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More than a feeling: The Heavy Pets roam through the South

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Ira Gershwin penned the perfect line in Porgy & Bess: "Summertime and the livin' is easy." Although the season may not have involved endless days of lounging poolside or beach vacations for Ft. Lauderdale-based (by way of upstate N.Y.) band The Heavy Pets, this unique group of five have hit the road for the past three months as part of their 2007 summer tour.

The Heavy Pets consist of Jeff Lloyd, Mike Garulli, Joe Dupell, Ryan Neuburger, and Jim Wuest. They've found their niche in the jam band circuit, recently playing alongside top-shelf genre acts like Disco Biscuits, Gov't Mule, and Keller Williams at the 10,000 Lakes and Langerado Festivals this summer. From the open fields to the concert halls, the Heavy Pets infuse contagious melodies with confident lyrics that breathe life into their audiences. Priding themselves on carefully composed arrangements, the Heavy Pets put effort into delivering them with energy and spirit in their live performances.

"Improvisation is absolutely part of the performance," explains Lloyd. "We really use jams to explore well-written arrangements further."

The Heavy Pets will be heading down South for the last leg of the tour behind a disc entitled Eat a Brick and promise of a hell of a show. "You never can tell what can happen with such concentrated energy at one given moment," Lloyd says. Whether the size of the crowd ranges from 20 to 2,000, these gentle lads stick to their mission.

The Heavy Pets play at the Pour House (1977 Maybank Hwy., 571-4343) on Tues. Aug. 14 at 9 p.m. Cover is $6. See www.charlestonpourhouse.com and www.theheavypets.com for more.


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