NEW COMING OF PASICATS!!
After some creative slow time (mainly creative in the name of children), PasiCats is slowly waking up from hibernation and turning its attention to the upcoming summer. Stay in tune for show postings.....and maybe some new recordings.
June 23, 2017, Hanka Homestead Juhannus (midsummer) Festival (Tentative)
July 14-15, 2017, Aura Jamboree (details pending, but We'll be there!!)
July 23, 2017, Blueberry Festival, Iron River, WI
August 12-13, 2017, Finncamp, Vixom, MI (Tentative)
CHECK OUT "ODE TO THE UP" IN YOUTUBE!
PasiCats had a backcountry music session with Bernie Larsen and his recording studio. Check out our praise to the glorious Copper Country in Youtube....."Ode to the UP"
PASICATS at Finnfest. Check out more photos by Liisa (Melissa) and Pertti (Bernie Larsen) in our photo gallery.
PASICATS PIKKUJOULU (LITTLE CHRISTMAS)!
You can check a nice article with loads of photos from PasiCats Pikkujoulu from Brownstone Hall at Keveenaw Now!
Where's Valki?" CD....still available!
It's been a while since we recorded our live CD during Finnfest in Duluth...but we still have some copies. Ten songs from old to new and from waltzes to fox trots are waiting for listeners. You can listen to all the songs RIGHT HERE in the PasiCats Radio. For those, who don't want to wait to get our CD during one of the performances, you can purchase it (for $5) online from the Finnsight store. Direct link to CD is here.
Arguably the 3rd best Finnish dance band in the whole Copper Country, PasiCats, was formed in early 2006 in the music town called South (or Strange) Range of the Upper Peninsula, Michigan. The formation of the band was a response to the numerous requests by the local Finns or “Finn-minded” people regarding today’s dance hall music in Finland. The original conspirators, Pasi and Raimo, took advantage of the regular blizzard conditions to start the creative chaos that was destined to become one of the most “omituinen” bands of the Copper Country. They were later joined by Kullervo, Paris, and Kerkko for the first PasiCats performance at the legendary South Range Community Hall in late March, 2006. By this time, Musti had also taken over as the creative and artistic leader of the band. After the first performance, the band was joined by the UP Finn-music master Oren (Tikka-Ori) Tikkanen. Since then, lot has happened for PasiCats and conspirators and the lineup has changed a few times. Now that little PasiCats (Olavi and Ansel) start to be able to bounce for polka, the band is taking a fresh start with its current members, after Pasi and Paris were joined by Sauli (Shawn Badanjek) Paananen and Timo (Tim Havens) Taivainen.
Since the first performance, PasiCats have been performing in the indoor and outdoor dances, concerts and festivals throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Mid-West., even all the way to California. In addition to dances, some of the most memorable performances to date have been a visit to Soumi Katsuu TV program, rocking the house at the Aura Jamboree in 2007-2009, playing at Finnfests in Ohio, Duluth, Hancock and San Diego. FinnFallBall concert with a legendary Finnish musician, Lannen-Jukka at Runeberg Hall in Dollar Bay and playing for World Folk Music Festival in Calumet Theater. In addition, Musti has found himself a partner, Valki, which makes him one happy cat.
PasiCats play a wide variety of dance music, ranging from waltzes and jenkkas to polkas, tangos, reggaes and even rock’n roll. In addition to the original tunes that come with a mystic combination of Finnish and English lyrics, PasiCats mixes original songs written by Pasi with songs written in early 1900s (such as Tuohinen Sormus) and the current dance hall music from Finland, performed by bands such as Yolintu. While maintaining the original soul of the songs, PasiCats brings their own twist to the music, whether it is new English lyrics, Paris' exceptional Finnish vocals or guitar solo played behind the head or rap in the South Range Polka. Everyone from toddlers to senior citizens is welcome to the concerts and the more people twist on the dance floor, the better. Feel free to spin around the web site, take a look at the photos and listen or watch PasiCats music. If you have any questions or comments or want to book PasiCats for an event, you can contact us here …….and stay tuned for the upcoming shows!!!! See you there!!!
PasiCats on the web: site1