Sunday, July 3, 2022

Boca Playlist XII: My Dream Summer Festival

It’s summer music festival season, although in sweltering South Florida, you wouldn’t know it. Our big to-do, SunFest, already came and went with, to my ears anyway, little fanfare. We do have the hip-hop extravaganza Rolling Loud in July, but that’s it: Until III Points returns to Miami in October, the festival well is dry.

But what if I could pluck the best bands from the best summer festivals all across the United States and curate my own dream event? It would look something like this playlist.

To arrive at these acts, I limited my dream logic to only artists touring festivals this summer, and whittled the lineup down to 25 acts. Of course, were this a real festival—Thomason Fest, if you well—so many of these bands would playing against each other that I’d be racing furiously from stage to stage, leaving no time for food or hydration, and probably passing out from heat exhaust by 3 in the afternoon. But you get the idea.

The structure of this playlist is based on the classic music-festival inverted pyramid, starting with the headliners all the way down to the openers. Enjoy this peak inside my musical mind!

Green Day

Nine Inch Nails

Lauryn Hill

Norah Jones

The National


Herbie Hancock



Digable Planets


The Breeders

Guided by Voices

Kamasi Washington

Courtney Barnett

Sunny Day Real Estate


Anais Mitchell

Femi Kuti




Wet Leg

Dry Cleaning


See below for a full Spotify playlist of these songs.

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John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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