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Phat Cat Swinger Swings Apple Valley

Phat Cat Swinger Swings Apple Valley

6 years ago
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By Jim Nickerson

High Desert Daily Music Critic

(Apple Valley)– Phat Cat Swinger, one of the High Deserts most popular and well known bands were in full swing Thursday night at the Apple Valley Civic Center Amphitheater, performing for a near capacity crowd estimated at 1,800. The seating area began filling up around 4:30 pm, a full hour and a half before the band took the stage, and by 6:00 the crowd was ready to jump, jive and wail.

The band consists of 9 pieces including guitar, bass, drums and a full brass section that produces a high energy sound reminiscent of the great swing bands of the 1940’s. The smooth lead vocals brought to mind a young Bobby Darin or Frank Sinatra. The brass section played everything with panache and style, from the Duke Ellington classic “It Don’t Mean A Thing” to the Brian Setzer hit “Stray Cat Strut” and got the crowd moving with an original tune by trombonist Phil Clevinger “Volcano Joe”.

The performers were very solicitous of their fans, never missing an opportunity to mix with them. Several loyal Phat Cat followers were backstage during the break between sets, and they all took the chance to make a new fan when Amber Castaneda asked if they would help her celebrate her 18th birthday by meeting the band. They were all delighted to meet her and wish her a Happy Birthday.

Phat Cat Swinger has a new album in post production that they hope will be released later this year called “Swing In Evolution”. Their premier album, titled simply “Phat Cat Swinger” is available through their web site at www.phatcatswinger.com. Visitors to the web site can also download mp3 files of the band, view videos, check upcoming performance dates and purchase merchandise.

The Sunset Concert Series also offers refreshments from various local vendors. David and Ollie O’Dell had “Ole Town Dogs” on site selling hot dogs, Repiccis Italian Ice offered several flavors of the delectable Italian dessert available, Daniel “the Big Lemon” Alexander had Lemonade Express on hand with ice cold fresh lemonade and Archuleta’s Appetizers provided a full menu from a Teriyaki Rice Bowl to a full Hamburger combo plate.

The Apple Valley Rotary Club was again present to offer cold beer and warm company. Phat Cat Swinger marks the mid-point of the Summer Concert Series. Next week is the Classic Rock sounds of “Working Poets”. Everyone is invited to enjoy the fun, food and fantastic music for free. Remember to bring a blanket or a lawn chair and arrive early to secure a spot, because the word is out that these Concerts are the hottest ticket in Town.

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