Petapalooza gains the music world’s support

Tomorrow will see Cayman’s version of Woodstock take over the lawn in front of The Brickhouse restaurant in Grand Harbour.

Petapalooza, a 10-hour event, starting at 2pm tomorrow afternoon, will see 11 local bands take the stage to entertain the crowds and help raise money for the Cayman Islands Humane Society.

Held once before, in 2007, the event was a huge success and featured five bands performing that afternoon. This year the music community has come out in full force to show their support for the event, and all the bands have donated their time for free.

Pam Burgess, vocalist and manager of local band Suite Elite, who are one of the bands slated to perform tomorrow, explained why her band decided to sign up for the event.

‘We are delighted to perform for the event as everyone in the band is a big animal lover,’ said Ms Burgess. ‘Charles (the band’s drummer) actually breeds very cute Pom-a-Poos, half-Pomeranian and half-Poodle dogs, and Kevin, Paul, Jonathan and I all own cats. My cats have even travelled with me all the way from Northern Ireland to Cayman as I couldn’t live without them.’

Chuck and Barrie Quappe, who perform as Sea’n’B along with Mark McTaggart and Bugs Wilson, will be taking the stage at around 4.30pm tomorrow.

‘We are happy to volunteer for Petapalooza as we are made to understand that the shelter facilities will benefit from the funds raised,’ explained Mrs. Quappe.

‘We have adopted from the Humane Society and we have delivered animals we have rescued. They are an invaluable asset to caring for the homeless animals in Cayman. (Shelter Manager) Sugar and the volunteers do such a wonderful job – how could we refuse?’

Ms Burgess was also in agreement about the work the Humane Society do in the community.

‘The band really credits the Humane Society for their ongoing hard work in helping Cayman’s stray, sick and unwanted animals, and Reno Ciantor from Suckerbox has done a fantastic job in organising this event to perfection,’ said Ms Burgess.

‘Suite Elite are more than happy to offer whatever support we can to aid the programmes that enrich these adorable animals’ lives. I can’t imagine what life would be like without animals; they are such a joy to be around and we need to respect them, as it is their world too.’

Gary Ebanks of the Gary Ebanks Band, who will also be performing on the day, had a very humble attitude about his support of the event.

‘I hate to see any animal in pain or difficulty,’ said Mr. Ebanks. ‘One hundred per cent of the take from this show will go towards the upgrade of facilities for these animals and the staff and volunteers who give so generously of their time.

‘The Humane Society has dedicated itself to helping to bring some relief into the lives of these abused or lost animals. The time that I am giving is small in comparison.’

Suckerbox will of course be performing, along with Barefoot Man, Core, Charlie Goes Electric, Smooth Bill, Gone Country, Musical Crew and Big Eye Squirrel.

Other events occurring throughout the day tomorrow include T-shirt sales, 50/50 draws, bouncy castles, a rock climbing wall, kids’ play area, trampoline, live surf demos and a craft sale. Humane Society animals will be showcased for adoption as well.

Sponsorship and volunteer staff coordinator, Patrick Bourque, said that, so far, public response has been very positive.

‘It’s going to be a great event,’ Mr. Bourque said. ‘Attendance is expected to exceed 1,000 people throughout the day.

‘Everything offered on the day will help benefit the Cayman Islands Humane Society in various ways. Admission is free, but donations are certainly welcome, needed and very much appreciated.’

Mr. Bourque encourages all locals to bring out their families and pets for a fun day out.

The event will be held from 2pm to 12am tomorrow in Grand Harbour.