Jay Stolar

Early Show

Jay Stolar

Caleb Hawley

Thu, December 12, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Jay Stolar - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Jay Stolar
Like Daryl Hall, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and Jack White rolled into one, Jay Stolar is a one-man tour de force, sliding effortlessly from one genre to the next. His craftsmanship is undeniable, and with his soulful debut More Than We Think, he’s ready to take over.

Buzz has steadily built for months in anticipation of its release. Each of Stolar’s videos in 2013, premiering on outlets like American Songwriter, Blurt, Buzznet, and Artist Direct, brought him an army of new fans. Those fans have fully bought into Jay’s message of positivity through pop, and they helped him raise over $50,000 to self-release More Than We Think.

Now, after being featured on the CW’s 90210, first single “Like You Do” has spent two weeks on the Billboard Top 40 Indicator watch list, positioned to crack the charts and make Jay Stolar a household name. Outside of the More Than We Think sessions, Stolar has otherwise proven his compositional mettle by co-writing and producing an album forThe Voice contestant Caroline Pennell.

Take a look at what Dusty Wright wrote about Jay for the Huffington Post:

This New Yorker and former lead singer in Julius C writes and records and plays just about everything on his brilliant, sophisticated, soulful, pop-rock debut. Can’t deny the emotional depth of his music either.

Think Todd Rundgren’s early R&B excursions. Hall & Oates circa “She’s Gone” (off of Abandoned Luncheonette). More organic than Bruno Mars and Prince. No autotune or obnoxious wonky synth beds or big dumb beats, or sub-sonic bass. Just superb vocals, acoustic guitars, pianos; real instruments, real human voices.

Just about perfect.

“Sophisticated, soulful, pop a la Daryl Hall and Bruno Mars. My guess is that it shouldn’t be long before he guests on Live from Daryl’s House either. “ Huffington Post

“More Than We Think, the debut album from Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Jay Stolar, is set to be released later this year and if ‘Like You Do’ is any indication, he’s about to be hit with a whole lot of buzz.” American Songwriter

“Stolar fashions his own brand of contemporary pop/soul with folk overtones notable for its intelligence and meticulous craftsmanship. His falsetto vocals turning a chorus hook into an irresistible piece of ear candy.” Direct Current Music
Caleb Hawley - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Caleb Hawley
Harlem's Caleb Hawley is an American soul singer, songwriter and performer. Like savvy throwback crooners Mayer Hawthorne and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Hawley channels early Stevie Wonder and other Motown sounds into a complete, magnetic package.

Raised in Minneapolis by a family of preachers and therapists, Hawley’s family fueled his on-stage charisma and perceptive, witty lyrics. “Growing up in an a capella church, we didn’t have instruments. It forced everyone to learn how to sing harmony,” Hawley says. “We mostly sang older hymns, which is probably what drew me to gospel and eventually soul music.” Hawley's grandfather hooked him on an early Ray Charles record, leading him into the fertile soul music of the ’60s and ’70s.

Hawley spent his early 20s touring the country with only an acoustic guitar and his dog, Fargo. “There's no place I'd rather be than on a stage in front of people wanting to hear music I've created,” Hawley says. In those years, Hawley racked up hundreds of gigs, along with multiple songwriting awards for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Telluride Troubadour Competition, SongCircle Contest, and more.

Now a talented full band multiplies that energy across the country. “I used to love listening rooms,” Hawley admits, "but now I pretty much just wanna get a party started.” Music Without Labels agrees, calling the stocked setup, “a fantastic show, full of danceable riffs and singalong choruses all held together by Hawley’s tremendous charisma.” The Chicagoist says, “The New York-based musician has a flair for soulful songwriting and a voice that will blow your hair back.”

2014 marks the release of a pair of EPs: Side 1 and Side 2. Hawley says, “They are a bit different stylistically, but each share my own voice artistically and literally.”

Side 1 is a time capsule from the ’60s, employing a full string section from the NY Philharmonic to capture the authentic R&B sounds of the ’60s and ’70s. Side 2 brings us to the present with beefier beats and more modern production. Hawley’s vocal swagger, his old Alabama garage-found Harmony electric guitar, and live rhythm section tie the EPs together. Lucius drummer and producer Dan Molad co-produced both with Hawley.

Side 1 enjoyed a January 2014 debut, and Side 2 is set for a Fall 2014 release (September 9, 2014). ​
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002