Photography & article
by Geoff Clowes
by Geoff Clowes
South Florida jam funk band The Heavy Pets gave a rare free performance on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach on 5-24-2019. As a crowd of a few hundred danced and twirled in the sand, the boys jammed their way through two full sets of funkified danceable jams. Showing that whether they’re playing for a sold out Bonnaroo or a few hardcore fans on the beach, the audience was going to get the full Pets experience.
Jeff and Mike danced and grinned through the night as they traded guitar licks, often riffing and improvising on favorite jams. Clearly relishing the experience of the intimate performance, the guitarists proved once again why they are loved by all that hear them. As with any solid funk outfit, the rhythm of the band is kept low and tight by the bass. This night was no exception as Tony laid down a solid bottom end that allowed the boys to jam along with him, not over him. With the Pets the bass is more than just an afterthought but an integral part of the jamming. As is always the case the keys and drums were held down this night by Jim and Jamie, providing another layer of jazz inspired rhythm to accompany the funk.
On this evening a few hearty souls that braved the wind and blowing sand on the beach were treated to one of the best Heavy Pets performances of recent memory. For those that missed it, the regret will last a long time.
Geoff Clowes is a South Florida-based live music photographer. He’s shot hundreds of bands over the years in three countries in venues giant and intimate; “but it's always the local shows in the small venues that I look forward to shooting the most.”
“Music photography allows me to indulge my passion for music, photography, and travel at the same time. I am truly blessed to be able to photograph the bands whose posters once adorned the walls of my childhood bedroom while also getting a pit view of the newest up and coming acts. None of this would be possible without the support of editors that believe in my art and an understanding family.”
Geoff brings with him a wealth of experience and a poignant black-and-white style that strikingly captures the passionate spirit of the artists he’s shooting. Follow him on social media and his website, Sage and Spirit Photography.