The Heavy Pets w/ Backup Planet and Dr. No
Backup Planet, Dr. No
188 Main Street
Burlington, VT, 05401
This event is 21 and over
The Heavy Pets
Jeff Lloyd: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Mike Garulli: Lead Guitar, Vocals
Jim Wuest: Keyboard, Vocals
Jamie Newitt: Drums
Justin Carney: Bass, Vocals
The Heavy Pets are an American Rock & Roll Band. Once called “a living, breathing, force of nature” by Dan Sweeny of Relix magazine, the Pets are known for catchy tunes and powerhouse performances spiked with hot electric licks and multi-climactic instrumental solos.
In 2007, the group became an instant Sirius radio sensation with the release of their acclaimed double-disc debut album, Whale, driven by hit tracks “Operation of Flight” and “Sleep.” The popularity of these tunes catapulted the Pets to major festivals nationwide, from High Sierra Festival to Bonnaroo, from Gathering of the Vibes to Langerado.
With five skilled musicians who are also composers and lyricists, The Heavy Pets have amassed a deep catalog of original music that critics call, “full blown musical salvation”; “elegant songwriting with blazing chops, thought-provoking lyrics and a heavy, danceable backbeat”; “funk-reggae rock hybrid that’s laid back and sexy”; and “funky, loose-limbed rock and soul.”
They were first embraced in the jam scene for their raw talent and tenacious commitment to making great music. But like their unmistakable sound, The Heavy Pets themselves have transcended boundaries, crossing a bridge few bands survive intact – into the still-respected periphery of pop music through upbeat, danceable, homegrown, skillfully executed tunes, and passionate live shows that keep crowds lining up for more.
Learn more about The Heavy Pets visit their site at www.theheavypets.com
Backup Planet is a progressive funk-rock band exploding out of Nashville, Tennessee. To see Backup Planet perform live is to simultaneously travel back in time and forward into the future. Their truly unique sound emanates from a place that seems familiar, yet unchartered. Elements of jazz, funk, roots, blues, electronic, and progressive rock all emerge during the course of their shows. Their sound draws from so much you've heard before—'70s rock and funk, high-energy improv, a touch of pop, and a sliver of metal. But the members of Backup Planet mix and match those elements—with just a hint of modern tech to burnish a sturdy nucleus of retro-minded organ and guitar—in ways that never fail to astonish. With a fantastic repertoire of original songs, they're able to build fluid sets interspersed with extended improvisation. Audiences can sense when a group takes major risks onstage; the elements of surprise and unpredictability foster a level of joy unparalleled in other types of musical performances. Masters of this process, Ben Cooper, Gavin Donati, Blake Gallant, and Chris Potocik, are doing all of the above while their rapidly growing fan base cheers in approval and shouts for more.
Sean Kehoe- Guitar, Vocals
Eli Goldman- Bass, Vocals