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:
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.
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.
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.