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'Fest Up

It's that time of year again, the beginning of May, when thousands flock to the shores of the Intracoastal in West Palm Beach to hear more bands than you can shake a mic stand at. This year's SunFest features national acts ranging from blues rockers Bonnie Raitt and Edgar Winter to funkster Rick James to the hair-raising alt-metal of Nickelback and even emo band du jour Sense Field. Although deservingly pinned under the woeful emo tag, thanks to punky energy, emotionally driven lyrics, and comparisons to Sunny Day Real Estate, Sense Field has managed to rise above most of its contemporaries through well-crafted songs that make the Field's thrashy colleagues look rather amateur hour. Rounded out by such local gems as Hashbrown, Remember the Ocean, and the too-good-for-their-own-good jazz chops of jam band Active Ingredients, SunFest promises pedestrian populist satisfaction under old Sol. For a full list of performers, see Concert Listings.

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