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The Heavy Pets Hit The Road With Double Live CD

2011 Has been a busy year for the Florida based Heavy Pets. The band hits the road this summer with a double-disc live album taken from their 2010-2011 tour recorded by Charlie Miller of the Grateful Dead fame. Coupled with a full national tour on the horizon, this could be the year of the Heavy Pets – whose last studio effort was hailed one of the top 10 albums of the year by the Huffington Post in 2010.

What’s not to love about the Heavy Pets breezy approach to music? The five piece band seamlessly moves through pop, reggae, rock, rhythm, blues, hip-hop, funk and even masters the open-ended jam styling’s of jazz as if it were their native tongue. Each musician as talented as the next, the players bounce between instruments changing roles as drummer, keys, guitar, and even lead vocals as they make their way through varied arrangements in their diverse and extensive catalog . It comes as no surprise that the Huffington Post named their last self-titled album one of the top 10 of the year; it plays like a Pandora radio station offering a little bit of something for everyone.

Beginning this summer, The Heavy Pets will hit the road with a 14 live tracks called Charlie Miller’s Live Picks featuring two hand selected discs of music chosen from the best moments of their 2010-2011 Illumination tour and includes a selection of popular songs like “So Thank You Music”, “Dew Point” and “Chew”. The summer release will be available on-line for download and for purchase at select festival and theater performances while supplies last.

But it’s not just their chops that set the Heavy Pets apart from other touring outfits. The band has an uncanny ability to write quality songs on a dime. This year will see the Pets releasing a live double disc, an acoustic album and a straightforward electric album which the band has been busy recording this spring. While the expected release date for the two new studio efforts are yet to be announced, rumor has it that each album captures a different face of the band who is known best for their jaw-dropping live shows. The band will be giving away a few of their original songs for free download leading up to the release to whet the appetites of their fans.

For more information about the Heavy Pets and their busy release schedule take a peek at the bands website at www.theheavypets.com and don’t forget to sign up for the mailing list where the next series of free downloads are expected to be leaked in the coming weeks.

The Heavy Pets: Illumination Tour & FREE Download!

The Heavy Pets 2011 Single "Lantern" is an breezy 6+ minute song featuring haunting pedal steel guitar and sweeping vocals over a delicately woven fabric of harmonies, horns and soft phrasing. A bioluminescent horn arrangement by Michael Kammers seems to push through the earth and sprout to life, intertwining with the boughs of the tune and eventually blossoming into a crescendo of a "violent and beautiful epiphany" as described by guitarist, Jeff Lloyd. In short, it's a trip. A song about a child's firefly lantern - or the light you choose in your own life. "Lantern" is considered by the band as their "piece de resistance" from the California recording session. "We believe this piece to stand on its own - and are incredibly excited to be releasing it in this format as our first ever single." says Lloyd.

The track was recorded with multi-platinum award winning producer Scott Mathews and engineer Tom Luekens alongside a series of acoustic songs during the bands Mill Valley, CA session where they also produced their acclaimed self-titled 2010 release, The Heavy Pets. The 2010 self-titled release has shown considerable success for the Florida based project, and was just named by the Huffington Post as one of the top 10 albums of last year; a well-deserved nod to the band known best for their endless tour schedule.

"The Illumination Tour" takes the band from VT to Florida, with stops in nearly every state along the way. For more information about the tour or the free download, check out the band at www.theheavypets.com (A 102° Artist).

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The Illumination Tour

February 19 - The Crowbar - Tampa, FL

February 23 - Live Wire - Savannah, GA

February 24 - Pour House - Charleston, SC

February 25 - Blind Tiger - Greensboro, NC

February 26 - Pour House - Raleigh, NC

March 2 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ

March 3 - Jillian's - Albany, NY

March 4 - Java Barn - Canton, NY

March 5 - The Turtle Underground @ St. Michaels College - Colchester, VT

March 6 - Nectars - Burlington, VT

March 9 - Brighton Music Hall - Allston, MA

March 10 - Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY

March 11 - Old City Hall - Oswego, NY

March 12 - The Matterhorn - Stowe, VT

March 17 - The M Room - Philadelphia, PA

March 18 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY

March 19 - Mojo on Main - Newark, DE

March 22 - Jewish Mother - Norfolk, VA

March 24 - Roxy's - West Palm Beach, FL

March 25 & 26 - Green Parrot - Key West, FL

The Heavy Pets Head South for Winter Tour

The Heavy Pets self-titled release was ranked in the top 10 studio albums of the year by the Huffington Post in 2010. The honor comes at the end of a highly successful year that saw both a new studio release and matching Vinyl album. The Heavy Pets will launch their first tour of the year on January 22nd with plans for an acoustic album later in 2011.

2010 was an extraordinary year for the Heavy Pets. The five piece band released their first studio recording (and coinciding vinyl album) since 2007 with burgeoning record label and Management Company, 102 Degrees. The highly acclaimed album has already received rave reviews across the nation in its short time on the market and with ample airplay the band is posed to reach great heights in 2011.

The project will set sail on their first tour of the year beginning on January 22nd including stops in Raliegh, Charleston, Poughkeepsie, Albany, Syracuse, Philadephia, New York City among others before returning to their home stomping grounds in sunny Florida.

For more information about the Heavy Pets or for ticket information check out www.theheavypets.com.  The shows will also be available for purchase from www.livedownloads.com and www.digitialsoundboard.net

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The Heavy Pets Tour Dates:

01/27/11 - Old School Square, Delray Beach, FL

01/28/11 - Skippers Smokehouse, Tampa, FL

02/24/11 -The Pourhouse, Charleston, SC

02/26/11 - The Pour House, Raleigh, NC

03/01/11 - The Mug at Vasser College, Poughkeepsie, NY

03/03/11 - Jillians, Albany, NY

03/04/11 - Java Barn, Canton, NY

03/10/11 - Wescott, Syracuse, NY

03/12/11 - The Matterhorn, Stowe, VT

03/17/11 - M Room, Philadelphia., PA

03/18/11 - Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY

The Heavy Pets Announce Northeast Winter Tour

The Heavy Pets will close out a highly successful 2010 with a tour along the northeast corridor including dates in New York, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland before heading back to FL for a final leg of New Year's shows in their home stomping grounds. The Heavy Pets have grown exponentially in a very short time and the tour marks a fitting end to an extraordinary year for the band.

Ever since their first performance in 2007, the Heavy Pets became an instant national sensation through heavy rotation on the international airwaves of Sirius Satellite radio. National success did not end there; they were immediately embraced in the jam scene for their raw talent and tenacious commitment to creating great music. And like their unmistakable sound, The Heavy Pets themselves have transcended boundaries; crossing a bridge few bands survive intact --- into the periphery of mainstream music through upbeat, danceable, homegrown, skillfully executed tunes.

In the past four years alone, the band has managed to release a two-disc studio album, a live release, a three song EP and most recently, their sophomore self-titled studio release and vinyl album --- a feat few bands have accomplished in such a short time. The 2010 self-titled release has garnered critical acclaim in tight circles of virtuoso musicians and casual fans alike.

The five piece band will appear throughout the northeast for a jam-packed three week tour including their biggest performance in NYC at Highline Ballroom with progressive jam rockers, U-Melt. The band will also be playing a few venues for the first time including stops in Cafe Nine, Empire and Putnam Den as well as a homecoming performance in Syracuse NY - a town that two of the six artists call their Alma mater.

The entire tour will be mixed, recorded and cataloged by Charlie Miller of the Grateful Dead/Kimock fame and available for purchase on the Heavy Pets website through LiveDownloads.com and DigitalSoundboard.com. While the specifics of the tour are still lining up, the band will be undoubtedly making waves at every stop along the tour and are not to be missed.

For a complete tour schedule and more information about the band, check out their new website at www.theheavypets.com

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2010 TOUR DATES:
11/19 Tobacco Road - Miami, FL
11/26 Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
11/27 The Vibe Lounge - Rockville Center, NY
11/30 Cafe Nine - New Haven, CT
12/1 Empire Dine & Dance - Portland, ME
12/2 Matterhorn - Stowe, VT
12/3 Matterhorn - Stowe, VT
12/4 Nectars - Burlington, V
12/8 Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY
12/9 Putnam Den - Saratoga Springs, NY
12/14 Jewish Mother's - Norfolk, VI
12/17 The 8 x 10 - Baltimore, MD
12/18 River Street Jazz Cafe - Plains, PA
12/31 Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Heavy Pets Release Collectors Vinyl Album

On the heels of their self-titled 2010 release, The Heavy Pets are unveiling a collectors edition, 150 gram audiophile vinyl album featuring 7 blazing tracks including the previously un-released track "This Side Up" and an alternate version of their haunting 2010 single, "Lazy Anna". The album also includes a free download card for all 12 tracks on the new CD.

Pushing the sonic envelope from the dance floor to the bedroom, The Heavy Pets vinyl gleefully takes the listener on a journey that varies in both sonic and emotional texture. Overflowing with expert musicianship, unexpected musical turns, and masterful pacing of songs; the follow up release also boasts a cameo appearance with high-profile guest star, John Popper of Blues Traveler, courtesy of Verve Records.

Looking to produce the highest quality recording possible, The Heavy Pets teamed up with some of the industry's best production and engineering talents. The vinyl lacquers were cut by the legendary Doug Sax, founder of The Mastering Lab. The album was produced by Multi-Platinum award winning producer Scott Mathews and was mastered by two time Grammy Award winning mastering engineer Vlado Meller of Universal Mastering Studios. With each passing year the band continues to break ground by embracing cutting edge technology, while working towards preserving the buoyant sound of analog recording.

Since 2005, the band has built their reputation as a live tour-de-force through years of nationwide touring and three successful previous releases including their acclaimed freshman double-disc studio release, Whale. The band will kick off the first leg of their national fall tour on the east coast with select dates in the south before heading back to their home stomping grounds in Florida to finish off the decade. The new self titled album and vinyl from The Heavy Pets is now available through Amazon.com, iTunes, and the band's web site theheavypets.com.

ON TOUR NOW

September 9 :: Harpers Ferry - Allston, MA
September 10 :: Catskill Chill Music Festival - Hancock, NY
September 11 :: Sullivan Hall - New York, NY
September 15 :: Jillian's - Albany, NY
September 16 :: The Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY
September 22 :: El Alamo - Key West, FL
September 23 :: El Alamo - Key West, FL
September 24 :: The Green Parrot - Key West, FL
September 25 :: The Green Parrot - Key West, FL
October 2 :: Folk Fest St. Pete - St. Petersburg, FL
October 16 :: The Pour House - Charleston, SC
October 30 :: Southern Monster Mash - Pompano Beach, FL
November 10-14 :: Bear Creek Art and Music Festival - Live Oak, FL
November 19 :: Tobacco Road - Miami, FL

Toubab Krewe Spring Tour - 2010

Toubab Krewe is a couple weeks into their Spring Tour and things are off to a great start. Thanks to all of you who have been coming out!

Toubab Krewe has a few more dates in the Northeast this weekend before joining up with their friends in John Brown's Body for a 12-night co-headlining run that will take us throughout the Midwest, Rockies and West Coast.

Toubab will then swing back through the South on our own, and are happy to announce several new dates, including a special 2-night run in NOLA during JazzFest and a tour of Florida. Many of the upcoming NE and FL shows will feature special guests The Heavy Pets.

Looking ahead to the summer, Festivus is set for July 8-11 in Cabot, VT, and should be bigger and better than ever. The full line-up and more details are coming soon.

Check out Toubab Krewe on the road!

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TOUR DATES
DATE CITY VENUE Other Acts
03/25/10 Allston, MA Harpers Ferry W/special guests The Heavy Pets
03/26/10 New Haven, CT Toad's Place In support of Railroad Earth
03/27/10 Providence, RI Jerky's Live Music Hall W/special guests The Heavy Pets
04/03/10 Chicago, IL Double Door Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/04/10 Madison, WI The Majestic Theatre Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/05/10 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/07/10 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/08/10 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre Co-bill w/John Brown's Body & special guest Giant Panda Guerilla
04/09/10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theater Co-bill w/John Brown's Body & special guest Giant Panda Guerilla
04/12/10 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/16/10 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/17/10 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/19/10 San Francisco, CA Independent Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/20/10 Los Angeles, CA Roxy Theatre Co-bill w/John Brown's Body
04/21/10 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern Co-bill w/John Brown's Body & special guest Stickfigure
04/23/10 Scottsdale, AZ McDowell Mountain Music Festival
04/27/10 Austin, TX Stubb's BBQ
04/29/10 New Orleans, LA Tipitina's French Quarter Cyril Neville & Tribe 13
05/01/10 New Orleans, LA Blue Nile
05/04/10 Tallahassee, FL The Engine Room W/special guests The Heavy Pets
05/05/10 Gainesville, FL Common Grounds W/special guests The Heavy Pets & Diocious
05/06/10 Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Live W/special guests The Heavy Pets
05/07/10 Orlando, FL The Plaza Theatre W/special guests The Heavy Pets
05/08/10 Tampa, FL Skipper's Smokehouse W/special guests Diocious & Hip Abduction
05/15/10 Gulf Shores, AL The Hangout Festival
7/8-7/11 Cabot, VT Festivus Full line-up and details coming soon!