SunFest plans to reveal the lineup coming to downtown West Palm Beach April 30-May 4 on the festival’s Facebook page Thursday morning. But we do have one name to name now.
NoCal indie rockers Cake include an April 30 appearance at SunFest on their website, nestled right up against a May 2 performance at the massive Big Guava Festival in Tampa.
This illustrates the challenge in predicting other SunFest performers (something of a second job to many of the festival’s Facebook friends): Many bands that would be perfect for a Sunfest headlining slot are touring the Southeast in late April, but it probably doesn’t help us to be bookended by the Counterpoint Festival (Rome, Ga., April 25-27) and Big Guava (May 2-4), where both bills are topped by OutKast, Foster the People, Sleigh Bells and Pretty Lights.
While SunFest is mum until Thursday morning, and seems to have bands other than Cake on lockdown, we can engage in some wishful thinking. Here are some performers who will be in Florida at the right time and seem to fit SunFest, plus others we’d just like to see.
Vampire Weekend is among many acts coming south for Big Guava (performing May 3), but they’ll also be at the Fillmore Miami Beach April 30-May 1. There are, no doubt, contractual stipulations about competing shows in the same market, but both Fillmore concerts are sold out. How about May 2, Vampires?
Band of Skulls are at Big Guava May 3, then play Revolution Live May 4. Again, their schedule is open on May 2.
The young Los Angeles trio Haim will be at the Fillmore April 29, in Atlanta May 2, then back to Big Guava on May 3. Can we interest you in an April 30 show, ladies?
Tegan and Sara play Revolution Live on April 12, but return to Florida for Big Guava on May 3. They’re open until a May 9 date in Toronto. Girl Talk plays Big Guava May 4, but Gregg Gillis appears to have time in the days before. Likewise, Gringo Star plays Big Guava May 4, but otherwise looks free.
Random possiblities that are touring, exude a SunFest vibe, with space on their schedules, include Jason Mraz (debuting songs from a new album with a West Coast tour next month), Matt & Kim, Amy Ray (the Indigo Girl released a fine country album last month), Big Gigantic, Ozomatli, Major Lazer (featuring South Florida ex Diplo), Seun Kuti and Egypt 80 (new album out May 24), Earth Wind & Fire, Ziggy Marley (at Fort Lauderdale’s Tortuga Music Festival April 12) and (as a nod to pop-celebrity energy Cee Lo Green brought in 2011) Robin Thicke …
If SunFest is thinking local: Weston rapper Jake Miller performs at Big Guava on May 2, but has no performances scheduled the rest of the weekend. Miami’s irrepressible Jacuzzi Boys also play the Tampa festival May 3, but how perfect would they be for SunFest?
The same could be said for three of the best proponents of the new Miami sound, that contemporary hybrid of salsa, reggae, funk and DJ noodling found in the music of Suenalo (new album just out), the Spam Allstars (new album imminent) and Locos por Juana.
While we’re at it, the vivacious retro-rock of Hollywood’s Beach Day was born to be played at SunFest. Ditto the engaging, songwriterly romance of Plantation ex Jacob Jeffries.
And could there be a better way for West Palm Beach’s Surfer Blood to follow up their April 20 gig at Coachella than with a performance at SunFest? We think not.
More info: Facebook.com/SunFest.
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