KAABOO Highlights...So Far

How do you begin to describe a couple of days packed with artists like Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, Fall Out Boy, Gavin Degraw, Flo Rida, Grouplove, Goo Goo Dolls, Echosmith and comedians like Vanessa Bayer, Sarah Silverman and Taylor Williamson? One word: incredible. Or in another word: KAABOO.

We could leave it at that, but here's a few of our highlights: 

 The Chainsmokers performing on Saturday, September 17 at KAABOO on the Grandview Stage.

The Chainsmokers performing on Saturday, September 17 at KAABOO on the Grandview Stage.

1.) The Chainsmokers

It's been a hot year for DJ/producer duo, scoring their first #1 with Halsey for song of the summer "Closer," performing at the MTV Awards and teasing a new collaboration with Coldplay's Chris Martin. The result? A mammoth-sized dancing crowd for their high-energy set at KAABOO. Quite honestly, I've never been a huge fan of dance/electronic music (blame it on the fact that I can't dance, maybe), but last night changed my mind. The energy was infectious, and the visuals were mind-blowing. The Chainsmokers are the kind of act that feel as important to modern music as The Weeknd, because they are defying rules and boundaries to create something new, sonically stunning and influencing the rest of the industry. 

 Taylor Williamson performed on Saturday, September 17 on the Humor Me stage at KAABOO.

Taylor Williamson performed on Saturday, September 17 on the Humor Me stage at KAABOO.

2.) Taylor Williamson

Performing a comedy set at 12:15 pm on a Saturday morning can't be an easy task. The crowd is still waking up from the night before, you're essentially the first performer of the day, and alcohol isn't creating that natural comedic lubrication yet. None of that mattered when America's Got Talent runner-up and Del Mar native, Taylor Williamson, got on stage. At times, it was hard to hear Taylor over the roaring laughter from the crowd. He's quirky, adorable and oh-so-lovable in every way. His set was a mixture of jokes that America fell in love with while he was on AGT and new material that was en pointe. 

 The Goo Goo Dolls performed on the Trestles Stage on Saturday, September 17 at KAABOO.

The Goo Goo Dolls performed on the Trestles Stage on Saturday, September 17 at KAABOO.

3.) Goo Goo Dolls

The Goo Goo Dolls have been a band since before I was born, and yet last night, they put on a show with the energy of a band that's at the height of their career. And I guess in some ways, the Goo Goo Dolls have been on a high since "Iris" hit the airwaves in 1998, winning the band multiple Grammys and forever cementing their place in rock history. The crowd for the Goo Goo Dolls went as far as the eye can see, with thousands of people packed in to catch a beloved band. Musically, the band was incredibly tight, and lead singer Johnny Rzeznik never fails to put on an entertaining show filled with vocals that never tire. 

KAABOO is a Laughing Matter

It's almost here! KAABOO Fest is this weekend. And not that we're counting, but there is only 5 sleeps between now and then. (!!!) There is no shortage of things to be excited about when it comes to this mixperience: music, food, spirits, artwork, Bask, and indulgences like on-site spa treatments and boutique shopping.  

In addition to all of those things, KAABOO is hosting a slew of comedy's most talented names this weekend. When you want to take a break from a little music, pop into Humor Me, the indoor seated comedy club at KAABOO. Here are a few acts you can't miss

1. Vanessa Bayer

No one does a better impression of Miley Cyrus than SNL's very own Vanessa Bayer, but her funny only begins there. There's a reason why she's been a cast favorite for 7 seasons, even being hailed by Rolling Stone as "Saturday Night Live's secret weapon." In addition to her full-time gig, she also has a couple of movies coming out this year. This woman is the definition of #BossLady. We can't wait to see what she brings to the stage at KAABOO.

2. Taylor Williamson

America best remembers Taylor Williamson as a finalist on America's Got Talent and as Heidi Klum's "all-time favorite act"....and crush. Taylor combines his adorable looks with a Zach Galifianakis awkwardness to charm the audience, and he gets it right every single time. 

3. Cheech & Chong

The Grammy Award winning Cheech and Chong are taking the stage at KAABOO, and this is a must-see for any comedy lover. Who wouldn't want to catch a comedy duo that has defined an era? 

4. Dana Carvey

Another legendary comedian, Dana is an Emmy Award-winning SNL alum that has kept audiences laughing since 1981 when he began his career in Los Angeles. He's also the star of Wayne's World, only one of the most iconic comedies ever created. Most recently, he's been making America laugh his impressions of Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Check them out below.

5. Sarah Silverman

One of the most recognizable names on the line-up, Sarah Silverman is not only a hilarious stand-up comedian, she is also a New York Times bestseller, a Grammy nominated artist, and an award-winning actress. (When does she have time to sleep?) 

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5 Acts You Can't Miss at KAABOO Fest

KAABOO Fest is only a little over two weeks away, and we are so excited for the festival to end all festivals. The line-up is stacked with headliners like Aerosmith, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, and Fall Out Boy (to name just a few) but here's a few other names you should know. If you don't already have your tickets, limited passes are still available here (so hurry!)

1. GROUPLOVE

GROUPLOVE has a new record coming out in September called Big Mess, and it completely elevates their sound into a new realm of rock 'n' roll and bad-assery. Bandmates Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucchini just welcomed their first child earlier this year, and they've wasted no time in putting those tunes written when Hannah was pregnant to good use. I caught them at their Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance a couple of weeks ago, and it was pure magic. This is one of those true "live" bands.

2. Judah & the Lion

Nashville rule breakers Judah & the Lion are a little bit hip-hop, a pinch pop and a dash of rock. With an aptly titled sophomore album Folk Hop N RollJudah & the Lion are nothing but pure fun on stage. 

3. The Main Squeeze

This soulful funk group may be from Indiana, but they are pure New Orleans in every musical sense. This will take you to a dark club on Frenchmen St. where the drinks are flowing and the bodies are moving in spite of the summer heat. Legendary producer Randy Jackson agrees-- he's currently putting the finishing touches on this hot group's sophomore album.

4. Citizen Cope

One of my favorite acts on the bill, Citizen Cope has a cult following and with good reason. His bluesy voice paired with emotionally charged lyrics create the perfect fusion. As far as live shows go, Citizen Cope puts on a simply spiritual show. He takes you to church, every single time. 

5. Orianthi

Orianthi is not your average girl. The first female guitarist in Alice Cooper's band, Orianthi is a complete rockstar. She didn't stop there, either. She's graced the cover of guitar magazines, been invited on tour with the late Michael Jackson, and played with icons like Carlos Santana, Slash and Dave Stewart, to name a few. If watching a woman slay on guitar is your thing, don't miss this set.