Originally formed at East Jefferson High School in Metairie, La., with their first practice in a garage on September 28th, 1972, T.Q. & The Topcats were a 50's and early 60's show band. The group performed all of the classic songs of the pre-Beatles era of rock and roll. Every song the band did was performed with outrageous choreography or some type of skit with costumes, smoke and special lighting. They also did tributes to Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Buddy Holly. Everyone in the band sang and did choreography and everyone had a nickname to put across the feeling of a hoodlum gang of the 1950's.
The Topcats were voted "Best Cover Band" for four years in a row in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999, for Offbeat Magazine's "Best of The Beat" awards! In early 1998, The Topcats celebrated their fifteen year anniversary with the release of their first recording on CD, "Party With the Big Dogs," which contains several cover songs as well as four new originals and was selected as "Cover Album of the Year", for 1998, in Offbeat Magazine's "Best of The Beat" awards.