Petty Thieves Concert
JD Balloni’s band the Petty Thieves is back at the Morgan Opera House for the first time in five years! Hard to believe. For those of you who don’t know the band well, their focus is the music of Tom Petty as well as that of the artists he has performed with and those who influenced him.
The 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 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.
Petty Thieves will play a set of influences and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album tracks and obscurities, followed by a set of hit songs. All are welcome. There is no cover charge, however contributions (to the band and the Opera House) are encouraged.
See you there, and welcome back!