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Whoopie Qat / Bio

“There’s a lot of love to give, and that’s sure as the sun can shine.” –“Shine”

If there’s a credo followed by the 9-piece, house-rocking, vocal-based band Whoopie Qat, it’s encapsulated in the above quote taken from the group’s original song, “Shine.” “We’re made up of family members and life-long friends, after all--so naturally, we love each other,” says bandleader, guitarist and main vocalist Ned Hammad. “More importantly, we love to play music together.” It’s this love, fans of the band will tell you, that spills from the stage and engulfs everyone within earshot.

Hailing from Sacramento, Ca., Whoopie Qat features both male and female lead/backing vocalists, backed by instrumentalists whose backgrounds encompass a wide variety of musical genres, from r&b to country to blues to straight-out rock & roll (members’ former groups include area stalwarts ’58 Fury, Big Boss Graffiti, Soul Motor, Love Symphony, H.A.G., Big Trouble, Lightning Hand Band and Ghost River, plus So Cal heavyweights LoveSick and Fountainhead).

Whoopie Qat combines high-quality original rock & roll with dance-based covers (’60s to ’10s) for a show that will keep party-goers moving all night long! The band currently performs at various local clubs including Old Ironsides, the Torch Club, and the Starlight Lounge, as well as Auburn’s Club Car and Pistol Pete’s, and has been featured at the Sacramento Music Festival and the California State Fair. Whoopie Qat is available for club bookings, private parties, corporate events, weddings, and all types of social functions.
Group Members
Ned Hammad (Lead/Rhythm Guitar & Lead/Backing Vocals)
Greg Bee (Lead/Rhythm Guitar & Lead/Backing Vocals)
Kevin Waite (Bass Guitar & Lead/Backing Vocals)
Chris Grijalva (Drums)
Michelle Gaudette (Lead/Backing Vocals)
Lisa Cachia (Lead/Backing Vocals & Percussion)
Leslie Cannon (Lead/Backing Vocals & Percussion)
Dena Hammad (Lead/Backing Vocals & Percussion)
Julie Harris (Percussion)


Whoopie Qat Song List

Baby I Love You - Aretha Franklin
Baby, Please Don't Go - Big Joe Williams
Come and Get Your Love - Redbone
Coming Into Los Angeles - Arlo Guthrie
Deal - Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead
Everyone’s Got Their Something - Nikka Costa
Everywhere - Sons of Champlin
Funny Bone - Freddie King
Good Lovin' - Rascals
Green Eyed Monster - Original
Grounds for Divorce - Elbow
Hit It and Quit It - Funkadelic
I Just Want to Celebrate - Rare Earth
I Want Candy - The Strangeloves
I'm Shakin' - Little Willie John
Jenny Lee - Original
Jumping Bean - Original
Love is a Good Thing - Sheryl Crow
Man With X-Ray Eyes - Original
Midnight Special - Credence Clearwater Revival
Natural Born Boogie - Humble Pie
Niki Hoeky - Ellie Greenwich
Outside Woman Blues - Cream
Peeled Back and Parted - Original
Radio - Raphael Saadiq
Roll it Over - Derek and the Dominos
Sail Out Sister - Original
Shine - Original
Six Days on the Road - Dave Dudley
Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
Song for Rocky - Original
Squeeze - Original
Straight On - Heart
These Boots are Made for Walking - Nancy Sinatra
Tell Me `Bout It - Joss Stone
What Are You Gonna Do About it - Original
What Goes On - The Velvet Underground
White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
Why Didn't You Call - Macy Gray
You Can't Hurry Love - Supremes

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Rock / Blues / Soul

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Sacramento, CA