The CliQue formed in May of 2021. Ed called Joe, who was in the JAF band with him a few years prior. They went to play with some other musicians from Westchester county.
After about a month of practice in the basement, Chrissy came for an audition. The decision was made to add her to the lineup originally just as an extra singer. After trying two or three drummers, Joe had recruited John (who also was in the JAF band for a few years) for drums. This first formation of the CliQue was a 6 piece.
In a sudden turn of events Ed, Chrissy, Joe and John started rehearsing at John’s residence in Wappingers Falls. The newly formed foursome was determined to be ready to play as soon as possible. The pressure was on! They put together a hot set of songs and Chrissy had to take on a new role adding her flair on keyboard and acoustic guitar to the mix. Their debut gig was set for August 27th 2021 and a second gig at Copake CampGround one week later! There was no time to lose!
After the 1st campground show, it went on to be a regular gig playing there 3 times over the summer of 2022 and now into 2023.
The foursome has played 37 shows during their first year together, including 2 private parties!
In this first year The CliQue has played for the Danbury Hat Tricks and is on a regular rotation at The Station Grille, Barrel 28, District Social, Copake CampGrounds and have picked up several other rooms for the coming new year.
The band played their first New Years Eve show on Dec. 31st, 2022 at Barrel 28 in Florida NY and are now booked for New Years Eve 2023!
But even in our highs of this year, we had one low moment.
John decided to retire from the throne in August of 2022 on our one year anniversary. That was a very special show and he went out with a bang! We knew that replacing him would be difficult. Following John’s reign was another talent Richard Byrne from local acts “Crash n Byrne” and “Chowderhead”
Our current drummer is Jimi Young who also performs in another local band in the Hudson Valley, “Jukebox Junkies”
The CliQue continues to grow and evolve our look and our sound! It’s all about rock you can dance 2 and being part of something you will never forget!