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What folks are saying about those wacky swingin' Cats.

*** 10-year Anniversary Articles ***

City Weekly, October 2008

Omaha World-Herald, October 2008

The Reader, "8 Days A Week," October 25 2008:

The Prairie Cats 10th Anniversary
Mick’s, 5918 Maple St.
9 p.m., $5, 502.2503

It seems when folks think about the Omaha music scene, they very seldom scratch
below the indie-rock surface. The fact is that there are talented Omaha musicians
writing and performing original music in many genres. Case in point: the
jazz-swing-jump-blues of The Prairie Cats. Last year one of their songs was
included in a European Sony/BMG compilation of jazz and swing alongside some
classic jazz artists. The Cats have played SxSW, performed at the famed Brown
Derby in Los Angeles and also were one of the last concert acts to perform at the
World Trade Center. In their home base of Omaha, the Cats have twice broken
attendance records at Jazz on the Green and packed Sokol Hall. Lead Cat Jeff
Koterba, also the political cartoonist for the Omaha World Herald, considers the
band’s sound “original music with a rock approach to jazz.” They are putting the
finishing touches on their next CD and Saturday night at Mick’s they celebrate 10
years of swingin.’
-B.J. Huchtemann

*** 2001 Articles ***

The (Omaha) Reader, April 2001
The Dunlap (Iowa) Reporter, April 2001
Omaha World-Herald, March 2001
Siouxland.net, January 2001

*** Press for "'til the daytime fades" ***

"In the proud spirit of good music and a swingin time, Prairie Cats come across with a great release in 'Til the Daytime Fades. Such tunes as 'Five Martinis And A Beer' & 'Not In The Mood' make the CD both fun and a good time for all who are listening..."

JK from the Evolution of Swing on 91.9 FM WNTI, New Jersey

"...smooth and polished...not much new music is coming out like this anymore...a modern swing feel with great songs and different styles...this CD will get a lot of airplay..."

Swanktown Radio, Minneapolis / St. Paul

"...Prairie Cats mix big doses of easy humor with sharp-pressed musicianship...clever, well-crafted original songs (that) encourage listeners to forget their troubles and dance awhile..." [read full review]

B.J. Huchtemann, The (Omaha) Reader

"...a reflection of a more mature group...has roots in swing and rockabilly, but dabbles in jazz, blues and even hip-hop... [read full article]

Christine Laue, Omaha World-Herald

"...14 cuts of big time original swing that's a blast...nice balance in tempo & mood. These cats are hot & you'll have fun all night long!"

Bo Lewis, Bo Lewis Big Band Dance Party

"...stronger songs and a more confident sound...enough variety from track to track to keep listeners interested throughout the album. Even swing music skeptics find themselves chanting along with the Cats. In other words, the Cats are a good thing getting better." [read full article]

Greg Bueno, Austin, TX

"...sophisticated, tight, soulful and righteous!"

EmJay, Omaha, Neb.

*** Press for Prairie Cats ***

"A frisky ensemble (that plays) with a noticeable confidence...tight and punchy...braiding traditional and modern swing, big band jazz, rockabilly and pop, with a serious brass presence. Prairie Cats are just as sharp live, and more unpredictable."

"...would sound at home on any of the Omaha radio stations that played...'Jump Jive and Wail'..."

Jim Minge, Omaha World-Herald

"...(The Big One) is one of the top albums of 1999."

Swanktown Radio, Minneapolis, MN

"...the Cats burned on stage with its brand of smart swing that's never content to be just dance floor music, even within a single song."

Greg Bueno, Austin360.com

"...(The Big One) swings from start to finish."

Lincoln Journal Star

"Wanna be our house band?"

Todd and Tyler, Z-92

"Wanna be our house band?"

Free Beer and Hot Wings, 89.7 The River

"...a pleasure to see. The band, complete with horns, draws on (Jeff) Koterba's guitar, front and center. Sporting energy and enthusiasm aplenty, their sound measures up favorably to national touring bands..."

"...roof-raising swing..."

B.J. Huchtemann, The Reader

"Very danceable and a pleasure to listen to..."

Swing Des Moines online review


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