Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have been playing their straightforward, unpretentious, garage-rock together for over thirty years. Through the country’s ever-changing musical tastes, they have emerged as one of America’s premier rock bands as seen in their myriad hits including, “Refugee,” “Here Comes My Girl,” “Don’t Do Me Like That,” “Runaway Train,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “American Girl,” “Running Down a Dream,” “Learning to Fly,” and “Free Falling.”
It is appropriate that they are so associated with this country (“American Girl” comes to mind) because the themes of Petty’s songs aren’t merely the traditional tropes of love and romance. They explore common human experiences: the highs and lows of life and most tellingly, what it means to be American.
Visitors to Jazz Fest are in for a treat, as critics and fans alike agree that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are a great live rock and roll rock band and put on an amazing show. Maybe we will be lucky and get to hear a live version of “Louisiana Rain.” Fans can catch them on Saturday April 28.