KAABOO Festival Part 1 @ Del Mar Fairgrounds – 09/16/2016
Building off the success of last year’s inaugural weekend, KAABOO returned to the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Friday, September 16th for the first of three days at the historic race track. With fan feedback and logistical lessons learned from the previous year, event organizers reorganized stages, services and added new features to improve on an already great product.
With headlining acts by Jimmy Buffett and Fall Out Boy scheduled for day one, a picture perfect San Diego day helped welcome in fans beginning at 11:30am when the doors opened with performances beginning promptly at noon. The Sunset Cliffs stage, known better as the ‘main stage’ saw strong afternoon sets by Orianthi and funk/jam band Dumpstaphunk. Orianthi, the talented Australian guitarist who formerly toured in Alice Cooper’s band displayed not only her guitar skills but her solid vocal abilities, especially on her 2009 single, “According To You”.
5 stages throughout the fairgrounds and a ton of real estate separating the acts made stage-jumping a task, but with some advanced research one could have caught sets by Sugar Ray, Echosmith, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Grouplove, Gavin DeGraw and a solo set by Citizen Cope, which drew a huge crowd to the PALATE stage in the late afternoon.
High on the list for much of the older crowd on Friday evening was the set by the iconic Daryl Hall & John Oates. With hits from the ’70s and ‘80s making up much of their popular catalog, their set would not only provide a nostalgic look back for the middle aged fans but possibly a solid introduction for the younger crowd in attendance. With “Maneater” and “Out of Touch” played right out of the gates, the crowd immediately got behind the duo. Backed by the guitar skills of Oates and the vocal expertise of Hall, this performance was a nice warmup for their upcoming Hollywood Bowl show Tuesday September 20th. Without any doubt, classics such as “Say It Isn’t So”, “You Make My Dreams”, “Private Eyes” and the cover “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” helped fill most of the set.
Fans unfortunately had to quickly make up their minds as event promoters scheduled co-headliners at the exact same time – 8:25pm start, but the demographic for both bands was definitely polarizing. The younger set was drawn to Fall Out Boy on the Grandview Stage (located on the infield section of the horse track) while all the older Parrothead fans flocked to the Sunset Cliffs main stage to catch a solid 90 minute set by the legendary Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.
Buffett was in standard form this evening; per usual he entered the stage in his shorts, t-shirt and no shoes and proceeded to open with “Piece Of Work”, “Brown Eyed Girl” and “The Tiki Bar Is Open”. His classic hits “Come Monday”, “Fins”, “Cheeseburger In Paradise” and “Margaritaville” were spread out nicely throughout his 21 song set. Finishing with encore songs “Southern Cross” and “One Particular Harbour”, this set served as a great advertisement for his upcoming Irvine Meadows show on October 22nd.
With the incredible popularity of the HUMOR ME venue last year, the lineup this year has been not only expanded but included headliners Dana Carvey, Sarah Silverman and Cheech and Chong. On Friday, the funnies were brought by comedian and pothead Doug Benson, roast master Jeff Ross, sad clown Puddles Pity Party and the former SNL star Dana Carvey.
A late addition due to act cancellations, Snoop Dogg (dubbed this evening as DJ Snoopadelic) took his DJ set inside due to curfew reasons on the ENCORE stage. The fairgrounds were still packed with fans after midnight when Snoop hit the stage.
Throughout the day, foodies could indulge at PALATE, local celebrity chefs were scheduled all weekend offering upscale artisan culinary options. In addition to book signings and appearances, a few musical act performed throughout the day on Friday and filled the air with laid back tunes.
With Saturday sold out due in part to a headlining set by Aerosmith and a mellow Sunday planned with closer Jack Johnson, Friday was a solid opening day that helped set the stage for a terrific weekend in Del Mar at the ultimate ‘mix-perience’ event.
Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band Photo Gallery
Orianthi Photo Gallery
Hall & Oates Photo Gallery
Dana Carvey Photo Gallery
Doug Benson Photo Gallery
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness Photo Gallery