SunFest announces lineup

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Thursday morning on Facebook , SunFest announced its 2011 national acts:

Jason Mraz, Earth, Wind & Fire, MGMT, Sublime with Rome, Cee Lo Green, Jeff Beck, Taking Back Sunday , Gregg Allman, Neon Trees, The Avett Brothers, O.A.R., Styx, Mike Posner, Sick Puppies, Never Shout Never, Prince Royce, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Anberlin, The Supervillains, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Brooke Fraser, and Ziggy Marley.

"SunFest has become known for putting together a diverse line-up and this year we have truly delivered,” said Paul Jamieson, executive director of SunFest, in a written release. “From Pop and Reggae, Classic and Alternative Rock, Jazz and Latin, we have pulled together an exciting lineup."


The Palm Beach Post Red Carpet Upgrades -- Reserved Seats and The Stand -will go on sale to the public for national headline performances on March 24. This year The Stand will be available for FPL Stage (south stage) performers. To purchase these reserved areas now, become a Club SunFest member.


Florida-based reggae group The Supervillains will perform Wednesday evening, April 27 on the Bank of America Stage. In their twelve-year existence, The Supervillains have grown from hometown heroes in St. Cloud, Orlando to one of the most recognizable names in reggae. For this fun-loving foursome their “anything goes” live performances are never forgettable, as their onstage antics and commentary make it a show within a show, which oftentimes is as memorable as the music


Ska-punk band Sublime with Rome will perform Wednesday evening, April 27 on the Bank of America Stage. Sublime is known for their rhythm section, funky drumming and bass lines. In 2010, founding members of Sublime, drummer Bud Gaugh and bass player Eric Wilson announced they would officially take the stage once again with new front man, singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez. After 14 years the new Sublime with Rome reintroduced themselves and Sublime’s music to fans across the country by energizing crowds with old Sublime favorites like “Santeria,” “What I Got,” and “Wrong Way.” The band has moved ahead with new material, including their new song “Panic.” Sublime with Rome is currently working on a debut album slated for release sometime in 2011.


Folk rock band The Avett Brothers will perform Wednesday evening, April 27 on the Tire Kingdom Stage. Noted in 2009 Rolling Stone magazine as artist to watch, The Avett Brothers are known for rowdy, energetic live shows and honest lyrics. Their sound has been described as having the “heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, and the raw energy of the Ramones.” The Avett Brothers have opened for Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer among others. Their latest album I and Love and You was produced by legendary producer and talent scout Rick Rubin.


Brooke Fraser will perform Thursday evening, April 28 on the Bank of America Stage. Brooke is a folk-pop, contemporary Christian artist. A self-taught singer/songwriter, Fraser signed to Sony when she was eighteen, and released her first album What to Do with Daylight in New Zealand in late 2003, debuting at #1 and eventually going eight times platinum. Fraser went on to support the likes of David Bowie and John Mayer before penning her second album Albertine which expanded her success to America. With her third studio album Flags she shows her uncanny knack for telling her stories through the lives of vibrant characters on songs like “Betty,” “Jack Kerouac” and “Ice on Her Lashes.” Her first and most popular single off this album is “Something in the Water.”


Jason Mraz will perform Thursday evening, April 28 on the Bank of America Stage. Mraz is best known for the single “I’m Yours” off of his third studio album We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2008. “I’m Yours” is currently the fifth best-selling digital single of all time and spent 76 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 beating the previous record of 69 weeks held by LeAnn Rimes “How Do I Live.” This two time Grammy award winner is known for his clever, observant lyrics and strong engaging pop melodies. He encourages fans to record his live performances which often contain an element of surprise and the showcasing of a new song never heard by the public before.


Grammy-award winner Cee Lo Green will perform Thursday evening, April 28 on the Tire Kingdom Stage. Cee Lo Green hails from Atlanta, Georgia and is a singer, songwriter, rapper and producer who has a knack for continually reinventing himself. Cee Lo began his career as part of the renowned and influential hip hop group Goodie Mob prior to breaking out on his own in 2002. Green released two solo albums before becoming part of the superstar duo Gnarles Barkley with alternative music producer Danger Mouse. In 2006 their debut album featured the genre

crossing #1 international hit “Crazy,” which was later named Song of the Decade by Rolling Stone Magazine. “Forget You” is the first single from Cee Lo’s third solo album The Lady Killer which was released this past November. The song has already topped both the iTunes and Billboard top 100 charts and became a viral video phenomenon prior to being nominated for a Grammy Award this year.


Anberlin will perform Friday evening, April 29 on the Bank of America Stage. Hailing from Orlando, this mainstay in the alternative rock scene is touring in support of their fifth studio album. Their hits include "Impossible," "Dark Is the Way" and "Light Is a Place." Led by the soaring vocals of Stephen Christian, the positive-thinking Anberlin also included Joseph Milligan (guitar), Nathan Young (drums), Joey Bruce (guitar), and Deon Rexroat (bass), and presented an alternative pop/rock sound that, while inflected with the earnestness of emo, was closer to the mature stylings of Third Eye Blind.


Taking Back Sunday will perform Friday evening, April 29 on the Bank of America Stage.

Taking Back Sunday is one of the leading groups on contemporary punk scene. The band boasts 3 gold albums, two of which hit the top five including a #2 debut for 2006’s Louder Now.

Over the last two years Taking Back Sunday has shared the stage with acts as wide-ranging as Kayne West, Smashing Pumpkins, Ludacris, Rage Against the Machine, The Police, and Bob Dylan. On January 11, 2011 the band announced that recording had been finished on their fifth studio album and that it is now in the final stages of mixing.


Cherry Poppin’ Daddies will perform Friday evening April 29 on the Tire Kingdom Stage.

Eugene, Oregon’s Cherry Poppin’ Daddies came together in 1989 as a response to the grunge movement of the Pacific Northwest. After years of touring, the Daddies broke into the musical mainstream with their swing-based compilation album Zoot Suit Riot. Released on the onset of the late 1990s swing revival this album went on to sell over two million copies in the U.S. The Daddies are known for their flamboyant stage shows and their energetic fusion of punk, ska and swing.


Gregg Allman will perform Friday evening, April 29 on the Tire Kingdom Stage. Gregg Allman is both a founding member of one of the biggest American bands of all time, the Allman Brothers Band, and a critically acclaimed solo talent. In addition to his singing and playing, Allman has written many memorable hits, including the classics “Midnight Rider,” “Dreams” and “Queen of Hearts.” In January 2011 the Southern rocker released his first solo album in 14 years Low Country Blues, marking Allman’s return to the front ranks of American music.


Mike Posner will perform Friday evening, April 29 on the FPL Stage. American singer, songwriter and producer Mike Posner got his music career going when he self-released two mix-tapes and signed a record deal with J Records while still attending college at Duke University. He returned to school to finish his degree before launching his debut album 31 Minutes to Takeoff in August of 2010. The album includes the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 single “Cooler Than Me’’ as well as his second single “Please Don’t Go.”


Ziggy Marley will perform Saturday afternoon, April 30 on the Bank of America Stage. Marley is the oldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley. Ziggy is a five-time Grammy award winner best known for singles such as “Drive,” “True To Myself,” “People Get Ready” and “Tomorrow People.” His next album is tentatively entitled Wild and Free and is slated for release in the summer of 2011. His latest release “A Fire Burns For Freedom” is the second song released in the Wild and Free Series, and comes on the heels of his first release, “Africa Land.” This song supported a historic moment, Africa’s hosting of the 2010 World Cup for the first time.


Never Shout Never will perform Saturday afternoon, April 30 on the Tire Kingdom Stage.

One of 2010’s most buzzed about acts Never Shout Never is fronted by 20 year old Christopher Drew Ingle. Ingle began making music as Never Shout Never in 2007 where he first received exposure through the internet when he achieved success on MySpace. Harmony, released in August 2010 is the follow-up to Never Shout Never’s critically acclaimed debut album What is Love. Never Shout Never has had two top five Hot 100 Singles with “Bigcitydreams” and “Trouble.”

Alternative Rock group Toad the Wet Sprocket will perform Saturday afternoon, April 30 on the FPL Stage. The band is best known for their hit singles “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean” off their 1991 certified platinum album Fear. To this day, their mellow, melodic folk-pop sound makes them one of the most successful bands of the 90’s. In December 2010, the band announced their official reunion as a full-time working band. They are currently writing songs for their first studio album since their 1997 release Coil.


MGMT will perform Saturday evening, April 30 on the

Bank of America Stage. MGMT is an American psychedelic-rock band based in Brooklyn, NY. This electric brainy pop group with psychedelic overtones and unusual pop structures is best known for their singles “Kids,” “Time To Pretend” and “Electric Feel.” MGMT was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Their second album Congratulations was released in 2010.


Styx will perform Saturday evening, April 30 on the Tire Kingdom Stage. The group hails from the south side of Chicago and is one of the most successful “arena rock” groups of all time. They have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of their career combined. Styx has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide and is one of the few bands to have had three top ten songs in three different decades, the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The band is best known for hit songs such as “Come Sail Away,” “Mr. Roboto,” “Babe,” “The Best of Times,” and “Show Me the Way.”


Prince Royce will perform Saturday evening, April 30 on the FPL Stage. Prince Royce has introduced the music genre of bachata to a worldwide mainstream audience who had never been exposed to it before. Initial exposure to bachata came from his parents, who are both from the Dominican Republic where bachata music originated. His self-titled debut album features mostly bachata fused with other contemporary rhythms like pop and rhythm and blues. Prince Royce the album has already been certified platinum and received a 2010 Latin Grammy nomination. It includes Royce’s first single a bilingual and bachata cover of the classic and timeless 1961 Ben E. King song “Stand By Me” which he had the honor of performing with none other than Ben E. King himself at the 2010 Latin Grammy awards. Royce’s rendition of “Stand By Me” became the first bachata song ever to be played on mainstream radio in the U.S.


The American rock band O.A.R. will perform Sunday afternoon, May 1 on the Bank of America Stage. O.A.R. (originally known as Of a Revolution) is well known for their unique concert performances in which the band often creates variations to songs making it rare to hear an O.A.R. song played the exact same way twice. In 2008, “Shattered (Turn the Car Around)” the first single off their sixth studio album All Sides, peaked at number 2 on the Top 40 charts and was named one of VH1’s top videos of that year. O.A.R.’s reputation as being one of the top live bands performing today has led to them selling out such venues as New York City’s Madison Square Garden.


Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform Sunday afternoon, May 1 on the Tire Kingdom Stage. Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. The purpose of the Hall has been to preserve the heritage of both New Orleans traditional and Dixieland jazz music born in New Orleans, which spread throughout the South in the early 20th century. The band has been touring worldwide for more than twenty-five years spreading their mission to perpetuate and preserve the art form of New Orleans Jazz and to bring it to contemporary audiences.



Australian rock trio Sick Puppies will perform Sunday afternoon, May 1 on the FPL Stage.

Sick Puppies formed in 1997 and rose to prominence in 2006 when their song “All the Same” off the album Dressed Up As Life was uploaded along with a video to YouTube. The video supported the Free Hugs Campaign which was launched in Sydney, Australia, and has since received over 66 million views on YouTube. Their second major label album, Tri-Polar, was released in late 2010 and features songs like “You’re Going Down” and “Street Fighter” that reflect on the past four whirlwind years they spent touring in the rock and roll fast lane. “Maybe” is the third and most popular single off this album and is currently climbing the charts.


Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Earth, Wind & Fire will perform Sunday evening, May 1 on the Bank of America Stage. Celebrating their 40th year together this year Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most successful R&B acts in history. The band’s hit list includes “Shining Star,” “Fantasy,” “That’s the Way of The World,” “Sing a Song” and “Boogie Wonderland.” Their music has been sampled heavily in today’s digital world, and can be heard in songs from Jay Z, LL Cool J, Wyclef Jean and more.


Neon Trees will perform Sunday evening, May 1 on the FPL Stage. The band first started playing under the name Neon Trees in late 2005 after the keyboard/vocalist Tyler Glenn was inspired by the lighted trees on the In-N-Out Burgers signs of the popular west coast burger chain. Like their name, Neon Trees are a combination of slick electric pop, sturdy organic rock and hook-happy new wave whose hard-hitting anthems speak of adolescent angst of love lost and found. Their first single “Animal” off their first studio album Habits climbed to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Grammy-award winner Jeff Beck will perform Sunday evening,

May 1 on the Tire Kingdom Stage. Beck helped revolutionize rock music and inspire countless individuals with his unique approach to playing the guitar. He is known as one of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music and has recognized Les Paul and John McLaughlin as being major influencers on his sound.


SunFest TGi5K - Friday April 29 5:15 p.m.

This year SunFest is offering Palm Beach County’s only 5k that includes access to the biggest post race party. Come experience the good time run to kick off the weekend of Florida’s largest music festival. Course begins at the intersection of Flagler Drive and Edmor Road, continues North to Evernia Street, ending in the heart of SunFest for all the Friday night fun.

Only $45 to register – Race highlights include: Admission to SunFest ($34 value), tech shirt (for the first 500 registrants), beer at the finish line, special concert by Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and awards ceremony for runners immediately after the race.



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