Dan Siebold

KAABOO Festival Day 2 @ Del Mar Fairgrounds – 09/19/2015

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Zac Brown Band: KAABOO Festival @ Del Mar Fairgrounds – 09/19/2015

Full Coverage of KAABOO Festival Day 1 can be viewed here.

Full coverage of KAABOO Festival Day 3 can be viewed here.

Another textbook San Diego September day greeted festival attendees as they returned to the venue for Day 2 (Saturday, September 19th) of the 2015 KAABOO Music Festival. Above average temperatures and a sun-kissed venue (located adjacent to the Pacific Ocean at the Del Mar Fairgrounds) were prepped for what would be the most anticipated day of the festival. With acts ranging from reggae bands Tribal Seeds and Slightly Stoopid to the slightly older demographic targeted bands The Roots, Counting Crows and X set to play, the buzz started early and paid off after sunset when headliner Zac Brown Band performed an epic two hour set.

By midafternoon the Zuma Stage was packed for Neon Trees, the widely popular outfit responsible for radio-friendly hits such as “Animal” & “Sleeping With A Friend”. Opening with “Lessons In Love”, front man Tyler Glenn emerged from the shadows into the intense bright sunlight. He danced his way into the hearts of many in attendance, his high energy was matched by the crowd who hung on his every word.

AWOLNATION followed shortly after on the Zuma Stage. The group largely known for its monster hit “Sail” (which was saved for the set closer) entered the stage surrounded by an overdose of fog, compliments of numerous machines pumping out haze that would make Scooby Doo proud. Fronted and formed by mastermind Aaron Bruno, the set was highlighted by new single “I Am” and previous singles “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” and “Not Your Fault”. The largely synth-inspired band found the crowd to be responsive and receptive, complete with Bruno’s energetic and intense style.

Local OC band, Young The Giant closed out the Zuma Stage Saturday evening. Originally calling Irvine home, the alt rock outfit lead by singer Sameer Gadhia broke onto the scene 5 years ago with hits such as “My Body”, “Cough Syrup” and “Apartment”—all which received treatment during their performance along with recent singles “Mind Over Matter” and “It’s About Time”. Gadhia, whose band hid behind moody lighting during the show, was stylishly outfitted in a sequined jacket that had to have been extremely hot given the conditions.

Without a doubt the largest crowd of the weekend was for Saturday’s headliner, Zac Brown Band, which hit the Sunset Cliffs main stage at 8pm. Living up to the advertised current tour moniker ‘Jekyll & Hyde’, Brown and his band played their standard country-inspired tracks “Free” and “Sweet Annie” but slipped into rocker mode on an electrified version of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” early on in the set.  Brown’s eclectic band was a perfect fit for this eclectic festival and a flawless pick to close the evening out.

Zac Brown Band

Neon Trees


The Roots

Counting Crows

Slightly Stoopid

Young the Giant



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