KC and the Sunshine Band join Boys 2 Men along with a slew of other artists for an old-school spin on Sundays edition of RipTide Music Festival 2017 – Review of day two of RipTide Music Festival on the Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL
Day two of Riptide Fest kicked off on the afternoon of December 3 with DJ Holiday and an explosive performance by the salacious Salt-N-Pepa. After experiencing a full day of pop and rock music the day before, fans who opted to attend both days got their money’s worth with the second day consisting of 80s and 90s classic pop rock, hip hop and R&B, and disco-boogie hits. The entire weekend was filled by over 30 acts and Sunday’s performers would bring the “Brickhouse” down on South Florida’s Fort Lauderdale shore.
Not only was there a vast array of musical talent but many notable sponsors set up shop for the weekend with Ford (providing a “Blue Lounge” and an extra stage with a few surprise acts), Greater Fort Lauderdale, Underground Lauderdale, Law Offices of Anidjar and Levine, Celebration of the Sea Foundation, Florida Atlantic University, The Florida Panthers, GOYA, Scales Gear (providing t-shirt merch), XFINITY, Yuengling (providing alcoholic nourishments), and Entercom’s radio stations including: The Shark 104.3, 102.7 The Beach, 101.5 LITE FM, and 790 AM The Ticket.
The afternoon’s entertainment continued with Native American performing artist Lee Tiger, arena rockers Loverboy, South Florida classic rockers Mr. Nice Guy, soulful funky rock ‘n’ rollers Morris Day and The Time, husband and wife synth-disco duo Lime, and front-man of Foreigner’s Lou Gramm.
Lou Gramm (67 years old) came out with his solo side band project and performed several Foreigner hits like Feels Like The First Time, Cold As Ice, Double Vision, Head Games, I Want To Know What Love Is, Urgent, and Jukebox Hero. Gramm also performed his solo hit single Midnight Blue. The performance was captivating and exciting with Gramm’s younger members moving around the stage and engaging with the audience while Gramm would sing and back-up with tambourines and featured a few saxophone solos from the rhythm guitarist. It was quite a treat for the audience to experience these classic Foreigner hits!
Dance popper and singer Shannon followed on the Underground Stage, and brought forth some soldiers in uniforms to perform synchronized background dancing along with a few break dancers in a dazzling patriotic musical set.
As the Sun began to set on the final day of Riptide, the full Supermoon began to rise in a bright red glow over the backs of the audience as they gathered to view a soul-filled performance by R&B a-cappella trio Boyz II Men. Their set started off on a literal high note with Motownphilly then, slowed down to a passionate and harmonious On Bended Knee. As they went into So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday, the “boyz,” all dressed in matching white outfits, introduced one another and told the audience that this is a time to “celebrate life” and continued with their soulful performance. Two of the trio, Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman, picked up a guitar and a bass guitar, while Wanya Morris continued to sing and went into an excellent medley, covering songs like Are You Gonna Go My Way and American Woman (both by Lenny Kravitz), Locked Out Of Heaven (Bruno Mars), and even Come Together (The Beatles). The a-cappella trio continued to serenade the audience with other hits including Water Runs Dry, I’ll Make Love To You (during this song the band threw roses into the audience), and ending with A Song For Mama, and End Of The Road. As their finale played on, couples were holding each other, perhaps remembering the emotional moments they experienced with their significant other while listening to these passionate songs and Wanya Morris spoke to the audience and reminded those who may have produced offspring listening to their songs to celebrate with them.
Closing the side Underground Stage, Riptide brought a special Latino act with the “Prince of Mambo,” Tito Puente Jr. His father, Tito Puente Sr., was after all the original “King of Mambo” and Jr. continues his father’s legacy, by using his father’s first drum kit that he had to borrow from his mother for this performance, a technicolor mambo drum kit Jr. was pounding with rhythmic movements. He was backed by a full Latino band with instruments including several trumpets, saxophones, bongos, guitars, bass, and a Latina singer and performed hits like Oye Como Va.
Wrapping up the whole weekend, KC & The Sunshine Band, brought the funky boogie disco jams to the final set of the Riptide Stage. Opening with smash hit (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty, the entire performance was like watching some 80s disco music video with synchronized disco-style dancing and outfits. They continued on with more funky hits like Boogie Shoes and then transitioned into the slow ballad, Please Don’t Go. As The Sunshine Band furthered their upbeat performance with hit Boogie Man, KC (Harry Wayne Casey) twirled from each side of the stage to the other as if he were still in his youthful 20’s, giving his dance performance his all for the captivated audience. He had the crowd singing back the chorus of Keep It Comin’ Love and then had them dancing to Do You Wanna Go Party? As the end of their set started to come to a close they performed top hit Give It Up, Brickhouse (Commodores cover), Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry cover), That’s The Way (I Like It), and ending with the funktastic Get Down Tonight.
All in all, Riptide Fest was an arousing celebration of musical talents of various genres, congregating on the South Florida beach for some sun, cool ocean breezes, and some boogying fun. Next year’s Riptide Music Festival will perhaps culminate into even more of an extravagant event with the success of this year’s winter beach party.