The Bocats are a remarkably talented musical trio hailing from Jacksonville, Florida. Rick Grant, editor-in-chief and music critic of the Southeast Entertainer magazine, described the act as "a taut musical machine.... This group cooks with a bodacious classy sound." When playing covers, they have a chameleon like ability to cross genre lines and make it look easy. So it's not surprising that their original material confidently ventures into widely diverse styles. The band's sound is Contemporary Pop/Rock blending elements of Classic Rock, Southern Soul and Traditional Country.
The Bocats have successfully performed at venues which usually only feature larger acts. After a attending one of their performances at Cypress Gardens, Florida, a local nightclub manager remarked, "This is either the biggest 3-piece band I've ever heard, or the smallest 5-piece band I've ever seen."
All three band members are accomplished, well-seasoned musician/singer/songwriters whose performances reflect a wealth of experience from virtually every phase of the music business. The band members are:
Bob McDowell - guitars and lead & harmony vocals
Sondra Lacy - keyboards, keyboard bass and lead & harmony vocals
Gil Linares - drums and lead & harmony vocals
Although each band member has his or her personal favorites (see the Band Members' Bios page) they all were greatly influenced by artists like The Beatles, Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren, Utopia, The Jazz Crusaders and Los Lobos.
Over the years, the band has played in nightclubs, on concerts stages, at roadhouses, country clubs, house parties, on cruise ships, been part of a traveling variety show, made radio & television appearances and done studio session work. They are currently working on an album project which is a unique collaborative effort with Alabama based painter/author/poet Tut Riddick. Much of the group's time between live performance dates is spent writing and recording a collection of songs based on Ms. Riddick's poems.
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