Top Five Picks for Local, Beach-Friendly Bands at SunFest 2013
1. Raggy Monster
Raggy Monster sure knows how to put on a show. Its special blend of catchy alternative rock with female and male vocals bouncing off of each other is an original sound that has garnered the band lots of attention in the past year.
It's only appropriate the band tops it off with a turn on the Ford stage opening for Train on Thursday night. Frontman Billy Schmidt is superpumped for the show, regardless of the fact that his first time attending the fest will be from the stage. How did he feel when he found out his band scored the gig? "To be honest, I thought it was a spam email. I emailed them back and found out it was real. It didn't really hit us until we were signing the contract they sent over."
This is just a small sampling of the type of local talent that will be putting their all into sets and stacking up new fans at this year's SunFest. So why should you get your ass in the gates early to see bands you probably never heard of? How about 'cause you need some new mp3s and you love this city you live in? Show SoFla some support! Go early and stay late -- it's SunFest, goddamn it!
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SunFest is May 1 to 5 at the West Palm Beach Waterfront. Visit SunFest.com for more information. The Crazy Carls play Thursday on the Tire Kingdom Stage at 5:15 p.m. Future Presidentz open the show Sunday at noon on the Tire Kingsom Stage. UNRB play Sunday at 1 p.m. on the FPL Stage. Making Faces will be playing SunFest on Sunday at 1 p.m. and SunFest afterparties all week: Thursday at Dr Feelgood's, Friday at World of Beer, Saturday at Bar Louie, and Sunday at Tin Fish. Raggy Monster is playing SunFest Thursday at 5:30 p.m.