Cat Ridgeway is a skilled singer/songwriter from Orlando, FL known for her soulful vocals, high energy, and magnetic stage presence. She recently caught the attention of hit songwriter Shawn Mullins (known for his 1998 chart-topper “Lullaby”), who has personally invited her to open several of his shows. Cat has also played many notable stages (30A, Okeechobee, Big Orange, Third Street Songwriters Festival, House of Blues Orlando), sharing bills with acts such as Arcade Fire, Leon Bridges, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Shawn Mullins, Jeffrey Steele, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), Indigo Girls, Blackberry Smoke, and Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane/Starship).
In 2016, indie rock duo Tegan and Sara personally selected Cat as the winner of their worldwide cover contest after being impressed by her prowess across 5 different instruments. Throughout her career, she’s had the privilege of working with noteworthy names like Greg Rike (Deep Purple, Little Feat), Billy Chapin (Don Henley, Backstreet Boys), and Gordon Kennedy (co-writer of Eric Clapton’s “Change the World”). Her song “Drift” was recently licensed by Nemour’s Children’s Health Systems for a national commercial.
Cat has a contagious smile, unmatched work ethic, and voice much bigger than she is. Anywhere she plays, a buzz is sure to follow.
PHOTO CREDIT: Mike Dunn // Rust + Rebel Makers Union
“This bar is super cool. It’s themed as a 1920’s speakeasy, and you have to get the password for entry each night through their social media. They also have a dress code, so it makes for a really fun night out with friends. As far as the drinks go, they have some insane cocktails – some are smoked, and some have really exotic ingredients. I’m huge fan of a good Old-Fashioned. This place has a handful of whiskeys to choose from, and they just do it right.” – Cat Ridgeway
“Mather’s Social Gathering downtown is fab, it’s a cool little joint on the 3rd floor of an old vintage furniture store. When my friends and I go out, I don’t mind hanging there while they drink!” – Molly Ford, Orlando
“I like going to Will’s Pub, they’ve been consistently supporting local music for longer than any other venue in town.” – SWIMM
“Will’s Pub is THE venue for local shows.” – Cat Ridgeway
“Best bar for live music is Will’s Pub. Great Sound and atmosphere. An absolute staple in the scene. They have something for everyone!” – Someday River
“Will’s Pub is great, they always have awesome live music and a cool laid back vibe. Interestingly enough, I’ve never had a drop of alcohol in my life, so I can’t give any drink suggestions!” – Molly Ford, Vibe Manager
“Favorite local bar is Lil Indies – I get Mezcal on the rocks. They make great drinks and usually have solid chill live music. Kayleigh Baker plays there often and she is angelic!” – SWIMM
“This spot is a local staple. Great drinks, and music is almost always happening. All the musicians in town always end up here after we get done playing weekend gigs. It’s an odd little space with thrift-store decor, but it’s home. Indies is located in the heart of the Mills 50 district, and there are tons of other cool spots within walking distance from it, too.” – Cat Ridgeway
“My favorite neighborhood is Mills 50 – Dude, everything is in Mills. The bars, the food, the culture (museums, theaters, etc), and yes, even the science center. There’s art everywhere, and it’s really easy to walk around and make a day of it because things are so close to each other.” – Cat Ridgeway
“This is my favorite taco shop in Orlando. It’s Mexican-Asian fusion. We’re talking curry burritos here, y’all. Everything is incredible. If you need a good greasy hangover pick-me-up, my favorite thing on the menu is the Asian pork belly takos. I can personally attest to these possibly being the tastiest cure for a hangover ever. Vegan options also available here!” – Cat Ridgeway