In the past thirty-four years The Topcats have racked up an impressive list of achievements and clientèle. Check them out!!!
In August of 2014 and August of 2013, The Topcats received honorable mention in Gambit Magazine’s “Best of New Orleans” readers polls for 2014 and 2013. In both polls, the band came in third place in the “Best Local Rock Band / Artist” category behind Better Than Ezra and Cowboy Mouth! While coming in third place might not be much to shout about, the guys were really excited, considering who came in first and second, two of the Louisiana’s most successful, national bands. The Topcats would like to thank Gambit Magazine and all who voted for The Topcats! Click on the links to see page 43 as it appeared in the August 26, 2014 issue of Gambit Magazine, and page 53 as it appeared in the August 25, 2013 issue of Gambit Magazine.
In January of 2009, The Topcats were chosen Best Local Band in New Orleans Magazine’s “New Orleans’ Best” reader’s poll! This is a huge honor for The Topcats. New Orleans Magazine is one of New Orleans’ oldest and most prestigious magazines, and The Topcats are extremely proud of their selection. Check out the graphic below from the January issue of New Orleans Magazine.
On Friday, March 14th, 2008 The Topcats celebrated twenty-five years together, rockin’ and rollin’, day in and day out! The band has been very fortunate to be able to make a living doing what they love while staying together for the past two and a half decades. As bands come and go, this is a major accomplishment for The Topcats! The guys put on a very special, multimedia show at Southport Hall to celebrate the landmark event. As promotion for this event, the band appeared on the WWL-TV Morning News Show on Monday, March 10th, and on the morning of March 14th, The Topcats were featured in the lead off article in the music section of the Lagniappe, the entertainment section of the Time Picayune. Check out the Full 25 Article in it’s entirety.
On June 12th, 2005, The Topcats were inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame! The induction ceremony took place at Boomtown Casino where The Topcats were the first of numerous acts to be inducted for 2005. The band started out by playing a power packed, forty minute, set to a packed house. The response was amazing! The guys brought the house down! After their set, Lou Gabus, the president and founder of the Louisiana Hall of Fame’s Entertainment Division, presented David, Buzzy, Pat, and Rob each with personalized certificates of induction!
The guys in the band are extremely honored and proud of this remarkable achievement and wish to first thank their families, who perhaps make the largest sacrifice for this kind of success! Gig after gig, day after day, weekend after weekend, year after year, and decade after decade, they stick by their husbands and fathers! The band also wishes to give a special thanks to Frank “Biddy” Robert, the band’s one-man super crew! Frank has been driving the truck, setting up and tearing down the show, doing sound and lights for well over 15 years now! These past years without him would have been difficult to say the least! Last but not least, the band also wishes to thank Sal Candilora and the former members of TQ & The Topcats who, from the early 70’s until 1983, laid the ground work for The Topcats’ present day success. Sal, who sang with The Topcats until 1987, remains a special part of The Topcats. Check out all of these previous members on the Topcats’ Chronicles page.
Check out the image of David’s Induction Certificate above. It’s official! Signed by Mitch Landrieu, Lieutenant Governor for the state of Louisiana, and Lou Gabus, the president and founder of the Louisiana Hall of Fame’s Entertainment Division! Click on the image to enlarge and scroll to read the fine print.
The Topcats have been nominated in the “Best Cover Band” category in Off Beat Magazine’s “Best of The Beat” awards every year since 1996, which is truly an honor as the nominations are made by people in the New Orleans music industry! The Topcats have won this award six times! The Topcats received the “Best Cover Band” award for 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, and 2007! The band’s 1998 release “Party With The Big Dogs” was also voted “Cover Album of the Year” in the “Best Of The Beat” awards for 1998! The band owes a debt of gratitude to all those who have help them maintain their success over the years as evident in the nominations for this award!
Check out the images below of all the “Best of the Beat” awards The Topcats have won!
|Best Cover Band Award 2007||Best Cover Band Award 2003||Best Cover Band Award 1996||Best Cover Band Award 1997|
|Best Cover Band Award 1998||Best Cover Album Award 1998||Best Cover Band Award 1999|
2003 was a landmark year for The Topcats. The band celebrated its twentieth year together, which in itself, is a huge accomplishment. This banner year was celebrated with the release of The Topcats 1983-2003, a double CD set encompassing twenty years of live and studio Topcat recordings, as well as The Topcats 1983-2003 DVD and VHS, a video history of The Topcats, along with numerous Topcat videos! These items were released on April 11, 2003 at The Dock where the band held its first anniversary party which was attended by over 1500 people! Later in the year, the band also celebrated with a special performance in Disney World as well as a seven day, Topcat cruise aboard the Carnival Conquest! On September 13, 2003 The Topcats’ Twentieth Anniversary year culminated with the band’s first headlining appearance at the House Of Blues in New Orleans, which will be remembered for a long, long time. Check out the twentieth anniversary poster, and an article that appeared in the Times Picayune’s Lagniappe on April 11, 2003!
In June of 2002, The Topcats released “Welcome To The Big Top” to a packed house at Rock’n’ Bowl. The CD release was well publicized as seen in the Times Picayune article above written by Keith Spera. The Big Top Poster also publicized this event as well an appearance on WCKW 92.3FM The Point in New Orleans. “Follow You Down”, an original tune on “Welcome To The Big Top”, also received extensive air play on WCKW!
In August of 2001, The Topcats were voted Best Cover Band in Citysearch.com’s online poll for 2001! Citysearch.com is a national web link to various cities around the United States, and the band was nominated in the Cover Band category along with eight other local bands. The Topcats came in first place!
During the week that preceded The Topcats’ fifteenth year anniversary party, the band received considerable press coverage. The band appeared on WWL TV’s morning news show, and they were interviewed live on B97 and WTIX radio. Below are images of articles that appeared in Gambit, Offbeat, and Lagniappe magazines.>
Check out the image below of a full page advertisement that appeared on the back cover of Gambit magazine in the week preceding the anniversary party. The ad was sponsored by some of the band’s favorite clientèle.
Check out the band’s partial clientèle list below. This list does not contain numerous school, university, and private clientèle who shall remain anonymous! Please let the band know if anyone has been left off of these lists. As years go by, the lists get longer and longer!
The Topcat Clientèle List
|Social and Corporate Clientèle>||Night Club and Casino Clientèle|
Jerusalem Shriners – Destrehan, La.,
Pleasure Island, Disney World
Primary Colors -John Travolta, Emma Thompson
WWL Television – The Angela Show
WGNO Television – Real New Orleans
WCKW 92.3 FM Radio
WRNO 99.5 FM Radio
B97 FM Radio
WTIX FM Radio
Audubon Institute – The Zoo-To-Do
Krewe of Caesar
Krewe of Zeus
Krewe of Endymion
Krewe of Minerva
Krewe of Orpheus
Krewe of Sindbad
Krewe of Thoth
Krewe of Tucks
Krewe of Cleopatra
Krewe of Aurora
Krewe of Centurions
American Commercial Barge Co.
American General Insurance
American Medical Institute Supply
Andrew Jackson Life Insurance
Andouille Festival of LaPlace
Aquarium of the Americas
Bailey Mortgage Co.
Baxter Hospital Supply
Blain Kern’s Mardi Gras World
Buccaneer Social Club
Copy Data, Inc.
Covington Fair Ass.
Downtown Irish Marching Club
English Turn Country Club
Greater New Orleans Runners Ass.
Greene Clinic, Monroe, La.
Home Depot of Kenner, La.
Houston Apartment Renters Ass.
Jax Brewery Inc.
Jefferson City Buzzards Ass.
La. Eye Center
LSU Medical Center
National Multiple Sclerosis Soc.La. Chapter
Knights of Columbus
New Orleans Athletic Club
New Orleans Fair Ground Inc.
New Orleans Jazz Search Ass.
New Orleans Steamboat Co.
Northshore Psychiatric Hospital
Ocean Quest, Inc.
Ochsner Residents Ass.
Police Association of New Orleans
The Southern Yacht Club
Tulane Medical Ass.
USA Ballet Ass.
Vicksburg Sub – Debs Ass.
Wendy’s Hamburgers of New Orleans
House of Blues – New Orleans, La.
Harrahs Casino – New Orleans, La.
Treasure Chest Casino-Kenner, La.
Boomtown Casino – Harvey,La.
Tipitina’s – New Orleans, La.
Jimmy’s – New Orleans, La.
Jax Brewery – New Orleans, La.
Steamboat Natchez – New Orleans, La.
City Lights – New Orleans, La.
The Bounty – New Orleans, La.
Amberjacks’ – New Orleans, La.
Barts – New Orleans, La.
Rock’n’ Bowl- New Orleans, La.
UNO Sandbar – New Orleans, La.
The Bengal – Metairie, La.
Legends – Metairie, La.
Keystone’s – Metairie, La.
Risky Business – Metairie, La.
Poets – Lafayette, La.
Freds – Baton Rouge, La.
Gators – Baton Rouge, La.
Murphys – Baton Rouge, La.
Legends – Lake Charles, La.
Shooters – Mandeville, La.
Chevys – Hammond, La.
Rockerfellers – Houston, Tx.
Lovejoys – Houston, Tx.
Westside Stories – Fort Worth, Tx.
Club Memphis – Dallas, Tx.
Cooter Browns – San Antonio, Tx.
Toulouse St. – Austin, Tx.
The Checkmate – N. Little Rock, Ak.
The Dock – Jackson, Ms.
Katmandoos – Jackson, Ms.
Sharkys – Hattiesburg, Ms.
Miller’s Still – Vicksburg, Ms.
Dimples – Natchez, Ms.
David M’s – Biloxi, Ms.C
hevy’s – Indianola, Ms.
Rumors – Cleveland, Ms.
Foresters – Oxford – Ms.
Classix – Columbus, Ms.
The Ice House – McComb, Ms.
Cadillac Jacks – Gulf Shores, Al.
Margaritaville – Gulf Shores, Al.
Classix – Gadsen, Al.
The Dock – Pensacola Beach, Fl.
Cash’s – Fort Walton Beach, Fl.
Sharkys – Panama City Beach, Fl.