Another successful KAABOO Del-Mar has come to an end. Attendees were given the ultimate festival experience full of great food, great art, and of course, great music. While all three nights of the festival featured top notch bands on the main stage, it was the women who ruled Saturday and Sunday.
Pink closed out the first night of KAABOO 2017 with an exciting and fun-filled show. The audience was taken on a journey through Pink’s greatest-hits, “Get This Party Started” kicked off her set to do just that. The crowd sang along to all the greats, “Try,” “F-in Perfect,” and her newest song “What About Us.” But the question buzzing around all day was whether or not she would be doing her high-flying acrobatics. Just when it seemed as though she would be staying grounded, her encore “So What” brought the singer soaring high above the KAABOO audience. An exciting ending to an exciting set.
The second day of the three-day festival served up a double dose of strong women. Garbage hit the stage in the early evening, Shirley Manson’s fiery red hair set ablaze by the setting sun. The alt-rock band hit the scene in the mid-nineties with “Only Happy When It Rains,” and “Stupid Girl,” introducing us to Scottish badass, Shirley Manson. Duke Erikson (guitar and keyboard), Stevie Marker (guitars), and Butch Vig (drums) complete the Garbage line-up. And on Saturday the band rocked KAABOO’s Sunset Cliffs stage.
“No Horses,” “Sex is Not the Enemy,” and “#1 Crush” kicked off the hour and fifteen-minute rock and roll set. Manson left the stage many times to sing amongst the crowd. “You know I like to come out there and see you all because when I look back, I see my beautiful band,” she explained. Going on to say the band has worked together for nearly 24 years now. “They’re like my brothers.” Fans were in their glory as all the favorites were played — “I Think I’m Paranoid,” “Cherry Lips,” and “Special” ushered in a downright grungy performance of “Why Do You Love Me.”
Manson is proof that women can rock just as hard, or we like to think, even harder than the men. During one of her speeches, Manson encourages girls to go out and start a band. “You go places, that sometimes in our culture traditionally speaking, women don’t get to go.” She even thanked the KAABOO audience for giving “an old bitch” like her a chance.
Alanis Morissette took to the stage Sunday evening ahead of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The Canadian singer/songwriter dug deep into everyone’s ’90s memories and pulled out the splintered pieces of heartbreak. Morissette is an intense performer, bouncing back and forth from one side of the stage to the other. When she wasn’t sporting a bejeweled electric guitar she was throwing herself into every word she sang. The KAABOO crowd was feeling it, singing along to all their favorite Morissette ballads. Something cosmic happens when tens of thousands of people come together and share in an artist’s work.
Morissette also played an hour and fifteen-minute set, starting with “Forgiven” and “21 Things I Want in a Lover.” There were a lot of Morissette fans in the audience, and they were sure to let her know. Many “I love you’s” came out of the sea of people. “Ironic” was sure to be a crowd pleaser, and it did not disappoint. KAABOO broke out into a giant sing-a-long, leaving Morissette visibly affected. There was a fun back and forth happening with the former raven-haired singer/songwriter and fans. She would sing a line and the audience would pick up the next. It’s what I imagine every artist dreams of hearing. Morissette was the perfect artist to keep the KAABOO audience energized while waiting for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. As the sun set on the final day of KAABOO, Morissette closed her set with “Thank U.”
KAABOO is a festival you don’t want to miss. Early Bird passes are already available for next year’s event. Keep September 14-16, 2018 open, and get your passes at kaaboodelmar.com.