Petty Thieves’ focus is the music of Tom Petty as well as that of the artists he has performed with, including but not limited to The Byrds, The Traveling Wilburys, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison. They also include material that Petty performed live and credited as influential.
This band is a product of the Auburn Public Theater’s open mic nights and the many musicians who appear there regularly. Sam Pruyn, a transplant from Long Island, started appearing at the APT in September 2016, where he met Carey Eidel, Bob Brower, Scott Anderson, and Loren Miller (among others) who had a Sunday Morning Jam every week.
Sam and Loren started doing a duo set together and subsequently heard JD Balloni performing Tom Petty material at the open mic night. The three started doing Tom Petty and related artists’ songs at the open mic nights to enthusiastic response. Eliott “Oz” Vanderveer, who was playing bass with Loren Miller in their classic rock band Rockinspiel and finally, Rich Howard, a drummer from Auburn, were asked to join.
See the Petty Thieves perform at The Morgan Opera House in Aurora on March 24th. They take the stage at 8:00pm.