SunFest 2012: A Ten-Act Guide With Pitbull, Snoop Dogg, and Matisyahu

Who's in the mood for a music festival? We are!

Thankfully, we don't have to wait long 'cause Sunfest kicks off tomorrow on the sunny West Palm Beach waterfront, running through the week till Sunday, May 6.

The line-up boasts 51 artists bringing everything from rock to hip-hop, reggae, punk, and dance. Basically, everything you'd want to hear at the beach. But here are our top picks for must-see sets at SunFest 2012.

10. SOJA

This seven-piece reggae-rock outfit from D.C. really brings the best in beach-side dub. They've got a socially conscious message set to perpetual island grooves. It's the perfect sound for being hot and sweaty, beer in hand. Plus, they get a little edgy too.

9. Cris Cab

This kid is the ultimate in college bro guitar jamming. He also happens to be Wiz Khalifa's new best friend. Plus, he's a Miami local! So make sure you show the boy some love and clap your hands extra hard.

8. Matisyahu

Sometimes religious music can make you feel really uncomfortable. 'Cause, well, you're a heathen. But this Zion lion's modern hip-hop-infused reggae is supergroovy. By the end of Matisyahu's set, we promise you'll be turning to your brother and giving him an extralong hug.

7. Michael Franti & Spearhead

Much like spirituals, feel-good music for people who love yoga and organic food kind of gives us the creeps. But there's just something about Franti's brand of sunshine pop-folk that makes us believe in his groove. His live sets are pretty fabulous and totally necessary for your Sunfest schedule.

6. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

But seriously, we can't take a bunch of feel-good granola music all day, even if it is top-notch. So make sure you slip in a set from this iconic punk bitch and her band. Most rock stars get lamer as they age. But Ms. Jett just gets sexier and more badass. Try not to throw your panties on stage, dude. She's too cool for you.


5. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

SunFest needs a ska moment. And the Bosstones should be yours. These heroes of the genre will be packing upbeat horns, punk-rock swagger, and a enough steady skanking to leave your two-tone ensemble covered in sweat. Besides, isn't "The Impression That I Get" still one of your favorite songs, deep down?

4. Girl Talk

This set is going to be great. Get ready to hear all of your favorite songs and your mom's favorite songs and your little cousin's favorite songs, all mashed up by a mix master. But we suggest you get there early and try to bumrush the stage. Don't worry, if you make it up there, they won't kick you off.

3. Passion Pit

Back in 2009, we couldn't stop listening to this band's album Manners for, like, six months. This is an awesome chance to get down to the sugary electro-pop sounds that personified everything cool about three years ago. We just can't wait!

2. Snoop Dogg

Wiz Khalifa is also on the SunFest bill. But if you can only catch one famous weed head set the sky on fire, make sure you catch Snoop Dogg. He's been in the game forever and still comes as correct as ever. His set is sure to be riddled with classics from every era. Sadly, we have a feeling the Tupac Hologram will sit this one out.

1. Pitbull

Yeah, bro! Mr. 305 has gone Worldwide and he's headlining SunFest. It's going to be like listening to the radio, except he's really there! But hopefully, he doesn't keep it all pop-dance and brings in some nasty "when I put it in her mouth" stuff. That's our favorite. Dale!

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