Tuesday, September 1, 2015

What's happening through September 23rd


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.


TUESDAY 9/1
8pm- Clare Sands
Genre: Blues/Folk
For fans of: Bob Dylan, Eva Cassidy, Irish Music, Blues

With a fiddle in one hand and a guitar in the other, Clare Sands is a musician, composer, and song-writer hailing from Cork, Ireland. With deep roots in Irish Traditional and folk music, her music emanates from these family traditions combined with her love of Jazz and the Blues.

"Clare writes with a really true sense of freedom in her lyrics, just as young Dylan did. As for her vocals, they grace her words with all the care of an experienced musical surgeon at work"- Irish Music Magazine

"Clare Sands has been one of our best finds. She has unique ways in covering classic songs and making them her own. She is a real talent and a firm favourite of ours in our venue" – The Oliver Plunkett, Cork

www.claresands.com
www.claresandsmusic/facebook
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GIOBWpnpso

9pm- Allie Armstrong
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Folk

Allie is a singer/songwriter originally from Texas. She migrated to the Northeast in 2012, and has been musically floating between Boston and New York. She considers herself a singer who likes to write, and places a heavy emphasis on honest vocals. Her influences range from Jeff Buckley, Karen Dalton, Leonard Cohen to Arthur Rimbaud.

https://soundcloud.com/alliedarmstrong
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U4-52qavD0

10pm- Karen Curious
Genre: shoegaze-grunge-music
For fans of: Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, Queens of the Stoneage, Neil Young, Taylor Swift

Shoegazer, grunge, noisy pop, rock with dark vibes hiding in sweet cotton candy

"Karen Curious one of the best songwriters in NYC" - NY Waste. 
"Singer/songwriter Karen and her band (the Glorious Revolution) (3 guitars plus percussion)  delivered solid and earthy rock with grungy elements. I like Karen´s somewhat raspy voice which fits well to the powerful performance. Amplified by a sometimes massively and blurred guitar sound the local rock star creates a lot of thrill and tension. One of my favorite songs is "Nothin Pretty" (SIC) which you can find on Facebook" - Driveby Curiosity blog

11pm- Daniel Feels
Genre: indie psyche soul pop
For fans of:  Hozier, Jeff Buckley, Frank Ocean


WEDNESDAY 9/2
8pm- 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. 


9pm- Elise Davis
Genre: Americana
For fans of:  Lucinda Williams, Jenny Lewis, Brandi Carlile
I was once told my music is as if Lucinda Williams and Liza Phair had a love child, and then that love child was stoned. I think it was the best compliment I have ever received.
"Elise Davis is that rare left-of-center Nashville-based country singer whose songs are just as cerebral as they are capable of driving you to dance. Her EP Life is a lyrically gritty, yet perfectly polished collection of female empowerment tunes, reminiscent of Kathleen Edwards." - The Bluegrass Situation, Los Angeles


10pm- 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.


11pm- Jake LaBotz
Genre: Blues, Roots

For fans of: Howling Wolf, Lightning Hopkins, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan

After dropping out of school at 15, Jake La Botz hit the road, frequenting punk rock shows, hobo camps, and libraries. He found employment as a roofer, boilermaker, graphite factory worker, and obituary writer. In the midst of this he learned how to play guitar. He played on the streets and in the juke joints of New Orleans, Chicago, and the Mississippi Delta, finding kinship with some of the last of the pre-war era bluesmen: David “Honeyboy” Edwards, “Homesick” James, and “Maxwell Street” Jimmy Davis. La Botz has become known for his "Tattoo Across America Tour," where he tours the country performing at tattoo shops and as an actor in films in which he sometimes sings his original songs: RAMBO dir. Sylvester Stallone, ANIMAL FACTORY dir. Steve Buscemi, ON THE ROAD dir. Walter Salles.

"Jake La Botz is a creator of dark poetry and haunting song, the kind of music that gets in your bones and rides you for days, a sound and vision only those who've been to the bottom and clawed their way back up can generate. His midnight gifts evoke Hank Williams and Skip James as much as Tom Waits and Dylan. Not everybody will get this music - because not everybody is ready for the truth. --Jerry Stahl (author of Permanent Midnight)

"Jake is the modern day Hank Williams." --Steve Buscemi (Actor-Director)

FRIDAY 9/4
8pm- 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)

haminreed.com
 
9pm- 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. 


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

www.doubledownmusic.com


SATURDAY 9/5
8pm- Joe Pino
Genre: Jazz, funk, soul

The hard working Boston native stays busy with gigs and sessions around NYC, particularly in the Jazz scene.  Joe’s reputation as a jazz trumpet player has also led him playing with such greats as The Temptations, and The Happenings while also performing with the legend TV star, Vicky Lewis.  
Joe leads his organ trio, and quartet that have an extensive performing schedule playing at many of the great jazz venues all over the map; Smalls Jazz Club, The Garage, Why Not Jazz Room, Chris’s Jazz Café, Tea Lounge, Shape Shifter Lab, Piano’s Lounge, Treme Jazz and Blues Club, The Sugar Bar, Trumpets Jazz Club, Twins Jazz Club, Somethin’ Jazz Club, The Fat Cat, House of Blues Foundation Room, Chianti Jazz Lounge, Ryles Jazz Club, The Zeiterion Theatre, and The Wilbur Theatre. 


9pm- 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.

www.flyerlearning.com
soundcloud.com/flyerlearning
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_pKBR6Q2b6CYgKaRtrVlMw

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. Featuring Nick Rapley on drums, Kristine Kruta on cello and Kate Steinberg on vocals


TUESDAY 9/8
8pm- Marc Delgado of Wounded Knee
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- Townes Van Zandt Tribute
From the start, Townes Van Zandt was a songwriter's songwriter.  A master of the pen and the guitar.  And nearly 20 years after his death, his music and legacy live on.  Join us at The Way Station for To Live is to Fly: A celebration of the music of Townes Van Zandt.

Scheduled to appear: Collin Couvillion, Marc Delgado, Joe Redding and many more.

Don't miss the premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on the big screen at 11:35!

WEDNESDAY 9/9
8pm- Scott Barkan
Genre: Americana/Jazz/Folk/Rock
For fans of: Greg Brown, Tom Waits, Bill Frisell, Kelly Joe Phelps

Barkan brings a modern sensibility to the breadth of american music traditions by coupling honest, literate songwriting with deft and masterful guitar work. Influences spanning from free jazz to bluegrass to indie rock are held together by his gruff baritone, which can switch from a hoarse, intimate growl to soaring melodies on a dime.

“Scott Barkan is a masterful guitarist – really, a total whiz of a rare order" - The Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly
"Scott Barkan is a force to be reckoned with... sophisticated chord voicings, complex finger picking patterns, and a flurry of blues, jazz, and folk inflected riffs performed with a ringing acoustic tone and an undeniable rhythmic drive.”—Wired.com


9pm- The Irresponsibles
Genre: Soul/Funk
For fans of: Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Amy Winehouse

Brooklyn soul fusing elements of funk and blues. Powerhouse female vocalist fronts a six-piece band featuring dual guitars and organ.  Classic Motown beats serve as a launching pad to electric dance grooves and interstellar boogie.


10pm- Tanbark
Genre: Americana
For fans of: Gillian Welch, Gram Parsons, Angel Olsen

Formed in Minneapolis and residing in Brooklyn, Tanbark is a sometimes acoustic duo, sometimes country band with an all the time affinity for close harmonies and lonesome melodies.

www.tanbarkmusic.com

11pm- Doolittle Family
Genre: Folk
For fans of: Everly Brothers, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane

Sixties pop vibes with a modern psych-folk flavor, featuring tight vocal harmony.

https://soundcloud.com/doolittle-family/sets/doolittle-family-demo-tracks/s-wa0XL 
 

THURSDAY 9/10
8pm- Toney Rocks
Genre: Roots Rocks Acoustic
For fans of: Keb Mo, Jackson Browne, Richie Havens, Robert Cray

TONEY ROCKS dives into the belly of soul roots rock music. His conscious penmanship reveals a poet that identifies with today's struggles and triumphs such as homelessness, love, human struggle, and self-liberation. Live shows features soulful singing mixed with ripping guitar solos and looped musical layers.

"Toney Rocked the Sapphire Room here in Boise!  The room was all but sold out and he had the crowd dancing." Mojo Mike Witmer - Boise Blues Society

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3XdoM0AB7A&feature=share 

9pm- Alpha Band 
Genre: Jazz
For fans of: The Bad Plus, Fly Trio, Kneebody, Chris Potter Underground

Alpha Band is an insightful New York based sax trio following the traditions of forward thinking jazz music. Saxophonist Michael Farrell, bassist John Andrews, and drummer Michael Alfieri draw from an eclectic sonic palette to deliver their unique brand of groove oriented improvisation.

https://youtu.be/_trduYn2Jiw

10pm- 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.


11pm-Joan
Genre: Funk, Punk, and Ballads
For fans of: Prince, Leonard Cohen, The Beach Boys

A Prospect Park band established in the fall of 2014, Joan’s feel is fun, unpretentious, bold and beautiful. If Grandma’s in town, she’s also invited. Let us know ahead of time through the website and we’ll save her a good seat.


SATURDAY 9/12
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

For press, pictures, latest videos and concerts, please check:



9pm- 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

10pm- VIVA
Genre:  Rock
For fans of:  Chryssie Hynde, Jimi Hendrix

Viva plays guitar like a flaming sword, a screaming train, a ringing bell, and a scratching chicken. She sings like if Freddy Mercury had been a woman. She's played everywhere from Bonnaroo to Monterey Jazz Fest, and been featured in Guitar Player Magazine.

“The love child of Little Richard and Joan Jett” - The Aquarian

SUNDAY 9/13
4pm- Screening: Best of Doctor Who

10pm- Nerdeoke

TUESDAY 9/15
7:30pm- Sexology On Tap: The Birds & the Bees
Think you know evolution? Explore the strange ways sexual selection drives life on our planet. From odd appendages and  advanced weaponry to curious behaviors and complete lack of sex altogether, learn the science behind mating and see how you've been missing out. SoT: Scientists, educators, writers, artists & more reveal how they explore the world of sex at a bar near you! 

9pm- The Tumble
For fans of: Mandolin Orange, Gillian Welch, The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe

The Tumble is a roll around with the high and lonesome wail or the groove of a blues. We dig what is old. We make the new songs sound like we turned them up from the red dirt ground or the attic. This band strikes fine chords in the midst of clattering songs and pulls out sweetness from the minor keys.

thetumbleband.com 

10pm- Rob Jennings
Genre: pop/rock/folk
For fans of:  The Beatles, The Beach Boys.

Rob Jennings is a 20-something solo artist from New Jersey, breaking through in NYC. Rob is an Indie Rock artist with a talent for melody and harmony. He has played at Pianos, Rockwood Music Hall, Sidewalk Cafe, The Rock Shop and The Bowery Electric. 

"As if his musicianship wasn't enough, Rob's voice might be the highlight of the entire project." - Handclap Movement 

"His sound goes down like butter." - The Deli Magazine
Twitter: @Rob_Jennings

11pm- The Clox
Genre: Alternative Progressive Rock 
For fans of: ​Radiohead, Beatles, The National, Beck, Placebo, Oasis, INXS, King Crimson

The Clox bridge the gap between progressive, alternative rock, and pop. With poppy vocals and epic sounding guitars, the band bends the genre with the unpredictable time changes and transitions. Regardless of the rhythm complexity, The Clox songs carry a melody that is catchy and simple enough for even a little kid to sing along too. ​The Clox have been featured on ​FUSE TV​, and the band's releases "​Jules Verne EP​"and "​Civilian​" have been receiving airplay (Jules Verne was record of the week on Britain’s Absolute Radio), critical acclaim, and licensing around the world (including MTV, Oxygen Channel, Lions Gate Films, and PBS).

“One of the most admirable things about the band is their enthusiasm for musical nerdiness, and putting pop anthems next to a King Crimson​like progginess.” --​Pancakes and Whiskey
”Truly honest music!” --FUSE TV

WEDNESDAY 9/16
8pm- 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. 
For this performance she will be joined by her band

“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


9pm- 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.

Soundcloud.com/cancion-1
 

10pm- Rodrigo Bonelli Septet
Genre: Latin and Jazz
For fans of:  List bands that you sound like or if you like this band than they would like you

Hard-Grooving modern instrumental music for a 7-piece band.

“Impressive workout.” - George W. Harris-JazzWeekly 
“A nice great set of listening music throughout” - Chris Spector-Midwest Records

11pm- Kate Vokes
Genre: Jazz
For fans of:  Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly, big bands

We are a high energy jazz quartet specializing in 1950s-style standards. 

THURSDAY 9/17
8pm- Khaled
Genre: Rock/World
For fans of: Jeff Buckley, Tool, Nirvana

Khaled is a groundbreaking band whose unique brand of Alternative World Fusion music combines hard rock, Spanish style guitar and Middle Eastern music elements into one explosive listening experience. Their new album Luci – an 11-track concept album based on themes of temptation.

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

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

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

KhaledDajani.com
http://youtu.be/nrO18kY_kA8

9pm- Kane Mathis
Genre: Mande music (music of West Africa)
For fans of: Rabih Abouh Khalil, Sekou Kouyate,

Funky time signatures with virtuosisc kora, oud, drums, and bass.

10pm- The Waysties
Genre: Scotch-soaked Celtish folk-rock
For fans of: The Decemberists, Battlefield Band, Great Big Sea, Flogging Molly

We are what happens when a group of Way Station regulars realize that we allllllll like drinking. And music. And attention. Our music is a mix of traditional folk,
unconventional covers, and irreverence. And drinking. Did we mention the drinking?

11pm- Rhythm Tolee

Genre: Punjabi Folk & Sufi
For fans of:  Coke Studio Pakistan/India, Wadali brothers

"Tolee" is a word from Punjabi language which means "a free spirited group of people". That is exactly what Rhythm Tolee is, a group of free spirited artists with Rhythm.  We make a fun combination (or Tolee) to deliver Punjabi folk, Sufi and Bhangra music.

“One of the most striking performances of the evening” – Jersey City Independent

FRIDAY 9/18
8pm- Fingers Delrey
Genre: blues
For fans of: blues, BB King, Mose Allison, 

Toby "Fingers" DelRey developed his hot stylings while a lad at the St. Ignatius Orphanage for Wayward Sinners. Sister Serenity, a crusty old nun with a musical bent, sensed the child's prodigious talent and, taking him under her wing, tutelaged him with a combination of Jelly Roll Morton, Johann Sebastian Bach and a strict regimen of dowsing the keyboard of the rectory piano -- a 1911 Flambe-Carbone upright -- with a solution of molasses and 190 proof corn liquor, setting it ablaze with the cherry of her White Owl and forcing the young genius to extinguish the flames with his speedy scales. 
As Finger's remarked recently in a rare moment of verbal lucidity: "The blues is in my blood, the stride is in my soul and the fire is in my heart."

"Thanks a lot for sending me your album. I've been playing it on my show...lot's of good tracks!" - Norman Davis "Midnight Flyer" syndicated radio host (streamed from KYOU San Francisco, CA)
"One of the best piano players of the last ten years in the blues self release scene.......Fine style, great musical taste!" - Simone Bargelli (dj for "Rock n Blues Today", Italy)

Soul Bag (France-Le Magazine Francais du blues et de la Soul #198, Avril-Mai-Juin 2010) Toby "Fingers" Del Rey **** 4 stars!( Excellent, un disque sans déchet. Ou presque...)

"Kind of avante-garde blues with a touch of Chico Marx!" - David Bennett Cohen, pianist with Country Joe and the Fish, Elvin Bishop, Hubert Sumlin and Jimmy Vivino

9pm- Brandi and the Alexanders
Genre: Soul/R&B
For fans of: Aretha Franklin, Sharon Jones, D’Angelo, James Brown, Jack Black’s band at the end of High Fidelity

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

10pm- Empire Beats
Genre: Rhythm & Blues, Rock/Roll&Soul, Real Music

For fans of: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Alabama Shakes, The Shirelles

Join glamorous jazz chanteuses and gutsy blues shouters of the sensational Blue Flame Revue front Mark Boquist’s five to nine piece rhythm band Empire Beats as they explore an expanding book of Rock/Roll&Soul music ~ familiar and forgotten hits from the past and funky new originals. With songs from every side of the love equation, Empire Beats' energetic revue recalls Rhythm & Blues showcases of another era. Not necessarily retro, definitely not nostalgia, it's real live music that will make you shake your ass.

SATURDAY 9/19
8pm- Camela Widad
Genre: Americana
For fans of: Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Carrie Newcomer or Josh Ritter

Camela Widad's music is Americana Folk for the unpretentious music lover.  A 2015 Grassy Hill Entertainment/Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, her latest recording 'Warriors of Love', has garnered attention with her songwriting and laid back folk Americana style. She  is a little bit old school folk meets 'sit on the back porch on a hot summer night', begetting a dichotomy: just a little bit saintly and a little bit rock-n-roll. 

"Heavy stuff. This is not Taylor Swift territory. Could you imagine what Patsy Cline would think if she were able to hear a song like this one [Undefended Love]?" - No Depression

"Camela Widad is a welcomed newcomer to my activity as a promoter of roots music. Her CD ('Warriors of Love') shows how independent music is the best in today’s business." - Remo Ricaldone American Roots Radio Italy


9pm- 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!

10pm- 9th Wave 
Genre: hot rod surf
For fans of: surf/garage/60s/instrumental/guitar/rockabilly/rock

9th Wave has been performing since 1995, from the northeast (NYC, Boston) as far south as Savannah GA. Regulars at nearly every Sleazefest & Instro Summit (music festivals in NC), and Ohana Luau at the Lake (upstate NY), 9th Wave, from Storrs CT, plays an diverse combination of surf, exotica & hot rod music at regional music and tiki festivals, hot rod/motorcycle/custom car shows, cultural institutions, clubs, and more. With their unique and signature style, 9th Wave has recorded six full-length CDs of original music. The 9th Wave sound is made up of Mike “Staccato” Rosado on lead surf guitar, Negative Ed on bass, Phred Rawles on drums, and Sandy Rosado on Farfisa organ, rhythm guitar, flute, and saxophone. 9th Wave and the Rosados are also champions of East Coast Surf Music, and are the founders and directors of The North East Surf Music Alliance, the largest network of surf bands in the world.

www.9thwavesurf.com 

SUNDAY 9/20
4pm- Screening: Doctor Who

10pm- Nerdeoke

MONDAY 9/21
7pm- Screening

9pm- Game Board Night

TUESDAY 9/22
8pm- Local Vocal

10pm- 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.

WEDNESDAY 9/23
8pm- Donald & Lydia
Genre: Americana/Folk/Country
For fans of: John Prine, Hank Williams, Carolyn Mark, Rose Maddox & Buck Owens, Roseanne Cash, Townes Van Zandt, Bill Monroe, The Carter Family

Donald & Lydia hail from such far flung corners as Honolulu, Hawaii and Sunnyside, Queens. Brought together by a mutual love of old-fashioned, guitar pickin’ close country duets, heartbreak songs and booze, this acoustic duo plays a range of eclectic covers and original tunes. In the style of great country duos, George & Melba, Dolly & Porter, Prine & DeMent - Donlad & Lydia bring you sweet, sweet honky-tonk harmony duets with an ear to the past and a mouth full of sass. A wise-crackin’ good time, soaked in heartache, whiskey, and loneliness served neat, no chaser.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Donald-and-Lydia/369615096480321
 
9pm-  Bear Stevens
Genre: Southern Folk
For fans of: Noah Gundersen, Matt Nathanson, Ed Sheeran

The Bear Stevens duo is a folk driven, story-telling southern spot of lyrical melodies and harmonies. If sweet tea could be heard, it would sound like Bear Stevens.

"An acoustic mix of sweet southern boy and witty lyrical fun." -The Examiner, San Diego

10pm- Leah Shaw
Genre: Southern Folk
For fans of: Feist, Amos Lee, Bonnie Raitt

Leah Shaw is a North Carolina-bred singer songwriter with an energy-infused, soulful folk-pop sound developed through busking in the New York City subways. Leah performs honest, melodic music inspired by her own experience wandering away from home and learning to develop her own voice. Look for her new EP 'Home' featuring the 2014 Our State North Carolina Magazine song of the year online this month.

"If you've read Southern authors, you know there's dark, light, tragic and glorious within...sometimes in the same sentence. Well imagine that kind of insightful literature in lyric with the voice of an angel spreading it around. Leah Shaw has that kind of voice and that kind of song. She'll be one to be reckoned with." - Eddie Owen, Red Clay Theater, Atlanta GA


11pm- Fair-Weather
Genre: indie/folk/rock
For fans of: Muse, Radiohead, Poliça, Feist 

Nuanced crossovers between multiple styles, Fair Weather’s sound is hard to categorize in a single genre. Born from a solo acoustic EP with the same name and formed through friendships, the band has rearranged and reimagined their songs into organic and distinctive ponderings on the beauty and fragility of life.