The Heavy Pets at the Brooklyn Bowl 4/26/2012
The Heavy Pets, hailing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, dropped by the Brooklyn Bowl on their spring tour last Thursday night with a jam packed show of jazz, funk, reggae and all points in between. With what seems to be a never-ending string of live music at the Brooklyn Bowl this spring, I’m could not be happier to be a resident of Brooklyn. Joining these South Florida All-American rockers was Mike Kammers (MK Groove Trio) on the saxophone, Natalie Cressman on trombone.
If there’s one thing I love about The Heavy Pets its their ability to play just about any genre and turn it into a full-fledged party. I walked into Brooklyn Bowl right as the Pets took stage and immediately went up to the front. They began the night with the song “3am” of their latest album Swim Out Past Sun. This song started the night off right with a relaxed reggae-funk acoustic sound with some southern flare. Both Jeff Lloyd and Mike Garulli on guitar and vocals. Justin Carnie , dare I quote Mr. George Clinton “has got the funk,” with his grooving bass lines, jamming right into the second song “Dew Point.” After percussionist Jamie Newitt’s sister AlyCat hopped on stage for “Lazy Anna,” Garulli showcased his pretty impressive rapping skills, making this is a fun song for everyone.
The Pets know when its time to chill, and when its time to party, and they brought the party. Things really heated up when Mike Kammers jumped in on sax and Natalie Cressman on drums for “Help Me Help You.” I loved this song for so many reasons, Jim Wuest’s keyboard solo accompanied by the sax and trombone had really jazzed things up. A few minutes into the song Adam Smirnoff aka “Shmeans” of Lettuce surprised the crowd and hopped in on guitar for a solo.
Things didn’t slow down or stop after that. Everyone danced right through “So Thank You Music”. This song for me really brought of the talents of Lloyd and Garulli (guitar) and Jamie Newitt (drums) leading the band through some of their best jamming. This is one of my favorite song of theirs, with screaming guitar riffs and a low tempo bass-line boogie; really shows you what they’re all about. It was a small intimate crowd, but every one was there for one sole purpose, to dance!
Other songs on the set list Thursday night were a cover of John Denver’s Country Road with a fun version of Hedi Sigismondi. Jeff Lloyd stepped into the headlight for the next song on vocal and lead for the sing-a-long “Chew.” They ended the night with “Jackie Bones.”
The Heavy Pets are coming to the end of their spring tour. I’d like to thank Brotherly Love Productions for bringing them to New York. They are making their way back home to Florida and stopping at the 5th Annual Purple Hatters Ball, in Live Oak, Florida the weekend of May 11th-13th, 2012. They’ll also be playing some awesome festivals this summer/fall; Wakarusa, Castskill Chill and Bear Creek. If you haven’t heard them yet, make sure to check them out for a fun funky show.