Day 1, Wed. April 29th — 311:
This was the only band the Type Writer saw on opening day, but really there didn’t seem to be a crowd for any other band. This reggae/alternative-rock band might very well have been the loudest artist ever to play at Sunfest, as the music could be heard quite clearly some distance away from the stage area where 311 was playing. TW admits to a preference to 311’s reggae material over the alternative rock, so every time the band switched away from hits such as “Amber”, he kind of lost interest. But the band did play most of its hits, with the exception of its reggae version of The Cure’s “Lovesong”.
Day 2, April 30th: Risa Binder
Risa is exactly the kind of country singer Nashville can’t get enough of: pretty, pleasant and with enough pop appeal to cross-over to non-country audiences. The blonde singer took to the stage in a low-key manner, with only a drumstick count-in as an intro, launching into her song “Just Like That”, a mid-tempo song punctuated by a harmonica solo. Other highlights of her set include “Nashville”, an ode to one of the two cities she calls home (the other being New York City), and “That Kind of Day”, a light, jangly guitar number. Overall, though, Risa comes across better in recordings than onstage; as her set, while not unpleasant, was not particularly memorable.