Best Concerts of 2012: Passion Pit at SunFest in West Palm Beach
2012's SunFest didn't disappoint, featuring 25 local bands and everyone from Joan Jett to Girl Talk. But one act rose above the forgettable and ran away with the honors of the "best concert I saw in 2012," and those lucky sons of bitches are Passion Pit.
Almost as important as the tunes was the vibe in the crowd. I was surrounded by laid-back, fun-loving freaks where dancing like a fool was not an option but a requirement. Whereas the audience for Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa the night before consisted of more stoned white teenagers than my high school graduation, Passion Pit brought out only the chillest of the chill.
Also significant in creating a good-vibe crowd: The indie dance quintet played opposite the most hated band in the lineup, Creed. Creed, you can keep the frat boys and right-wingers; we'll stick with those relaxed, dancing future friends.
2013 is sure to bring another year of great live music to South Florida, but for this downtown West Palmer, the world's axis spins on the release of the SunFest lineup. I'm not sure who will rise above the rest at next year's five-day binge bash, but I do know I will be there with my big purse.