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Jammin' with the Dogs @ Paw-La-Palooza

Updated: Nov 26, 2019

Where there is good music, especially outdoors, there is usually good food and good fun.

  Such should be the case on Saturday, June 15, from 10 A. M. to 4 P. M., when four bands,

individually, take the stage to entertain at Troy Fairgrounds, during Paw-La-Palooza. 

Sponsored by Happy Tails No-Kill Animal Shelter, Paw-La-Palooza is a celebration of dogs. The four bands, A Part of Pluto, Dragonfly Acoustic Trio, Torn, and Good Time Rebels, have

volunteered their time and talent to honor dogs and will play throughout the day.


A Part of Pluto is a rock and roll trio located in the Binghamton/Elmira area of New York State.  Formed in 2017, the band is comprised of Luke Rae on guitar and vocals and Joel Mincer on bass and vocals; Mike Tower lays down the beats on drums.

The rock group Dragonfly Acoustic Trio is out of the Southern Tier of New York and plays various styles from many eras.  The ensemble is made up of vocalist Elizabeth Oakley, guitarist Kevin Croston, and Chris Charlier on guitar, ukulele, and vocals.  The musicians perform often for weddings and celebratory events.


Also presenting diverse material is the high energy, five-piece, hard rock band Torn.  Brian

Hewitt and Jason Grover lead with rhythm guitar, while Matt Lantz is on drums and Dusty Putnam strums bass.  Matt Putnam is the vocalist.  The group is a combination of two bands, Invain and Minds of Sixx Sinns.

Finally, the Good Time Rebels list “fur Kids” as one of their interests, so they will be in the perfect place at Paw-La-Palooza.  The style of the band is heavy dance rock, as well as easy listening, with some country and their own originals thrown into the mix.  The members, hailing from Upstate New York, claim influences from Brad Paisley, Kurt Cobain, Yes, Creed, and the Beatles.  The Rebels pride themselves on playing good dance music.

Additional activities of the day include demonstrations by a K-9 unit, grooming, and canine CPR.  There will be raffles, kids’ games, and a photographer taking pooch pictures.  At 1 o’clock, the Muttminster Dog Show, with numerous categories, will take place.  Dogs can compete for a modest fee per category, and winners will receive prizes.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their leashed, vaccinated dogs, and if they choose, blankets or chairs for enjoying the music.  There is small fee required to enter the event grounds.

Food will be available and all festivities will be under cover in the event of foul weather.

Dog show categories, information, and forms can be found at:; Facebook: or by telephoning (570) 485-9750.

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