KAABOO Festival Part 2 @ Del Mar Fairgrounds – 09/18/2016
The final day of KAABOO 2016 wrapped up on Sunday September 18 and could best be described as a very mellow affair. A tense late Saturday evening that included a riot, four arrests and police macing of a handful of festival attendees outside the ENCORE indoor venue set to have Ludacris and Steve Aoki perform put a blemish on what was an otherwise affable environment throughout the weekend.
The lineup ironically for Sunday on paper was perfectly created to counteract the proceedings from Saturday’s overcrowded conditions. Headlined by Jack Johnson, the final day had something for everyone; whether it be the reggae vibes of The Green (hailing from Honolulu, HI) or Rebelution (Santa Barbara) or the soulful folk sounds of veterans The Avett Brothers, Blues Traveler and G. Love & Special Sauce. The HUMOR ME comedy venue boasted headliner Cheech & Chong, who performed in front of a packed house for 90 minutes including a question and answer session to start the set hosted by Tommy Chong’s wife, Shelby.
A much smaller crowd was present on Sunday, largely due the reduced lineup and the strict 9pm curfew for all activities. The GRANDVIEW stage (located on the horse track infield) was rockin’ Sunday with acts such as The Aggrolites, The Green, G. Love & Special Sauce, a rousing set by hip-hop artists Cypress Hill and headlined finally by Rebelution.
The main stage, dubbed the SUNSET CLIFFS stage was home to The Wild Feathers, country artist Jason Isbell, The Avett Brothers and a certain acoustic headliner…
By 7:30pm and with no other competition from competing acts the stage was set for the final performance of KAABOO 2016. Hawaiian singer/songwriter Jack Johnson was admittedly nervous for his first show in over a year, vocally conceding to the crowd that he hadn’t opened his eyes while singing during the first 3 songs. Those that packed the imported sand and artificial turf section of the venue would not have noticed this unless told as Jack sang his way through hits “If I Had Eyes”, “Do You Remember” and “Taylor” before addressing the crowd.
Playing many songs solo Johnson would later gain support from his bandmates on piano, guitar and percussion. Throughout the evening Jack elicited help from friends Donavon Frankenreiter & G. Love, the latter sitting in for “Rodeo Clowns” and “At Or With Me”. Johnson was able to pack 22 songs into his 90 minute set, including covers of “The Joker” from Steve Miller Band and “(I’d Go The) Whole Wide World” by The Monkees. Local pro surfer, Encinitas resident and part time musician Rob Machado joined him on stage for “Breakdown”.
Fans in attendance this evening were witness to Jack’s only concert for 2016, many hoping for new material and tour next year. For his final two songs of the evening Johnson reached out to his friends, The Avett Brothers who had earlier warmed up the crowd for his headlining set. “Home” and “Better Together” closed out not only his set but KAABOO for 2016.
The cool ocean breeze, overcast conditions and laid back bands helped calm nerves on Sunday after a raucous Saturday. While the festival coordinators improved certain aspects from last year’s inaugural event, there is definitely room for growth on next year’s show involving logistics and set time management.
Jack Johnson Photo Gallery
Cypress Hill Photo Gallery
The Green Photo Gallery
Cheech & Chong Photo Gallery
Blues Traveler Photo Gallery
Atlas Genius Photo Gallery
Cold War Kids Photo Gallery