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
There are musicians, and then there are artists. Jay Stolar is an artist. A creative
force of nature who not only sings and writes his own songs, but also produced
his debut album and plays a multitude of instruments including guitar, bass,
and piano with expertise and grace. Like Prince, Jack White and Sting before
him, the one-man musical tour de force easily slides between one genre to the
next, each tackled effortlessly with style. At his heart Jay Stolar is a soul singer
bar none, falling somewhere between Bruno Mars and Smokey Robinson. Or
James Morrison and Ray Charles. Or maybe Marc Cohn and Marvin Gaye with a
splash of Daryl Hall.
As the former lead singer for the band Julius C, Stolar honed his natural front
man skills in small clubs and dark bars, learning how to transform a room full of
strangers into life long fans hypnotized with rapt attention and admiration,
while connecting with audiences on a deeper, almost spiritual level. His live
performances are celebrations of old school showmanship and heart.
Currently residing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Stolar is an active and vibrant part
of the NYC music scene. In 2012, he played CMJ, SXSW and a 24-week
residency at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC. The Rockwood shows grew week to
week packed with music fans and critics alike, all who raved about Stolar's
natural charisma and timeless songs. In addition, Jay toured with Charlene Kaye,
Alexz Johnson, and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds throughout the United
States. His song “Like You Do” was also heard on The CW Network's teen
drama: “90210.”
2013 sees the release of Jay Stolar's brilliant debut album More Than We Think.
The 10 track disc is packed with heart gripping songs including “Pick A Side,”
“Holding You All Through The Night," Leading Me Down," the uplifting “Lost,”
and the album's first single, “Like You Do.”
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
http://mercuryloungenyc.com