The Heavy Pets hit the road this August and September with a highly anticipated five show run in Colorado highlighted by an appearance at the LoHi Music Festival in Denver, a benefit for the town of Live Oak at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, Phish after-parties in Alabama and Georgia, three nights with Greenhouse Lounge in their home state of Florida, and a run up and down the coast anchored by sets at the Savannah Craft Beer Festival, Catskill Chill, Wormtown Music Festival and The Werk Out.


This run is also highlighted by the introduction of bassist Tony D’Amato, longtime friend of the Pets and band mate of drummer Jamie Newitt in the Philadelphia-based jazz-fusion act, Spontaneous Underground. Justin Carney has left the band to pursue other interests. “We are very excited to welcome Tony to the family. I have been a fan of his since my first time seeing SpUn, and look forward to the deeply funky impact he will have on this band,” says guitarist Jeff Lloyd. In typical THP fashion, they have a full tour schedule ahead giving them plenty of opportunity to introduce D’Amato to their rapidly expanding fan base.



8.1 – Highland Tap & Burger | Denver, CO

8.2 – Three20South| Breckenridge, CO

8.3 – Hodi’s Half Note |Fort Collins, CO

8.4 – LoHi Music Festival | Denver, CO

8.6 – Southern Sun Pub & Brewery | Boulder, CO

8.10, 8.11 & 8.12 – Green Parrot | Key West, FL

8.17 – Suwannee Valley Flood Jam @ Spirit of the Suwannee | Live Oak, FL

8.24 – Avondale Brewery | Birmingham, AL (Phish after party)

8.25 – The Five Spot | Atlanta, GA (Phish after party)

8.30 – Double Down Live | Gainesville, FL

8.31 – Crowbar | Tampa, FL (w/ Greenhouse Lounge)

9.1 – Freebird Live | Jacksonville Beach, FL (w/ Greenhouse Lounge)

9.2 – Savannah Craft Beer Fest Rhythm and Brews | Savannah, GA

9.5 – Jewish Mother Backstage | Norfolk, VA (w/ Long Miles)

9.6 – 8 x 10 | Baltimore, MD (w/ Long Miles)

9.7 – The Blockley | Philadelphia, PA (w/ Long Miles)

9.8 – Mojo on Main | Newark, DE

9.9 – Catskill Chill Music Festival | Hancock, NY

9.12. – The Wonderbar | Boston, MA

9.13 – Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY

9.14 – Wormtown Music Festival | Greenfield, MA

9.15 – Putnam Den | Saratoga Springs, NY

9.20 – Westcott Theater | Syracuse, NY

9.21 – Nietzsche’s | Buffalo, NY (w/ Timbre Coup)

9.22 – The Werk Out – Thornville, OH



“Keep Me Running”:

“3 AM”:


“Dewpoint” w/ Eric Krasno:


LINKS: | Twitter: @TheHeavyPets |


THE HEAVY PETS: The Heavy Pets (THP) are an American rock band whose contagious vibe blends rhythm and blues, jazz-funk, nu-disco and reggae fusion with rock and roll. Called “a living, breathing, force of nature” by Relix, THP are known for powerhouse live performances and infectious dance songs framing catchy smart lyrics. The group became an instant Sirius radio sensation in 2007 with the release of their double-disc debut album, Whale, driven by hit tracks “Operation of Flight” and “Sleep.” First embraced by the jam scene for their raw talent, their cross-over sound that is showcased on their self-titled album and was dubbed a “Top 10 Album of 2010” by The Huffington Post, propelled them into the periphery of mainstream music. Returning to their acoustic roots on Swim Out Past the Sun (2011), THP’s guitar duo set aside their electric axes for a more organic approach. Featuring a three song sit-in by longtime Jerry Garcia collaborator David Grisman, the album presents a fresh perspective from the ever-evolving quintet. Swim Out Past the Sun was produced and recorded by multi-platinum, Grammy and Oscar Award-winner Scott Mathews and mastered by Grammy Award-winner Vlado Meller. Major festival darlings, THP have taken the stage at JamCruise, Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Gathering of the Vibes, moe.down, Summercamp, All Good, Wakarusa, Bear Creek, Mountain Jam and their namesake PetZoo

Greg Sarafan

Greg Sarafan founded Greg Sarafan’s Sensible Reason in 2007. He started blogging for HeadCount in January 2011. Soon after he organized and ran a small but successful charity festival called Binghamtronica to benefit HeadCount and OxFam America. He is a Team Leader in NYC as well as Artist Relations representative for HeadCount. Greg has BAs in political science and art history from Binghamton University. Greg has a J.D. as well as a Certificate in Intelectual Property, Media and Privacy from Brooklyn Law School . Greg also volunteers for OxFam America as a Concert Outreach Coordinator. In 2009 Greg presented his theory of Artistic Stylistic Transmission in the Royal Mughal Atelier at an art history symposium at Ohio State University.

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