SPOKANE, Wash. — The iconic ‘Keyboard Cat’ is playing music in downtown Spokane as part of Street Music Week to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank.
Street Music Week runs through June 14 in downtown Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Spokane’s Garland District.
'Keyboard Cat' first gained internet popularity after owner Charlie Schmidt uploaded a video recorded in the 1980's of him manipulating his cat "Fatso" to play the keyboard.
Schmidt's original YouTube video has been viewed over 54 million times. The video is considered to be one of the most popular online cat videos of all time and has since become an internet meme.
Fatso's successor, a similar looking cat named "Bento," starred as Keyboard Cat in commercials before passing away in 2018.
Schmidt's current ‘Keyboard Cat’ is an 8-year-old male named ‘Skinny.’ Schmidt say the appearances are part of Skinny's world premiere.
‘Skinny’ is available for selfies and they will be giving out buttons that say ‘I met keyboard cat.’
Performers will hit the street every day from noon to 1 p.m. to collect donations for the food bank.
- Downtown: On the sidewalk next to Starbucks at Main and Post.
- Garland District: On the sidewalk outside the Gathering House coffee shop at Garland and Post (kitty-corner from the Milk Bottle)
- Coeur d'Alene: On the sidewalk outside the Mix It Up home goods store at 513 Sherman Ave.
Over the years, the event has raised more than $200,000 that helped Second Harvest Food Bank distribute over a million meals.