KAABOO Festival Part 2 @ Del Mar Fairgrounds – 09/17/2017
Overcast conditions greeted early attendees to the third and final day of KAABOO 2017 on Sunday, September 17th…quickly giving way to glorious sun-drenched conditions by early afternoon as the upscale festival closed out with scheduled performances by Andy Grammar, Jason Derulo, +LĪVE+, Alanis Morissette and headliner, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Compared to Saturday’s monster lineup, Sunday’s scheduled artists was much more subdued due in part to an earlier curfew than on the two previous nights.
+LĪVE+ packed the SUNSET CLIFFS Stage during their mid-afternoon set. The reunited band with Ed Kowalczyk at the lead rocked their way through their multi-platinum ’90s hits “I Alone”, “All Over You”, “Lightning Crashes” and “Selling The Drama”.
Alanis Morissette followed shortly after, shocking the crowd with her new bleach-blonde hair. She supplied fans with exactly what they showed up for—a set packed full of hits off her (now) 22 year old breakthrough album Jagged Little Pill. There were numerous sing along moments as she mixed in “All I Really Want”, “Hand In My Pocket”, “You Learn” and “You Outta Know” into her 75 minute set. That 16x platinum album (which still holds up really well) spawned a ridiculous 6 Billboard Top 20 hits.
Over at the HUMOR ME pavilion, David Spade headed up a short list of comedians on Sunday while over at the PALATE stage chef Robert Irvine conducted another popular cooking expo for those wanting to take a break from music. The English culinary star, a former fixture on the Food Network, now fills his time as daytime talk show host had an overflow crowd sit in for his hour long session.
Closing out the GRANDVIEW Stage was R&B upstart vocalist Jason Derulo. He’s sold over 30 million singles and his list of chart poppin’ hits continues to grow, he made certain to squeeze in multiple Top 10 hits such as “In My Head”, “Wiggle”, “Whatcha Say”, “The Other Side” onto the setlist. Midway through the set he invited a lucky girl on stage and while seated with her sang “It Girl”. That was the lone tune of the hour long set that didn’t involve high energy dancing as his crew of dancers shook their way along with each track.
Celebrating 40 years of touring, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers were the only musical act after 7pm on Sunday evening. The legendary rock icon made sure that during the scheduling process that he would not have any competition and that the festival could come together as one to close out the weekend.
After stating that he would “drop the needle wherever it wants to land” on a ‘virtual’ vinyl record, he proceeded to power through decades of hits including early set favorites “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, “I Won’t Back Down” and “Free Fallin’”. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer had the multi-generational crowd singing and dancing to each song as he rewarded everyone with “Runnin’ Down A Dream” late in the 18 song set before closing up the set and the long weekend of music with “American Girl”.
SoCal fans who missed out on Petty at KAABOO can catch him at the Hollywood Bowl this week (Sept 21, 22 and 25) with opening act Lucinda Williams.
Throughout the 3 day festival San Diego weather was again the star as near perfect conditions helped keep attendees comfortable. Furthermore, venue and layout improvements made for a more enjoyable KAABOO 2017.
KAABOO again succeeded in delivering exactly what they advertise—setting itself apart from the music scene that continues to expand with new festivals yearly. In just three short years it has established itself as world class festival that marries top tier musical and comedy acts with culinary excellence & live art installations.
Only a few minutes after Petty completed his set, an immediate announcement was released by festival organizers announcing the advance pre-sale for KAABOO 2018 (to be held Sept 14-16). Early birds can snap up general admission 3-day passes for only $209.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Photo Gallery
Alanis Morissette Photo Gallery
Jason Derulo Photo Gallery
LĪVE Photo Gallery
Pete Yorn Photo Gallery
T-Pain Photo Gallery