Tuesday, September 29, 2015

What's happening through October 17, 2015

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

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

8pm- George Gilmore
Genre: Folk, Singer/songwriter
For fans of: Nick Lowe, Leonard Cohen, Justin Townes Earle, Kris Kristofferson

This New York City veteran singer/songwriter/guitar slinger has been a mainstay on the Americana/roots-rock scene for over two decades. His latest (I am a Weed) finds him in great form on these (lucky) 13 tunes exploring the journey of life with and without love, accompanied by an able stable of well-known Big Apple players. Tops for me is his gospel-fueled offering "The Good Lord Smote My Eye."

10pm- Omar Ndiaye

Genre: Mbalax, Afro-pop, World
For fans of:  Baba Maal; Youssou N'dour; Vieux Farka Toure, Frere Juiffe

Electro-Acoustic Afro-pop from Mali, Senegal and Goree Island which is off the coast of Senegal mixed with Latin, Funk and Soul. Vocals are in Wolof and French and are reminiscent of the great Baba Maal.

11pm- Mike O'Malley and the Beastie Band
Genre: Screamer-Songwriter.
For fans of: Tom Waits, Glen Hansard, The Decemberi
sts, Fiona Apple

Mike O'Malley carries a lot of anger around. He endeavors to funnel said extra energy into a rollicking, kinetic set of folk songs for drinking, howling, and stomping to. He would specifically love to howl with you. 

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, checkwww.marsalaband.net

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.


10pm- Tattoo Money

Genre: Indie rock/Hip-hop
For fans of: Cold war kids, Childish Gambino, Black keys, TV on the Radio

Tales of Relationships set the the soundtrack and Catchy guitar riffs and Fat Drums

"His setup was simple: a slideshow, featuring images and movie clips that moved in sync and relevance with each track he played, and a light show behind him
His album, The Brain. The Mind. The Heart, features tracks that center on the ups and downs of dating in NYC, making his set immediately relatable. And the best thing about it all? He kept the crowd moving along with him. I imagine nothing is more nerve-wracking than the pressure of impressing a new crowd of music-lovers, but he nailed it!" - popwrapped.com

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


7:30pm- Crypto Wars Pub Quiz
Join the digital rights organization Access Now for a fun and educational Encryption Pub Quiz. Our cybersecurity experts will first dig into myths and realities about encryption — and tell you what you need to know. Then we’ll launch the Pub Quiz with questions on everything from pop culture to bits of code. This NY Comic Con bookend event will get your creative juices flowing. 
9pm- Ivan Polanco
Genre: Pop/R&B
For fans of: Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars

Ivan Polanco is an independent artist hailing from New York City. With his unique soulful vocals backed by a fiery blend of acoustic guitar rhythms and a full band behind him, he has been catching the attention of audiences within the northeast college & festival scene. Having recently released his third album "Introspection" on iTunes in April 2015, he is excited to share his new music with audiences. Playing within the styles of Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, there is a pop sensibility coated with a distinct honesty in songwriting and musicality that Ivan brings to the table with his performances. 

"Ivan's dedication, drive, and versatility as an artist show through his work. Not only are his songs extremely catchy, they also seem to strike a chord with us listeners" - Punchland (http://www.punchland.com/music/get-introspective-view-coming-local-artist-ivan-polanco-new-album/)

New Album "Introspection":

"I Just Want To Love You" Official Music Video:

"Hard Not to Fall" Official Music Video:

10pm- Eliza and The Organix
Genre: gritty jazz rock
For fans of: Cake, Morphine, Beck, The Dresden Dolls

Eliza and the Organix is an experimental Brooklyn-based rock group centered around the songwriting of vocalist and guitarist Eliza Waldman. E&O deals in deep grooves, quirky humor, and high octane playing, drawing from a broad sonic canvas that remains focused in storytelling and soulful sound.

"...A deliciously dark and exuberantly hook-filled sound..."-Peter Hay - Twin Vision
“Led by singer-songwriter/guitarist Eliza Waldman, the group [Eliza and the Organix] integrates madness and irony, providing on off-beat, crazy, and intense vibe that is also fun and inspiring.”- Andrew McDonald - Living Free NYC

“The music showcases a powerful vocal dripping with charisma – Eliza's chief instrument, attracting a serious suite of talented jazz musicians...Whether Eliza continues to find her fun lyrically, or instead opts to marshal that idiosyncrasy through complex song construction a la “freak folk” standout Tune-Yards..., E&O will remain a band to watch.”- Jim Pembry - NYC Indie Music Live

"...Excellent..." -Tom Robinson, Fresh On The Net
"Harkens back to the old No-Wave Movement of the late 70s, early 1980s." - Mike Taylor, Amazing Radio

11pm- Shaeera Tariq
Genre: Indie Acoustic/Indie Pop

Shaeera is an indie-acoustic singer/songwriter based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. She loves to mix her love for rich vocals by incorporating harmonies into her music, influenced by the work of artists such as Imogen Heap or Alt-J. 

“Shaeera Tariq is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, educator, and lover of puns. You can catch her at the Punderdome 3000 or various open mics and venues in the city.” 

10pm- Doctor Who costume contest and trivia night - $10 to participate
Following last year's sold out New York Super Week event, the Doctor Who Costume and Trivia Contest returns to The Way Station (Brooklyn's best and only Doctor Who bar)! Highlighted by special guests and prizes aplenty, the event allows Whovians from all eras of the series to dress up like their favorite characters and try their luck at some challenging trivia questions. At stake? Doctor Who prizes aplenty and the respect of your peers. It's an event that is fun enough to warm both of your hearts!  

8-10pm- Sci Fi Explosion- $10
Have you ever wondered about Robocop's secret past as a fried chicken salesman? Did you ever write a letter to E.T. telling him how much you love/fear him? Why the hell was Webster bothering Worf on the bridge of the Enterprise that one time? If any of these questions have haunted your very soul, we have the perfect event for you! Join host/writer Chris Cummins (Den of Geek, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, Topless Robot) and his special guests for Sci-Fi Explosion, a cosmic cabaret of craziness that will be highlighted by live musical performances, some carefully curated video clips that showcase the weirder world of science fiction and its fandom and trivia with sci-fi related prizes!

11pm- Unigen
Genre: Pop 
For fans of: Imogen Heap, The Postal Service, Peter Gabriel, The Knife 

Unigen is Luke Folger's solo music project. Using his own custom one-man-band instrument, this guy is a true pioneer of electronic pop music. Fifteen years of experience in digital sound design, piano improvisation, and drumming in progressive rock and emo bands has led Luke to develop his own electronic music performance system - one that responds in real-time like an expressive instrument. The resulting songs are all-original, uplifting power-pop anthems, rich in melody, syncopation, and totally wild digital textures.  

"…It's actually electronic music similar to what you might hear in a dance club, with pulsating sounds that can turn from delicate to soaring. In other words, not something you'd expect to hear in the subway." - LA Times 2012  

8pm- No Idle Thing
Genre: Fusion jazz funk
For fans of: Wayne Krantz, Tim Lefebvre, John Scofield, Oz Noy

Hybrid project featuring Scott Newell of Funk Rush, and Dave Lowenthal and Josh Schusterman of Phantom Pop.

9pm- Sleeping Tongues
Genre: indie/post-punk/folk
For fans of: The Clash, The Killers, The Cure, New Order, The Jam, Interpol

Shoe move rock.  The Sleeping Tongues deliver intriguing music that makes you want to do things... The Brooklyn based band hints at the genres of post-punk, rock, folk, indie and Caribbean music.  They bring the key elements of rhythm, hooks, sensible oddity, penetrating vocals and energized performance.

10pm- Chevy Lopez
Genre: Gnar&B (R&B/Funk/Jazz) 
For fans of:  Big Brother and the Holding Company, Chaka Khan, Hiatus Kaiyote, Amy Whinehouse 

Chevy Lopez is a dynamic, Brooklyn based, six-piece coining the genre "gnarnb." The term is a reference to both the members' beach roots and their eclectic mix of musical influences, ranging from RnB  and jazz to funk and reggae. The sultry vocal styles of their female lead are reminiscent of old-school soul, but the song concepts dive deeper into the current struggles of young adulthood. This combination of old and new draws a fan-base that cuts across age groups; making everyone want to get up and boogie down. Featuring: Lexi Todd on Vocals, Greg Warren on Lead Guitar, Julian Massiah on Saxophone, Chris Cielazewicz on Drums, Giovanni Stockton-Rossini on Bass Guitar, and Ryan McShea on Rhythm Guitar/Keyboard. 

"With a striking leading lady and her sultry vocal skills, the funk-reggae-jam-rock-fusion ban Chevy Lopez has something extra special..." -Victoria Lassonde - The Sandpaper
"Chevy Lopez flat out killed it with their soulful, jazz-rock fusion style and impressive jam sessions." -- Michael Molinaro, The Sandpaper 

8pm- Sarabande
Genre: rock croon soul jazz sludge
For fans of: Jeff Buckley, Liz Phair, Billie Holiday

Born and raised  in New York City to gypsy parents of the arts, singer/songwriter and guitarist Sara Jecko is a bit of a gypsy herself. It’s hard to settle down. After studying jazz guitar in college, and at the same time, touring as the guitarist in a zydeco-punk band (Zydeco Pilots), she started performing her own songs.  

“She creates her own brand of soulful and intuitive music. (Her) voice completely fragile with an energy of resilience” - rockisrock

“Raw emotion..natural, inspired ease” - James Moore

9pm- Iced Ink
Genre: Surf Jazz Progressive Rock Twangabilly
For fans of:  Mr. Bungle, Dick Dale, Frank Zappa, Brian Setzer, King Crimson, Jim Campilongo

Iced Ink is an instrumental guitar/bass/drums trio out of Brooklyn, New York whose music is a pop culture stream of conscience neatly crammed into unique 4 minute long music meatballs for your ears.  Their music is thoughtfully composed and succinctly arranged allowing each performance to be free and in the moment.  Iced Ink has played over 70 shows in New York since debuting in January 2012 

"If you ever have a chance to catch this group live, it comes with my stark recommendation." – Dingus On Music

"Dynamic, but always purposeful, the album is a shining example of the band’s own brand of surf-metal, a post-modern and pop-culture pastiche, that is self aware but entirely earnest." – Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen

10pm- 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!
NoNoGoGo Video: http://youtu.be/vS0BvAA_WXc
StinkEye Video: http://youtu.be/pBoqp9ANDds

11pm- The Sky Captains of Intustry
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

7:30pm- Satellite Magazine: Let's Talk About Cities

9pm- Sterling Rhyne
Genre: Folk/Soul
For fans of: Billie Holiday, Lianne La Havas, Erykah Badu, 

Sterling Rhyne blends ethereal guitar lines with organic, catchy melodies, creating a unique ambiance. Alluring soul/folk smothered in honey, her music takes listeners on a transcendental journey of euphoria, heartbreak, and hope.

10pm- Robbing Millions
Genre: Psych Pop

Robbing Millionsnotorious for their crazy live shows and signature videos, started out in 2013 with a self-produced ep titled ‘Ages and Sun’ that immediately buzzed its way through the Belgian and French alternative music scene.  The band played several prestigious festivals just months after their start-up (Les Nuits Botaniques, Les Ardentes, Dour festival, Pukkelpop, Paléo Festival), supporting bands such as Metronomy, Palma Violets and Babyshambles, … & was chosen as ‘artist in residence’ by Belgian’s most famous concert venue AB (Ancienne Belgique).

They released a second EP ‘Lonely Carnivore’ (dec 2014) – and ended up playing more than 70 shows in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, UK and Suisse over the past 18 months. They’re considered to be one of Belgium’s most promising indie acts, described as (sorry, but we need to give you an idea…) “a heavier take on ALT-J’s alt pop” & “Phoenix meets MGMT”)

11pm- Lijie
A mix of dirty pop/rock and soul, Lijie’s music is a blend of smooth soulful vocals, electric guitar, and melodic pop hooks.

“(The Music Maker is an) …easy-listening, ambitious effort that demonstrates both here impressive vocal range and disciplined focus on her own ideas…” – Seattle Weekly

“She is a devoted, passionate and extremely talented singer/songwriter and musician…” - FOX 25/MyFoxBoston.com

8pm- Vlada Brofman & Concetta Abbate
Genre: singer-songwriter, art song, world music
For fans of:  Emiliana Torrini, Joanna Newsom, Kat Edmonson, Melodie Gardot

Sensuous melodies, unexpected lyrics, and a sophisticated international flavor – a seamless mix of many genres.  Pocket sized songs. Fleeting sounds, scarcely noticed. Paper clips, a dusty book, bright fish in time. Little songs like little shells.

 “The lyrics have a cabaret or chanson quality to them, and as richly warbled by vocalist Vlada Brofman put me in mind of Melanie, Edith Piaf, or Carla Bruni.”
- Zachary Bos, The Wonder Reflex Blog, January 2015
"This sort of passion is the 'it' that one recognizes in the true troubadours whose minds can’t help but fill up with bursting melodies." - Travel Write Sing Blog, Luke Armstrong March 2015 

9pm- Daphne Lee Martin
Genre: Songwriter/Electronic
For fans of: Bat for Lashes, Portishead, Aimee Mann

After a whirlwind affair with roots music, garnering her several songwriting and performance awards, including CT Music Awards' 2012 Country Artist of the Year and Whalie Awards' Album of the Year, Daphne Lee Martin is back in force with a new collection of songs on her latest pair of records, Frost & Moxie (Telegraph Recording Company). Since its release, the albums have been featured on The Needle Drop, Rolling Stone contributor Eric Danton's Listen, Dammit, NPR's Where We Live, No Depression, WTNH's CT Style, The Day's Live Lunch Break, and Boston Dig, Surviving the Golden Age, Daytrotter, Radio K, as well as a number of other national blogs and zines. Moxie charted in the Top 200 CMJ weekly chart (with over 45 adds) and was included in Under the Radar's official SXSW Sampler followed by three national tours including SXSW. In 2014 Daphne was nominated in the New England Music Awards for Female Performer of the Year as well as the CT Music Awards Singer/Songwriter of the Year.

"Channeling Peggy Lee singing in some interstellar speakeasy backed by Jack White, where the fashion of bowler hats and bow ties are mixed with Go Go boots and mini-skirts" - Rick Bowen, No Depression

"Lemme tell you it's a badly behaved set of tracks. It's a liquored up weekend whose hangover lasts well into the work week." - Anthony Fantano, The Needle Drop

"Moxie is an altogether different affair. Less a collection of songs – more a soundtrack to a wild burlesque show. Underwater, dreamy vocals, you hear reggae beats under New Orleans horns….bossa nova…honky tonk…Gypsy and swing….all in a late-night cabaret. " -John Dankosky, NPR

“The music is a little dirty, a little dangerous but a hell of a good time.” - Chip McCabe, CT.com

”Cheeky, and full of verve and swing... equal to anything Dr. John might have conjured up in his voodoo lair.” - Vincent Bator, Examiner.com

“With her strong writing style and sultry vocal delivery, Martin has you in the palm of her hand from track one.” - Troy Michael, Innocent Words Chicago

10pm- Moondrunk
Genre:  Indie Singer/Songwriter
For fans of:  The XX, Ben Harper, First Aid Kit

Moondrunk is a New York-based folk duo that jumps from heartbreak to humor before you can finish your whiskey.  Andrew Bancroft’s original lyrics and guitar licks are complemented by Ashley Flanagan’s powerful vocals.  They will be joined by the talented multi-instrumentalist Yair Evnine on cello. If the mood strikes, you may be privy to an audience-inspired freestyle rap.  Either way, you will hear something unique.

Bancroft has been has been featured on MTV’s TRL and in Rolling Stone and TIME.  
"Even better, Ashley Perez Flanagan…delivers a sweetly touching 'Another Suitcase in Another Hall.'" – The New York Times (review of Evita) 

11pm- Lucas Brode's Spying
Genre: Jazz/rock
For fans of: Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Yo La Tengo

Combining influences as far reaching as the jazz-experimentalism of guitarists like Bill Frisell & Marc Ribot, the modern form & rhythmic sensibilities of composers like John Zorn & Steve Reich, the energy and feel of rock bands like Sonic Youth & Yo La Tengo, and the textural moods of artists like Mogwai & Brian Eno, Lucas Brode’s Spying creates exciting, yet subtle, modern music. Guitarist/composer Lucas Brode puts equal emphasis on both the melodic and rhythmic concepts of the consonance-dissonance relationship, while the group is rounded out by the stellar, groove-heavy backbone of Sam Wagner on drums and Isaac Jaffe on bass. 

“Brode’s rapid finger-work brings to mind themes of time, growth and decay.” – Fecking Bahamas

“…find him prowling the back alleys of electric guitar playing.” – Here Comes the Flood

7:30pm-  Astronomy on Tap

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 all like drinking. And music. And attention. Our music is a mix of traditional folk, unconventional covers, and irreverence.


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.

FRIDAY 10/16
8pm- Goddess Lakshmi
Genre: Indy Rock
For fans of:  Elvis Costello, Squeeze, B-52s, Talking Heads, Rubblebucket,  

Named for the Hindu goddess of abundance The Goddess Lakshmi cut their teeth playing weekly shows at the rough and tumble Paris Blues bar in Harlem. A confluence of diverse influences from blues, blues rock, blue grass and reggae with hints of Jazz and German metal. 

"The Goddess Lakshmi is a prime example of the thriving jazz and folk sounds that came together during the Harlem Renaissance with nods to the beatnik cool of the early '60s. Harlem is the birthplace of the band and its honed musical style, most evident in the swinging notes carrying the band’s front-woman Kosi through tracks like, “I Want You For My Man”. The Goddess Lakshmi has harnessed a sound that is all their own and with a wealth of experience upon which to attribute it to...

...The new album, LOVE, is the product of one exhausting, yet rewarding journey complete with ‘cuts, scratches, and cigarette burns’. The recording and mixing process ended with a flow of sound amplified by more textural qualities: close-knit rhythm sections, soul-drenched vocals, and story-lines about love: both wanting and losing it." - Adrienne Bess, JOONBUG FULL REVIEW

9pm- Stanley John Mitchell and his Band of Buddies
Genre: Americana/singer -songwriter
For fans of:  Mumford and Sons, Neil Finn, Chuck berry

Native New Zealander Stanley John Mitchell is a veteran of the New York alternative scene. After arriving here with legendary Kiwi band ‘The Drongos’ Stanley J soon established himself as a songwriting force. His current band ‘Stanley John Mitchell and his Band of Buddies’ plays original material inspired by the Americana/Roots American style he loves so much. These influence’s, along with Stan’s own South Pacific background make for a delightfully original sound.

“A delightful mélange of funk rhythms, country harmonies, precisely layered guitar counterpoint and airy folk-rock sounds, with many influences, old and new, absorbed into a delightfully original sound”. - Robert Palmer. New York Times

10pm- 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.

11pm- 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. 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.

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5pm- Breukulele Fest 4

Cat Smith

I'm one girl with a ukelele who does an Amanda Palmer cover or two, so if forced to compare my sound to anyone else's, it's probably her. Succinctly, just describe me as Nerd Rock at its finest.

Kelly Kilcoyne

Genre: Nerd Folk
For fans of: Jonathan Coulton
Book geek. Cardio kickboxer. Singing Pirate. Ren Faire nerd. Sword fighter. Ukulele enthusiast.

Katie Pierce

Singer, songwriter, player of many instruments and teacher of small children.

Ariah Noetzel

Genre: Indie/folk
For fans of: Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareillis, Laura Marling

Ariah is a silly student from New York who likes making music and puppies.

Sarah Bisman

Genre: Folk covers and originals
For fans of: Jonathan Coulton, Emilyn Brodsky, and general quirk.

8pm- Kat Kokes
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. 

9pm- Rocky and The Pressers
Genre: Reggae
For fans of: The Wailing Souls, The Slackers, Steel Pulse

Based in The Bronx, NY, The Pressers refresh the roots-reggae genre with complex vocal harmony and song structure.  In their 5th year performing, they are exploring new territory in their writing, while still delivering songs from their 2013 album, “Dance at The Playhouse.”  Listeners can always expect a number of choice cover songs from a range of artists; Burning Spear to Gordon Lightfoot.  Beres Hammond to Scott Walker.

10pm- Smith & 9th Ward
Genre: New Orleans Blues/Funk/Jazz
For fans of: New Orleans Jazz, Blues, Funk and Brass Band music

SMITH & 9th WARD is a combo in the New Orleans, funky and soulful tradition.  We channel the likes of Dr. John, James Booker, Allen Toussaint and Professor Longhair to bring you New Orleans grooves with a Brooklyn attitude.  We consist of members of the OUTER BOROUGH BRASS BAND and we love playing funky NOLA tunes, traditional jazz standards and low-down blues. SMITH & 9th WARD: New Orleans grooves with a Brooklyn attitude. 

“Leyton-Brown’s physical stance at the keyboard comes closer to Joe Strummer than Dr. John, but she’s got skills that would make Mac Rebenack grin that trademark grin. Allison injected some old school stride into “Don’t Think Twice,” and her vocals on Crescent City classics like “Big Chief” and “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” were right on point. But it’s the little differences she brings that make her a not-so-secret weapon, like the Fender Rhodes sound she brought to the funky Scatassa original “BQEeze,” or the sizzling Clavinet vibe she conjured up toward the end of the second set that was straight out of Billy Preston’s “Outa Space.” Maybe the traditionalists might freak, but it’s a Brooklyn thing! They wouldn’t understand!” – J Hunter “Nippertown”

“After the bass drummer unexpectedly decided to lead a secondline into the bar room, which freaked out most of the people there, they came back in and kicked things up another notch. By this point, those of us who were dancing stopped caring about what the room full of lazy people thought, and we got up and got down in front of the band on a rousing finale.” – a fan

Genre: 50’s Swing

For fans of: Andrew Sisters, Boswell Sisters, Puppini Sisters, Ella Fitgerald, Frank Sinatra

Combining the charm of old times 'Divas' and an unexpected female irony, "Ladyvette" create a new style of show mixing new songs in vintage style, the classics of the 80’s and 90’s pop music reinterpreted in a swing mood and comic sketches.  Their high level of talent, professionalism, and enthusiasm combine to make them one of the most sought after trios in Italy.

"Proper look from great ladies, dazzling lipstick, elegant gestures, and a repertoire ranging from the classics of the past, interspersed with original creations or reinterpretations of classics from the eighties and nineties. Ladyvette do not forget the purely theatrical array, and the concert soon turns into a real show, in which intertextuality goes beyond a game made of funny gags, small sentimental drifts, and admirable human portraits declined in songs." - La Repubblica - the most important Italian newspaper - defined them as "the ironic divas of our times."