The Nice Ones formed in 2011 and are based in northwestern Connecticut. Vocalist, guitarist, and fiery preacher Patrick Surdam, virtuosic and amply-haired guitarist Sam McGarrity, too-cool-for-school yet old school bassist Dillon Morrison Halas, and savagely nondescript drummer Tyler Beaujon put on infectious and captivating live performances that demand attention from fans of Motown and prog-rock alike. It’s a challenge to describe the band’s music but what’s clear is its dedication to the craft. The result is confounding but appealing. The listener will enjoy. The audience will dance. Thoughts will most certainly be provoked. Marked by relentless DIY work ethic and unforgettable charm, The Nice Ones are gaining speed and without plans to stop.
also appearing, from NYC, Naught 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.