The inaugural festival in Del Mar, CA, was the place to be as the summer was winding down in this beautifully scenic city in San Diego County. The incredible lineup was only matched by the coastal city’s spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Del Mar was the playground for the big stars that came to rock for a three-day adventure that entertained fans of all genres of music. The seven stages were pounding music all weekend long and the vibes couldn’t have been better.
The Founder, Bryan E. Gordon’s mission statement was simple, create a one-of-a-kind event for adult escape that included good food, great music, live comedy and an experience that the weekend extra special. The memories were truly on everyone’s minds as the headliners included: No Doubt, Snoop Dog, Zac Brown Band and The Killers. The laugh-out-loud comedy guests included Lewis Black, Jeff Garlin and Joel McHale, Chris D’Elia, Ron Funches, Tim Meadows and Tig Notaro. Artist from California and beyond displayed their crafts in mediums such as paintings, jewelry, mixed media and sculptures, to name a few.
KAABOO contained seven stages sprawled out across the parking area behind the Grand Stands and also took over a small portion of the race track. The atmosphere was chill and laidback with food and alcoholic libation stations at almost every corner. The media (thankfully) had their own rest area to recharge devices and fill up on snacks. Kettle Chips got into the spirit and passed out free samples of their chips during the three day event. The sun was out and at full blast as the weekend crowd was ready for some rock music.
Friday night, Snoop Dogg played at the Grandview Stage while No Doubt took the Sunset Cliffs main stage. Friday’s musicians included an afternoon start with Peter Matthew Bauer (The Walkmen) followed by artists like Fitz & The Tantrums, Foster The Kids and Sheryl Crow. Saturday involved the eclectic grooves of Rodrigo Y Gabriela, The Roots and Awolnation. The Zac Brown Band closed out the main stage while Spoon coveted the side stage that had the crowd equally boisterous. Sunday included Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, 311 and a gigantic set by The Killers.
The one-of-a-kind festival experience was the topic of the week as the social media pictures were viewed, viewed and viewed multiple times the days following the event. One can only hope that the success of this enormous festival will continue in the years to come making it a rival to top contending music festivals that drive the crowds out in masses. KAABOO was the perfect way to spend the last week of summer and the festival goers will no doubt (pun intended) await its return.