Best of Marin 2015: Arts and Entertainment
BEST LOCAL BAND - The Bay Area’s most beloved Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers tribute band, Petty Theft
Petty Theft: It’s fine line for cover band that adds own touches
“Some people think you put together a tribute band and start packing shows and making good money,” says Monroe Grisman, guitarist and backing vocalist for Petty Theft, the Bay Area group that made a name for itself playing hits and rarities from the songbook of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
“It’s not really true. Most of us have day jobs, and playing covers isn’t easy. You have to learn the songs well, because even the most tone-deaf guy at the back of the room knows every note to every song — and if you’re playing it 'wrong.’ [Read More...]
Petty Theft steals the show... Tribute band from Novato excels
Songs already written. Check. Reputation established long ago. Double-check. Instant fame and fortune. Not so fast. [Read More...]
Best of the North Bay - 2013
Voted Best Band of the North Bay (Marin)
Local tribute bands a worthy alternative
Playing people’s favorite music is a good way to draw crowds, said Grisman of Petty Theft, but it’s a big responsibility. The fans know how the classic hits should sound.

“It’s double-edged,” Grisman said. “Yes, everybody knows these songs, but they really know these songs, and they know if it’s right.” [Read More...]