“Free Fridays” Concert Series Presents the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute Band, Heavy Petty, on Oct. 9


Heavy Petty returns to the “Free Fridays” Concert Series with a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Friday, Oct. 9 from 8-10 p.m. Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty is one of the most famous musicians to hail from Gainesville, Florida. Heavy Petty is Gainesville’s own Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band. The band first played on Valentine's night in 2010 at Common Grounds in downtown Gainesville. Since then, the five-piece rock ‘n’ roll band has played many different events and venues in and around Gainesville. Heavy Petty prides itself in playing Tom Petty songs with attention paid to strict interpretation, but also in being able to rock out, have a lot of fun and get the crowd involved.

The “Free Fridays” concert will be one of the rare opportunities to see a Heavy Petty tribute concert in the near future. The band will still play an occasional Tom Petty tribute, but is concentrating on original material which they play under the name Hedges. The “Free Fridays” concert will also feature some of Hedges’ original songs, and they plan to release a Hedges album later this year

Jason Hedges is the front man for both bands, taking on the role of Tom Petty in the tribute. He is also the lead singer of Hedges. Hedges is a natural entertainer, and easily gets crowds riled up and singing along.  He leads the band by drawing on a vocal style surprisingly similar to Tom Petty.  Other members of the band include Daniel App on lead guitar/backing vocals, Drew Doerr on bass/backing vocals, Logan Fischer on drums and Stu Strome on keyboards.

The Heavy Petty concert is one of the select “Free Fridays” classic rock concerts that are sponsored by classic rock radio station WIND-FM (92.5, 95.5, 107.9).

The 2015 “Free Fridays” concert series is produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. The concerts will play each Friday night this year from Friday, Aug. 7 through Friday, Oct. 23 from 8-10 p.m. at Southwest Second Avenue and Southwest Second Street in downtown Gainesville. To view the complete “Free Fridays” 2015 schedule, please visit the Cultural Affairs Division website at For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact David Ballard at 352-393-8746.