KAABOO Del Mar Day 3 took place on Sunday, September 15th, 2019, and was all about one love on a global level. The sun-drenched crowd was touched by the awesome creative artistry. The day kicked off with multi-talented Xavier Rudd throwing his Australian vibes into the air adding to the energy and anticipated excitement for what the day had to offer. He preached about one love, mindfulness, taking action to make a difference and bring peace into our lives… and it was great to hear these messages in his music. He believes we are one and we are sacred standing in this beautiful world embracing the vibrations of the earth. His love of reggae and blues was totally amplified in his music and in all the instruments he played… his harmonica and didgeridoo set an awesome tone for this day.
The Bangles made a rare live appearance, looking and sounding awesome. The fans were thrilled to hear their timeless songs, and got to sing along with joy. Sheryl Crow also brought it in a big way, throwing her upbeat and positive vibes into the air. She jammed with The Bangles, bringing on more femininity to light up the stage… and these girls still got it!
The Bacon Brothers brought their brotherly love to the stage too and it was cool to see Kevin in this role – not acting but vibrating on the stage as he sang, jammed on the guitar and hit the beats on his bongo drum. Their music touched on rock, soul, folk, Americana and Latin influences.
Toots and the Maytals literally started reggae in the 1960’s, giving it the name, and creating the sound that spread from the Caribbean island of Jamaica to become a worldwide lifestyle. This festival curates artists from across the globe, and gives fans a chance to sample sounds they may not otherwise come across. Colbie Caillat is a perfect example of this, with a softer sound that rockers may not have heard, but her beautiful voice and winning smile certainly earned her many new fans.
Headliners Duran Duran closed out KAABOO Del Mar Day 3 with an awesome show that was visually and sonically exciting. They performed old and new hits that couldn’t sound any better, and if you have not seen them live, you need to. They played a full 2 hour set that was pure entertainment from start to finish. Simon LeBon also preached about the importance of one love and one world, ending the night the same way the day started, saying a prayer, which we all will feel the morning after.
KAABOO Del Mar is not only a festival but an extravaganza showcasing, music, arts, culinary, and comedy. Various street artists who started their live displays throughout the festival grounds on Day 1 were coming to life completing their artistry by the end of Day 3. Each mural depicted special messages with many embossing the festival themes of sustainability, sensibility, and global Love… Mother Earth needs just as much TLC as humanity. Artist Michael Carini showcased his artwork with a special piece, “Touch It ?? Be Touched”. This piece was created over 10 years with 10,000 touches. This goes hand in hand, literally, with the messages of one love and the impact that the sense of touch has on not only creating art but heartfelt love.
The three-day KAABOO Del Mar festival concluded 2019 with an average daily attendance of at least 35,000 and has sold out in advance the last 2 years. This upscale music, comedy, art and culinary festival did not disappoint.
A big announcement was made Sunday evening advising that the festival is moving to Downtown San Diego come 2020, being renamed KAABOO San Diego, and relocating to the San Diego Padres Petco Park baseball stadium. KAABOO Del Mar’s 5 year run will conclude after being held at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds near San Diego, California. The move follows the signing of a multi-year agreement by the producers of KAABOO and the San Diego Padres. Word spread fast during the headliner sets, and by the time the festival concluded, word on street by festival attendees was definitely mixed. KAABOO San Diego will take place next year from September 18-20, 2020 and will be held in downtown San Diego in and around Petco Park.