Red Hot Chili Peppers Delight KAABOO Del Mar

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Anthony Kiedis, lead singer for Red Hot Chili Peppers, performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone

Highlighted by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the three-day KAABOO Del Mar music, comedy, art and food festival opened Friday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

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Organizers have positioned KAABOO as a more luxurious event than most music festivals, featuring comfortable seating, tasty food and high quality beverages.

Opening night musical acts also included Weezer, Little Hurricane, Smash Mouth, Dave Mason, Kesha and Michael McDonald, the ex-Doobie Brother and solo artist who is enjoying a sudden comeback in popularity.

Fans bathed in blue light sing along to songs played by Red Hot Chili Peppers at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone
Major acts were live-streamed online at kaaboodelmar.com/live, and Channel 10, the ABC affiliate, also carried a live feed on Facebook.

Friday evening’s comics included Arsenio Hall and Patton Oswalt.

Over the weekend, such high-profile artists as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Pink, Muse, Alanis Morissette, Jackson Browne, Norm McDonald and David Spade are scheduled to appear.

The performances will extend to the kitchen, too, with nine celebrity chefs scheduled to take part, including Robert Irvine of the Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible,” chef and author Richard Blais, and Atlanta griller Kevin Gillespie.

VIP passes are sold-out, but regular one-, two- and three-day passes remain available at kaaboodelmar.com. Prices range from $149 to $349, while parking ranges from $35 to $100.

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The organizers suggest taking public transportation. They’ve also arranged for bus service from 17 locations around Southern California, which must be reserved in advance on the website.

— City News Service contributed to this report.

Anthony Kiedis, lead singer for Red Hot Chili Peppers, performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Bass player Michael "Flea" Balzari of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs. Photo by Chris Stonemore
A boy sitting on someone's shoulders records the Red Hot Chili Pepper performance at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Fans enjoy the view of the Sunset Cliffs stage from atop Rosa's Lounge. Photo by Chris Stonemore
The Grandview stage is bathed in colored lights during a performance by David Guetta. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Chad Smith, drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers, signals to the crowd. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Bass player Michael "Flea" Balzari and drummer Chad Smith play for Red Hot Chili Peppers. Photo by Chris Stone more
Anthony Kiedis, lead singer for Red Hot Chili Peppers, performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Fans bathed in blue light sing along to songs played by Red Hot Chili Peppers at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Anthony Kiedis, lead singer for Red Hot Chili Peppers, performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Anthony Kiedis, lead singer for Red Hot Chili Peppers, performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Anthony Kiedis, lead singer for Red Hot Chili Peppers, performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Many people took selfies as they waited for performances. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Smash Mouth lead vocalist Steve Harwell performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
A fan takes a photo with his smart phone of the Weezer performance at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
A toddler and baby bathed in blue light play at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Tens of thousands of people gather in front of the Sunset Cliffs stage at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Art at KAABOO Del Mar is a prominent part of the three-day experience. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Guitarist Rivers Cuomo performs with Weezer at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Weezer guitarist Brian Bell performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Weezer performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Weezer guitarist Brian Bell performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Guitarist Rivers Cuomo performs with Weezer at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Fans enjoy Weezer music at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Fans enjoy Weezer music at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
An artist puts finishing touches on a painting at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
"George" of Zen Art wears a suit of shards of glass at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Red Hot Chili Peppers fan gazes up at screen before start of group's show at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Guitarist Rivers Cuomo performs with Weezer at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Bass guitarist Scott Shriner performs with Weezer at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Fans wave hands to a Weezer song at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Young women listen to Smash Mouth at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Woman gestures while enjoying the Motet at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Sam Harris of X Ambassadors sings at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Sam Harris of X Ambassadors sings at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Sam Harris of X Ambassadors raises fist at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Smash Mouth guitarist performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Sunset Cliffs Stage, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz in the Del Mar Fair's Fun Zone area, was one of two main stages at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Screen behind lead singer Anthony Kiedis shows Red Hot Chili Peppers at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Smash Mouth guitarist plays at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Smash Mouth lead vocalist Steve Harwell performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Smash Mouth lead vocalist Steve Harwell performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Smash Mouth lead vocalist Steve Harwell performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
Entertainer sways on pole outside MGM Resorts area at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stonemore
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