The Heavy Pets are an American rock band whose contagious vibe blends rhythm and blues, jazz-funk, nu-disco and reggae fusion with rock & roll. Called “a living, breathing, force of nature” by Relix Magazine, the Pets are known for their soulful song-craft and the powerhouse live performances of their infectious dance songs. Riding high on their most recent studio effort, the A/B single Two Horses, look out for The Heavy Pets as they continue to hit the road hard.
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 crossover sound that is showcased on their self-titled album, also 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. The Heavy Pets followed up those polished efforts by releasing the Everywhere Sessions: Volume 1 EP, recorded live in the studio with accompanying videos of the three songs “Chew,” “Help Me Help You” and “The Day the Sun Forgot to Rise.”
Major festival darlings, THP have taken the stage at Bonnaroo, Jam Cruise, High Sierra, Gathering of the Vibes, All Good, Wakarusa, Mountain Jam, Bear Creek, Summer Camp, Catskill Chill, AURA and their namesake PetZoo.
Formed in the fall of 2012, Universal Sigh is a unique band comprised of Steve Terry, Austin Parker, and brothers Pace & Jones Maynard. They have found a niche in the vibrant music scene of Athens, GA by establishing a close-knit community of friends and fellow musicians. Music is full of limitless possibilities and US seeks adventure through deliberate improvisation to create a high-energy rock show. The band features a two guitar attack anchored by a driving rhythm section and is deeply inspired by bands such as Umphrey’s McGee, Led Zeppelin, and Radiohead. Fearless of exploring uncharted musical territories, their music can be loosely defined as “progressive jazz-funk”. The mergence of genres creates a fluid sound generating a friendly atmosphere welcoming all music lovers alike.
The Kinky Aphrodisiacs
The Kinky Aphrodisiacs are the premier Southern-prog band to come out of the Southeast. Hailing from Athens to Milledgeville and Atlanta, The Kinky Aphro's blend garage rock, blues, and hard grooves into a genre all their own.