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The Cat's Pajamas

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We have one live Album, We recently recorded a half Album: The Texas Heat

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The Cat’s Pajamas

Clawing their way out of Prep school, The Cat’s Pajamas developed their own style playing in the cramped music rooms of Middle School Fine Arts Nights to the rousing cheers of classmates and parents. Nurturing an independent streak, they listened and learned from a variety of sources including: Hendrix, Zeppelin, Buchanan, SRV, and of course The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band developed its explosive sound after years of listening to the great Joe Cocker. Living on the edge of school and social rules, these city boys made it all up on their own.

The band started in Mack “Tito” Browne’s basement where his drums took up half the space and his Dad’s guitars and amps took up the rest. Coming from a family of musicians, Browne cut his teeth on Ginger Baker and John Bonham drum riffs and playing his own guitar back at Jacobs’ guitar solos.

Dexter “The Texas Heat” Jacobs took his first beat up, second-hand Fender Squire and amp to Milwaukee’s legendary “Wade’s Guitar Shop” where he diligently took lessons in its cramped basement from one of Milwaukee’s greatest guitar teachers: Camile “Anthony” DeWinter. Anthony was a master of American Finger style as well as blues and rock; he taught Dexter all he knew. When there was no more to teach and they switched from lessons to weekly duets instead, he was ready to bend his own sound. From the Rock/Blues of the 60’s, he went back to pick up licks from B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, and other old school blues masters. A church choir director gave him help on his vocals and from there he took center stage. After being chased out of high school he headed south to Dallas, TX where he currently is developing his bluesy sound.

Peter “Otoole” Wittenberg came late to the bass after a youth spent tending goal in a hockey net. He knew his role was not to skate the front line, but to anchor the team in the hole…and so it is with his bass. When Browne and Jacobs push the edges, Wittenberg brings them back into the game.

Justin “Juice Box” Kamps only recently joined The Cat’s Pajamas when it became clear that the band needed to fill out their sound with a counterpoint to Jacobs lead. Juice Box had paid his dues in bands up and down the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor, and within weeks, put the band’s pace and bluesy sound into his own groove.

Maybe they are young and not yet tested by the gritty grind of club tours and stale beer, but The Cat’s Pajamas walked all over the competition in local Battle of the Bands contests with an eruption of sound part blues, part rock, part garage…but all their own.