocal. The band is composed of four horns (Trumpet, Trombone, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone) and a rhythm section (guitar, bass, drums and keyboard). It was created in December 2011 by French Pianist and band leader Olivier Court.
Through original compositions and arrangements, our purpose is to bring back to life a certain type of sound from the late 60′s early 70′s Soul, Jazz and Gospel.

10pm- Kenny Brothers Band
Genre: Americana Jam
For fans of: Little Feat, The Band, Phish, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers

We are an Americana jam band from Portsmouth NH. Our influences include Little Feat, phish, The Band, and the Grateful dead. We are a four-piece band with a guitarist, bassist, drummer and multi instrumentalist. In one set you could hear Electric guitar, Electric mandolin, Electric Banjo, Electric bass, percussion, drums, stand-up bass, acoustic guitar, and acoustic banjo. We play high energy shows with a lot of improvisation, vocal harmonies and groove.

“The Kenny Brothers Band are a staple on the seacoast music scene”- Chris Hislop, Spotlight Magazine

11pm- Shareef Keyes & The Groove
Genre: Funk
For fans of: Thundercat, Janelle Monae, J Cole

Keyes' upcoming LP Cooking Something features a new sonic climate curated by Shareef Keyes and his older brother Glo. Similar to their work on the Electronic Fox EP, the sibling duo spent countless hours at their private family-owned studio in midtown Manhattan honing a new sound that mixes Motown and jazz-funk fused with a hard hip-hop undertone. The crooner hand-selected a team of NYC's finest instrumentalists and formed The Groove, a band of former students from Berklee College of Music and The Juilliard School, giving the Keyes brothers the ability to orchestrate live performance influenced, sample-free music.

“The multi-dimensional artist has developed his own sound that fuses P funk, hard hip-hop drums and melodic jazz chords. With his music, Shareef Keyes intends on using sonically pleasing songs to spread meaningful messages to consumers, hoping each and every listener learns and is inspired from the audio experience.” - The Source

Happy JULY 4!
Drink cold beer, shoot the shit and listen to music. What could be more American?

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

Independence Day
Did you have a good Fourth of July? Did you think we’d show something other than this? Do you remember when Will Smith did good movies?

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!

6:30pm- Cartoons

7pm- Monday Movie Madness

9pm- Board Game Night
Bring your favorite game or mine our collection. Dot is slinging drinks all night long, $4 drafts. Best price in town!

8pm- Starr Busby

9pm- Jenn Mundia
Genre: Acoustic Soul
For fans of: Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Lianne La Havas, Corinne Bailey Rae

Jenn Mundia is an acoustic soul songstress spreading her sultry vocals one song a time.  Her poignant and relatable lyrics cut through the room when she tames her raw vocals to tell a story. Mundia is not afraid to wail over the blues, but will ground you with messages of love and love lost.  The intimate performances of this Brooklyn songbird are not to be missed!

"..a combination of ballad and acoustic soul, with longing and hopeful lyrics. Jenn's band was tight and spot on all evening, navigating tight hits and quick melodies through a tapestry of soul sounds.  Grounded by her long time bass player Tim Borecky, the band kept the crowd moving in their seats while her lyrics kept them listening." -Feast Of Music 

10pm- J. Hoard

11pm- Lulu Fall & James Theory
Genre: Soul
For fans of: Marvin Gaye, Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley

LF + JT  consists of Lulu Fall, singer/songwriter/actor from Washington, DC,  and James Theory (pianist/poet) from Portland, Oregon. After initially meeting in 2012, they joined forces musically in 2013. Their music, rich, velvety and honest, has tones of Amy Winehouse, Marvin Gaye and Billie Holiday. Their music evokes the soulful spirit of old jazz mixed with raw rhythm and blues.

8pm- Joe Redding
Genre: Country/Folk
For fans of: Johnny Cash, Bill Callahan, Bright Eyes, Hank Williams

Influenced by the sounds of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, Joe Redding writes songs that are lyrically grounded in the darker aspects of the human experience. His fiery lyrics are brought to life by his raw, gritty baritone voice – which at times ascends into higher registers – revealing his passion for the heavy hitting, outlaw style of folk/country music that he came to love as a young man living in the Catskill Mountains.

"Redding navigates a dark, winding road through crumbling Americana soundscapes... Politically charged and emotionally bold" -Dan Bolles, Seven Days VT

9pm- Seventh Word
Genre: Rock and Roll
For fans of: Neil Young, The Velvet Underground, White Stripes

The Seventh Word is a power trio by any other name, walking the line between road-ready American rock and sticky, cynical pop, while cranking out a wide spectrum of hyperliterate songs regarding the peculiarities of love, death, and archaeoastronomy.

Singer/guitarist Isaiah Singer studied poetry with Ishmael Reed, and is a former member of Psychic TV 3 and Bryin Dall’s 4th Sign of the Apocalypse.

The Seventh Word released their first LP, Gold & Gravity, in November.

10pm- Nathan Leigh and the Traveling Salesmen
Genre: Indie folk
For fans of: The Mountain Goats, Andrew Bird, Tim Kasher, David Bazan

Somewhere between loud raucous folk music and delicately hushed punk rock, Nathan Leigh and the Traveling Salesmen merge a uniquely eclectic sound with captivating storytelling. Songs vary from sing-along political anthems to deeply personal stories of loss and hardship set to guitars, saxophones, and found percussion. After a 5 month US tour, the band has been holed up in Brooklyn working on their next album Ordinary Eternal Machinery, set to be released this summer.

"'Icarus' benefits from Nathan Leigh’s generally clever lyrics and tangy score — a little Weill, a little Mumford." - Scott Heller, The New York Times

"'A Life in Transit' is a songbook for our time. Beneath the highs and lows is an undercurrent of resilience and optimism for the future and all the opportunities that the open road has to offer." - Patrick Widdess, Delusions of Adequacy

11pm- Three Pints Shy
Genre: Irish Rock Band
For fans of: Black 47, The Pogues, U2
8pm- Johnny Stanec
Genre: Acoustic/Alternative
For fans of: Tom Petty, Elliott Smith, Ryan Adams, Beatles, Neil Young

Johnny Stanec is a singer-songwriter from Youngstown, OH. His music is influenced by the classic songwriting of the 60s and early 70s, with a modern twist. Focusing on lyrics and bright melodies, his songs have caught the attention of fans all over the world. Since 2007 he has released records with his long-running band, First In Space, as well as solo. His third solo album, ‘No Horizon’, is being released in April 2015.

“Stanec is an incredible player, but most importantly an incredible songwriter. It’s about time someone gives him credit for it.” – BJ Lisko (Canton Repository) 
9pm- Peter Wise
Genre: alt pop/folk
For fans of: Jeff Buckley, Matt Corby, Allen Stone, Gary Clark Jr.

Brooklyn via Boston singer/songwriter Peter Wise (ASCAP) has had a lifelong passion for music, playing guitar and piano for over 17 years.  Spending the last four plus years performing in and around NYC, Wise brings a wide variety of musical influences into his own blend of alternative pop, fusing the lyricism of early 70’s folk rock with modern pop production and the guitar virtuosity of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and John Mayer into a style uniquely his own.  With a 13 song debut album out in late 2013, Wise has begun to expand his audience, playing all over the country, and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with bands such as The Eagles, Green River Ordinance, and Luke Wade.

10pm- Double Down
Genre: Swing/Rock/Pop
For fans of: Frank Sinatra, Brian Setzer, Michael Buble, Chicago

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

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

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

8pm- Orange Burn 
Genre: Funk
For fans of:  The Isley Brothers, Orgone, Parliament – Funkadelic, Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Chic, Tommy Bolin, Snarky Puppy

Orange Burn has a grand vision to make the most interesting funk music the world has ever heard.  We play funk music and put jazz influence, prog influence and rock influence into that.  We write catchy music that has groove, soul and sophistication.  We’re a five piece and out music feature all of the members talents.           

9pm- Ginkgoa
Genre: Pop electroswing

She comes from New York. He lives in Paris. They decided instantly to embark on the journey of making French songs with an American vibe, and American songs with a French touch where time periods would cross and inspirations would collide; from Pop Music, to the Swing of old New York with a mix of electro beats. 

A hybrid genre between Caro Emerald and Caravan Palace, they only have one idea in mind: to make generations of people dance, sway, and sing along to melodies that stay in your head long after GINKGOA has left the building, as long as the Ginkgo, their tree totem namesake, continues to survive.

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 
8pm- The Frequencies
Genre: Indie Pop
For fans of: The Beatles, Mac Demarco, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Simon and Garfunkel, Arcade Fire

We write nice pop songs that are sad but sound happy.
9pm- 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.  I have heard from several people that in live performance 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. 

10pm- The Blue Dahlia
Genre: World (Reggae, tango, ska, klezmer, and dub French and in English)
For fans of: Alpha Blondy meets Edith Piaf, Gotan Project, Goran Brehovic, Billie Holiday, Kana, Tiken Jah Fakoly, the Clash, Regina Spektor, Samiah Farah, Portishead

Brooklyn girl Dahlia Dumont, with a past in Senegal and France, brings her Francophone influences to her music, performing original reggae, ska and tango jams in French and in English. She also performs some old-time standards of the French "chanson," mixing them with grooving reggae rhythms and dub deflections. Singing and playing ukulele, Dahlia is accompanied by George Saenz from South Texas on button accordion and trombone, Yoshiki Yamada from Japan on bass, Chris Hansen from California on drums, and Diego Cebollero from Argentina on guitar. Collectively they are called The Blue Dahlia.

Indiegogo campaign to make first album!!!:

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

The Princess Bride
It’s Alex D’s birth month, so we’re showing things she loves to see! Shameless promotion, I know, but who doesn’t want to see this beautiful movie? As you wish. 

6pm- Nevermind Orchestra
Genre: Brass Band & Grunge
For fans of: Nirvana, Bonerama, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band

The Nevermind Orchestra is the world’s only Nirvana brass band. We use the raw power of a New Orleans-style brass band to reinterpret the raw power of Nirvana. You won’t just hear power chords and rock beats (though you will), you won’t just hear traditional second line grooves (though you will), and you won’t just hear beautiful brass chorale arrangements (though, guess what, you will!). You will hear Nirvana in a way you’ve never heard before, and we guarantee you it will excite you just as much as Kurt, Dave, and Krist did back in the day.

“There's no shortage of Nirvana cover bands floating around but none are quite like the Nevermind Orchestra. Come as you are, and see what happens when Seattle grunge meets the New Orleans brass-band tradition.” — Derek Schwartz, Time Out New York

“If you have “mosh while someone plays a tuba” on your bucket list, this is the place to be.” -- David Colon, Brokelyn (website) (audio, video, press) (video) (Facebook)

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!

6:30pm- Cartoons

7pm- Monday Movie Madness-

9pm- Board Game Night
Bring your favorite game or mine our collection. Dot is slinging drinks all night long, $4 drafts. Best price in town!

8pm- TBD

9pm- Daniel Amedee and Gold Light 
Genre: Folk, Rock, Blues
For fans of: John Lennon, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison

Daniel Amedee is a New Orleans musician who plays an acoustic driven style of folk rock.  He’s has recorded two albums at Radical House Studios in San Francisco, CA with producer Charles Gonzalez (Coo Coo Birds, Blank Tapes). The first, "Themes From…" was released in May 2011 worldwide through Expat Records and the second, "Climbing", will be released in the coming months. My records feature performances by percussionist Pat Spurgeon (Rogue Wave), Sylvain Carton (Beats Antique, John Vanderslice), and Charith Premawardhana (Mars Volta, Classical Revolution) as well as many other great musicians from the bay area.

“Daniel Amedee is a…singer from New Orleans. He describes his music as orchestral rock but I guess you might as well say it's folk? I don’t know. En tout cas, his debut album Themes From ... is beautifully dreamy, very well produced and overall pretty enjoyable! A fitting warm summer evening soundtrack.” --Hendrik Schimpler - Poule D'or

“New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, right? I guess this is why the city is often referred to as the most unique in America, as Daniel Amedee is a singer songwriter who demonstrates a real knack for writing gorgeous cinematic choral pieces, like Home And Heartfelt.”  --James Godwin - Informal Flick-Thru

“Daniel Amedee captures the soul of Cat Stevens in his incredible lyrics with a dynamic voice that can bellow low like that of Leonard Cohen or reach high like Elliot Smith. This is topped off with biting, epic music reminiscent of Arcade Fire. We are excited about the future of this talented New Orleans singer songwriter.” --Jeff Libby - CEO of Expat Records
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10pm- Chaquis Maliq
Genre: 1 Woman Band - Urban Folk/Soul
For fans of: Amos Lee, India.Arie, Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Otis Redding

Melodic SingerSongwriter & 1 Woman Band, Chaquis Maliq (ShaKees MahLeek), delivers the sound of Eccentric Tasteful Grooves and Honey Soul to her listeners. ArtsQuest calls her “Beauty, Brains, and Power of Soul”. Chaquis Maliq made the decision to transform as an artist in 2011 by picking up the guitar and displaying her genuine side; with the motivation to continue to uplift her audience on her first project featuring Mr. Maliq (her guitar) , entitled “Harmonies of Me” (Summer 2013). In 2014, Maliq made her successful debut as the 1 Woman Band for her Spring Tour, and received media attention as the 1 Woman Band performance artist to be featured in coverage of the Columbus Arts Festival for Fox28’s Good Day Columbus (Ohio). Chaquis’ guitar completes her cozy sound that locks you into her simple but complex lyrics and melodies.

Second Annual Prospect Heights 
Music & Arts Festival
July 15-19, 2015

Strongly suggested $5 donation per set
The Second Annual Prospect Heights Music & Arts Festival is a five-day multi-venue neighborhood experience highlighting Brooklyn musicians, artists and culture organized by The Way Station. This year we increased the number of participating music venues and invited local businesses and art initiatives to host special Brooklyn focused events and exhibitions. Featuring over 75 Brooklyn based bands and musicians The PHMAF will also address how we can sustain an affordable, desirable, culturally diverse and creatively active neighborhood in a panel discussion featuring Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. Warm up for the Festival by downloading our free PHMAF Mix Tape. Attend the Festival to support our neighborhood and the musicians, artists and culture that thrive here.
This event is generously sponsored by Sixpoint Brewery: Founded in 2004; born at the dawn of civilization. Red Hook, Brooklyn.

A festival catalog will be available at participating venues.

Music Venues: 
The Way Station-
The Saint Catherine-

Jazz & Eats: 
Tooker Alley-

Exhibitions, Events, and Workshops:
Brooklyn Brainery-                    
Brooklyn Metal Works-                    
Brooklyn Museum-
Free Arts Brooklyn
Haiti Cultural Exchange-
MAWU Studio-                        

The Way Station Line-up

8pm-  Pete Lanctot and the Stray Dogs
Genre: Experimental Folk Blues
For fans of: Tom Waits, John Cale, Ernest Tubb, The Mississippi Sheiks

New York Music Daily writes that, "Pete Lanctot personifies pretty much everything good about New York's most happening music scene" His songs are surreal and mysterious narratives featuring sordid casts of characters who’s origins are vague, and seem equally likely to be found in present day New York City, a Memphis juke joint of the 1920s or hitchhiking a depression era plains state highway. Steeped in American traditions of blues, folk and country. Backed by The Stray Dogs, a talented and versatile cast of musicians and improvisers Lanctot’s music is original, rabble rousing, heartbreaking and soul searching, always exploring the non-traditional without relying on reproduction.

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

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

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

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

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

10pm- Artanker Convoy
Genre: psych pop
For fans of: Can, The Faces, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Best known for their tripped out take on dirty jazz a la Miles Davis 1970, Convoy has dropped their keys & synthesizers in favor of 3 part harmonies over a blown out southern rock sound.   The rhythms of drummer Artanker still surprise and keep the crowd shuffling its feet.  The clean new sound of Convoy rips through the party but still takes you on occasional psychedelic hayrides.

The Wire
“equal parts funk and freakout. There are definite tinges of Miles Davis' early 70s groups.”

Seattle Weekly:
“…like Can; each song grows organically into something awkwardly suited for a dance party of sorts.”


11pm- Breanna Barbara

Breanna Barbara and her band have been playing together since late summer 2014, having met each other after sharing the bill at Trash Bar. Their roster has Breanna playing rhythm guitar while unleashing ferocious vocals, with Rowan Brind on the kit, Forrest Hackenbrock holding down bass, Peter Victor-Gasper chiming in on lead guitar and Paul Thomas Truitt on the organ. After having all met it became immediately apparent that their mutual influences in blues, grunge and dirty rock and roll were whispering through the winds, demanding innovative imaginations; they became modern alchemists over the course of the autumn, converting old metals into the new alloy of their explosive and haunting sound. Now based out of Ridgewood, the band has been playing shows throughout New York City in promotion of the up and coming release of their debut album, Mirage Dreams, which was recently recorded/produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) in Nashville, TN at The Bomb Shelter. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this five piece freight train play, you won’t regret getting on board the express line of their cathartic and visceral sonic odyssey.

“intriguing, intense, fun, lo-fi original punk blues resonator guitarist/singer  Breanna Barbara ignites the stage with vocals so raw powerful you leave hypnotized ” – New York Daily Music

6pm- Elijah Tucker
Genre: Rock/Soul/Folk
For fans of: Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Philip Phillips

Elijah Tucker writes love-drunk odes to Goddesses of flesh and fantasy; loves Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder in equal measure; plays guitar with his eyes closed and sings with his mouth open. His most recent album, "Saturn" has earned raves from the blogosphere.  One fan, an ex-cop, told him: "when I just need to do some thinking, I put on 'Saturn' and cruise around the city."  

“Tucker is bloody good at almost anything he touches. There are a lot of post-genre acts out there who say that no style or sound is off the table, but few make the transitions in between as well as Elijah Tucker.  “Saturn” is [like] a good party: running with a life of its own but never quite out of control.” Wildy Haskel, Wildy’s World

"It's a beautiful record."  --Elvis Costello 

Main Stage:
8pm- Phantom Pop
Genre: Fusion/Funk/Jazz
For fans of: Snarky Puppy, Lettuce, Robert Glasper Experiment

Phantom Pop is a 5 piece instrumental band from Brooklyn, NY. The group combines elements of funk, soul, and R&B with the improvisation of jazz to create their own sound.

Originally formed by Dave Lowenthal to create an album, it was quickly realized that there was something special going on. The band consists of Dave Lowenthal on electric bass, Josh Schusterman on drums, Haruka Yabuno on keyboard, Matt Giella on cornet, and Atsushi Ouchi on saxophone.    
9pm- Ben Clark and 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. January 10th the lineup is Ben Clark on guitar/vocal, Nick Rapley on drums, Kristine Kruta on cello, Justin Smith on violin, Kate Steinberg featured vocal, Justin Goldner on bass.

10pm- The Jacks
Genre: Folk, Rock, Americana
For Fans of: Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles

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

11pm- All Night Chemists
Genre: Rock

A band that writes and records a musical potion of hypnotic sounds, unforgettable melodies, deep grooves, and intricate arrangements under the BQE in north Brooklyn...

Brad Gunyon, Len Monachello, and Brandon Wilde are All Night Chemists. Currently releasing two songs a month the trio continues to mix from song to song, both live and on record, with a variety of their fellow musicians.  The result are shows and recordings that are truly their own. All Night Chemists' songs have been featured in the television shows Castle, Mercy, Men in Trees, Life is Wild, and Reaper.  The song "Point of View" was featured in the 2007 film "Ornaments"

“The Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has a mellow, reflective voice that speaks to experience and a way with instrumentation that, as they say, goes easy on the ears.” 3hive 

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.
6pm- Cancion Franklin
Genre: Americana/blues music
For fans of: Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash

One man show. True American vocally driven songs. Americana with focused guitar and country blues roots. Original songs only with a respect for lyrical expression.

7pm- James Margolis 
Genre: Soul music
For fans of: Jeff Buckley, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Glasper 

I'm a fan of jazz, blues, folk, funk, and soul. I interpret my perception of all of the history of sound and music and the current vibes I'm getting through my guitar (and voice) to you. 

“James Margolis is a unique musician. He is a guitarist, a composer, and a multi-instrumentalist. After moving to NYC, he has played shows at venues like: The Bitter End, Arlene's Grocery..."

Main Stage:
8pm- Chamber Band
Genre: Coffee rock
For fans of: The Decemberists, They Might Be Giants, Dungeons & Dragons

With unchecked charisma and a near-mythical dedication to pouring every last ounce of themselves into their performances, Brooklyn mainstays Chamber Band have ascended to indie rock notoriety in a scene already notorious for being pretty far out there. Gorgeous guy-girl harmonies ascend over spirited beats and bass, then descend into agonized groans for love won and lost, all with enough magical underpinnings and references to geek arcana that you'll be knowingly nudging your dance partner between tunes. The perfect scene for music nerds (and nerd nerds) who, above all, just want to dance.

“Unholy.” – San Diego Reader
“A critical hit.” – Trollish Delver
“This is the shit right here.” – Nerd Titan
“Damn good… damn good indeed.” – Geek Radio Daily (GRD 198)
“Epic… worthy of the bardic tradition.” –
“I was reminded of Led Zeppelin, another band that never shied away from constructing little lyrical universes.”– Feast of Music
“Seriously, if you haven't already clicked on the link to their Bandcamp page and bought this, you need to do that right now.” - Geekland

9pm- Morning Sea
Genre: Pop, Americana
For fans of: Rock n’ Roll, Whiskey, Night-time

The Morning Sea is an NYC-based indie-folk-blues-pop-rock n’ roll experience, founded by singer-songwriter Adam Cohen. Their debut EP, “Strange Captive”, was released in May 2014.

“A softly moving, seductive chamber-pop folk collective…one-half confessional late night crooner, and one-half whimsical wanderer…” –The Deli Magazine

10pm- Sky Captains of Industry
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Rock and Roll
For fans of: David Bowie, Devo, Queen

The Sky Captains of Industry came from the future to inform you about the upcoming apocalypse and/or to rock it to rubble. Are they men? Are they machines? Will they indeed save the rest of your heart?

While allegories dressed as science fiction may not be new to this world, they’ve never been more aesthetically pleasing than they are here. I mean, at bottom, once you strip away all the concept and metaphor, Rocket City is just a really, really great sounding record of awesome songs.”— Chris Michael, Eat That Guitar

11pm- Little Lesley and The Bloodshots
Genre: Rockabilly
For fans of: Wanda Jackson, The Chop Tops, Link Wray,  Elvis Presley, The Living Deads, Hank Williams III

The Bloodshots are up-and-comers that have been taking the neo-Rockabilly scene by storm with their twangy roots sound and high energy live show. Little Lesley, the feisty blond bombshell on standup bass and lead vocals, brings it every time with a voice that's a mind-blowing mix of Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline, and jaw-dropping bass moves.

Midnight Special- 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! 

5pm- Robin Irene Moss
Genre: Singer/songwriter; Indie folk
For fans of: Ingrid Michaelson, Florence and the Machine, Regina Spektor, Ella Fitzgerald

Robin Irene Moss writes and sings honest, lyric-driven music that anyone can relate to. She has a jazzy voice, intelligent (sometimes sassy) songs, and a killer band. Her EP “I Like You” came out last summer and is available on iTunes, Spotify, and at her website,

“To say her talent as a songwriter is otherworldly is an understatement.”—Play Too Much Blog
6pm- Kings County Ramblers 
Genre: bluegrass, rag time, Americana

Bluegrass in Brooklyn! It's a wonderful thing and the Ramblers are helping to keep the tradition moving forward. We're a scrappy group of pickers emerging on the Brooklyn scene. Playing a great style of music that brings together bluegrass, rag time, Americana and improvisational jamming. Everything from fast paced cookin’ with gas to slow eerie old timey numbers. The way music is supposed to be. A good time celebration with organic instruments; banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar and Bob the upright bass. Y'all should come!

7pm- Dalton Deschain 
Genre: Anti-Folk, Rock, Punk 
For fans of: Against Me!, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Dresden Dolls

Dalton Deschain is a songwriter from Detroit, Michigan.  In his first life he was a survivor of the War that tore apart America, and in 1947 he was exiled from his hometown, and his time.  He has arrived here in the present to share his stories of lost love, nuclear warfare, loneliness, rats, plane crashes, and architecture.
2pm- Arts and Culture Panel Discussion
Join in a conversation at The Way Station as we tackle these timely questions and propose solutions: How can we sustain an affordable, desirable, culturally diverse and creatively active neighborhood with a partnership between the city, small business, cultural organizations, creatives and citizens? How can ground up revitalization efforts build a stronger neighborhood rather than fragmenting it? How can art and culture initiatives be a positive influence on the community? What would enlightened public policies look like?

Moderator: Caron Atlas, Director, Arts & Democracy and Co-Director, NOCD-NY Panelists: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams; Erin S. Daily and Brian Weissman, Co-Founders, Brooklyn Metal Works; Andy Heidel, Proprietor The Way Station; Rasu Jilani, Socially-Engaged Art Curator and Civic Engagement Professional; Millard “Mitty” Owens, Principal, Community Impact Consulting.

4pm- Lesley Kernochan
Genre: singer/songwriter + ham
For fans of: Gillian Welch, Flight of the Conchords, Regina Spektor

Lesley Kernochan is equal parts singer/songwriter and ham. Her show is therefore a bit like going on a beautiful hike in the forest with a bubble gun and a partially tamed dragon. Lesley’s voice is both intimate and powerful and her songs bounce between hilarious and heartfelt.  She has toured with many eclectic bands including The March Fourth Marching Band and Vagabond Opera.

"Filled with unending smile-inducing brilliance!” – KBOO, Portland OR
“Kernochan's jazzy pop is intelligent, playful, and has plenty of nuance and groove to boot.” - CDBaby Pick of the Week

5pm- Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers
Genre: Original Acoustic American Roots Music
For fans of: Bluegrass, The Band, The Stanley Brothers, CSNY, Walt Whitman  

Original songs of redemption and hope, featuring farmers, sailors, dancers, fathers, lovers, Abraham Lincoln and The Knights Templar. Denizens of Brooklyn's South Slope, the Cornell Bros. (not brothers in fact, but brothers in music) have been playing NYC since 2010, developing their soulful take on founder and songwriter Greg Cornell's tunes, with tight vocal harmonies in front. Many instruments will show up at their gigs: fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, harmonica, sometimes lap steel and piano, as well as a pared down drum kit that helps them rock and roll. They bring energy and joy to their musical sojourn. 

6pm- Tara Lynne 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"
7pm- Sun Thief
Genre: Folk Rock
For fans of: Fleet Foxes, Elliott Smith, Radiohead, Avett Brothers

The dulcet harmonies of Sun Thief have been lauded by many a listener from the far reaches of Crown Heights to the stony rows of Park Slope. Formed in the Spring of 2014, Sun Thief consists of Nathaniel Riehl (vox/guitars), Patrick Cochrane (vox/guitars), and John Matson (vox/drums). All members contribute to the band's catalogue of original music which can be described as folky, sometimes ethereal, and always introspective. The band plans to release their first EP this Spring.

8pm- Institute of Flyer Learning
Genre: hip-hop/neo-soul/electronic
For fans of: Little Dragon, Janelle Monae, Theophilus London, Outkast, The Flaming Lips

The Institute of Flyer Learning is a Brooklyn based hip-hop/neo-soul band composed of a singer, a rapper, and a rhythm section.  Human vocals mesh with electronic beats, pulsing bass lines, and guitar arpeggios pouring out like sunshine.  Flyer Learning performs original songs drawing upon eclectic influences ranging from old school hip-hop and electronic music to art-rock and funk.  For good measure, they also perform some retro-future/re-mixed covers of classic hip-hop/soul songs, paying homage to the grand masters that came before, rocked the mic, dropped the mic, and inspired them to get up and write.

9pm- Even Twice
Genre: Prog/punk
For Fans of: Husker Du, MC5 and King Crimson would like us

We're Masters of controlled chaos.

"You got yourself a new fan."- Fred Thomas, former bass player for James Brown

" Speed metal meets King Crimson, meets Vanilla Fudge. Completely over the top."- Dave Mandl, from WFMU 

10pm-12am- Niall Connolly
Genre: indie folk/americana
For fans of: Leonard Cohen, Belle and Sebastian, Wilco

Niall Connolly has played Glastonbury, the Prague Fringe Festival and toured from San Francisco to Romania. He combines excellent lyrics with soaring melodies and is an engaging and energetic live performer. Highly respected amongst his peers, Connolly is the founding member of Big City Folk music collective. His latest album 'Sound' is garnering great reviews both sides of the Atlantic.

"That Niall Connolly is a folk icon isn't debated by other musicians. Connolly's creaky, achingly sweet Irish voice is a familiar instrument, and he performs tirelessly. Among the most vibrant, poignant, and authentic indie folk artists in New York City, Connolly is proving with every album that folk musicians are creating new and interesting material." -No Depression

"Dancing around an indie-folk persona, Connolly holds the essence of Jackson Browne, delivery of Dylan and the edge of Joe Strummer; only Connolly is no Pretender, he is the real deal. His elegant music is effortless, awesome and moving; it is so natural, it feels instantly familiar." - Nanobotrock

"Brooklyn-based Niall Connolly is at the head of a new breed of politically engaged eloquent singer-songwriters emerging from New York's most populous boroughs with his immensely literate appraisals of the personal and the political." — Death and Taxes, New York

“I promise your evening will be full of good music, stories, and all around entertainment. Mr. Connolly’s music carries amazing character. Niall’s charm and way with words are prevalent in lyrics that have an amazing universal appeal. With three studio albums (and a live one) under his belt, Niall takes you through a variety of emotions and musical styles, all with abundant zeal and talent. - American Indie

“Niall Connolly is simply too damn good to be missed” - The Village Voice, New York

“Like another great Irish songsmith, Van Morrison, Niall doesn’t waste words. He has that rare ability to throw just a handful of words at you and you get the picture. A really interesting and beautiful record.” - Faster Lounder,  Australia

“Gorgeous.” - The Irish Times

“Revelling in melodic glory.” - Irish Music Magazine

“A mini masterpiece.” - The Evening Echo

“An album to warm and soothe the heart. 8.5/10.” - Hot Press

“I cannot remember the last time I heard such a moving collection of songs.”
- Kurt Wagner of Lambchop
4pm- Martina Fiserova
For fans of: Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega

Unusual chord voicings and interesting harmony combined with intimate yet emotional performance brought to you by an experienced singer/guitarist/songwriter. Originally from Prague, Czech republic, Martina is now based in New York City finishing an eponymous record of her original material. 

“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 

5pm- 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. 

6pm- Dyllan
Genre: Alternative Pop
For fans of: Fiona Apple, Lana del Rey, Feist, Laura Marling

LA native DYLLAN (Dylan Nichols) is an honest, passionate lyricist with deep and original music. By way of L.A., New York and Paris, she released two EPs and collaborated with French electro musician Thylacine on "Distance," which was the iTunes free download of the week in France and recently, “Closing.” Her authentic songwriting and unique sound toe the line between folk and electro pop, evoking the likes of Fiona Apple and Lana Del Rey. She will release her first official music video, “Moments Like These” on March 20th.

…this generation needs an authentic, down-to-earth artist pointing the way to calmer, more soulful times. That voice is Dylan Nichols… Her lyrics […] are filled with sensuous detail and complex emotion accurately conveyed. – Ella Riley-Adams, The Faster Times

(Trans.): Moving with mystery, William chose Dylan Nichols to baffle us even more on “Distance.” Rocking, then summoning, the voice of the young American guides us on this long road to an increasingly attractive unknown.  –Fred Lombard, IndieMusic

7pm- Mother's Favorite Daughter
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. 

Main Stage
4pm- 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.

She will be touring Europe in June presenting her last work: I Am The Forest.

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

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5pm- Haiti Cultural Exchange presents Mizik Ayiti! featuring Taïna Cerat Ligondé
Taïna Cerat Ligondé is a Haitian-American cultural artist with a singing repertoire that includes Haitian vodou, folk and jazz songs. Her life and art have been hugely shaped by the Human Rights awareness and organizing in her New York Haitian community. She is committed to work that advances individual/collective rights as well as cultural art projects that give voice to the silenced. Taïna has performed in The Vagina Monologues, the feminist play by Eve Ensler, staged at the Fourth Universalist Society Church in NYC. In 2013, she played the role of kontèz, the storyteller, in La Troupe Makandale’s drum-driven musical: The Drum and the Seed. She has also performed at the UN for the fourth commemoration of the earthquake in Haiti.

Haiti Cultural Exchange is a nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, NY, established to develop, present and promote the cultural expressions of the Haitian people.

More information about HCX:

6pm- 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, and they can be seen currently every month at The Way Station in Brooklyn, NY. They are in the process of completing recordings for their first EP, which is expected to be released in the fall of 2014

7pm- Dawn Drake & ZapOte
Genre: Afro-Latin Funk
For fans of: Antibalas, Budos Band, ESG, Jamiroquoi, Chico Mann, Cumbiagra, English Beat, Police

Taking its name from a luscious fruit in Cuba known as "ZapOte", this band is an original Funk Latin Afro-Beat band lead by Dawn Drake, bassist/conguera/singer/songwriter and composer, who manages to wear several hats while setting the scene with her own brand of cool. Her original music takes the listener and dancer into a zone where House, Funk, Afro-beat, Samba, Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jazz are right at home. Poetic lyrics spread messages of universal consciousness, delivered with heartfelt vocals, and are joined with the irresistible grooves of Latin percussion, funky bass, swinging horn lines and improvisation.

BAM CAFE LIVE  –Darrell McNeill
"Dawn Drake and her band ZapOte are at the beginnings of a fascinating journey to enthusiastically bridge chasms of cultural and gender disconnect that plagues so much of pop music's body politic. To hear them is to imagine early period jam sessions between Laura Nyro and Carole King with Sly Stone and Sergio Mendes sitting in. Theirs is a playfully intense dynamic that needs to be seen more."

-Darrell McNeill, Black Rock Coalition Director of Operations & CURATOR of  BAM Café LIVE, Brooklyn Academy of Music GO MAGAZINE  –Jenny Lazar
"Dawn contributes heavy Afro-Caribbean licks on congas, bongós and Brazilian caixa as a partial list...and it's no amateur hour..."

Dawn Drake  –Meewsic Records
"Cuban, African & South American styles mesh together into delicious jazz/pop fusion; a wonderful backdrop for Dawn's sassy vocals. She also arranged the horns (excellent job), played bass and did all the percussion; a truly multi-talented performer!" Brian Fox, Meewsic Records

Jules Bistro Presents Dawn Drake  –Jules Bistro
"This saucy debut by soul sistah Dawn Drake is an incredible gift to the world of world music! She skillfully weaves together her bold poetic lyrics, melodic vocals, and a fusion of danceable rhythms performed by herself and a very talented band of musicianados.
You'll love the horns, the deep bass, the compelling percussion..."

Luis Da Silva, Jules Bistro, NYC Third Street Music Concert Series Presents Dawn Drake & ZapOte Salsa - 

"[They] were the hit of the season!" Beth Flusser, Talent Booker for Music in Abe Lebewohl Park.