About "The Kats!"
WEDDNGS, SPECIAL EVENTS, FUNDRAISERS, DANCES, DINNER SHOWS & PRIVATE EVENTS: Kate & The AlleyKats play an eclectic mix of gutsy rhythm & blues, classic country, rousing rock/americana and jumpin' jazz. With its wide repertoire of tunes "The Kats" will customize its sets to dovetail perfectly with your special event. Kate & The AlleyKats are as comfortable being a dance band for a wedding and ballroom dance, as they are providing background music for a cocktail party, fundraiser or rehearsal dinner. They also have a specialty "Beatles Tribute" show that can be great for a Beatle's themed party, community event or fundraiser.
CUSTOMIZED & VERSATILE REPERTOIRE: Kate & The AlleyKats versatile repertoire spans many music genres with songs by Bonnie Raitt, Plain White T, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, The Band, The PussyKat Dolls and the Beatles, to name a few. We customize our shows and mix our repertoire to meet your musical tastes. The band most often plays as a trio (Kate, Cliff & Ron). However, for dances, weddings and major public events, "The Kats" expand their sound with Bozeman's best musicians to add "rippin' great" guitar riffs and "chest-thumping" drums and percussion.
VOCALS & HARMONY: The group's lead singer, Kate Bryan, is an entertainer to the core. Kate’s passion for song that is always entertaining and engaging. Kate's contagious energy and crowd pleasing vocals make every performance a special and memorable occasion. Cliff DeManty and Ron Cliff, also add their own lead vocals to the mix and the group's tight, soulful 3-part harmonies are crowd pleasers at every show. INSTRUMENTATION: Kate plays guitar, conga, percussion and a few special swing tunes with clarinet. Cliff Demanty's is a master of every style of music, adding hot keys perfectly synced with Ron Schimpf's intricate and tasty bass lines.
MUSICIAN BACKGROUND: Kate is a well-known musician, entertainer, and Music Together teacher in the Bozeman area -- best known over the years as singer/musician in the The Voodoo Hotdogs with Sweet Relish and The DupliKates. Cliff DeManty (keyboards, vocals, harmonies) has been a traveling musician in southern california and Yamaha's keyboard national sales director for over 35 years. Ron Schimpf (bass, vocals, harmonies) is a well-known and sought-after bass player around Bozeman having played with numerous bands including Running on Empty, Open Range and The DupliKates.