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Music Fanatics Unite!

9 Nov 2007  Music Afficionado and Music Fan Extraordinaire
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 1 vote

What to do in West Palm Beach area to quench your thirst for live music

  • Category: Other
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Sports buffs, Theater, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Clematis By Night

    Excellent and free block party every Thursday evening from about 5pm to 9pm [UPDATE: HOURS ARE NOW 5:30PM to 9:30PM] in downtown West Palm Beach. Periodically they have national acts that perform. Teddy Geiger, Mat Kearney, and Natasha Bedingfield have performed in the past. It is very easy to get up close and even meet the bands.

    Beer trucks, food, and craft vendors on-site along with many great restaurants/cafes/bars that line the street. Pizza Girls is a can't miss for great pizza and Motley Crue's Vince Neil is about to open his Dr. Feelgood's bar. Grab any bottled beer for only $2 at the Clematis St. Books & Cafe which is right there! The beer trucks are more like $3-$4 for drafts.

    Dogs are allowed. There is also a refreshing synchronized fountain in the plaza for kiddies to romp around in. Police officers are prevalent and parking is pretty easy.

  • 2. SunFest - Florida's Largest Music and Arts & Crafts Festival

    The biggest and best outdoor music, arts and crafts festival in Florida. There are so many concerts to choose from during this five day festival that you often find yourself in a situation where you must choose who you are going to see.

    So many greats and big-time names have performed here in its 25 year history. Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, Robert Cray, Phish, Blues Traveler, No Doubt, B-52's, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, Live, The Wailers, Carrie Underwood, The (New) Doors, Huey Lewis, Joe Satriani, Nelly, Journey, Shaggy, Ashlee Simpson, Lisa Marie Presley, Chris Daughtrey, I could go on and on and on and on! Check out the history and everything else on their website.

    The first day of the festival, billed the All-Access Party, is now a free food / open bar set-up with a massive party atmosphere and a national act, usually of the disco or dance genre (KC & the Sunshine Band, Kool & the Gang, and the Village People have performed in the festival's first three years of this All-Access Party). The tickets for this night are about $75. [[UPDATE: DISCONTINUED AS OF 2008]

    The festival stretches along Flagler Drive from Clematis Street all the way to Okeechobee Blvd. There are three floating barges on the waterfront, three stages with bands performing simultaneously, arts & crafts and food /drink vendors are everywhere. Businesses and organizations of all kinds set up booths where there are all kinds of products, information, and giveaways. There is so much to do that you get so much bang for your buck.

    The best way to attend SunFest, especially all five days of it, is to buy Club SunFest tickets. I have been doing it since 2000 and I would not do it any other way. You'll see what I mean when you are chilling in the Club SunFest area with your reduced price drinks (and the fabled happy hours!) and your free meal in your hands while everyone else is packed into the festival otherwise not enjoying the perks of the Club. Another benefit of Club SunFest is that it allows for you to buy reserved concert tickets (they have been $15) before the general public. There is no other way to see the concerts, especially at the main stage. Check the website for details.

    If you plan on attending SunFest, you should plan on buying Club SunFest tickets. It is that simple. You'll be glad that you did. This festival is an absolute must-attend for any music buff. It runs five days every year from Wednesday through the first Sunday in May. Take five days off and go enjoy yourself! See you there!

  • 3. Monday Night Reggae in Delray Beach

    Here is a Monday night institution. If you like reggae, especially Bob Marley, the Monday night band Ellis Island is for you. They have been playing there since I moved here (1993!) and they sound great!

    They come on just after 10pm, and there is like a $5 cover at the door. You should be able to get in free if you show them an "in the biz" paystub (if you are 'in the biz", you 'll know what I mean). The place is safe as they have a cop on duty.

    The place usually gets very crowded by midnight. There is a polite mix of people...nothing out of hand. They have a dance floor that needs to be bigger at times and they have an open-air outdoor dining area for smoking.

    There is another restaurant upstairs if you want to get away or you can hop across the street and walk on the moonlit beach. It is a nice, casual irie place!