Entertainment for 2016


This year, Pet Rock Fest is excited to welcome She’s Busy, Vance Gilbert, the Houston Bernard Band and a headliner to be announced. All perform live at the Pet Rock Festival on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Leicester Campus of Becker College, from noon to 5 p.m.

THE HOUSTON BERNARD BAND

Houston Bernard Band is a must see! The bad boy of Boston country has assembled a group of musicians that bring vitality and grit to country music. Their brand of original country music is fresh and hard hitting. Houston delivers one crowd pleasing country anthem after another with both polish and passion, while the band cooks up the good stuff; tight, modern country beats, soaring harmonies and expertly crafted solos. Houston Bernard Band will move you!

The band has shared bills with Jake Owen, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Eli Young Band, Josh Thompson, Old Dominion, Scotty McCreery, and Pure Prairie League, 38 Special, Darius Ruckner, Tim McGraw, Billy Currington, Chase Bryant, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascall Flatts, Josh Dorr, Justin Moore, Mickey Guyton, Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne, A Thousand Horses and RaeLynn. Performing at many colleges, theaters, festivals, fairs, and New England’s most respected country nightclubs, the band is enjoying regional success while gearing up to rock the nation, one town at a time. With down-home sensibility and plenty of rock and roll energy, the Houston Bernard Band has re-imagined modern country with a new philosophy; country music is better raw than fried!

SHE’S BUSY

Sisters Lisa and Selena with brother Kenny and Lisa’s husband Brett, along with drummer Ron Ouimette, make up the current version of She’s Busy, a New England favorite for 20 years. The Group often works with a drummer which adds a nice kick for your dancing shoes. She’s Busy is often joined by co-founding guitarist, Rob Adams, for an added boost of energy and color to their sonic field. Always evolving, always energetic and always happy to play, She’s Busy puts a smile on your face and some groove in your move.

VANCE GILBERT

 Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early ’90s when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking ’em dead at open mics. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Vance started out hoping to be a jazz singer, and then discovered his affinity for the storytelling sensibilities of acoustic folk music. Once word got out about Gilbert’s stage-owning singing and playing, Shawn Colvin invited him to be special guest on her Fat City Tour. Noted not only for being the ever consummate performer, Gilbert has recorded 12 albums, including 4 for Philo/Rounder Records and a duo album with friend Ellis Paul. Along with being opener of choice for artists as varied as Aretha Franklin, Arlo Guthrie, and Anita Baker, 2006 and 2007 found Gilbert opening 140+ shows for comedian George Carlin. Most recently he’s the opener of choice for Paul Reiser and The Subdudes.

CARA BRINDISI

Cara BrindisiBrindisi has been performing as a solo guitarist and singer since 2010 after completing her studies at Berklee College of Music. Originally from Central Mass., Brindisi has expanded her musical ventures throughout New England while also staying close to home within the Worcester music scene. Brindisi received the award for Best Solo Acoustic Act for the 2014 Worcester Music Awards, the same year she released her first EP Album, “Until Tomorrow.” Over the last two years, Brindisi has performed at various venues such as The Hampton Beach Ballroom Casino in Hampton, NH (opener for Chris Isaak as well as Tower of Power), ASYLUM in Portland, ME, Johnny Appleseed Festival in Leominster, MA, and the Newport Yacht Club in RI. She continues to record and perform locally in Central Mass and is working on her first full-length album with Engineer and Producer Michael Harmon of Wachusett Recording Co.


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