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GALLERY: 2016 Kaaboo VIP Preview

The massive Kaaboo Del Mar kicked off its 2016 incarnation with a special VIP preview night featuring Chris Isaak and Macy Gray on Thursday, Sept. 15.

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Kaaboo Del Mar kicked off its 2016 incarnation on Thursday, Sept. 15 with Macy Gray as one of the co-headliners.
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Thursday night’s event was a special engagement – open only to VIP ticketholders. It precedes the annual festival that takes place this year on Sept. 16-18.
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Chris Isaak, the night’s other big headliner, brought his “wicked game” to the stage in his usual epic way.
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A precursor to the massive three-day festival, it was an incredible show in its own right – and the fans agreed!
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Macy Gray hit huge mainstream success after her first hit single, “I Try,” hit the charts.
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She’s a beloved singer with a distinctive raspy voice that pulls influences from R&B, soul, jazz, and pop.
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She’s released six studio albums and been nominated for five Grammy Awards (with one win for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance).
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Gray is also an accomplished actress, appearing in such films like “Training Day,” “Spider-Man,” “Scary Movie 3,” and “For Colored Girls” among others.
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The singer’s genre-spanning style is indicative of Kaaboo’s far-reaching appeal.
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Festival organizers have tapped more than 80 musical acts and 15 comedians for their three-day “mixperience.”
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Headliners include Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefers, Jack Johnson, Lenny Kravitz, Aerosmith, Fall Out Boy, Cold War Kids and many others.
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EDM and hip-hop fans can also get in on the action with the additions of the Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Ludacris, and Cypress Hill to the lineup.
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Local music fans also have a place at Kaaboo: They’ve snagged local acts like the Verigolds, Steve Poltz, Nancarrow, Aquile, Bang Pow, and more to play.
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Chris Isaak brought his beloved brand of rockabilly and surf rock to the Del Mar stage.
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He’s had several huge hits over the years including “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying.”
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Isaak is well-known for his 1950s-esque rock & roll crooner style. He’s often been compared to Roy Orbison and Elvis Presley.
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His music is often featured in David Lynch’s work, including the film “Blue Velvet” and the television show “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.”
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Fun fact: Lynch produced Isaak’s breakout video for “Wicked Game” with supermodel Helena Christensen. The sultry video was instantly memorable.
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He's also appeared frequently in films like “Married to the Mob,” “That Thing You Do,” “The Silence of the Lamb” and more.
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Isaak has also had several roles on TV shows like “Friends,” “Melrose Place,” “From the Earth to the Moon,” “The Bill Engvall Show” and others.
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Isaak is known for his one-of-a-kind, custom guitars from Gretsch, Gibson and others. Several of them feature his name inlaid somewhere on the instruments.
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Stay tuned for more 2016 Kaaboo Del Mar coverage! We’ll have photo galleries coming for each day.
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