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Heavy Petty

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Heavy Petty
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Heavy Petty performing at the Digital Brands holiday party on December 22, 2017
Background information
OriginGainesville, Florida
Years active2009–present
Associated actsTom Petty and The Heartbreakers
  • Jason Hedges
  • Daniel App
  • Logan Fischer
  • Jon McCravy

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Heavy Petty is a Tom Petty tribute band originating in Gainesville, Florida. The band's name is a play on the phrase, "heavy petting" and the last name of the artist they pay tribute to.

Two other bands by the same name exist, originating in Lawrence, Kansas,[1] and San Francisco, California,[2] but they are of no relation to the Florida-based act.

History and major concerts[edit]

The band formed on December 1, 2009, in Gainesville, and played its first live show at Common Grounds (now High Dive) on Valentine's Day 2010.[3][4]

Heavy Petty regularly performs at the city of Gainesville's "Free Fridays" concert series.[3][5][6]

According to Heavy Petty in a 2018 interview, while the band never got to meet Tom Petty, they did receive his blessing around 2014 to perform his music under the condition that "he never wanted them to sound any better than he did."[7]

On New Year's Eve of 2015, they headlined the city of Gainesville's annual Downtown Countdown concert.[8] Normally held at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, the 2015 event was held in a downtown parking lot due to the Plaza's closure for renovations.[8]

On October 20, 2017, the band played a tribute show in honor of Tom Petty at the Heartwood Soundstage in Downtown Gainesville.[9][10][11] Petty died 18 days earlier, on October 2, 2017.[12] The concert occurred on what would have been Petty's 67th birthday,[13] with over 1,000 people in attendance.[11]

The band also played a concert in Clay County, Florida, on November 11, 2017, to benefit victims of Hurricane Irma.[14] Members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special also performed at the event.[14][7]

Band members[edit]


  1. "Heavy Petty". Facebook. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  2. "Heavy Petty". Facebook. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dean, Bill (9 August 2012). "Heavy Petty to perform at 'Free Fridays'". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  4. "Heavy Petty". Facebook. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  5. "Gainesville's "Free Fridays" Concert Series Presents the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute Band Heavy Petty on Sept. 12". Jackson Stoneworks Blog. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  6. Sargent, Alex (13 April 2017). "'Free Fridays' series returns with tribute to James Taylor". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Moody, Dainon (19 January 2018). "A Conversation w/ Heavy Petty; Playing Southern Fried Sunday, January 21; Will's Pub, Orlando, FL". Shows I Go To. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Wilson, Jenny (30 December 2015). "Heavy Petty, the Gainesville-based Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band, headlines Downtown Countdown concert". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  9. Boonzaier, Katrina (6 October 2017). "Tom Petty tribute band planning special event in Gainesville". CBS News. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  10. Andrew, Scottie (19 October 2017). "Gainesville's 'bye week' brings weekend fun". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Rivera, Cameron (23 October 2017). "Gainesville businesses pay tribute to late Tom Petty". The Independent Florida Alligator. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  12. Pareles, Jon. "Tom Petty, a Mainstay of Rock With the Heartbreakers, Dies at 66". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  13. Washington, Susan (13 October 2017). "Gainesville mourns 'No. 1 son' Tom Petty, schedules memorial concert". Florida Politics. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Givens, Kelton (23 October 2017). "Clay County Irma Benefit Concert Features Musicians from Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special, Molly Hatchet". WJCT News. Retrieved 23 December 2017.

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