2010 Artist Lineup

The Heavy Pets

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The Heavy Pets are renowned for explosive live performances and catchy original tunes that showcase their unique rock-funk-fusion. In 2007, the acclaimed double-disc debut album, Whale, launched THP to the most played independent act on Sirius’ Jam_On. Their contagious vibe makes The Heavy Pets major festival favorites at Bonnaroo, moe.down, Langerado, NO’s Jazzfest and PetZoo, created in their namesake. Called “a living, breathing, force of nature” by Dan Sweeny of Relix magazine, The Heavy Pets compel audiences to move and groove along a musical journey crammed with hot electric licks, multi-climactic instrumental solos and fantastical lyrics revealing inspired philosophical leanings. With five skilled musicians who are also lyricists and songwriters, The Heavy Pets have amassed a deep catalog of original music, much of which is captured on several live and studio recorded CD’s including, Live from the Outer Banks, Live from the 9:30 Club, Heavy Air, and the latest release, Slow Motion Conductor. Their reputation for never playing the same show twice makes The Heavy Pets a powerhouse in the touring scene, where they have also shared the stage with several notable artists such as Matisyahu, Umphrey’s McGee, Little Feat and Perpetual Groove. A commanding blend of rock and roll, rhythm and blues, jazz-funk and reggae fusion, THP’s contagious vibe defies stereotyping. They were first embraced in the jam scene for their raw talent and tenacious commitment to making great music. But like their cross-over sound, The Heavy Pets themselves have transcended boundaries, crossing a bridge few bands survive intact – into the still-respected periphery of mainstream music through upbeat, danceable, homegrown, skillfully executed tunes and passionate live shows that keep crowds lining up for more.

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