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Big Bird Bash is back Sat. Feb. 25

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The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom’s annual Big Bird Bash is back on Saturday, February 25. This year’s event is sure to be bigger and better than ever. The Heavy Pets will headline this year’s event. The group known for blending the styles of blues, jazz and funk into a rocking live show that will be appreciated by music fans of all walks of life. It’s been ten years since the South Florida group’s double-disc debut album Whale which gained critical acclaim from Sirius Satellite Radio. Their self-titled album was named “Top Ten Album of 2010” by the Huffington Post. A group of true road warriors who never stop touring, the band last released an EP in 2014 entitled Two Horses, as well as two EP’s in 2015, Rags and Aces and Stolen Smile. The Heavy Pets consists of Jeff Lloyd on guitar and vocals, Mike Garulli on guitar, harmonica and vocals, Jim Wuest on keyboards and vocals, Tony D’Amato on bass and Jamie Newitt on drums and vocals.

Joining The Heavy Pets for this not-to-be-missed night of music will be The Fritz of Asheville, North Carolina who were a crowd favorite from last year’s Bragg Jam. The Fritz are a funk-rock band that have gained a strong following along the east coast for their powerful live performances. With Jamar Woods on vocals and keyboards, Jamie Hendrickson on guitar, Jake O’Connor on bass, Michael Tillis on drums and Mike Evans on percussion, the band is currently working on their third studio album, a follow-up to 2013’s Bootstrap. Right now, The Heavy Pets are on the road in the Northeast before they head south to play The Big Bird Bash, as well as several gigs in Florida.

This year’s Big Bird Bash will also include six local bands: Choir of Babble, Some Kids, Hindsight, The Bearcats, Analog Existence and Bootz & Katz, who will be playing both a band set and a DJ set. DJ’s B3 and Wet Paint will be spinning all night between band sets. Admission is only $5 and food will be available on site. The Big Bird Bash kicks off at 5 PM and the music will keep rolling right on through 2 AM. For more information, including set times, check out The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom’s website at www.thebirdstage.com.

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