The Barn gets cooking with a Halloween Dance Party with local Funk, Soul and Disco Band Apocalypstick Redd!
Apocalypstick Redd are a band from Pittsfield, MA. They play funk, soul, disco covers and originals in a rock and roll way.
Lacking any synths or horn section the classic dance tunes are down to their bare rhythmic elements making the sound raw and sharp.
Fronting the band is Cassandra Redd, a natural talent who touches on all the peaks from Aretha to Donna. On bass is Cassandra’s long time band mate Jake Roach; a thin beast.
Guitarist Wes Buckley pulls from the classic arrangements and blends them into one tight section not excluding wild solos while veteran drummer Jay Schulteis holds the funk down like Australia.
Costumes, audience interaction and dancing get a lot of mileage at these shows. As the end times near and as the clock strikes past your bed time Apocalypstick Redd says: DANCE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.
Also appearing is opener 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.
Duo chemistry prevailed, however, and Ray and Alexis began to play out on their own, having started to accumulate a set of co-written music. As a duo, they have now released their first full length album Everything's Hard. Because everything IS hard.