Booking/Backline


BOOKING
Check out the types of bands we book first to make sure you are a good fit for our intimate venue.

We do not book bands with underage members. Get back to us when everyone in the band is over 21.

RE-BOOKING 
Already played our venue and want to rebook your band? 
bookingtws@gmail.com 
Take a look at our calendar and email 2-3 dates when you are available to play that fit the format of our music on a particular evening.

NEW BANDS
Would you like to play at The Way Station?
bookingtws@gmail.com 
Send a short introduction and a link to hear your music or watch videos. If we like it, you're booked. Looking for one set of 45 minutes.

Booking Policy: 
- We book 3 months in advance, but sometimes have last minute openings. 
- We book five nights a week, Tuesday-Saturday with 3-4 bands per night.  
- We have limited room for singer songwriters, Tues-Thurs 8pm slots only.  
- We are an intimate venue, so if you are super loud you won't be a good fit for us.
- Every band member MUST be over 21 to book a show.
- This is a tip gig and we pass the hat during each set. What goes in the hat depends on the fans you bring and the crowd we have. Some bands pull in $40 while others $200+. 
- Please do not invite underage fans to your show, they will not be admitted.
- Everyone in the band gets 1 drink per set.
- Your show will be promoted with listings, physical calendar, on the website, weekly email blasts, and other social media outlets.
- We are phasing out contemporary and modern Jazz. We love Jazz, but just haven't found an audience for it.


TWS BACKLINE
Stage- 6x12'
12 Channel PreSonus STUDIOLIVE 16.0.2 Digital Performance Mixer and JBL House Speakers
1 Monitor

1 SHURE SM81 LC
2 SHURE 57 instrumental mics
1 Sennheiser 935
7 SHURE SM58 Mics
6 Boom Mic Stands
1 straight Mic Stand

Roland Jazz Chorus Amp (2 inputs)
Fender Blues Junior Guitar Amp
MXB50 Crate Bass Amp

Yamaha Drum Kit
Bass Drum w Pedal
Snare and Stand
Tom
Floor Tom
High Hat Stand
Cymbal Stand
Mat
Pork Pie Throne
Please bring a high-hat clutch if you can.
There are no cymbals! 

1 Active DI box
1 Passive DI box

1 music stand

Big Screen 70 inch plasma screen with a HDMI hookup to PC
Blu Ray/DVD Player/Flash Drive (Mp3 or Mp4 Files)


Our sound board supplies phantom power if needed. 


Condenser mics:

Condenser mics at The Way station sometimes feed back because they're picking up the sound in the room.  If there's a 180 degree setting, meaning it will just pick up everything from the mic and behind it, that might work.  But a 360 mic could be problematic.


A/V Note:
If you have a Video component for your performance, you must arrive at 6:30pm for a trial run to work out any potential kinks. Contact andy.heidel@gmail.com to alert him that you will be arriving early for an A/V run through. If you do not do a run through, we can only spend 5 minutes on the fly to try and set up for your performance. If it takes longer than that, we will not be able to accommodate your video element.

Live Streaming:
We've partnered with LIVAMP (www.livamp.com), a live concert video and artist services platform, to give you the option to live stream and archive shows from The Way Station. There's no cost to you or to us, the broadcasts will be available to watch globally, and you'll have a personalized page with your performance on it after the show.

Please reach out to Liz at ez@livamp.com if you're interested in having your show live streamed and/or archived.

Videotaping:
You're welcome to videotape your show.  You can set up your camera anywhere that doesn't take up seating.  You may have a head or two pass in front, but basically you'll have the run of the place.  Please don't have a constant light on as it can be very distracting, and when pointed at the stage, it's also pointed at the soundboard (super annoying while doing sound).  We can adjust our lights to accommodate your camera, to an extent. 

House photography is provided by Liam Cotter Photography. Still photography of performances is available for $50 per hour/set. To book, email tws@liam-cotter.com or call 917-677-9267. To see examples of past shoots, visit www.liam-cotter.com. To ensure availability please book at least 7 days prior to date of performance. Bookings on shorter notice may not be possible.



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