KAABOO Unveils a Superb Lineup in Del Mar for September

The ocean breezes will still be warm, and for another three nights in Del Mar this September 13-15 attendees at the next KAABOO Del Mar will enjoy a range of artists. Even as you move from the headliners to the smaller font support acts, music fans of all stripes will find much to enjoy.

While exact set times have not been revealed, we know that Friday will close with Kings of Leon, Saturday with Dave Matthews Band and Sunday with Mumford & Sons. Sprinkled throughout the three days will be sets from a choice selection of artists across an impressive range of genres.

Little Steven Van Zandt fronting his Disciples of Soul, last year at Humphrey’s (photo by Brad Auerbach)

For classic and legacy artists, how about The Bangles, Squeeze and Duran Duran. In an intriguing coup, two of New Jersey’s most stalwart bands will be bringing their brand of shore music to the left coast. Bruce Springsteen’s stalwart guitarist (and Tony Soprano’s second in command) Little Steven Van Zandt will be fronting his Disciples of Soul. The band consistently delivers a powerful blend of R ‘n B, and we can expect a reprise of “I Am A Patriot” (written by prior KAABOO Del Mar performer Jackson Browne). I am hoping for Van Zandt’s cover of “Shelter” which he co-wrote with Maria McKee, made most famous by her sorely missed band Lone Justice.

The other Joisey shore band sure to provide a stomping set is Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Springsteen and Van Zandt provided early and crucial support of the Jukes, co-writing or producing many of their foundation catalog. We can only wait to see the final schedule, to ascertain if there is any chance of some cross-pollination. After all, on last year’s Disciples of Soul album and tour Van Zandt reworked some of his vintage Asbury Jukes songs.

Leaning to the funk side of the ledger, I am looking forward to seeing what Black Eyed Peas have been up to these days. Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan are also on the lineup, but anyone attending any of those sets should not miss Toots & The Maytals. Toots will likely be the oldest performer of the weekend, and one of the most influential. I first saw him open for The Who in 1975, and he remains a seminal foundation of the reggae movement.

A tossed salad of other artists should provide something for everyone: Sheryl Crow, Sublime w/ Rome, OneRepublic, REO Speedwagon, Boyz II Men, Colbie Caillat, Maren Morris and Switchfoot are other notable acts adorning the poster.

As before, KAABOO offers a range of ticket prices, as well as culinary and comedy offerings that distinguish this festival.

Tickets on sale now.



Brad Auerbach has been a journalist and editor covering the media, entertainment, travel and technology scene for many years. He has written for Forbes, Time Out London, SPIN, Village Voice, LA Weekly and early in his career won a New York State College Journalism Award.