In a world increasingly saturated with R&R music
Lollapalooza, SXSW, Bonnaroo, Rock in Rio, the Reading Festival,
Rock and Summerfest come to mind) do we really need yet one more?
answer is a resounding Yes! IF that new festival is KAABOO!
The inaugural KABOO Music Festival, located at the fairgrounds and
famous ocean adjacent race track in Del Mar, California should
scouted by those aforementioned festivals to compile a list of how
things right! No outhouses, no dust and a Serious effort to
environment that concert goers could enjoy, instead of endure!
To achieve the stated mission of creating an upscale, immersive
"mix-perience," KAABOO featured designer cocktails, a comfy craft
garden, art exhibits, large-scale art installations, endless music
several comedy shows each day. This all combined with
several chic lounge areas located in a climate controlled area
for rest and revitalization, product demonstrations, women's
day spa treatments and much more.
Carefully selected "regional culinary artisans" supplied
Italian, American, Mexican and Vietnamese cuisine. The Sage Vegan
and Southern Fried Vegan and specialty ice cream catered to Vegan
Even typical festival fare like hot dogs and pizza were
demonstrations by renowned chefs appeared regularly on the
A pool and the "Bask Beach Club" were among many other amenities
this event apart from the others.
I'm burying the lead here because I have yet to mention the
Dog, No Doubt, The Killers, Neon Trees, Zac Brown Band, Sheryl
Lobos, Counting Crows, Foster The People, Trombone Shorty, Michael
and Spearhead, 311, Train and a hundred or so other bands played
seven stages. Comedians Lewis Black, Tim Meadows, Jeff Garlin,
McHale, Tig Notaro (among many others) appeared on the "Humor Me"
Once again, competing festivals take note: You need better talent
if you want fans to fly around the globe to attend!
Luxury comes with a cost, but budget minded festival goers fared
well at KAABOO. One or two day GA passes sold for $125.00 and
(plus fees and service charges) respectively, but those prices
bargain when you consider the amount of music and entertainment
Better yet, the "Hang Five" passes were well worth the $299.00
or $575.00 (two-day) prices. They included a VIP concert with
on Thursday, large shaded seating areas at various stages,
perks, and very importantly, the ability to escape the masses.
spenders, the options started with the $2499.00 three-day "Hang
(complimentary food and drink, private viewing areas, access to
lounge), and went up from there, depending on the access, amenity
comfort levels desired.
For the first attempt at a new festival, KAABOO did everything
lineup was my favorite of any festival this year. While
weather was a bother, my comfort level at KAABOO far surpassed any
festival I've ever attended.
While upscale events come with upscale pricing, the additional
well worth the joy of enjoying, not enduring three full days of
comedy, art and much, much more.
KAABOO, I hope to see you again next year, my favorite new friend!
- Mitchell Wright & John G. Tobin
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