SunFest director: We wanted a Jonas Brothers family reunion

February 23, 2018 - Jonas Brothers

If it had been possible, SunFest 2018 would have featured all 3 Jonas brothers.

“There was a indicate where we satisfied we had Nick and Joe Jonas,” says Paul Jamieson, a executive executive of West Palm Beach’s annual waterfront song and art festival, of a engagement of two-thirds of a strike early 2000s-era child band, with solo artist Nick and hermit Joe, thespian for organisation DNCE.

“We were like ‘Can we get more? Get them all! Let’s have a family reunion!’”

Sadly, Kevin, a third Jonas Brother, is nowhere to be found on a report announced Wednesday for a May 3-6 downtown waterfront festival. But a lot of other acts are, including Pitbull, Zedd, Girl Talk, Billy Idol, Living Colour, Incubus, Toots and The Maytals, Logic, 311, Cake and KC and The Sunshine Band.

This SunFest will be one day shorter than new years, omission Wednesday night and using instead from Thursday to Sunday. However, Jamieson says that a “number of acts didn’t change all that much” since a southernmost JetBlue stage, customarily usually adult and using Friday by Sunday, will be open all 4 days of a festival.

“We still have 50 acts,” he explains, and thinks that those acts form a really clever lineup, covering not usually a accumulation of tastes though some of a best talent available.


“A lof of people my age ask, ‘Who is your headliner?’” Jamieson says. “And that all depends on what song we like. For us, it competence be Pitbull, for others it competence be Logic or Zedd, or 311. It all depends. It was a lot of labor perplexing to get everybody, and make as many people as happy as we can. We know we can’t make everybody happy. But we’re gratified with it.”

The lineup includes some returning favorites like Pitbull, who in 2012 “came in a afternoon, on one of those scorchingly prohibited SunFest days, with his black fit on,” Jamieson recalls. “We pronounced ‘Why are we wearing that suit?’ and he pronounced ‘If we gotta wear that fit for an hour to make what I’m making, I’ll do it,’ and we were like ‘Good point.’”

Other quip acts embody a always renouned 311 and a mythological Billy Idol, whose enterprising and delightfully scurrilous 2005 SunFest set “was one of a best we ever had,” festival mouthpiece Melissa Sullivan says. Also returning — Toots and a Maytals, after a three-year interregnum so that lead thespian Frederick “Toots” Hibbert could redeem from an occurrence where he was strike with a bottle thrown from a assembly while behaving in Richmond, Virginia in 2013.

Along with a song is a art, that in 2017 began a transition from a juried uncover to a “more interactive, craft-oriented” affair, Jamieson says. While a art uncover has traditionally usually been Friday to Sunday, it starts on Thursday, providing lots to see on a travel down to a JetBlue stage.

Making a proclamation of a lineup is “a good day for us. It was a lot of work and we’re vehement about it,” Jamieson says. “It’s a small bigger in some respects. It’s going to be engaging to see how people conflict to it.”



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