Ten Best Acts to See at SunFest 2014

Every year, SunFest sweeps through West Palm Beach, bringing with it plenty of new and classic acts that draw both the youngest and oldest music fans of the tricounty area.

This year, the lineup stays true to those of the past. It keeps it balanced so that your grandma, your kid, and your dog are all able to find genuine entertainment out there at the end of Clematis.

We took a minute to choose a few of the acts we'd most like to check out at SunFest. We think you might agree.

See also: SunFest 2014 Lineup: Kid Rock, Robin Thicke, J. Cole, Austin Mahone


10. Kid Rock

Ford Stage, April 30

Because Kid Rock. No other reason.

No matter how much you pooh-pooh this guy to your friends and family, there's some part of you that is genuinely curious about what his live show is like. Can he rap? What bandanna will he wear? How has his hair withheld the test of time? Not to be missed.

See also: Review of Kid Rock - Seminole Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - December 30


9. Dick Dale

Ford Stage, April 30

Come worship at the altar of Dick Dale, a true rock god. Watching the old guy's long locks flow in the wind of an onstage fan is like watching Zeus on Mount Olympus high. Surf rock gets ya somewhere deep inside; your soul responds.

See also: Dick Dale on the Arabic Roots of Surf Rock, the Love of His Life, and Dying Onstage


8. Robin Thicke

Ford Stage, May 1

Dale may have you by your heart, but the next day, Robin Thicke will have you by your crotch. Thicke is the hottest dude to catch live these days. Will Miley pop in and pop that booty? Probably not, but "Blurred Lines" will definitely be performed.


7. J. Cole

FPL Stage, May 2

This is SunFest's one hip-hop act this year. J. Cole has songs that'll make you dance sweetly up against your fairground neighbor and possibly then up all night singing love songs.


6. Doobie Brothers

Tire Kingdom Stage, May 2

The Doobies, man! Only a fool would believe that skipping out on this funky-ass group is a good idea. Listen to the music, people.


5. Afrobeta

There's no dancier duo from Miami than the winning team of Smurphio and Cuci Amador. Afrobeta could raise a corpse from the grave and at least get it bobbing its head. This is an act that will have you asking even the most innocent coed at the show: Do You Party?

See also: Afrobeta, a Perfect Pair


4. Ellie Goulding

Ford Stage, May 4

Ellie Goulding is bringing house music back to the radio airwaves, and we're grateful for that. We'd like the Brit to sing "Lights" and leave the Skrillex back home.


3. Surfer Blood

When Palm Beach County boys Surfer Blood come home to play, we're guaranteed an enthusiastic band and crowd. Recently, the band dropped a video for "Say Yes to Me," shot at Howley's West Palm Beach diner on Rolling Stone, and we all shined with hometown pride.


2. Austin Mahone

FPL Stage, May 4

The next Justin Bieber? Maybe not the Biebs of today, of drag-racing and weed-smoking. Mahone is squeaky clean with the tiniest bit of edge. And on top of that, he's a total local. And adorable! So bring the little sisters and catch them if they faint.

See also: Miami's Austin Mahone Is a Teen Dream With a Style All His Own


1. Dropkick Murphys

Ford Stage

Just a month after St. Paddy's Day, we're getting a visit from the Dropkick Murphys. The green beer will still be pulsing in our blood by then. Once it gets a hint of those Irish tunes, your veins'll be dancing more intensely than your feet.

SunFest takes place from April 30 to May 4 along the Flagler Drive waterfront in West Palm Beach. Visit sunfest.com, or call 1-800-SUNFEST.

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