The Way Station Events
21+ all the time (it is a bar after all)
21+ all the time (it is a bar after all)
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All shows are $5 suggested donation unless indicated
7:30pm- Matt Benjamin
Genre: Country Folk
For fans of: Townes Van Zandt, The Replacements, John Prine, Bruce Springsteen
Matt Benjamin grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania. His songs take on love, demons, death, and other topics relevant to life in the 21st century. He’s living in Brooklyn for now.
8:30pm- I'll Be John Brown
Genre: Alt-Country / Americana
For fans of: Waylon Jennings, Hank III, Old 97’s, Drive By Truckers, The Black Crowes
I’ll Be John Brown is a 5-piece alt-Country locomotive mixing Bluegrass, Outlaw Country, and good ole fashioned Rock and Roll to create their own driving sound built on airtight rhythms and layered vocal harmony. Established in Brooklyn in 2005, their flare for performance has elevated them within the Brooklyn country scene as well as up and down the east coast. With influences ranging from Waylon, Wilco, Hank, Dylan, and the Allmans, they turn up the volume and tempo on traditional Americana. IBJB's high powered honky-tonk can turn any party into a barn burner.
9:30pm- Toys and Tiny Instruments
Genre: Psych-rock, experimental folk, indie
For fans of: They Might Be Giants, Polyphonic Spree, "Rocky Horror," Tom Waits
Toys and Tiny Instruments is a Brooklyn-based psych-pop band formed in late 2009 as a side project of the musical duo My Friend Other. Toys specialize in a rhythmically complex, quirky and whimsical sound and have been relentlessly active on the NYC music scene, performing in venues ranging from a converted nuns' convent to sweaty bars to South Street Seaport. They just released their first full-length album, "Thunder Clap Machine," in early 2013.
“Toys and Tiny Instruments are insane musician magicians. They brought the energy and fun in a major way”.
- Chris Gethard, TheChrisGethardShow.com
“This Brooklyn-based band gives off a total Barenaked Ladies meets Magnetic Fields meets Broadway musical vibe. In other words, as quirky, symbolic, intelligent and theatrical as one can get.”
- Lindsey Darden, BeatCrave.com
10:30pm- Avi Fox-Rosen & Friends
Genre: indie quirky rock music
For fans of: Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, David Bowie, Lil Wayne
Avi Fox-Rosen lives, works, and plays in Brooklyn, NY. On the first day of each month of 2013, Avi releases an original EP of brand new music produced by him, for you. start listening.
Avi leads a rock band called Double Double. And he also plays guitar with many wonderful people in many wonderful places. Bands include Yiddish Princess, .357 Lover, Benjy Fox-Rosen's Hayse Trer, Basya Schechter, Daniel Kahn, Frank London, Aftselokhes Auxiliary Music Brigade, and many more.
“It’s funky, carnivalesque and mystifyingly multistylistic – if there’s a genre this guy can’t write in, it isn’t apparent here… With a noir undercurrent matched by vividly aphoristic black humor, guitarist Fox-Rosen sings with a cool, suave, deviously jazzy vocal delivery that’s well-suited to the lyrics – think Donald Fagen’s equally gifted, more ill-at-ease bastard stepchild.”
an EP a month streaming + downloadable at:
8pm- Remy de Laroque
Genre: Indie Folk Rock
For fans of: Glen Hansard, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Dave Matthews
Remy de Laroque is an introspective French American singer-songwriter. Aborigines can unerringly find their way across terrain unknown to them simply by knowing the land's song--the songline. Remy believes in writing songs as songlines to help find the ways around the soul. His music contains spiritual elements, relating tales of self-empowerment and a search for love and healing.
"The music is just as imaginative and exceptional on his new album"
- MuzikMan, MusicDish e-journal
9pm- The Howling Monkeys
For fans of: rock, blues, beatles, joe cocker
Alex P! Quinn McCarthy! Shane Kerwin! Jon Hildenstein!
10pm- Xavier Cardriche
Genre: Urban-Folk / Alt-Country
For fans of: David Gray, Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne, Crowded House
Xavier Cardriche is a singer/songwriter born and raised in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. While completing his final year in College, he began playing acoustic guitar at the age of 21 and soon-after, received local and international interest. Xavier went on to release two EPs (“Sorta-like-a-demo”, “In Due Time) and has performed numerous shows abroad. Known to his peers as “the Bard from Brooklyn,” Xavier pairs an alt-country sound with visually detailed urban stories.
photo credit: David Joshua Ford
9pm- Even Twice
For Fans of: MC-5, Can, The Who
Even Twice, Brooklyn's premiere Prog/Punk duo have been on the NYC music scene since 2011. Combining elements of hard rock/psychedelic and prog rock with a punk energy, Even Twice have also made inroads in Manhattan, Boston, and will be touring this summer promoting their upcoming CD.
Pat O'Shea (Drums and voc) and Bob Hait (bass and voc), get their sound from their very differents backrounds; Pat has played drums and guitar with numerous Boston/New York bands over the last two decades, and
Bob, who hails from Estonia, has played with a number of bands in all different genres both in NYC and abroad.
"That's a lot of sound for just two instruments"- Roger Clark from NY1 (also, drummer for the band "Perp Walk")
Comic Tales’ lead singer, songwriter, and trumpeter Robert Whaley previously fronted NYC rock legends, the Niagaras. With a penchant for interpretive dancing on tabletops and hilariously satirical rants on a broken childhood, Whaley electrified national audiences with appearances on Good Morning America, the Oxygen network, and Fox. The Niagaras were a hugely popular staple of the Manhattan scene for nearly two decades, attracting celebrities, controversy, and packed houses along the way.
Seeking a return to the R&B roots that got him into music in the first place, and informed by an almost pathological aversion to anything post-1974, Whaley joined forces with talented newcomer Aaron Wyanski as pianist and arranger. Along with industry veterans Michael “Miguelito” LaMorté (Mini-King, Grupo Miguelito) on bass and longtime Niagaras drummer Dylan Wissing (Johnny Socko, Novel), the group has crafted an organic, literate, deeply-grooving collection of semi-autobiographical songs.
Written in a tiny studio bursting with 20th Century literature, and inspired by a massive collection of obscure vinyl, Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak have managed to create a sound and a show which is both timeless and cutting-edge. The sweat-drenched performances and the rapidly-disappearing ability to deeply engage and entertain a crowd really leave a lasting impression. Sounds like hype, until you experience it in person.
5pm- Moving Pictures, the screening series hosted by Sean Proper and Sadie Harrison each Sunday evening at The Way Station.
8pm- The World is Square
Join us for the Video Game Cover Band The World is Square. Traveling down from the Boston Area for the night they will perform songs from popular titles like Final Fantasy using a variety of unorthodox instruments. They are not a typical "rock" set-up, and have received a lot of positive attention because of this. They just released their first full length that you can listen for free on our Bandcamp. The sound is very laid-back and friendly.
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!
8pm- Thomas Simon
9pm- BC3 (Brad Craig Trio)
Guitarist Brad Craig started out in his early teens, playing fast, hard rock n roll at all the hot spots in his native NYC, including Max's Kansas City, CBGB and The Palladium. Since then, he has continued to work with established and emerging artists, in a wide variety of genres and styles, on stage and in studios from Brooklyn to Tokyo. Currently, Brad can be found the last Monday of every month at THE WAY STATION, with his newly formed trio, "BC3". Genre defiant, BC3 does it all, and does it well, with a core of accomplished musicians, guest vocalists and soloists.
8pm- Patrick Freeman(Singer/Songwriter)
Recently arrived to New York City, songwriter and guitarist Patrick Freeman spent the last number of years working as session musician and performer in and around Cork, Ireland. His first solo EP, Perfect Fit is expected in early 2012.
9pm- Bryan Dunn(Singer/Songwriter)
10pm- Bucky Hayes
Bucky Hayes is a Brooklyn-based, by way of Georgia, Singer-Songwriter. Influenced by the melodies and craftsmanship of classic country and soul music, he constructs his own tunes and sound with roots in these styles filtered through the urban experiences which are his everyday existence.
8pm- Bryan Cahall
For fans of: Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Utah Phillips
Bryan Cahall is a storyteller, poet, and singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. To date, his work is minimalistic—humble tunes meant to elevate some thoughtful and agile lyricism. And with debts to Southern blues and gospel, Irish balladry, the winking pathos of the Dust Bowl-era songsters, and the folk revivalists of the 1960's, it is distinctly American. There is a rich tradition of singing poets who've seen themselves foremost as witnesses and keepers of cultural memory and who've shared their gifts of expression to inspire, to console, to remind, and to widen their circle of sympathetic fellows. Keeping with this, Bryan regards music and poetry together as a communal labor of creation, a form of leisure, and the antidote to a certain lonesomeness.
9pm- Glaser Drive
For Fans of: Fleetwood Mac, Carole King, CSNY, shaker eggs, The Eagles, The Mamas and the Papas, soul, sisters
GLASER DRIVE is a New York based folk-rock soul band comprised of sisters Faige, Chaya, Eden & Doren Glaser, with Elly Geldwerth on cajon. The sisters have been singing and playing music together for as long as they can remember. They constantly draw inspiration from their native San Diego shore, New York’s harmonious melting pot of cultures, the luminaries, angels, tambourines, plaster of paradise, lullabies of Birdland and the roots of their family fireplace. Writing and arranging original music, they blend their instruments and voices into song, making waves of sound and weaving their harmonies together with love as only sisters can.
10pm- Kelli Scarr
Genre: Folk / Americana
For fans of: Lucinda Williams, Jeff Buckley, Patti Smith, Neil Young, Gillian Welch
Kelli Scarr is a singer and songwriter from Folsom, California. She has spent the past decade living in Brooklyn working as a musician with such diverse acts as Moby, Moonraker, J Viewz, Salt & Samovar and Nicole Atkins while continuing to develop her own songs and compose film scores. Kelli was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on the HBO documentary In A Dream. She has released two solo albums on the Silence Breaks label – Piece (2010) and Dangling Teeth (2012).
“Kelli has a voice that draws me closer to a song: it's too alluring to stay in the background but gentle enough that it never feels demanding...Kelli Scarr's new record, Dangling Teeth, is basically acountry record. There are still wisps of dreaminess, but she and her talented band are playing songs that sit well on my record shelf next to Neil Young's Harvest.” - Bob Boilen, NPR
“She gives you the feeling of hair blowing in the wind and a fire that will never, ever die down. She gives you the feeling of something in time suspended right where it is, as if everything exists in the most miraculous kind of a vacuum. We're here, she's with us, we're all with the ones that we love and there's no leaving here.” - Daytrotter