Thursday, January 31, 2019, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Amy Ryan (lead vocals and guitar) – originally from New Hampshire and currently a resident of Castleton-on-Hudson, Amy’s bluesy voice quickly distinguishes her from run-of-the-mill songstresses. Whether accompanying herself on a finger-picked country blues or wailing with the boys in the band she’s got what it takes.
Richard Green (guitar and vocals) – originally from Sheffield, England, Richard’s love and command of the blues fits Amy’s voice like a glove. Richard has been active in blues and blues-rock bands since he played with Sheffield, England outfit “Steppin’ Out” in the early ’90’s. He also logged a number of years with Columbia County-based blues band “Kid Kurt and the Bad Boys”.
Sean Allison (bass) – originally from Westchester County, New York Sean is now based in Hudson. In addition to being a fine bass player Sean also plays Pan drum in the experimental group “Steely Din”.
Al Bauman (drums) – Pittsfield, Mass. resident Al (former resident of East Greenbush, NY) is also a Berkshires mainstay. Al also plays with the band 8 Foot River with Ed.
Ed Stein (keyboards) – NYC resident and part-time West Stockbridge, MA resident, Ed also plays with 8 Foot River and with Mary Anne Palermo and First Take.
The Amy Ryan Band won the 2015 band showdown and represented the Capital Region Blues Network at the 32nd International Blue Challenge in Memphis, TN, 2016. The following year, 2 Blue (Amy and Richard) won the 2016 solo/duo showdown and represented the Capital Region Blues Network at the 33rd International Blue Challenge in Memphis
Also appearing is amazing rock duo, Naughty Clouds.
NAUGHTY CLOUDS IS...
...the meeting of the minds of two songwriters from different sides of the Hudson River.
Ray Kubian and Alexis Moon met doing a David Bowie tribute at Arlene's Grocery in NYC (six months before the untimely death of the Thin White Duke.) They became fast friends on social media, "liking" each other's posts on everything from Bernie to Buzzcocks.
At the time, Ray was playing drums with a few renowned NJ and PA bands (as great drummers who sing are wont to do) such as Dean Ween Group, Chris Forsyth's Solar Motel Band, Chris Harford's Band of Changes, and backing up Pulitzer prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon.
Alexis Moon, a native of NYC, had cut her teeth (a few times over) as a solo singer-songwriter performing at venues such as Wetlands Preserve and Knitting Factory in TriBeca, as well as having sung for Joe Gallant's jazz-rock orchestra Illuminati.
In the month that our lord and savior, David Bowie, passed, Ray and Alexis happened to be rehearsing together again for the first time since the previous summer's Bowie tribute. Commiseration was like a salve for both musicians and, that quartet, which featured guitarist Keith Hartel and bassist Tom Shad, eventually became an early incarnation of Naughty Clouds.