Music goes to the dogs

Animal lovers and their furry friends will converge at Royal Palms on May 23 for the Petapalooza music extravaganza.  

The venue, which has been donated for the day, allows attendees to enjoy the pool or beach during the day and gather on the large deck for the musical performances. 

Cayman musicians are again supporting this cause, and the lineup includes Hollow Point, Zipper Envy, Jonathan Ebanks, The Neverines, Hi Tide, Phantom Swing, Will Doran, David Innis, and Stingrays.  

“We have the best of Cayman’s music scene helping us out for this event,” said Michelle Lockwood, project coordinator for Petapalooza. “It is such a great event for families and those ready for a music fest.”  

The theme is “Unleashed” and attendees are encouraged to come “ready to glow,” wearing their brightest outfits, and adorned with glow sticks and glow jewelry.  

Face painting and a raffle will also be part of the daytime entertainment, as well as Petapalooza’s first lip sync contest. “We need all participants to bring some huge energy to their performances,” said Lockwood. “We think it will be a great show. No singing experience necessary, just enthusiasm.” 

General admission tickets are on sale for $10 from the Cayman Islands Humane Society Book Loft, or at the event; children under 12 enter for free. Exclusive festival T-shirts will be on sale at the event for $15, and there will be drink specials available throughout the day as well as food available to purchase.  

Proceeds from Petapalooza go to the Humane Society to help pay for the care, shelter and medical treatment of the animals housed there. Money also goes toward the spay and neuter program. 

Humane Society reveler at the 2013 Petapalooza.


This Humane Society resident enjoyed his day out and benefitted from the 2013 event’s proceeds.


Claire Dunning mans the Island Vet stand at the 2013 festival.


Bona Fide performed at last year’s Petapalooza.


Yannick Powell of Bona Fide entertained the crowds last year