He’s been called “the folk punk Woody Allen.” From the harsh streets of his native Queens, NYC, Bob Katz introduces a startling new voice. His debut album, “When Good Mangos Go Bad” finds humor in an unfinished burger, pathos in a phone call to mom, biting anger about gay bullying, and a bizarre obsession with a particular tropical fruit.
In the words of the album’s producer, folk legend Pete Kennedy of The Kennedys, “If you could swirl the clever lyricism of Cole with the sly cherubic humor of Harpo, and add a shmear of Judy’s showbiz pizzazz, you’d have a concoction akin to Bob Katz.”
Bob is a regularly featured artist on The Real Radio Show on Long Island's Classic Rock Station, 103.9 WRCN, and now on AM970, The Answer, WNYM (TheRealRadioShow.com), and on the cable television show, The Real Radio Show for TV. Bob performs regularly at New York City venues including The Living Room, Freddy’s Bar, Goodbye Blue Monday, Parkside Lounge, Starving Artist Cafe, The Duplex, Christopher Street Coffeehouse, Brooklyn Rod and Gun, and Banjo Jim’s (closed). He also has a strong following in New England, featuring at venues such as Molten Java (Connecticut), Common Grounds (Philadelphia), Rhode Island Songwriter’s Association Music Showcase Guest Artist at Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House (Providence, Rhode Island), Emerson Umbrella, Furey’s Café, and North Street Coffeehouse. Bob’s album has been garnering great reviews (e.g., WESU), national radio play (e.g, WRCN; WFHB; WTBQ; KAFM; WESU), and was recently ranked number 3 on the TheMusicFeed.com Top Indie Artist List. Bob was also recently the featured artist on TheMusicFeed.com. Bob was chosen for the New York City leg of the Rompetition Battle of the Bands sponsored by UnregularRadio.com. He opened for Ellis at the prestigious Christopher Street Coffeehouse in NYC and was a featured performer at National Night Out in Fairview, New Jersey. His recent show was filmed by Finnish National Television MTV3.
Bob is presently running the venerable Christopher Street Coffee House. His new hit one-man, ten-mango musical, "Quasimango, The Lunchbox of Notre Dame", recently made its successful debut at Dixon Place and will soon be performed at Molten Java and the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival in NYC.
Mark "The Animal" Mendoza, from the band Twisted Sister says "Bob Katz makes people smile. Bob Katz is really talented really funny, and very different. He was the most entertaining act of the night!"