The Petty Fest is a festival, of collaborating musicians/artists/performers, celebrating the music of Tom Petty. Made possible with a sponsorship by Jameson Whiskey (The Best Fest), all ticket proceeds go to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. The NYC event made its way to Los Angeles for the first time; calling its west coast debut, "Petty Fest West." To support the recent devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Petty Fest West and Sweet Relief had limited edition PettyFest event posters available for ever donation of $20 to the Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Unfortunately Tom Petty wasn't at the fest but a lot of amazing people were. The Cabin Down Below Band rocked the night away, with a 24 song set. Many guests joined the stage throughout the night. I think the MVP of the night goes to Johnny Depp; he played guitar on a few songs. I thought it was a major tribute to Tom Petty; JD played, "Eddie," in the Into The Great Wide Open music video.
The event was so much fun! It was a giant party, with unlimited Jameson; a big jam out session with amazing artists. Actors/Singers: Justin Bartha, Mae Whitman, Landon Pigg, Sarah Silverman, and Har Mar Superstar were some of the guests that sang on stage.
I knew most of the performing guests and for the ones I didn't know, they now have a new admirer. Most likely I'm missing some but these are the guests I gathered: Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), Albert, Nick & Fab (The Strokes), Jared Followill (Kings of Leon), Nicole Atkins, Rodrigo Amarante (Little Joy), Butch Walker, Cory Chisel, members of Eagles of Death Metal, Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses), Ryan Miller (Guster), Jesse Malin, Karen Elson, and some.
Many familiar faces scattered throughout the theater. I saw several actors and I smiled at them. I was buzzing it, thanks to Jameson, so I was just smiling at everybody.
There is a great review of Wednesday's show, that pretty much sums up the night I attended (minus kesha), on The Hollywood Reporter's website, which is where I got the set list from. I don't know if the set lists from both nights were identical but this seems about right, give or take a guest.
Don't Do Me Like That (feat. Har Mar Superstar)
The Waiting (feat. Harper Simon, Jenny O on harmonies)
Wreck Me (feat. Jesse Malin)
Into the Great Wide Open (feat. Justin Bartha)
Learning to Fly (feat Landon Pigg, Mae Whitman)
Running Down A Dream (feat. Brian O'Connor and Dave Catching of Eagles of Death Metal, Austin Scaggs)
Time to Move On (feat. Jenny O)
Yer So Bad (feat. Adriel Denae)
Breakdown (feat. Butch Walker)
Don't Come Around Here No More (feat. Sarah Silverman)
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (feat. Nicole Atkins, Har Mar Superstar)
I Won't Back Down (feat. Rodrigo Amarante, Matt Sorum)
Refugee (feat. Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross, Matt Sorum)
Wildflowers (feat. Ryan Miller of Guster)
You Don't Know How It Feels (feat. Fabrizio Moretti, Cory Chisel, Ryan Miller)
Anything That's Rock And Roll (feat. Pat Carney of Black Keys)
Mary Jane's Last Dance (feat. Johnny Depp, Kesha, Nicole Atkins, Adriel Denae)
Here Comes My Girl (feat. Jared Followill of Kings of Leon)
It's Good to Be King (feat. Adam Busch, Johnny Depp)
I Need to Know (feat. Albert Hammond Jr., Johnny Depp)
Honey Bee (feat. Nick Valensi, Johnny Depp)
American Girl (feat. Nick Valensi, Fabrizio Moretti, Johnny Depp)
Handle With Care (feat. Cory Chisel, Nicole Atkins)
Free Fallin' (feat. Nicole Atkins and all) Twitter: @THRMusic
Recap of Petty Fest West from L.A. Magazine.
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