Thursday, August 18, 2016

Kaaboo Del Mar 2016: It's much more than a Music Festival, It's a Happening

On it's second go round, Kaaboo Del Mar is once again serving up a potpourri of A-list musical talent that is diverse and appealing to a wide audience. Appearing on the first day Friday Sept.16th, some of the main headliners are Jimmy Buffet, Fall Out Boy, and Daryl Hall & and John Oates.

Saturday is equally exciting with Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, and The Avett Brothers.There will be an abundant amount of excellent music.

In addition, 16 very talented comedians will be appearing at the Humor Me indoor Comedy Club during the three days including Brian Posehn, Jeff Ross and Cheech and Chong.

Also appearing will be the musicians who participated and won their spot in the Discovery Tour. The tour took place in various venues in San Diego in July and August. The last installment of the Tour was at The Music Box in Little Italy on August 13th. The audience voted for the band they most want to see at playing at Kaaboo. This gives some local unsigned bands a great chance to perform on a major stage in a stellar event.

Another significant feature is Kaaboo Palate. It boasts a culinary line-up featuring  an extraordinary group of Chefs including Top Chef All Stars winner Richard Blais of Juniper & Ivy, and Top Chef finalist  Brian Malarkey who recently opened his newest restaurant  Herb & Wood. You will find a wonderful mix of rustic upscale cuisine. Here again the festival provides an outstanding variety from the make-your-own, seafood, to food demonstrations, and for the sweet tooth ice cream, candy bars etc. Not to be forgotten are the sampling of Tequila, vodka, and local craft beers.

Please check out the website as there is a full listing of the featured mural & sculpture artists, jewelry makers, photographers, contemporary painters, watercolor artists, mixed- media, wood inlay and resin painters, There will be 80 artist, too many to mention.

Enough said. Check the website and purchase your tickets. It's only a few weeks away. The Hang Ten option is sold out, but Hang Five and The Hang Loose are still available.

You don't want to miss this!!!  Hope to see you there.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dead & Company at the Sleep Train Amphitheater

Zooming towards the end of their summer tour, Dead & Company made a stop at the Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista.As always, the Amphitheater is a spectacular place for a concert with it's great seating,  views and sound system.

The evening began with a spirited rendition of "Iko Iko", the catchy fun tune made famous in the early 1960's by the girl group The Dixie Cups.  Bob Weir's vocals sounded great. Their energy was infectious as the band transitioned into" Minglewood Blues", and the rest of set one, two,  and the encore "Black Muddy Water".

John Mayer gave an impressive performance loaded with polished  guitar playing and  vocals that jelled well with the band.  The heart of the group features guitarist Bob Weir, drummer Bill Kreutzmann, percussionist Mickey Hart, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, and  bass player Otiel Burbridge. The whole crew sounded amazing, moving  back and fourth between electronic psychedelic sounds, blues and rock.  All this including a phenomenal, colorful light show happening throughout the evening.

NBA Hall of Famer and Grateful Dead fan  Bill Walton was on hand. It's easy to spot the 6' 11" famous local  "Dead Head" fan.

The final show of the tour  is on Saturday July 30, at The Shoreline  Amphitheater in Mountain View, Ca.

Dead & Company Set List  ~  July 27, 2016
Set 1:                                                                              
 1 .  Iko Iko
 2.   Minglewood Blues
 3.   Candyman
 4.   Big River
 5.   Friend of the Devil
 6.   Even So
 7.   Sugaree
  8.  The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
 9.  Jam
10.  Truckin'
11.  Althea
12.  Estimated Prophet
13.  Playing in the Band
14.  Drums
15.  Space
16.  Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad
17.  A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
18.  Throwing Stones
19.  Black Muddy River

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Oteil Burbridge
John Mayer
John Mayer

John Mayer, Bill Kreutzmann & Bob Weir
Mickey Hart
Two fans on their way into the Sleep Train Amphitheater for the concert  7/27/2016.

Maggie Rose at The House of Blues

The Voodoo Room at The House of Blues in San Diego was the perfect place to enjoy and discover the talent that is Maggie Rose Durante aka Maggie Rose. Although it was not a full house, that did not matter. It only made the concert more intmately appealing. The twenty eight year old Maryland born singer sounded first-rate and looked stunning. The band was also  superb.

Maggie Rose is carving out a place for herself in the country-blues music genre. Her songs are memorable, distinctive and showcase her singer-songwriter, producer talents. She has a genuine, reciprocated rapport with the audience. She performed songs from her well received  2013 debut 10 track album "Cut to Impress" and also threw in several covers. Especially touching was the ballard "Better." Another stand-out was the cool, dark  "Preachers Daughter" as well as the haunting "Love Me More." Maggie Rose says she was influenced by Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert.

She deserves to be taken seriously and included in the top-notch current group of country female singers. This coming August she will be performing her 36th appearance at the Grand Old Opry. Her current tour will be ending October 22.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Atlas Genius at the Birch Aquarium

Back in 2013 Adelaide, South Australia Atlas Genius released their immensely popular debut album When It Was Now. Their first effort featured two successful singles "If So" and "Trojans". The bands follow-up album Inanimate Objects hit the airwaves back in August 2015 and it has been well received.

Lead by brothers  Keith and Michael  Jeffery, the band has have been touring extensively  and will continue to do so adding dates throughout the summer.  On June 15, Atlas Genius performed at the amazing outdoor Birch Aquarium stage. The beautiful atmosphere only heightened the experience by the Indie-punk rockers who not only performed their work, but did a very adept cover of the Tears for Fear classic  "Everybody Wants To Rule The World".  Keith Jeffery, the lead vocalist had an energetic rapport with audience. The band as a whole was on point, balanced  and very entertaining.

****** ATLAS GENIUS****** is appearing September 18th, at KAABOO DEL MAR!!!

Setlist below.

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