Fun for young and old at Petapalooza

Petapalooza, the much anticipated, totally free music extravaganza and Humane Society fundraiser takes place on Saturday, 27 July at Calico Jack’s, Seven Mile Beach. 

Come rain or shine, Cayman’s best bands will be hitting the stage from 2pm through to midnight Saturday.  

For the kids 

The early part of the concert will be a family friendly event, with a plenty of games, activities, treats, children’s entertainment and a general carnival atmosphere.  

Children’s entertainment will include funfair-style activities, like hook a duck, dig for treasure, balloon pop and guess the teddy bear’s name. There will also be cotton candy, popcorn and sno cones for sale and proceeds from all of these will go towards the Humane Society.  

For the adults 

Later in the day, from 6pm onwards, the focus shifts towards entertainment for the adults. Drinks promotions and a rocking line-up will ensure a fun-filled evening.  

Nine bands will be playing sets throughout the day and evening. These are: Natasha Kozaily, Red White & Blues, Bona Fide, Backbeat Band, Zipper Envy, Clever Knots, Shedden, Suckerbox and Live Round.  

There will be drink specials during the event and thanks to corporate sponsorship, $1 from every Heineken or Appleton you purchase will go directly to the Humane Society.  

Various local businesses have also generously donated prizes for the raffle, including flights and a two-night stay in Cayman Brac. Prizes will be drawn throughout the day. 

Furry friends are, of course, welcome and there will also be a kissing booth where members of the public can meet and play with some of the animal shelter residents. There will be plenty of ways to donate and support the work of the Humane Society throughout the day. 

Seven years of Petapalooza 

Petapalooza was originally the brainchild of Reno Ciantar, who saw it as a way to combine his love of music and passion for the humane treatment of animals. The first Petapalooza in Cayman took place in 2007 with five bands contributing their time and talent to the event.  

This year, Rich Dyer and Sean Ebanks from Clever Knots have taken on organising the line-up for the event.  

“We have always thought Petapalooza was an awesome way to raise funds for the Humane Society and, at the same time, showcase local bands,” says Dyer. “We started reaching out to some of the local musicians and everyone wanted to play. Once word got out, we had bands coming to us wanting to be involved, way more than we had space for. The reaction was huge.” 

Featured bands are: 

  • Natasha Kozaily 
  • Red, White & Blues 
  • Bona Fide 
  • Backbeat Band 
  • Zipper Envy 
  • Clever Knots 
  • Shedden 
  • Suckerbox 
  • Live Round