Last Friday night HT faves The Heavy Pets gathered their hometown fans at Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room for an “End Of The World Party.” Roosevelt Collier of The Lee Boys stopped by to add lap steel to the festivities and as he tends to do when he sits in, Roosevelt stole the show.
You can watch an insane video of Collier jamming with the Pets on Dewpoint thanks to the talents of videographer Mark Duclos with help from M.A.D.& CheeseheadProductions…
In just a few short weeks Phish will take the MSG stage for their traditional four-night New Year’s Run in New York City. NYC promoter CEG Presents has a full slate of late night after parties set to take place at a variety of venues from the 28th to the 30th for your post-show entertainment.
South Florida jamband The Heavy Pets have recently brought taper extraordinaire Charlie Miller on the road with them to record each show and help with production. The group aims to start selling Miller’s official recordings through LiveDownloads.com and is offering free MP3 downloads of their December 4th show at Nectar’s to give music fans a sample of Charlie’s recording, mixing and mastering work. Check it out here.
Here are six other bootlegs getting tons of play on my iPod…
For a first time festival site, Predaine in Freehold, NJ was a welcome oasis for the fans at PetZoo Festival 2010. From easy entry allowing cars to drop off their camping gear – though they couldn’t car camp – to a cheap air-conditioned bar on site and a grassy amphitheater, it seemed that festival goers comfort was given the utmost attention. And with many having taken the long drive up from Florida to join the Heavy Pets at their annual party, it’s easy to understand why!
[All Photos by Jeremy Gordon]
PetZoo rewarded fans, from near and far with a few special treats. Starting with Zac Lasher of U-Melt sitting in with Newton Crosby for a full set on Hammond B3 organ (if you missed this set you can check them out at The Gig in the Sky) . Later in the evening The Brew kept things going with covers of Zepplin’s No Quarter with Dave Drouin on vocals and the Allman Brothers’ Blue Sky. U-Melt showed renewed energy and excitement in one of their final New Jersey appearances with blistering guitar solos on Clear Light and a wink to the neighborhood with Bruce Springsteen’s, Atlantic City. Friday evening was closed by none other than The Heavy Pets who showed everyone exactly whose festival it was, coming out hard and strong.
Saturday was just as exciting with the day starting out with an adorable performance by a local children’s dance squad. Local favorites, Bearin’ Peace’s set was perfect for waking up the crowd with an Island feel to it and Spontaneous Underground still managed to sneak in a great cover of The Beatles’ Tomorrow Never Knows into their short set. As the afternoon continued, The Heavy Pets surprised the 21+ crowd with an impromptu set in the bar between Long Miles and Cabinet. Toubab Krewe’s two hour set was welcomed by the fans and the amazing Funtown hoopers and fire dancers who used the African beats to entrance the crowd. As The Heavy Pets took the stage for the final set however, a bit of trouble ensued as the main stage was temporarily shut down due to noise complaints but luckily with organizers to the rescue, things were settled quickly and the show went on into the early morning hours without a hitch.
It seems that every band out there is aching to throw a festival of their own and The Heavy Pets are no exception. After two succcessful years, the Pets’ PetZoo Festival 2010 moves to Priedaine in Freehold, NJ for its third year – a private fairground owned by the New Jersey Latvian Society. The site boasts luxury accommodations including amphitheater seating at the outdoor stage, power throughout the camping areas and real bathrooms!
The Heavy Pets first caught our attention playing downstairs from the Disco Biscuits in Atlantic City and boy have they been keeping busy since. From Wakarusa, Nateva and All Good, to helping out at the 10th anniversary moe.down last year, the Florida natives have been bringing their music to the entire country. Yet, even with their constant touring the band still had time to release their self-titled second album earlier this summer.
After starting with only six bands in 2008, this year’s lineup has grown to include everything from reggae with John’s Brown Body, to funk from the London Souls and world beat with Toubab Krewe. Throw in HT Blips artist Newton Crosby and fellow moe.down alumni U-Melt and The Brew and you wind up with two great days of music starting Friday afternoon and going till late Saturday with The Heavy Pets headlining both nights.
Tickets are available online for Friday, Saturday as well as two-day “Weekend Passes” which include camping and parking.
Last Week’s Sauce is a recurring column featuring recordings of shows that took place the previous week. Thanks to tgakidis for this week’s photo.
Artist & Title: Gene Ween – Birthday Boy, Baby Bitch Date & Venue: 2009-05-09 – The Walnut Room, Denver CO Taper & Show Download:Eric Foelske
Last week, I let you in on my goal of using unique artists for as long as I can with this piece. Well, I’m already stretching things a little bit, but I think it’s OK. I have previously used the Gene Ween Band, but this is Gener solo – TOTALLY different. Anyway, I really like this 1-2 combo of songs as they are both well constructed tunes and have similar subject matter. There is a line in Baby Bitch, “Wrote Birthday Boy for you babe”. He’s got two more solo gigs on the books in June.
READ ON for four more tracks from the likes of McLovins and Little Feat…
In just two short weeks from today the Langerado Music Festival kicks off at Big Cypress in the Florida Everglades. I’ve attended the last two Langerado festivals, but this year’s lineup takes things to a new level. As someone who doesn’t get to many festivals, I think the best part of going is the enjoyment I get from checking out artists I haven’t seen before. So for the next two edition of The B List, I’ll look at the five bands I’m excited to see for the first time at Langerado:
1. Ben Folds – Ben Folds arrived on the scene in 1995 with his trio: Ben Folds Five. You couldn’t walk around the campus of my alma-mater, Skidmore College, without hearing Folds’ refreshing sound that combines elements of jazz and arena-rock with typical singer-songwriter fare. The Ben Folds Five continued to release great albums over the next few years including 1999′s The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, a record which hasn’t left my iPod in over two years. Read on for more about Ben Folds and four other bands you gotta catch at Langerado…
Warriooooors…come out and play-ayyyy. And by ‘Warriors’ I mean ‘Commenters,’ but Commenters would be a ridiculously shitty name for a hardcore street gang, even if they had the coolest jackets and/or get-up on the block.
Seriously, though, we didn’t see a noticeable decline in readership yesterday, but someone must’ve turned down the volume. Where’d everyone go? Is it that hard to read a Vegoose recap and make a snarky comment or relay a funny tale from the grounds? Nobody wanted to take a shot at some easy-as-pie Back Door Slam jokes? Hey, let’s get some chatter out of you Billy Ripken fuckfaces today.
So here’s a post that’s guaranteed to generate no comments whatsoever, a gratuitous romp through the Live Music Archive that will keep your dirty ears busy for a little while. We’ll start out with some drop-dead deep funk from the now 10-year-old Afroskull, move into more jamband territory with the young and talented Heavy Pets, hit up the afrobeat funk tip with the old Antibalas standbys, check in with the Midwest and a talented group called The Maji, and we’ll wrap that gavel up with a little ditty + cover from Scarecrow Collection.