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Phat Cat Swinger at the American Legion Post 43


Everybody wants to be a Cat.

 Phat Cat Swinger started in 2002 with founding members Marco Palos & Will Pattinson. Soon after they added Curtis Parry, a Canadian crooner that gets all the girls swooning with his hip moves and snappy charisma. But Curtis isn’t the only Cat that has presence and style, the rest of the members: the horns, the drummer, and the guitarist, all bring their unique blend of delight to each crowd they perform.

Last Thursday night, Phat Cat Swinger played to audience in the most distinguished (and historical) venue: The American Legion Post 43. Nestled on Highland Ave between the great Hollywood Bowl and the bustling Hollywood & Highland intersection, there is the historical site that is Post 43 established in 1919.

Much of the building has preserved pieces of each passing decade it stood through: the roaring 20s, the mischievous 30s, the tenacious 40s, and so on. From their downstairs Art Deco bar (unfortunately being torn for remodeling that will still keep the historical asethetics but no longer be original) to their grand circular entryway that holds the banners commemorating its members, which included Clark Gable, Mickey Rooney, Ronald Regan, and Stan Lee. The American Legion is “the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization.”

2017 is bringing many renovations for Post 43. One of the largest projects being their historic theater, which will be revamped into a new cinema and event venue. It is a bittersweet departure. From a historical standpoint something remarkable special is being lost, but to push the organization into the future, remodeling is inevitable and essential.

As a final farewell, and sendoff, the members of Post 43 invited Phat Cat Swinger to be the last band to play on their notable stage. And what a number.

The Cats did not fall short of anything but spectacular. Playing hits from Ol’ Blue Eyes, Bobby Darrin, and even their own arrangements on cult classics such as Disney’s “Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat” from The Aristocats. It was their final song of the night and we looked on to the over 75-year-old stage with glistening faces and happy grins -elated from hours of swing dancing, seeing old friends, and making new ones (on and off the dance floor). 

There was not a soul in the crowd that didn’t realize or feel the spell we were transfixed in. Places can have that effect, history seals it, and great music memorializes it.

A rare trifecta.

Decades from today, we’ll remember that night – an aura of what once was and our place in it.

Veterans and Military Organizations in Los Angeles. (n.d.). Retrieved March 07, 2017, from https://www.hollywoodpost43.org/

History. (n.d.). Retrieved March 07, 2017, from https://www.phatcatswinger.com/history

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