AURA Preview: The Heavy Pets
Saturday: Porch Stage from 10:45 pm- 12:00 pm
Sunday: Amphitheater Stage from 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
The Heavy Pets (THP) are an American band who blend rhythm & blues, jazz-funk, nu-disco and reggae-fusion with rock & roll. Called “a living, breathing force of nature” by Relix, the Pets are known for their soulful song-craft and powerhouse live performances of their infectious dance songs. 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, the cross-over sound that is showcased on their self-titled album, which 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 for their third studio release, 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 Jam Cruise, Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Gathering of the Vibes, moe.down, Langerado, Summercamp, All Good, Wakarusa, Bear Creek, Mountain Jam and their namesake PetZoo among countless others.