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Sunfest 2016

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(Image from wptv.com)

Every year, downtown West Palm Beach is host to Sunfest, a week-long music festival whose lineup includes a variety of performers. Sunfest is surprisingly affordable for how well-known its artists are, and this year the list is especially star-studded. The lineup features both rising stars and well known talents in multiple genres. Get excited, because this year could be the best yet.

Sunfest’s foundation genre is certainly rock and roll. The acts this year vary from classic acts like Duran Duran and ZZ Top to late 90s/2000s legends like Evanescence and Death Cab for Cutie. The biggest concentration, however, is in modern alternative rock. The list of heavy hitters goes on and on, including Train, The Alabama Shakes, Walk the Moon, and Fitz & the Tantrums.

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(The Alabama Shakes; image from redbrick.me)

For those more interested in seeing radio pop stars perform, Sunfest does not disappoint. Meghan Trainor, whose hit single “All About That Bass” took off like a rocket in late 2014, makes an appearance. Superstar Jason Derulo also has a spot on the lineup, as do current radio sensations Lukas Graham and Andy Grammer.

Rap fans will be treated to a unique one-two punch of performers in the rising star G-Easy and old school rappers Salt N Pepa. G-Easy has become a force to be reckoned with over the past couple of years, with his single “I Mean It” taking his career to the next level. Meanwhile, 90s female rap duo Salt N Pepa have found a younger audience thanks to their featured songs in the hit movies “Pitch Perfect” and more recently “Deadpool”. Alongside them will be lesser-known underground rapper LunchMoney Lewis, who is praised for his lyrical ability.

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(Rapper G-Easy; image from youtube.com)

With its bases covered, the Sunfest lineup also extends into some more niche performances. The ever-popular EDM genre is represented by the likes of the phenomenal Steve Aoki, who is known for his wild onstage antics. It wouldn’t be a proper Florida music festival without some reggae present, and Slightly Stoopid fills that role for Sunfest. However, the most unique artist in this writer’s opinion is certainly Scott Bradlee’s PostModern Jukebox, a group of performers who specialize in smooth classic-style jazz covers of modern pop songs.

Sunfest offers a music experience for every type of fan, and the artists touched on in this article are merely the tip of the iceberg. To see the full lineup and performance schedule, head over to the official website at sunfest.com.

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