The Heavy Pets perform Saturday with new format


To keep those Florida “winter” beach vibes going — minus the beach — check out The Heavy Pets, a five-piece band based out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The Heavy Pets will be performing at The Jam, formerly PUERTO tä’gwä, on Saturday. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

“It’s going to be a very different format from any show we’ve done before,” said Jeff Lloyd, guitarist for the band. “For this run, we’re going to be working with a DJ.”

The night is going to be a collaboration between the different artists performing. Lloyd said that because all of the musicians know each other, they will be guest appearing in parts of each other’s sets.

Never done before with The Heavy Pets, the music will not stop for one band to set up. Instead, sets will merge into one another.

“The music is going to be seamless. From the beginning of the night to the end, it will go through three different acts and it’s not going to stop,” Lloyd said.

Made up of two guitarists, a keyboardist, a bassist and a drummer, The Heavy Pets fuse jam, reggae, rock, jazz, nu-disco, and rhythm and blues. The band’s debut release, “Whale,” launched them into radio stardom on Sirius and its self-titled album made The Huffington Post’s “Top 10 Albums of 2012.”

They just started a new video series called, “Everywhere Sessions.” It documents their everyday life, jam sessions and soon, live concerts.

“We have a huge backlog of material that we’re looking to get out there and ‘Everywhere Sessions’ is a great excuse for to crank out that material,” Lloyd said.

In terms of the live performance, what should one expect from a Heavy Pets show?

“I expect people to have more fun than they thought they were going to have. We try to keep it really high energy and really jam scene,” Lloyd said. “You should expect a pretty high level of musicianship and some real catchy tunes that you’ll, hopefully, take home with you and remember for a really long time.”


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