The final day of KAABOO is sadly upon us and per true protocol embodied pure summertime fun! With a lineup of Sheryl Crow, Cash Cash, Lifehouse, Alec Benjamin, Mumford & Sons, and more – there is so much in store.
Tons of live music, culinary concoctions, experimental libations, artwork and the endless instagrammable moments are only a few of the items that make KAABOO original! Imagine basking with your best friends and enjoying music spanning decades with a Cucumber Lemonade, from Hendrick’s Gin, in hand – pure summertime!
Cash Cash had a crowd of stilt walkers, dinosaur suits and more jumping to the bass drops early in the day. Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians had the crowd jammin’! Closer to the start of the evening the crowd flocked to the Sunset Cliffs to catch the iconic Sheryl Crow!
The artistic genius just released her final album, “Threads,” which will feature no fewer than two dozen guest artists. Among them are a host of legends — from Keith Richards, Mavis Staples and Eric Clapton to James Taylor, Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D and former Encinitas resident Joe Walsh, along with such and younger stars as Maren Morris, St. Vincent and San Diego’s Andra Day. She has always said that music is one of the many things that she loves, she even told the San Diego Tribune that it’s part of her DNA.
“That’s one of the arguments for my having this be my last album,” Crow said. “And that is that there is a real art form to making a fully realized artist statement with an album that has a beginning, a middle and an end. An album should flow and take you on a journey, so that — when all is said and done — you feel like you’ve been somewhere.”
“So making my ‘Threads’ album felt, to me, like a wonderful artistic statement that would be impossible to follow up,” Crow continued. Seeing Sheryl Crow play at KAABOO was like seeing her decade legacy come to life. Before playing the crowd favorite “All I Wanna Do,” Crow gave a shout out to LA and quickly reminisced. Throughout her incredible set Crow strutted from each corner connecting with fans as she delve into all of her hits!
Grammy Award-winners Mumford & Sons closed the Sunset Cliffs stage with an incredible performance. The British folk-rock band has been topping the charts with hits for a decade and it is no surprise that they continued to draw in one heck of a crowd.
Of course they played “Little Lion Man” and “Babel” early in their set. They also did a reworked cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt,” which was a surprising addition. Lead singer and guitarist Marcus Mumford led the band through “I Will Wait” and “Delta” to end the show and put a finishing touch on KAABOO Del Mar in 2019.
Next year, the festival has announced that it is moving south to San Diego’s Petco Park. The 2020 music festival is planned for September 18-20.
“As the KAABOO brand and our live event properties continue to grow and evolve, it’s imperative that we continue to deliver an unparalleled experience for our guests by holding KAABOO in a world-class venue with exceptional room for growth,” Jason Felts, managing partner of KAABOO, said in a statement. “The location of Petco Park and its surrounding venues in downtown San Diego provides fans and artists alike the opportunity to enjoy everything that the vibrant metro area has to offer. We couldn’t be more ecstatic about this partnership and our relocation.”
That’s not the only annoucement the festival favorite announced after the festival. KAABOO San Diego will also be under new ownership, Virgin Fest! KAABOO brand fans can expect to continue to enjoy a hospitality-driven KAABOO experience that engages all five senses. The immersive multi-faceted events will maintain the same recipe of delivering world class MUSIC and HUMOR ME comedy lineups; an on-site Contemporary Art Fair in ARTWORK, plus a display of outdoor murals and installations; PALATE gourmet food and craft libation tastings; and a variety of personal indulgences.
While we are sad to say goodbye to Del Mar as it’s been few great years, however we can’t wait to see what lies ahead while the festival is at Petco Park in San Diego! The energy of KAABOO Del Mar has been undeniable! The entertainment – incredible, and the memories – unforgettable. Till next year!