Born out of a simple idea and a love of good music, ~ Swing That Cat! ~ is on a mission, with a message: Dance Your Tail Off!
What more could you ask for from a band that sounds like Jump Blues swizzled in Horny Swing, with a splash of Bourbon Street and dash of Cabaret.
Front and center is Michele Peraino,, a modern-day Rita Hayworth meets Catwoman, with a vocal range and style drawn from another era, blending the sultry Jazz sound of Sarah Vaughan, and Rosemary Clooney, with the bawdy early Rock and Roll roar of Etta James. On stage, her voice combines with a penchant for performing, as Michele creates a hypnotic expression of the rhythm that entrances the audience and engages them in the performance.
But hang on for the twist - Swing That Cat! also features Hugh Alan Luck on flute as their Lead Guitarist. Backed by more crazy cats including Chris Peraino (Rhythm Guitar), Pat Ream (Bass), Rich Flamini (Drums), Rick Yensen (Brass/Reeds), Len DeFrank (Reeds), who all call South Jersey their home.
Formed in 2013, Swing That Cat! has carved out a niche with a seductive sound, and live shows that encourage their audiences to shimmy and shake. Swing That Cat! is not simply a throwback band. Drawing their inspiration from a time when one hand of Swing was moving into Jump Blues, Rock and Roll and the other was headed for Bebop Jazz, their original compositions sound fresh and inventive. If you are not up and dancing, you will still find yourself bopping in your seat.