Sheldon’s Sunfest Diary 2012

Sign display of the Sunfest map. Photo by Empress K of Reggae Reflections

This year’s annual roundup of West Palm Beach’s downtown music-and-arts festival benefits tremendously from photo passes courtesy of my partnership with Empress K, editor and principal photographer of the website Reggae Reflections.

Day 1: Counting Crows

Even though this wasn’t one of the days for which I had a  photo pass, I did manage to take a few notes and post a review of festival opener Counting Crows to the Type M blog, The Music Type.

Day 2: Wiz Khalifa, Herbie Hancock, Snoop Dogg

The second night of the festival was about rap performers young and old, and a jazz legend.

Day 3: Sunfest 5K (mostly)

Didn’t see much of the music this evening as I was too busy sweating my way through a beautiful road course along the Intracoastal, Hey Sunfest, I know you’re looking for the dramatic ending, where the runners finish the race by entering the festival in early-evening full swing. But having a 5K race in South Florida in May start at 5:00 p.m. is just brutal. Especially when you had such few water stations along the way. So between running the race (slower than normal) and recovering from it (including showering at a Clematis St. gym), I didn’t get much time to take in the music acts. Other than a couple of songs by Creed, who didn’t do it for either Empress K or myself. So that was basically an early Sunfest evening.

Day 4: SOJA, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Third Eye Blind

Started Sunfest Saturday mid-afternoon for the  reggae double-header of SOJA from D.C. and Michael Franti & Spearhead from San Francisco.  Then after a couple hours respite in Clematis and CityPlace, it was back into the festival for classic rockers Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, followed by pop-rock headliner Third Eye Blind.

Day 5: Pitbull, Foreigner, Matisyahu, The Fray

On the final day of the festival, Empress K and I took in a little bit of everything. Another mid-afternoon start, this time for the Latin hip-hop of Miami native Pitbull. After a few hours escape to newly-opened casual seafood eatery Tinfish, we went back in for a sampling of the classic-rock of Foreigner, followed by the peaceful reggae of Hebrew artist Matisyahu and the piano-driven rock of The Fray.

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