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
In addition to previews of this year’s edition, which starts on the evening of Thursday, May 3rd, this post also contains links to concert reviews for the previous year’s edition of West Palm’s music and art festival, likely the last of the five-day version of Sunfest.
Sunfest 2017 Reviews:
Sheldon’s Sunfest Diary
Sunfest 2018 Previews:
Ziggy Marley performing on Day 3 of Sunfest 2017
While you await the publication of the 2017 edition of Sheldon’s Sunfest Diary, feel free to get an overview of the festival from an article published on our blog, The Music Type.
Just what the Internet needs, another music news website, right? So why should you, the busy music fan stop to read the articles here over say, those in Rolling Stone and Q? Well, thankfully the music biz is big enough for all of us, so you can think of this as my humble attempt to shed some light on a few remote corners of the galaxy that the Imperial forces don’t usually getto. So while I won’t limit this site to coverage of Florida bands, I also won’t waste a lot of bytes on stories being covered to death elsewhere — unless I feel like it, of course, since I am master of my own domain, after all…
Type M wasn’t my first choice for a name — this being the Internet, all the good addresses are taken — but in retrospect it seems like the right one. Just as Type A personalities tends towards perfectionism, and Type T personalities are thrill-seekers, Type M is my self-coined label to describe my innate need to be involved in music on multiple levels. In other words, music is in my blood, and lately my my work in the service of other editors has done little to satisfy my cravings. So hopefully I can do a good enough job in my self-appointed new role to make you want to come back and check out future editions of this site. And since Time Magazine just named You 2006 Person of the Year for making the Web into a group effort, I look forward to getting your feedback on the articles you read here. Even if we disagree on matters of taste, I believe we can start with a mutual love of music and take things from there. So in the immortal words of Ric Ocasek, “let’s go”…
Does the fact that this is a music-oriented magazine make it okay for me to toot my own horn? Earlier this year, I had the pleasure on two separate occasions to run into local musicians who then introduced me to their friends as both a fellow musician and a “really good writer”. I must admit I was really touched by those compliments, particularly since at the time I hadn’t done any music journalism in a while. The previous incarnation of this magazine hadn’t been published since 2009, and its companion blog, The Music Type, had only been updated twice in 2010. So to me the kudos were strengthened by the fact that the passage of time hadn’t diminished both musicians’ impressions of my writing.
But I relay these unexpected compliments not to give myself a big head, but to explain why I’m reviving an online magazine that only had a modest readership in the best of times. Unlike the performance of music, writing is a solitary craft. I liken it to the late-night deejays of old, spinning records after midnight, all the time wondering “Is there anybody out there?” So receiving unexpected praise for this thing I do, mainly in my living room, all by myself, feels like reason enough to keep on doing it.
But that’s not to say that the wider potential audience from having Type M join the The Music Type on the WordPress site didn’t also factor into its revival. Shortly after TMT’s 2008 debut, its visitor totals soon surpassed that of its parent magazine, so I’ve been thinking of this move for a while now. Add to that the numerous choices for look-and-feel, and a re-hosting on WordPress seemed like a no-brainer.
So I believe this move would have happened sooner or later, but those unexpected compliments certainly helped pave the way. And I’m not so modest that I wouldn’t mind a few more of those, either, so feel free to check out the writing here and let me know what you think…
S.I.R., Sept. 2012, Boynton Beach, Florida