What was it, like 17 degrees when you went out this morning? Perfect time for a little news from SunFest. The annual five-day boogie-down on the lakefront in West Palm Beach is May 1-5 this year, and the lineup announced Thursday morning will warm you up even more.
Among the highlights at SunFest 2013: The Smashing Pumpkins, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Slightly Stoopid, Cheap Trick, The Offspring, Ed Sheeran, Train, Life In Color, The Black Crowes, Big Sean, Gavin DeGraw, Phillip Phillips, Boz Scaggs, Barenaked Ladies, Jimmy Cliff, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Reel Big Fish, Less than Jake, Molly Hatchet and Gary Clark Jr.
It is that last name that puts the lineup over the top for me. The Austin-based guitarist’s eclectic October debut, “Blak and Blu” (Warner Bros.), was ranked among Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2012. And when he played the prestigious Austin City Limits Music Festival that same month, veteran Texas music journalist Michael Corcoran's profile of Clark in the alt-weekly Austin Chronicle, compared the guitarist's recent career trajectory to the legend, Stevie Ray Vaughan:
“The bearded 28-year-old's ACL appearance [completes] a 2012 Grand Slam that began at Coachella in April, took him to Bonnaroo in June, and then up to Lollapalooza in August. Killed it. Killed it. Killed it. Mixed in with the big four were appearances at Metallica's Orion Music + More Fest, Jay-Z's Made in America Festival, New Orleans' R&B heavy Essence Music Festival, Sasquatch near Seattle, Alabama's up-and-coming Hangout Music Festival, Milwaukee's Summerfest, and more.
“With a mastery of blues that's both natural and psychedelic, this son of a South Austin car salesman has become his generation's guitar hero, a young black man proudly playing the blues in the era of hip-hop domination. Sometimes you can go through an entire Clark review without reading the name Jimi Hendrix.”
SunFest tickets are onsale now: $30 through April 27, when they go to $37. Two-day passes are $46 ($54); five-day passes are $61 ($69); kids 12 and younger free; seniors $20. Get them here at SunFest.com; at 800-786-3378; at the SunFest store (525 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; and April 14-27 at Publix stores in Palm Beach and Martin counties.
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