2017 is the thirty-fifth year for which a mile-long stretch of Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm has been shut down in order to host Florida’s biggest waterfront music & arts festival. This is also the third year that my press partner, Empress K of the Reggae Reflection music blog, will be covering this festival on behalf of the online magazine Island Stage. Also, while this is our fourth year covering Sunfest in an official press capacity, this is only the second year we asked for press passes for all five days of the festival. So between our three websites, there should be lots of coverage of Sunfest 2017.
The festival will be opening its gates at 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, with two of its three main stages operational on this first night. Notable performers this evening include a newcomer to the festival, along with a couple of Sunfest veterans. Canadian folk-rock group The Strumbellas, best known for its hit single “Spirits”, will make their Sunfest debut this evening. But tonight’s headliners are both repeat Sunfest performers: alt-rock veteran group Weezer, and the Crown Prince of West Coast rap, Snoop Dogg.
For tomorrow, Day 2 of the festival, the two headliners consist of the eclectic songwriter Ben Harper reunited with his backup band The Innocent Criminals, and the Grammy-winning rap duo Macklemore & Lewis.
Stay tuned for another preview of the weekend portion of the festival…