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  • KAABOO gets Shakey on Sunday

    KAABOO gets Shakey on Sunday

    A heavy marine layer had enveloped KAABOO Del Mar when Shakey Graves started his set on Sunday afternoon. But the billowy blanket of clouds above Trestles stage didn’t prevent things from heating up below ― even if it did take things some time to get started. With a capacity crowd filling the confines...

  • 9/17/16 Scene at KAABOO

    9/17/16 Scene at KAABOO

  • Aerosmith rocks hard at KAABOO, where tense situation mars Ludacris show

    Aerosmith rocks hard at KAABOO, where tense situation mars Ludacris show

    DEL MAR — The second day of KAABOO Del Mar was marked by triumphs and tribulations.  Aerosmith, performing for the first time anywhere in a year, quickly knocked off most of the rust and rocked with palpable conviction at the sprawling Sunset Cliffs Stage. Earlier in the evening, appearing on the...

  • Melee breaks out outside KAABOO after hours venue

    Melee breaks out outside KAABOO after hours venue

    Social media was a buzz this morning with reports of what some were calling a “riot” as Day 2 of KAABOO Del Mar drew to a close. While details are still being investigated, an apparent fight broke out just outside the Encore stage, which happens to be sponsored by DiscoverSD. Sheriff's officials...

  • KAABOO crowd spans multiple generations

    KAABOO crowd spans multiple generations

    For only its second year, KAABOO Del Mar has provided a festival “mix-perience” with unique offerings for a diverse section of fans. Whether looking for high-end, low-end, daytime, nighttime, new music or old, festival organizers made a concerted effort to get it all covered. And thus far, patrons...

  • Chainsmokers hold their own at KAABOO

    Chainsmokers hold their own at KAABOO

    Like any big festival, fans are forced to deal with overlapping set times and choices must be made. On Saturday night at KAABOO Del Mar, two polar opposite headliners split the biggest crowd of the weekend in two. With matching 90-minute set times of 8:25 to 9:55 p.m., New York’s DJ duo The Chainsmokers...

  • The Shelters shake up KAABOO on Saturday night

    The Shelters shake up KAABOO on Saturday night

    L.A.-based band, The Shelters, shook the Tourmaline stage on Saturday night of KAABOO Del Mar with extreme guitar rifts and a real deal, rock-n-roll sound. It’s no surprise that the quartet exhibits that sort of old-school rock charm, produced by the legendary Tom Petty. The Shelters nailed a set...

  • Jimmy Buffett turns KAABOO into giant beach party

    Jimmy Buffett turns KAABOO into giant beach party

    DEL MAR —  Jimmy Buffett was right in his easy-going element Friday night at KAABOO Del Mar, where he drew an overflow crowd to his headlining set on the Sunset Cliffs Stage. At 69-going-on-16, this quintessentially laid back troubadour has been transforming his concerts into giant beach parties...

  • Gavin DeGraw talks growing up and new music at KAABOO

    Gavin DeGraw talks growing up and new music at KAABOO

    Sitting in his home, a plush yet quaint house on wheels, Gavin DeGraw looks out onto the outer-edge of the Del Mar Fairgrounds where a giant hot air balloon is slowly rising up into the sky. He reminisces about a terrifying experience in which his brother abandoned him on a similar-looking basket...

  • KAABOO Del Mar gets off to breezy start

    KAABOO Del Mar gets off to breezy start

    “It’s a beautiful night, KAABOO. KAABOO! KAABOO!” said Daryl Hall, and so it was as the KAABOO Del Mar festival kicked into high gear early Friday evening at the Del Mar Racetrack and adjacent fairgrounds. It was seven hours into the opening day of the music, comedy, food, drink and lifestyle festival’s...

  • Slightly Stoopid plays for hometown crowd

    Slightly Stoopid plays for hometown crowd

    The quintessential, San Diego-based band Slightly Stoopid returned to get down and irie with festival-goers on Saturday night of KAABOO Del Mar. The Ocean Beach natives, who took some time to talk to DiscoverSD Saturday morning, are currently wrapping up their “Everything is Awesome” tour with...

  • Neon Trees electrify KAABOO

    Neon Trees electrify KAABOO

    Complete with loud drum-driven beats, tambourines and pitch-bending vocals, Neon Trees were true-to-form as they took over the Zuma stage at KAABOO Del Mar. Dressed in a bright, green tank top and bleached-blonde hair, lead singer Tyler Glenn was the epitome of the band’s name. The arena was packed...

  • KAABOO fun fact: Debut of Greatful Dead stage

    KAABOO fun fact: Debut of Greatful Dead stage

    The Grateful Dead stage debuted at KAABOO Del Mar, even though the Grateful Dead is not staging its debut at KAABOO. That may sound like exactly the kind of fractured riddle Deadheads would devise after a late night of listening to rare Jerry Garcia solo bootleg recordings while reading the "I...

  • Late night at KAABOO keeps the party going

    Late night at KAABOO keeps the party going

    First, Snoop’s set ended early and it seemed like his entire audience headed for the exit. Then, after No Doubt wrapped up (it was their last show until Gwen Stefani completes her next solo album), there was another parade for the parking lot. It wasn’t looking good for KAABOO’s late night line-up,...

  • Allen Stone revved up KAABOO crowds on Friday

    Allen Stone revved up KAABOO crowds on Friday

    Allen Stone had his work cut out for him on Friday at KAABOO Del Mar. Before he took the stage, Latin funksters Ozomatli delivered an energetic set that had most of the packed crowd dancing to their cumbias and singing along to the music. But Stone was not deterred. From the time the self-proclaimed...

  • KAABOO Del Mar heats up with 'girl power' Friday

    KAABOO Del Mar heats up with 'girl power' Friday

    Sisters were definitely doing it for themselves Friday at KAABOO Del Mar, to paraphrase the title of a still-potent 1985 hit by Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox. Indeed, it was barely mid-afternoon at the debut edition of the three-day festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds when Bay Area country-roots...

  • KAABOO festival has low-key Friday kick off

    KAABOO festival has low-key Friday kick off

    Festival debuts at Del Mar Fairgrounds with light breeze, light attendance and big hopes

  • KAABOO preview: The Killers interview

    KAABOO preview: The Killers interview

    Guitarist Dave Keuning, who lives in San Diego's North County, talks music, festivals, recording and what it's like to not be recognized when he goes to shows at the Belly Up Tavern.

  • It’s country rock’n time

    It’s country rock’n time

    As the bassist in the country-rocking Zac Brown Band, which plays at KAABOO Del Mar this weekend, Matt Mangano has performed in stadiums and at festivals across the nation, including three sold-out shows in August at Boston’s Fenway Park. We spoke recently with the 39-year-old multi-instrumentalist,...

  • The Killers add surprise Saturday San Diego show

    The Killers add surprise Saturday San Diego show

    The band will play a warm-up show at Observatory North Park, one day before its headlining gig at KAABOO Del Mar festival.

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