No Doubt, The Killers and Zac Brown Band will top the bill for the debut edition of Kaaboo Del Mar, the three-day music, food and drink festival that takes place Sept. 18-20 at the Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds.
All three acts have previously headlined at Chula Vista’s nearly 20,000-capacity Sleep Train Amphitheatre. The Killers and Zac Brown Band have also topped the bill at, respectively, the annual Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals in Indio. The Killers, coincidentally, also headlined the 2007 edition of Street Scene, the now-defunct San Diego music festival the producers of Kaaboo have cited as a partial inspiration.
Other confirmed performers for the all-ages Kaaboo include Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Sheryl Crow, The Roots, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Los Lobos and San Diego’s Slightly Stoopid, which holds the record for the most consecutive headlining performances — 7 — by any act to appear at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. The lineup mixes such veteran acts as Heart, X, Ozomatli and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band with newer performers, such as the all-female bluegrass quintet Delta Rae, blue-eyed soul singer Allen Stone and Americana band Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers.
Performances at Kaaboo will take place on 5 outdoor and 2 indoor stages. The largest, the Sunset Cliffs Stage, will face the ocean and can accommodate between 35,000 and 40,000 attendees. All of the stages are named after well-known California surfing spots, among them Trestles and Zuma.
Three-day passes for Kaaboo go on sale at 10 a.m. today, Monday, Feb. 23, on the festival’s website, kaaboodelmar.com. Mirroring a policy successfully established by Coachella and Stagecoach to ensure maximum attendance, no single-day tickets will be sold. The price for passes is $259 per person for general admission and $699 for a VIP package, which includes a Sept. 17 pre-festival concert by Crow and Ed Kowalcyzk. Ticket prices will increase as the festival weekend draws closer.
The Kaaboo lineup numbers 69 bands and solo artists so far (all of whom are listed at the conclusion of this article). That number includes such comedy stars as Lewis Black, Joel McHale, Tin Meadows and Tig Notaro. More than two-dozen additional music and comedy performers will be announced over the next few months.
“When all is said and done, we’ll have over 100 acts,” said Kaaboo mastermind Bryan E. Gordon. He is the founder and chairman of Denver-based The Madison Companies, LLC, a private investment holding company that — according to its website — owns companies and properties worth over $3 billion.
“We wanted to have a real depth and breadth with the lineup, so that it has broad, multi-generational appeal. We’re targeting a demographic of people in their mid-twenties to their sixties, and we wanted bands that would appeal to those different generations. We were also looking to draw heavily upon a pool of bands from Southern California. It was a heavily curated approach to building the lineup.”
Kaaboo's main music talent buyer is Roger LeBlanc, who is based in Nashville and used to book for the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano amd the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Hollywood, among others. Adam Spriggs, who is based in Southern California, helped with some of the music booking and is overseeing the comedy lineup.