DEL MAR — Featuring musical entertainment from rock, rap and R&B to oldies, pop and a basketball MVP, this year’s KAABOO Del Mar has something for everyone.
The lineup, announced March 23, includes Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Pink, Muse, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, David Guetta, Ice Cube, Jason Derulo, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Browne, Kesha, The Wallflowers, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Michael McDonald, Smash Mouth, Dave Mason and Fishbone, to name a few.
Also scheduled to appear at the three-day event Sept. 15-17 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is DJ Diesel, better known as NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. Additional performers, as well as the comedy lineup, will be announced in the coming months.
Described by organizers as an “adult escape” arts and entertainment “mix-perience,” KAABOO features about 100 acts on several stages and includes an onsite pool, a sand beach complete with cabanas, massages, hair and make-up services, hot shaves, an art fair and art exhibits.
Culinary choices are provided by local restaurants, with fried fair food not an option.
Three available passes, not including fees and shipping, are the “Hang Loose,” for $259, the “Hang 5” for $799 and the “Hang 10 VIP” for $2,799. Payment plans are available.
Students and active or veteran service members, their spouses and dependents can receive 10 percent off “Hang Loose” passes.
For every pass sold, $1 will be distributed among organizations with distinct causes in the San Diego area.
Onsite parking is limited. Passes should be purchased in advance and are available for $100 to $200.
In addition to the KAABOO website, tickets are available through the Del Sol Lions Club, with a portion of those sales going back to that organization, which will return the money to the local communities it serves.
Use the link eventbrite.com/e/kaaboo-del-mar-september-15th-17th-2017-tickets-27390611055?aff=DelSolLions. Anyone who already bought tickets can send the confirmation code to the Lions (firstname.lastname@example.org) so the group gets credit.
Going into its third year, KAABOO has not been without past mishaps. A perfect storm of atmospheric conditions on the final day of the inaugural event in 2015 resulted in noise complaints from as far away as Carmel Valley, where residents said their windows shook and they could clearly hear song lyrics.
Organizers went to great lengths to avoid a repeat the following year, including hiring a sound engineering team with members who hold doctorate degrees.
In 2016 they were fairly successful when it came to reducing noise, but there were parking and traffic problems and complaints about ride-sharing access and surge pricing.
And when two popular concerts ended almost simultaneously and crowds from both performances tried to enter anther show one law enforcement officer ended up on the ground, which kicked off a police response that included a hovering helicopter.
In response to previous issues, some of the venues and stages will be relocated for better accessibility and a new director of security with experience working at large venues has been hired.
This year will feature a re-engineered traffic flow plan and improved parking will include additional training for lot attendants.
The drop-off and pickup area for ride-hailing services will be expanded, and KAABOO organizers are working with those companies to address surge pricing.
Other improvements will include additional restrooms in centralized locations, an increased janitorial staff and more ID checkpoints, bars and bartenders in several popular areas.
A total of about 50,000 people attended the inaugural event, less than half of what organizers hoped for. The average attendance last year was approximately 30,000 patrons per day. Ticket sales have always been planned to be capped at 40,000 a day.