Wednesday, February 20

The Way Station Events
21+ all the time (it is a bar after all)
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All shows are $5 suggested donation unless indicated

Kelli Scarr Presents:
9pm- Misty Boyce 
Genre: Arty folk-pop
For fans of: Feist, Emily Haines, Dawes, Florence and the Machine

A New Mexico native, Boyce began her career as the keyboardist for The Naked Brothers Band, appearing with them on The View and the Today Show. She has also accompanied Tim Williams on tour and at performances at SXSW and Sundance Film Festival, Ingrid Michaelson at her Holiday Hop and on the Kelly Ripa show, Greg Laswell on his most recent east-coast tour, and Mike Grubbs of Wakey! Wakey!. Boyce's songwriting is eclectic and raw, her voice emotive and honest, and she's never shy of self-revelation. She's heading back into the studio winter of 2013 with producer Chris Cubetta to follow up her eponymous full-length debut that was released in 2010. Boyce will be touring the US in March supporting Alexz Johnson and Charlene Kaye, and Germany in her own right in July.

"Her voice drips soulfully against the piano as she croons lyrics of heartbreak and toil."- The Daily Iowan
"Boyce is at once poignant and playful combining provocative, often clever, lyrics with her soulful vocals and vibrant piano playing." - Las Cruces Sun-News 

10pm- Sidecar
Genre: songwriter pop                       
For fans of: Bonnie Raitt, REM, St Vincent

Two parts strong, one part sweet, and one part sour.
Ingredients: Rich Hinman, Rob Heath, Amy Merrill, and Daru Oda. A Classic, sometimes also called a combination, an outfit, or a rig. Open late and may occasionally "sugar the rim."
11pm- 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

The Way Station Turns 2!!! 
Believe it or not, its been 2 years! Come out and celebrate this milestone with me (Anders), The Salt Cracker Crazies Jug Band + Jake La Botz. We just got our liquor license renewed so we’ll be definitely open for another crazy 2 years.
8pm- Jake La Botz
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)

9pm- Salt Cracker Crazies
Genre: Jug Band, Hokum, Americana
For fans of:  The Memphis Jug Band, Cannon’s Jug Stompers, Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas

The Salt Cracker Crazies have been playing their own brand of jug centric skiffle for centuries. They sing about unicorns. They sing about fireworks. They sing about poontang. Once you've heard their bone rattling, floor shaking, gut thumping hokum, you'll want to bang on something...hard.

"Listening to the Salt Cracker Crazies is like finding a great big lump of floating Jesus in your corn liquor."

“I shared a night of passion with the Crazies back in November. 2 months later, I gave birth. To twins!”

10pm- The Fancy Shapes
The spirited debut from New York-based Afro/indie pop outfit the Fancy Shapes features 12 highly danceable slabs of sun-filled urban angst, proving that the term "island music" applies to Manhattan just as much as it does to Jamaica.-All Music Guide. For fans of Vampire Weekend

9pm- Nick Demeris
Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Spontaneous Inventus & Hip Hop...Dentist?

Nick’s sound spans the likes of Jelly Roll Morton to Mos Def, Andrew Bird to the Roots, & Woodie Guthrie to Janelle Monae; with a performance aesthetic that ranges from Charlie Chaplin to Reggie Watts.  His sets include performing improvised comedy, music, and pre-written songs, all using a loop pedal to engage the audience in a “Bobby Mcferrin like” fashion.

As a solo performer/musician, he’s been seen at the Tonic Room, Gallery Cabaret, Subterranean, Metropolis Coffee Roasters, the world famous Green Mill, Showtime at the Apollo (regional), & March Madness Competition to name a few.  In hist very short time in New York, Nick has performed at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Pete’s Candy Store, the Way Station & Hanks Saloon.

Last summer Nick participated in a vocal improvisation and circle singing intensive with Bobby Mcferrin & members of his “Voicestra,” after which followed his first EP, Fella Hitzgerald, which can be downloaded for free at:

To find more about Nick Demeris, D.D.S, head to

10pm- Comic Tales of Tragic Heartbreak
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.
Red Dwarf

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!

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- The John Baab Trio
Genre: funk/blues
The John Baab Trio is a Brooklyn-based collective of souls.  Spanning from in-your-face blues/rock to smooth and funky grooves, the Trio plays music to move you,  so bring your groovin shoes!  Featuring Jeff Jarvis on bass and Kendall Lantz on drums.

9pm- The DeLorean Sisters
Genre: Americana 80’s Synth Pop

Ever wonder what it would sound like if Depeche Mode went back in time to 1927, hit up the nearest whiskey still and grabbed a banjo? Ever wish the Carter Family played at your prom–in 1985? Well, you’re in luck: the DeLorean Sisters reimagine synth-pop hits and keytar karaoke staples as old timey, early 20th century Americana.  It’s Marty McFly with a washboard; the Dust Bowl meets the Superbowl Shuffle. You'll never hear Toto the same way again.

Time Out says, "The Delorean Sisters view the ’80s through sepia-tinted glasses, covering new-wavey classics like the Eurythmics' "Here Comes the Rain Again" in a vintage-folk style, complete with banjos and earthy harmonies."

10pm- Doll Parts
Doll Parts is Brooklyn's premiere Dolly Parton cover band. So bring your boots, your sparkles and your over the shoulder boulder holders!! Come for the classy yodels stay for the harmonies!

8pm- Marina Marina
Genre: Organic Free Range Folk Pop
For fans of: Feist, Cat Power, Joni Mitchell

Fresh off a two month folk music tour with The New Old Melody in Europe, Marina Marina arrives at the Way Station eager to share her solo work.  With smooth, golden vocals and heartbeat guitar rhythms, this musician has an extraordinary ability to transform her performance into a life altering conversation.  Think:  Melt in your Mouth Melodies, Unique and Unforgettable, Acoustic Folk, Earth Music.

 “I have had the great pleasure of sharing the stage with Marina at several shows one being a great women’s festival, Loudspeaker. Her songs and lyrics are mysterious with a hint of humor and always wisdom to share. She has great stage presence and really involves you with her songs”. Auto Jansz of Born in Cities

Kelli Scarr Presents:
9pm- Ember Schrag
Ember Schrag grew up in western Nebraska. She spent several years carving out a space in the Midwest as a distinctive lyricist, singer and guitarist. 2010's acclaimed EP Jephthah’s Daughter (Eh?), and Schrag’s debut studio effort, A Cruel, Cruel Woman (Lone Prairie 2009), were preceded by nearly a dozen home-recorded CD-Rs and cassettes. Her second full length album, The Sewing Room, was released on July 10, 2012 on Edible Onion + Single Girl, Married Girl.Schrag has toured with Kath Bloom and collaborated with Susan Alcorn, P.G. Six, The Chiara Quartet, Philip Gayle, Amy Denio, Dino Felipe, Low Hums, The Black Twig Pickers, L. Eugene Methe and Lucky Bone. Schrag also performs improvised electroacoustic music in the project Office Park (upcoming album on Humbug out of Norway), a collaboration with instrument builder Bryan Day. She currently resides in Iowa.

"Subtle, subdued acoustic guitar ballads, devoid of flash but soaked in character and a perpetually unsettling sense of mystery.” - Dead Angel

10pm- Alana Amram & the Rough Gems
Genre: psyche folk
For fans of: Fleet Foxes, Wilco, Black Crowes

Alana Amram named her loose knit band of collaborators The Rough Gems. Her latest release, Snow Shadows: Songs of Vince Martin featured string arrangements by Van Dyke Parks and John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful) as well as a who's who of talented New York musicians. Alana is in the process of recording her fourth LP and is releasing a split 7" with Invisible Familiars this month.

Elmore Magazine wrote, "The Rough Gems strike pure gold.... aural pleasure and lyrical treasure take you on a fantastic, romantic, wild ride."  Blurt Magazine summed it up simply, "She hit's her mark". Awaiting the Flood says "Amram’s voice is distinct and mesmerizing.... haunting" and No Depression  "The Rough Gems provides drive in the way Crazy Horse added a punch Neil Young’s music.". "I have a real good feeling that we’ll all be seeing a lot more of this up and coming star"  The Fader wrote.

11pm- Kelli Scarr- Karen Dalton Tribute

Genre: Folk / Americana
For fans of: Lucinda Williams, Jeff Buckley, Patti Smith, Neil Young, Gillian Welch

"I was first drawn to the voice - that weathered, longing, cracked voice that could mean nothing else but a life well lived. Plus her phrasing is out of this world. Add to that the fact that she got her teeth knocked out from getting caught in the middle of a fist fight between two lovers and you've got me. This woman is someone I seek to understand, someone I seek to honor.

So, on February 27th we will play the music of Karen Dalton. I've put together a great band featuring Scott Metzger on guitar, Rich Hinman on pedal steel, Claudia Chopek on fiddle, Jay Foote on bass and Taylor Floreth on drums. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Joining us will be two of my favorite women musicians in Brooklyn - Alana Amram and Ember Schrag." - Kelli Scarr
Karen J. Dalton (born Karen J. Cariker; July 19, 1937 – March 19, 1993) was an American Folk Blues Singer and banjo player associated with the early 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene, particularly with Fred Neil and the Holy Modal Rounders as well as Bob Dylan.

"Dalton could sound like Billie Holiday, and she had the striking beauty of a Walker Evans dustbowl portrait. Bob Dylan called her his favorite singer from the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s. She never enjoyed much commercial success, but her emotional performances and tragic life story continue to attract new fans. Fifteen years after her death, her music has never been more popular...The mystery that surrounds her life may be part of the reason for her recent comeback. In the last two years, independent labels have put out three CDs' worth of reissued and previously unreleased material."
-Joel Rose, NPR

9pm- Litvakus
Genre: Klezmer, Yiddish song
For fans of: Jewish music, Yiddish music, klezmer, folk, grassroots, jazz, traditional cultures, clarinet, fiddle.

Litvakus founded and led by Dmitri Slepovitch is a klezmer collective of five musicians coming from backgrounds as different as folk, classical, jazz, Latin, psychedelic pop, and cumbia. The band performs toe-tapping tunes and heartfelt songs of mainly Belarusian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Litvak Jewish traditions originating in Eastern Europe, as well as original songs and tunes. Inspired by dozens of folksingers and traditional musicians, Litvakus shapes the old-time tunes of Eastern European weddings and parties in a way that is culturally relevant, contributing sounds of the vanquished world to the contemporary urban environment. Acoustic rap in Yiddish? –You bet!

“Dmitri Slepovich’s trilling clarinet makes for irresistible dancing music.” –Jewish Daily Forward
Koshka plays garage rock with a gypsy itch, melding weird percussion, world beats, and gratuitous use of the minor harmonic scale into quirky, catchy, 3 minute indie rock mashups. Singer Elizabeth Brucia wails over pounding drums and a carnival of guitar, bass (and sometimes accordion) summoning the curious to knock back a brew and come mate with the misfits.

9pm- Ewald
Genre: Rock
For fans of: Bill Withers, Motown, Jam Bands

The groove of Ewald speaks for itself.  The songs of Ewald speak to everyone… Brooklyn based band, Ewald includes Jason Ewald on Vox and Drums, Jim Saxa on Bass, Andreas Arnold on Guitar and Kevin Bernstein on Keys. 
Since transplanting to Brooklyn from the Bay Area 5 years ago, Jason has penned a number of beautiful tunes inspired by city life all of which can be found on his two new albums, "Ewald" and "The Brooklyn Bedroom Sessions".  Ewald's music is a groove infused mix of rock and 70’s pop and Jason's voice is like an old comforting friend.  Ewald has been compared to the likes of Bill Withers, Jack Johnson, Steely Dan and Lenny Kravitz.
Both albums can be found at:

10pm- Gillian Harwin
Californian turned East Coaster Gillian Harwin has been on the New York scene for 6 years honing her craft and creating a soulful band with a groovin' vibe. She is not only a soulful singer and exuberant performer, but is a multi-instrumentalist as well, playing everything from Piano to Upright Bass to Musical Saw! In 2009 she took the title of Super Top Dog at The World Famous Apollo Theater's historical Amateur Night.
Gillian has studied and performed with a wealth of talented musicians both locally and abroad and has  studied many genres from classical to Jazz to Latin to Pop. With a hot band, slammin' orginal tunes and all the hottest covers, Gillian with her band Reverse Double Clutch is a show you don't want to miss!

Reverse Double Clutch is:
Gillian Harwin on Vox
LaRonn LaRhone on Bass
Gabe Cummins on Guitar
Mike The Godfather on Keys
and Jason Ewald and Allison Miller on Drums 

5pm- Moving Pictures, the screening series hosted by Sean Proper and Sadie Harrison each Sunday evening at the Way Station.
Space: 1979  
Blowout your 'fros and buckle your bellbottoms, fellow nerds! The TARDIS is gonna blast us back to the Me Decade this Sunday at the Way Station!! This funky trip will include a stop on the Battlestar Galactica – that's ClassicBSG, guys and dolls! We'll also get a two-decades-for-one deal with Buck Rogers, 'cause nothing says 25th century like shiny disco Lycra, lol! And more!

So come on down to get down at the Way Station! Keep on truckin'!!!

9pm- Nerd Cabaret
March 2nd is National Reading Day, but its sequel is Nerd Cabaret's celebration of the written word on March 3rd at the Way Station. We're going to be singing and talking about books! Books we love, books we hate, books we love to hate, everything is included!

(If you don't read a lot, that's fine because I'm sure you've seen the movie adaptation.)

We'll be covering classic literature and some newer favorites that have popped up on the scene. Expect to hear about Dystopian Mania.

Ashley Boehm and her friends are back at the Way Station. Ashley Boehm will be joined by Antonella Inserra, Sarah Bisman, Fae Trouble, and Hilary Thomas. With the talented Benjamin Steinhardt at the piano! Also featuring Sadie Harrison as our special guest speaker.

No cover/no minimum. Just a $5 suggested donation for an evening of talented singers and comedians. If you also can't make it in person, there will be livestreaming available!

Paul Ryan Presents:
8:15pm- Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan is an Irish-born singer and guitarist. Paul has been living and playing music in Brooklyn for the past three years. With songs of life, love, and living, he is inspired by the music of Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, The Beatles, and more. 

9pm- Samantha Brown
Samantha Brown is a singer/songwriter in the NYC area and is currently finishing up her first full length release.  Sam works with various young musicians as a songwriter and collaborates with many local musicians.  Check her out lending vocals to the talented Ugly, Ugly Words at

9:45pm- Bucky Hayes
For fans of: country with a dash of Otis Redding or your Rock-n-Roll with a shake of Willie Nelson

Bucky Hayes moved to Brooklyn in 2005 and has been performing here and up and down the East Coast ever since. Either with his band, Bucky Hayes and the Radio, or solo he has offered up his own brand of country, soul, and rock-n-roll to all takers. 

10:30pm- Mike O'Malley 
With a background in theatre, Mr. O'Malley always knows how to entertain the crowd. He can pick up just about any instrument and sing a variety of styles and tunes.

8pm- Pete Sinjin
Genre: Americana
For fans of: Steve Earle, Richard Thompson

NYC based Pete Sinjin graces the American roots music scene with a true spirit for the mythology of Americana. A Pennsylvania born 4th cousin to baseball great Lou Gehrig whose (albeit myth making and regularly drunk) grandma Guthrie claimed blood ties to Woody, Pete regularly hitchhiked to NYC to visit the still breathing ghosts of the West Village at age 15 and migrated to San Francisco as a band roadie before he had a chance of graduating high school. Pete’s lyrics can weave narratives like veteran Steve Earle with poetry as deeply trans!xing as Jay Farrar’s (Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt). Like Neil Young, his music tends to comfortably straddle both sides of the sonic fence, from plaintive country to blissful roots rock...throw in a healthy dose of intuitive pop sense and hooks ala Beatles and Big Star, and you’ve got Pete Sinjin.

The Brooklyn, NY-based singer-songwriter delivers a knockout punch of Americana/folk in the style and spirit of Woody Guthrie and Steve Earle. Fantastic songwriting and crafty acoustic guitar playing are front and center on Sinjin’s brand new release. Fans of roots rock will no doubt dig this release. It’s refreshing to hear raw talent without any gimmicks or tricks masking it. This is the real deal. Highly recommended.
The Daily Loaf.

9pm- Hannah Fairlight
Born in Texas, raised in the Midwest, Hannah Fairlight moved to New York City at 18 where she played her first gig at CBGB.  Fairlight then carved out a home base at The Bitter End - the Greenwich Village home to Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and recently Lady Gaga.  It was there she was enlisted by power-pop rock band Girls Don't Cry for two years of touring, followed by two years with Kolker - a more mature 5-piece blues/rock band headed by legendary guitarist David Kolker.  

A classically-trained pianist-turned-rock-guitarist, Fairlight channels the poetry and roots-rock of Chris Whitley, with the undaunted tenacity of Tori Amos.  She has played across South America, the UK, Europe, Australia, and much of the U.S., hand-picking fans and honing her craft, often sleeping in her minivan Clark.  Raw, vulnerable, and confessional, Hannah's music will take you on a journey of reflection and self-discovery.  

10pm- Daphne Lee Martin
Genre: Songwriter/Electronic
For fans of: Bat for Lashes, Portishead, Aimee Mann
Moxie takes Daphne’s beloved traditional southern roots sounds and runs them through megaphones, mellotron, a very old tube amp, a swamp and a dark alley or two. As always, the lyrics are fermented and distilled in a bathtub full of misfit Interbellum prose.
"Moxie has a whole lot of style, confidence, and just the right amount of self-conscious smirk. Warm and inviting, it duly manifests its role as the hooker with a heart of gold." ~ Fabricoh Magazine
“Martin’s evocative voice hovers playfully betwixt Patsy Cline and Dinah Washington.” ~ Rick Koster, The Day
“the music is a little dirty, a little dangerous but a hell of a good time.” ~ Chip McCabe,
“In a jazz-tinged voice ever-so-subtly reminiscent of Patsy Cline, Daphne Lee Martin displays her vast musical, and often geographical, journey throughout this collection of self authored material.” ~ Don Dimuccio, Motif magazine
“Punchy, and equal to anything Dr. John might have conjured up in his voodoo lair. This horn-driven number has a classic standard feel which stays in your head for days.”~ Vincent Bator,
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