KAABOO Del Mar 2018 Preview

Make Del Mar go Kaaboom with Kaaboo Del Mar, Friday-Sunday, September 14th-16th....

KAABOO Del Mar 2018 Preview

Make Del Mar go Kaaboom with KAABOO Del Mar, Friday-Sunday, September 14th-16th:



Sunset Cliffs Stage

Foo Fighters, 8:25 PM – 9:55 PM

For some people, Dave Grohl will always be, first and foremost, the drummer of Nirvana, but he’s forged a massively successful career fronting his own Foo Fighters (QRO photos at a festival) for over fifteen years now. Along with former Sunny Day Real Estate bassist Nate Mendel and Pat Smear (of iconic punk act The Germs), they’re up to record number nine with last year’s ambitious Concrete and Gold (QRO review), 2014’s Sonic Highways (QRO review) and 2001’s Wasting Light (QRO review).

There has even been pseudo-Nirvana reunions, like Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Nevermind producer Butch Vig on Wasting, plus Grohl’s documentary & album about their old recording studio, Sound City (QRO album review). More recently, Grohl broke his leg on stage, finished the performance, toured with his leg in a cast while sitting on a specially made throne, and more!
Foo Fighters
Halsey, 8:25 PM – 7:55 PM

Killer pop singer Halsey (QRO photos) could probably headline KAABOO herself, if she weren’t just coming off tour with Bruno Mars. She’s got hits like last year’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom and “Bad at Love”, not to mention her 2016 “Closer” with Chainsmokers, though it can’t match her teaming up with Charli X to cover The Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” (QRO photos of that at a festival).
Jimmy Eat World, 4:55 PM – 5:55 PM

Jimmy Eat World (QRO photos) set the standard for emo-rock in 2001 with Bleed American and “The Middle” (QRO video). Though have never lived up to that (but did play it & prior Clarity in full – QRO live review), 2010’s Invented (QRO review) and songs like “Movielike” (QRO video) and “Coffee and Cigarettes” (QRO video) still kept the band in the top tier of emo – though they’ve kept repeating themselves with 2013’s Damage (QRO review) and the subsequent tour (QRO live review). They come to KAABOO Del Mar (QRO photos at a festival) after the 2016 release of Integrity Blues (QRO review).


The Spencer Lee Band, 3:30 PM – 4:25 PM

Jimmy Eat World

MGM Resorts Grandview Stage

Post Malone, 7:55 PM – 9:25 PM

While best known for being a breakout hip-hop artist, Post Malone (QRO photos) traffics in many genres. He comes to Kaaboo Del Mar (QRO photos at a festival) after 2016’s debut full-length, Stoney.
Post Malone
Incubus, 6:10 PM – 7:25 PM

A band that’s been more successful than you realize, for longer than you realize, is Incubus (QRO live review). Deftly balancing between styles and scenes, acceptable to the mainstream and the indiesphere, Incubus (QRO photos) come behind last year’s eighth studio album 8. So catch Incubus (QRO photos) at KAABOO Del Mar (QRO photos) – If Not Now, When? (QRO review).
Gucci Mane, 4:40 PM – 5:40 PM

Along with the likes of T.I. & Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane (QRO photos at a festival) pioneered the trap music style of hip-hop. Of course, he’s had his problems with the law, as well as fellow trap rappers like Young Jeezy and Waka Flocka Flame. He comes to KAABOO Del Mar (QRO photos at a festival) behind 2016’s The Return of East Atlanta Santa album, last year’s collaboration with Metro Boomin, DropTopWop, and his Billboard Hot 100 #1 single “Black Beatles”, with Rae Sremmurd.
Gucci Mane
Nelly, 3:10 PM – 4:10 PM

Nelly is more than just a chart-topping, Grammy-winning rapper. The man who told us it was “Hot In Herre” and to cool down with some “Pimp Juice” has his own clothing lines & more, and is one of the top five best-selling rappers in American history.
Everclear, 1:55 PM – 2:40 PM

The nineties wouldn’t have been the nineties without Everclear (QRO photos). Art Alexakis’ three-piece gave the decade some of its most iconic songs in “Heroin Girl”, “Santa Monica”, and “Father of Mine”. If they’ve never really left that decade, revisiting again & again with such unnecessary releases as Return to Santa Monica, the old songs are still great, like on their annual nineties nostalgia ‘Summerland’ tours (QRO photos).


BMW Encinitas Trestles Stage

Blondie, 7:15 PM – 8:45 PM

One of the most veteran acts out there is the one-and-only Blondie (QRO live review outdoors). Deborah Harry and Chris Stein helped found American New Wave in the seventies and early eighties, before Harry went solo. But in 1997 the group (QRO live review) reunited to great success (QRO photos at a festival) – including induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, live shows (QRO live review), and new albums, most recently last year’s Pollinator.
Tower of Power, 5:35 PM – 6:45 PM

Celebrating their fiftieth year, Oakland’s Tower of Power have been bringing the horns and answering their question, “What Is Hip?”.
Tower of Power
The Zombies, 4:05 PM – 5:05 PM

The iconic Zombies (QRO photos at a festival) pre-date even George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead. The British pop group (QRO photos outdoors) have been a band for more than fifty years (and do look it – QRO photos), for whom it is always the “Time of the Season”.
The Zombies
The English Beat, 2:35 PM – 3:35 PM

One of the seminal acts in the early eighties British Two-Tone ska movement, The Beat were a hit in their native country before their 1983 break-up. In the twenty-first century, there have been two editions, U.K.’s The Beat and America’s The English Beat (QRO live review), the latter of which come to KAABOO Del Mar behind their PledgeMusic funded reunion record, Here We Go Love.
The English Beat

Courtship., 1:35 PM – 2:05 PM


Humor Me Stage

Craig Ferguson, 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM

“Here come tha playas!” Scotland’s Craig Ferguson first made his name stateside as evil boss Nigel Wick on The Drew Carey Show, but really found his groove hosting The Late Late Show, which featured his fascinating story monologues, hilarious responses to e-mails & tweets, talking puppets, challenging his guests to random questions for real money, a pantomime horse, and a talking robot skeleton sidekick. No word if said Geoff Peterson will accompany him, but Ferguson comes to KAABOO Del Mar with his strong stand-up.
Craig Ferguson

Tom Papa, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Nikki Glaser, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Erik Griffin, 2:00 M – 3:00 PM

Nikki Glaser

Bai Silent Disco

DJ Will Hernandez, 11:10 PM – 12:25 AM

DJ Murphi Kennedy, 9:55 PM – 11:10 PM

DJ Will Hernandez

Virgin presents Tourmaline Stage

Katie Toupin, 6:45 PM – 7:15 PM

Charlie Overbey, 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM

Sitting On Stacy, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Hunter & The Dirty Jacks, 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Diego’s Umbrella, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Katie Toupin

San Pellegrino Palate Stage

Michelle Bernstein, 5:50 PM – 6:45 PM

Richard Blais, 4:45 PM – 5:40 PM

Tom Papa, 3:35 PM – 4:15 PM

Aaron Caddel & Rene Montelongo of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, 2:45 PM – 3:20 PM

Tom Papa

Wet Republic Bask Stage

Erick Diaz, 7:25 PM – 7:55 PM

Cheyenne Giles, 5:40 PM – 6:10 PM

Knock 2, 4:10 PM – 4:40 PM

DJ C-Riz, 2:40 PM – 3:10 PM
Erick Diaz




Sunset Cliffs Stage

Imagine Dragons, 8:25 PM – 9:55 PM

From Las Vegas comes big-name alternative outfit Imagine Dragons (QRO photos). They played seemingly every late night show out there off of 2012’s debut Night Visions, which shows what having a major label behind you (QRO photos) can do for a new band (QRO photos). They’ve only gotten bigger (QRO photos) with 2015’s Smoke + Mirrors (including playing Amnesty International ‘Bring Human Rights Home’ – QRO photos – and even appearing in the series premiere of the unfortunately short-lived new Muppets show) and last year’s Evolve, and now headline KAABOO Del Mar (QRO photos at a festival).
Imagine Dragons
N.E.R.D., 6:55 PM – 7:55 PM

Hip-hop trio No-one Ever Really Dies, a.k.a. N.E.R.D., formed in 1999 between Shay Haley, Chad Hugo, and Pharrell Williams, with hit records like 2004’s Fly or Die and 2008’s Seeing Sounds. They went on hiatus in 2010, various solo projects (most notably Williams, with hits like the Oscar-nominated “Happy”), but reunited for last December’s No One Ever Really Dies, and now hit KAABOO Del Mar.
Stone Temple Pilots, 5:10 PM – 6:25 PM

One of the most successful and important bands of the early nineties alt-grunge era, Stone Temple Pilots were the perfect mix of alt-rock and harder rock on records like 1992’s Core and 1994’s Purple. The nineties ended, and so did the band, but they reunited in 2008 (QRO reunion photos at a festival) and put out Stone Temple Pilots (QRO review).

Unfortunately, issues with singer/frontman Scott Weiland (QRO solo live review) lead to him getting kicked out of the band in 2013 (and he later died). Weiland was replaced by Chester Bennington of Linkin Park (QRO live review with Bennington) in a pretty successful ‘replace your most famous member’, but eventually Bennington returned to Linkin Park (and himself died).

Last year, STP recruited X Factor breakout star Jeff Gutt for this year’s new self-titled album (QRO review). Now, the new new Stone Temple Pilots (QRO photos with Gutt) come to KAABOO Del Mar.
Stone Temple Pilots
Robert DeLong, 3:40 PM – 4:40 PM

Nicely mixing between his indie-rock background and his moombahton love, Robert DeLong (QRO photos at a festival) will have all the kids dancing early at KAABOO Del Mar (QRO photos at a festival).
Robert DeLong
SWMRS, 2:10 PM – 3:10 PM

Oakland punks SWMRS (QRO photos) fashion their own brand of rock.


Fitness, 12:40 PM – 1:40 PM


MGM Resorts Grandview Stage

Earth, Wind & Fire, 7:55 PM – 9:25 PM

You already know Earth, Wind & Fire (QRO photos). One of the most successful bands of the seventies, they brought R&B, soul, and funk to the masses without diluting it. They were the first African-American act to sell out Madison Square Garden. They played Obama’s White House. And now the living legends come to KAABOO Del Mar.
Earth, Wind & Fire
Billy Idol, 5:55 PM – 7:25 PM

Saturday will be a nice day for Billy Idol (QRO photos at a festival). Possessing maybe the definite punk look (QRO photos), Idol (QRO photos at a festival) was one of the first stars for MTV (back when it played music), thanks to his “Rebel Yell”.
Billy Idol
Big Boi, 4:25 PM – 5:25 PM

Still probably best known for being one-half of massively successful duo OutKast (QRO photos at a festival), Big Boi (QRO photos at a festival) first showed off his solo skills (QRO photos at a festival) in the Speakerboxx half of OutKast’s 2003’s double-LP, Speakerboxx/The Love Below (the latter half being partner Andre 3000’s own solo debut). But the hip-hop artist (QRO photos) went out with his own (QRO photos at a festival), fully solo Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty in 2011 and Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors the following year. More recently, he teamed up with Phantogram as ‘Big Grams’ (QRO photos at a festival), but has since returned to his solo work with last year’s Boomiverse.
Big Boi
Bebe Rexha, 3:05 PM – 3:45 PM

Bebe Rexha has penned hits for the likes of Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, David Guetta, and many more, including Eminem & Rihanna’s Grammy-winning single “The Monster”. More recently she has been getting behind the mike herself, collaborating with Florida Georgia Line on “Meant to Be” and putting out her debut full-length Expectations this year.
Bebe Rexha
Soul Asylum, 1:25 PM – 2:25 PM

One of the great hidden secrets of the eighties underground, Minneapolis’ Soul Asylum (QRO spotlight on) finally broke out in 1992 with the seminal Grave Dancer’s Union and songs like “Runaway Train” (even playing Bill Clinton’s inauguration). Even as musical trends have changed, the band (QRO interview) has kept going (QRO photos at a festival), most recently with 2016’s Change of Fortune.
Soul Asylum

CVBZ, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM


BMW Encinitas Trestles Stage

CAKE, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

A band that covers a lot of musical ground, CAKE (QRO live review) draws from more than just the indie-rock well. While best known for singles like “The Distance” and “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”, the repertoire is varied (QRO photos). Look for material old and new at KAABOO Del Mar (QRO photos at a festival), as it looks like they’re finally going to release their first new album since 2011’s Showroom of Compassion.
Melissa Etheridge, 5:20 PM – 6:30 PM

Reviving the singer/songstress/troubadour/leading folk lady of the sixties, Melissa Etheridge (QRO photos) has been a force in American music for decades now, from 1988 breakthrough single “Bring Me Some Water” to recovering from breast cancer & playing 2005 Grammy Awards bald from chemotherapy to winning an Oscar for “I Need To Wake Up” from An Inconvenient Truth.
Melissa Etheridge
The Wailers, 3:50 PM – 4:50 PM

Bob Marley formed The Wailers and brought reggae to the world – and, as Michael said on Lost, “Who don’t like Bob Marley?” The Wailers (QRO photos) have kept going strong (QRO live review) long after Marley’s death, so pass the dutchee to the left-hand side, mon…
The Wailers
Better Than Ezra, 2:20 PM – 3:20 PM

One of the most enjoyable acts out of the early nineties alt-rock boom, Better Than Ezra have kept on going, all for the “Good”.
Better Than Ezra

Emily Warren, 1:05 PM – 1:50 PM

Raelee Nikole, 12:05 PM – 12:35 PM

Emily Warren

Humor Me Stage

Iliza Shlesinger, 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM

The 2008 winner of Last Comic Standing, Ilza Shlesinger has gone on to host syndicated dating show Excused, TBS game show Separation Anxiety, and her own late-night talk show on Freeform, Truth & Iliza.
Iliza Shlesinger
Craig Robinson, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

The Office had a whole host of actors who made their name on it and went on to do much more, like Craig Robinson, who played Darryl Philbin on The Office – and could also be seen on screen in Hot Tub Time Machine (okay, don’t hold that against him…).
Craig Robinson

Whitney Cummings, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Louie Anderson, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Orny Adams with Ari Mannis, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Whitney Cummings

Bai Silent Disco

DJ Murphi Kennedy, 11:10 PM – 12:25 AM

DJ Will Hernandez, 9:55 PM – 11:10 PM

DJ Will Hernandez

Virgin presents Tourmaline Stage

Stealing Oceans, 7:20 PM – 8:00 PM

The National Parks, 6:10 PM – 6:40 PM

Shane Hall, 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Ray Goren, 3:50 PM – 4:20 PM

Mamafesta, 2:40 PM – 3:10 PM

Oblivion Her Majesty, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Creature Canyon, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Stealing Oceans

The National Parks

San Pellegrino Stage

Marc Forgione, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Troy Johnson, 3:10 PM – 3:50 PM

Joe Sasto III, 2:15 PM – 2:55 PM

Ryan Gilbert, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Marc Forgione

Wet Republic Bask Stage

DJ Byrd, 7:25 PM – 7:55 PM

Cheyenne Giles, 5:25 PM – 5:55 PM

FOMO, 3:45 PM – 4:25 PM

Erick Diaz, 2:25 PM – 3:05 PM

DJ Bryan Kato, 1:00 PM – 1:25 PM

Erick Diaz




Sunset Cliffs Stage

Katy Perry, 7:30 PM – 9:05 PM

Do you really need to be told who Katy Perry (QRO photos) is? She’s only one of the biggest music stars out there right now, from “I Kissed a Girl” to massive hit Teenage Dream (QRO review) and last year’s more electro-pop Witness. She’s also done everything from television judging to benefits (QRO photos at a benefit) to singing for Hillary Clinton to voicing Smurfette. Get ready for her amazing, colorful stage show as she headlines the final night of KAABOO Del Mar (QRO photos headlining a festival).
Katy Perry
Wiz Khalifa, 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM

The Pittsburgh singer/rapper upset about as many fans as he gained with his move from stoner rap into bona-fide pop music, but he is what he is. Wiz (QRO photos outdoors) makes music that’s fun to listen to, including his team-up with Snoop Dogg, Mac & Devin Go To High School (QRO review), or his hit Furious 7 single “See You Again”, even if it’s rarely thought provoking or based in anything other than weed or girls. One thing’s for certain, he (QRO photos) will never run out of marijuana-based puns.
Wiz Khalifa
Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Oh, you know Slash (QRO live review). The iconic guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, with his trademark top hat, sunglasses, and long hair (to go with a name so well known Conan O’Brien uses it when showing urls), with the epic solo in “November Rain” and seminal riff in “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. He’s done lots else, including supergroup Velvet Revolver, solo records with a murder’s row of contributors, and even recently burying the hatchet with GNR singer Axl Rose for their legendary reunion.

Slash (QRO photos) comes to KAABOO Del Mar with his band The Conspirators and lead singer Myles Kennedy, behind solo albums like this year’s Living the Dream, 2014’s World on Fire (QRO review), and 2012’s Apocalyptic Love (QRO review).
TLC, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

We all want “No Scrubs”, as TLC made sure everyone knew in the nineties, becoming the best-selling girl group in America along the way. The trio endured the death of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, with Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas continuing on as a duo, including last year’s self-titled album.
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Tennessee’s Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors (QRO photos at a festival) brings the Americana rock of last year’s Souvenir to KAABOO Del Mar.


Elize Trouw, 12:25 PM – 1:00 PM

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

MGM Resorts Grandview Stage

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Coming to KAABOO Del Mar is the legendary Robert Plant (QRO photos). While he’ll always be best known as the singer/frontman of Led Zeppelin, he’s also crafted a very successful solo career for over thirty years now, not to mention teams up ‘Page and Plant’ in the nineties (with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page) and, more recently, with Alison Krauss in Raising Sand, 2011 Grammy winner for Album of the Year.

And while he’ll always be best known for virtually giving birth to hard rock, his post-Zeppelin work has allowed him to venture into folk and blues, such as on 2010’s Band of Joy (QRO review) and subsequent tour (QRO live review) – and he comes to KAABOO behind his latest outfit, the Sensational Space Shifters (QRO photos at a festival) and last year’s Carry Fire.
Robert Plant
Alice In Chains, 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM

Yet another seminal early nineties rock act (with lead singer difficulties) playing KAABOO Del Mar ’18, Alice In Chains (QRO photos) came out of the nineties grunge scene with records like Facelift, Dirt, and Jar of Flies – their song “Would” was even in the very-of-its-era Singles.

Unfortunately, frontman Layne Staley’s drug abuse sent the band into hibernation before his 2002 death (followed later by bassist/Celebrity Rehab patient Mike Starr), but the rest of the group has kept going (QRO photos), with new singer William DuVall, including new records like this year’s Rainier Fog.
Alice In Chains
The All-American Rejects, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Straight outta Stillwater, Oklahoma, The All-American Rejects (QRO photos) found mainstream rock success almost from the start with their 2003 self-titled debut, and have kept that going (though they recently left their major label).
The All-American Rejects
Quinn XCII, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Detroit’s Mikael Temrowski mixes a slew of genres as Quinn XCII.


Chelsea Culter, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

David Francisco, 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Quinn XCII

BMW Encinitas Trestles Stage

Jewel, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Yet another KAABOO Del Mar ’18 artist that you don’t need to be told about, Jewel burst out of the backwoods of Alaska in 1995 with Pieces of You and “Who Will Save Your Soul”. She’s endured the ups & downs of the music industry, particularly its poor treatment of women, quite well, stretching into country, not to mention poetry & acting.
WAR, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Now coming up on fifty years, Eric Burdon’s (QRO solo live review) WAR came up from the free form streets, as they’ve shifted members, but kept true to their roots.
Candlebox, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Yep, Candlebox (QRO photos at a festival), the MTV-ready rock band to emerge from early nineties grunge may have broken up at the end of that decade/century/millennium, but of course reunited, most recently putting out Disappearing in Airports in 2016.

Elvin Bishop, 1:25 PM – 2:25 PM

Bay Ledges, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Elvin Bishop

Humor Me Stage

Judd Apatow & Friends, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

One of the most successful comedic directors of this age, Judd Apatow has given the world everything from Knocked Up to Girls, not to mention producing everything from Anchorman to Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He comes to KAABOO Del Mar with “Friends”, which could be just about everyone from underground comics to wife Leslie Mann to Ron Burgundy.
Judd Apatow

Kevin Nealon, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Pauly Shore, 1:15 PM – 2:15 PMQRO photos at a festival

Pauly Shore

Virgin presents Tourmaline Stage

Sully, 5:40 PM – 6:20 PM

Boulevards, 4:30 PM – 5:00 PMQRO photos at a festival

Sweet Tooth, 3:20 PM – 3:50 PM

Tall Heights, 2:10 PM – 2:40 PM

Vista Kicks, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

L.A. Edwards, 11:50 AM – 12:20 PM


Sweet Tooth

San Pellegrino Palate Stage

Ludo Lefebvre, 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Daniela Soto-Innes, 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Brian Malarkey, 3:0 PM – 3:50 PM

Jessica Koslow, 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Evan Estrada, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Ludo Lefebvre

Wet Republic Bask Stage

Cheyenne Giles, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM

DJ Will Hernandez, 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM

DJ Murphi Kennedy, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

FOMO, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Erick Diaz, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM
DJ Will Hernandez




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