KAABOO Del Mar Review - The Full 'Mix-Perience'

 

A general view of the atmosphere at Trestles during the 2016 KAABOO Del Mar at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on September 17 2016 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by Brian Spady/WireImage for Kaaboo Del Mar via imageSPACE)

Thousands flocked to the race track this past weekend for the 'Mix-Perience' of a lifetime, KAABOO Del Mar . Over 75,000 attendees enjoyed  an incredible musical lineup, craft libations, hilarious comedians, inspiring contemporary art,  personal indulgences, and more over the course of the weekend.

 

KAABOO merged with Virgin Produced to create the official experience video, highlighting the best moments from the 3-day event, including behind the scenes action, sneak peeks at never before seen content and exclusive artist interviews.

 

"This partnership is a great opportunity for us to join a like-minded, incredible experience that brings multiple generations of people together,” explains Jason Felts. “There is something for everyone, from kids to parents, grand-parents or business partners, and it provides the opportunity to come together in a music festival event that is relevant to all of us." The one-of-a-kind partnership will merge like-minded people to heighten their KAABOO experience.

Musician Ludacris performs on the Encore Stage during the 2016 KAABOO Del Mar at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on September 17, 2016 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by Chris Tuite /WireImage for Kaaboo Del Mar via imageSPACE)

 

The festival managed to squeeze almost 40 hours packed full with memories and it has all of the makings of a "comfortable" event.  Notable acts included:  Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, Aerosmith, Capital Cities, The Chainsmokers, Ludacris, Steve Aoki, Jack Johnson, Fall Out Boy, Atlas Genius, Echosmith, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Citizen Cope, Grouplove, Lenny Kravitz, Flo Rida, Third Eye Blind,and many more. 

Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith perform on the Sunset Cliffs stage during the 2016 KAABOO Del Mar at the Del Mar Racetrack on September 17, 2016 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage for Kaaboo Del Mar via imageSPACE)

Over the weekend guests were able to take in the ArtworK from various artists over the festival while challenging their palates to exquisite cuisine. Local and regional delicacies, delectable with sprits from exclusive wineries, craft distilleries, and local craft beers brought a sense for a true taste of San Diego while onsite.  The experience showcased a variety of live mural paintings, installations, and exhibitions from over 100 globally acclaimed artists.

 

Take a look at Pow! Wow! Antelope Valley, supported by the Lancaster Museum of Art and History and Thinkspace Gallery. Featured artists are Amandalynn and MEGGS. Photo Credit: @bshigeta Project: Mural festival supported by @moahlancaster @thinkspacegallery @powwowworldwide

 “It is extremely fulfilling to see the diversity that we’ve brought in with ArtworK 2016,” says Ariel Gordon, ArtworK Director. “You can be a seasoned collector or a casual culture buff, or anything in between…there will be something for every KAABOO-goer to discover. I’ve already got my eyes on a few works.”

 

Over the festival grounds guests will view works from over 100 artists, including but not limited to: Askew (New Zealand), Caratoes (China), Vans the Omega  (Australia), N.C. Winters  (Carlsbad, CA),Lauren YS  (Oakland, CA), 1010  (Germany), Aaron Li-Hill  (New York), Jet Martinez  (Oakland, CA), Tatiana Suarez  (Miami, FL), Jason Botkin  (Canada), Amandalynn  (San Francisco, CA), Ian Ross  (Marin, CA), Aaron Glasson  (New Zealand), Kamea Hadar.

A general view of the Rock'N Chef Competition at the LOCALE stage during the 2016 KAABOO Del Mar on September 17, 2016 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage for Kaaboo Del Mar via imageSPACE)

A few of the participating Palate Restaurants are: Alforon, Angel's Salumi & Truffles, BCN, Beerfish, Bobboi Natural Gelato, Bottega Americano, Bugsy BBQ, Buona Forchetta, Ca'Momi, Chef Javier Plascencia's Booth, Cream, Jake's Del Mar, JINYA Ramen Bar, JSix, Lanai Island Grinds, Poseidon, Puesto, Roti Rolls, Searsucker, Seaside Market, So Rich Chocolate, and many more.

 

Featured Chefs at KAABOO were: Richard Blais, Brian Malarkey, Josiah Citrin, Marcel Vigneron, Timothy Hollingsworth, Ray Garcia, Michael Fiorelli, Steve Samson, and many more.

 

If guests need to take a break from the festival they can dip into INDULGENCES. Presented in partnership with MEET ME AT THE SPA, this experience is unique in the fact that they can take a little "me-time," to refresh.

DJ/Producer Steve Aoki performs on the Encore Stage during the 2016 KAABOO Del Mar at the Del Mar Racetrack on September 17, 2016 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage for Kaaboo Del Mar via imageSPACE)

Although there was shade and seating, actual restrooms, minimal dirt, dust and mud this festival still has a lot of growing to do. Main lows over the course of the weekend dealt with scheduling and traffic flow.  A perfect example of that was when Aerosmith and The Chainsmokers played at the exact same time and ended at the same time. This not only caused attendees to miss the act but also caused a major delay with traffic flow in the parking lot. The festival could learn a thing or two from its fellow competitors such as Coachella, Life Is Beautiful, and Outsidelands. KAABOO will return next year as they have a contract and promises to look into these matters. We can only hope that the third time is the charm!

 

Tickets are now available to be purchased by clicking HERE.

 

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