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Featured Heavyfest 3 Bands

Jennifer Hartswick Band

Jennifer Hartswick is one of the most exciting performers in music today. She inspires audiences all over the world with her powerful voice and commanding trumpet playing. She exudes confidence and joy and brings her own refreshing spirit to the stage Jennifer's music is honest, soulful and comes with a maturity far beyond her years.

Born in Vermont into a musical family, Jennifer began playing music at the age of four. As a teenager she became infatuated with the sounds of Oscar Peterson, Clifford Brown and Ella Fitzgerald. She lived and studied in New York City before attending the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT, where she studied the intricacies of the jazz idiom with Jackie McLean, Nat Reeves, Steve Davis and many other prominent jazz artists.

At the age of 20, having already recorded on two albums with Trey Anastasio (Story of the Ghost, Phish, 1998, and One Man's Trash, Trey Anastasio, 1998), Jennifer was asked to join Anastasio's new band. She has been an integral part of the band for the last ten years touring internationally and sharing the stage and studio with such legends as Carlos Santana, Dave Matthews, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and Herbie Hancock.

The Brew

The Brew is an American independent rock band founded in the small town of Amesbury, Massachusetts by high school friends. Brothers Chris and Joe Plante joined guitarist Dave Drouin and drummer Kelly Kane in 2002. Kane left the band in 2012 and was replaced by longtime fan and drummer Aaron Zaroulis.

Opening for Bruce Hornsby in 2006, The Brew met Bobby Read, producer and saxophonist for Hornsby's band. On the spot, The Brew and Read decided to do a record together, resulting in 2008's Back to the Woods, with singles like "Chance Reaching" (still spinning on Sirius XM radio) lifted the band to national exposure.

In an interview with Relix magazine in 2011, The Brew announced a triple-record project, Triptych, beginning with the November release of A Garden in the Snow. The album yielded "When Darkness Comes," now spinning on AAA radio stations across the country.

Triptych's second album, Light From Below, released in December 2011, has gained additional airplay on Sirius XM, with songs including “Birds on the Window” and a striking version of Led Zeppelin's “Going to California.” The album welcomes back friend and collaborator Bobby Read.

Waylon Speed

“Less is more.” that’s the mantra that Rev. Chitwood Hammaker, brothers Noah and Justin Crowther, and Kelly Ravin deployed as they converged from a honky-tonk in Burlington, Vermont, to create Waylon Speed.

Ever since Waylon Speed formed in April 2009, the four-piece brotherhood of family and past friends has toured nationally and collected fans like empties at a pig roast in support of their albums: the debut, Georgia Overdrive; their two-disc sophomore set, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, The Boots EP; and their latest effort, VALANCE.

The press has called Waylon Speed “gas on the fire of the current music scene” and “heavy, fiery country rock, for those who like their punk rock with some twang in it – but also appreciate high quality, intelligent songwriting.”

Casio Bastard

Casio Bastard is a Funk | Fusion | Space group that has been performing throughout Vermont including multiple appearances at Rhinofest, & Festivus, and performances with The Breakfast, KungFu, Rustic Overtones, Heloise and the Savior Faire, Japhy Ryder, Events Are Objects, Rough Francis, and more. The band continues to morph between Rock, Fusion, Funk, and space and is continuously changing.


Teleport was born in the fall of 2008 as a studio experiment between long-time friends Mike Wheeler (vocals, keys), Kevin Bell (drums) and Adam Fuller (guitars). In a small, second-floor room of a rented house on Vine Street in Montpelier, Vermont, late-night marathon improv sessions led to the conception of the most creative and inspired music these friends had yet made together. When friend and former band mate Sean Martin (bass) returned to Vermont in the summer of 2009 the Teleport sound was complete.

Teleport combines super-tight bass and drums with imaginative vocal melodies, smooth harmonies and spacey rock guitar. Rounded out by rhythmic keyboard playing and unique lyrical narratives, Teleport gracefully achieves its art-vintage sound, accenting it with huge slices of rock and roll. Prepare to sing along, dance or just rock out - Teleport brings something for everyone.


Rumblecat is a five-piece rock band featuring Luke Fox, Taylor Johnson, Evan Jones, Trevor Michalak, Kyle Rosenblad that incorporates elements of funk, jazz, afrobeat, blues, and hip-hop. They perform primarily original music interspersed with the occasional classic cover.

Big Heavy 2 Gets Facelift

Burlington-based urban artists Jason Tooth and Brian "capes1" Clark will be spray-painting the second Big Heavy World tour van during HeavyFest, lighting it up with crazy colors. The fifteen-passenger tour vans are loaned to Vermont artists who couldn't tour without the wheels. Tooth is a tattoo and fine artist with murals on the exterior of Burlington's Ridin' High Skate Shop, Sticky Brand/Wildlife, and throughout the skatepark and Hub Teen Center in Bristol, VT. capes1 has been painting graffiti murals for over 20 years and has a fresh piece on the exterior of Nectar's on Main Street and other legal walls around Burlington. We're feeling LUCKY the vans get so much luv from such great artists.

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