Inspired by everything from Cat Power and the Stray Cats to White Lion and John Cougar Mellencamp — we’ll just assume — the Rock Cats are a Chicago-based band of felines who play their own instruments and jam out on stage. They’re currently on tour (because of course they are), and tonight they kick off a six-show run at the Regent Theatre in Arlington that concludes on Sunday. And in case you are wondering, there are two performances scheduled for this Caturday.

The Rock Cats come into town part of the Up Close & Purr-sonal tour in support of headliners the ACRO-CATS, the as-seen-on-TV band of domestically-trained critters who “ride skateboards, ring bells, roll barrels, walk the high wire, climb ropes, push a shopping cart, jump through hoops, and even run a cat-size agility course.”

We’re sure the ACRO-CATS are great, we really do. But we’re more into this merry band of kitties and the tunes they play. The band is made up of six cats: Tuna, Dakota, Sookie, Nue, Pinky, and Fiji.

We have no doubt their riders are filled with insane requests for rare types of Fancy Feast and only the fish-shaped Purina Whisker Lickin’s treats.

Check a preview of the cat band below, and be warned: There are no dogs allowed at the show.

 

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