Sheldon’s Sunfest Diary [2017]

It may seem weird that I published a post on last year’s edition of Sunfest at a time when this year’s edition is underway, but I wanted to document the last five-day version of this West Palm waterfront festival, as it is unlikely we will ever see another Sunfest of that length again.  The Palm Beach Post reported that the Sunfest committee has cited rising entertainment costs as the reason for the shorter duration this year, and given that those costs are probably not going to go down, it seems to safe assume that the days of a Wednesday opening are over. So allow me the indulgence of capturing all five days of music for the final time…

Day 1:  The Strumbellas, Snoop Dogg, Weezer

An eclectic slate for the festival’s opening day


Day 2: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

After a 30-minute weather delay, this California singer-songwriter and his band stormed the stage.


Day 3: Ziggy Marley

The eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley put on a lively, well-received performance


Day 4: Night Ranger, Loverboy

’80s classic-rock ruled the afternoon


Day 5: Ambrosia, Christopher Cross, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Steve Winwood

Two soft-rock veterans, followed by two healthy doses of blue-eyed soul




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