Anchor ads are not supported on this page.

4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Belly up Kaabooted from Del Mar

Del Mar board member said Kaaboo was “falsifying facts to government officials.”

Did Kaaboo’s lobbyist call the Del Mar Fairground’s new concert venue a Kaaboondoggle? Or is it all just a Kaaboohaha?
Did Kaaboo’s lobbyist call the Del Mar Fairground’s new concert venue a Kaaboondoggle? Or is it all just a Kaaboohaha?

Belly Up Kaabooted Artist renderings were unveiled last week for the Del Mar Fairground’s planned state-of-the-art concert venue that will be ready next year. The two-story venue will have polished cement floors, balconies, multiple bars, food service bays and a new LED light system.

Fair management has yet to select the contractors who will build out the still unnamed 1900-capacity concert hall housed in the Surfside Raceplace betting facility.

But it got strange at the Del Mar Fair’s monthly board meeting March 13, when board member Russ Pennimen divulged that the $18.5-million remodel loan (up from the original $13 estimate) was nearly derailed when a lobbyist from Kaaboo reportedly bad talked the loan to Sacramento-based iBank, who was funding it.

Sponsored
Sponsored

The Belly Up Tavern was initially selected as the talent buyer for the new venue. When Colorado-based Kaaboo objected, the Del Mar Fair said last month it would instead book the 60 annual concerts at the new venue with its existing in-house staff.

Penniman says the lobbyist’s trash-talking led to a “possible disruption” with the loan, and that state legislators intervened to get the loan back on track. Was the move a sour grapes sabotage? Kaaboo principal Bryan Gordon sent a letter to the Del Mar Fair saying it was all a “misunderstanding,” and that no harm was intended.

But was there longterm damage? Board President Steve Shewmaker said there will be “consequences,” and that it would be hard to “unring the bell.” Board member David Watson says that going forward, the board “Will keep track of everything Kaaboo has done,” while board member Lisa Barkett said that Kaboo was “falsifying facts to government officials.”

The lineup for the September 14-16 Kaaboo was announced March 22, with a bill featuring Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Robert Plant, Jewel, and Stone Temple Pilots. The Colorado company is about announce plans for another Kaaboo in Dallas. It already announced a Cayman Islands Kaaboo.

In other Del Mar Fair news, spokeswoman Annie Pierce says there are no plans to change the rules for its Battle of the Bands contest. Last year’s first place winner (scoring $5000 cash and studio time with local studio Sonic Rocket) was Manuel the Band from Long Beach.

Christopher Cash, owner of Sonic Rocket, says he was happy to open up his studio to Manuel The Band, but that he thinks only local bands should be allowed to participate going forward.

“I think its only fair that it stays local,” says Cash. “After all, it is the San Diego County Fair. I don’t think you can enter pigs or apple pies from the rest of the country in the other contests.”

But spokeswoman Pierce says anyone can enter. “It allows the best bands locally to show off their skills against other top bands from across the nation, making a local win that much sweeter.” Each competing band pays a $25 entry fee.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Ride or drive, Baja fishing within a few hours of San Diego is great.

1.5-Day Boats are back online with good results
Next Article

Tunaville is the place for fresh — or aged — local catch

Fishermen owned market can sell you smoked oysters in a can, or thresher shark sausage
Did Kaaboo’s lobbyist call the Del Mar Fairground’s new concert venue a Kaaboondoggle? Or is it all just a Kaaboohaha?
Did Kaaboo’s lobbyist call the Del Mar Fairground’s new concert venue a Kaaboondoggle? Or is it all just a Kaaboohaha?

Belly Up Kaabooted Artist renderings were unveiled last week for the Del Mar Fairground’s planned state-of-the-art concert venue that will be ready next year. The two-story venue will have polished cement floors, balconies, multiple bars, food service bays and a new LED light system.

Fair management has yet to select the contractors who will build out the still unnamed 1900-capacity concert hall housed in the Surfside Raceplace betting facility.

But it got strange at the Del Mar Fair’s monthly board meeting March 13, when board member Russ Pennimen divulged that the $18.5-million remodel loan (up from the original $13 estimate) was nearly derailed when a lobbyist from Kaaboo reportedly bad talked the loan to Sacramento-based iBank, who was funding it.

Sponsored
Sponsored

The Belly Up Tavern was initially selected as the talent buyer for the new venue. When Colorado-based Kaaboo objected, the Del Mar Fair said last month it would instead book the 60 annual concerts at the new venue with its existing in-house staff.

Penniman says the lobbyist’s trash-talking led to a “possible disruption” with the loan, and that state legislators intervened to get the loan back on track. Was the move a sour grapes sabotage? Kaaboo principal Bryan Gordon sent a letter to the Del Mar Fair saying it was all a “misunderstanding,” and that no harm was intended.

But was there longterm damage? Board President Steve Shewmaker said there will be “consequences,” and that it would be hard to “unring the bell.” Board member David Watson says that going forward, the board “Will keep track of everything Kaaboo has done,” while board member Lisa Barkett said that Kaboo was “falsifying facts to government officials.”

The lineup for the September 14-16 Kaaboo was announced March 22, with a bill featuring Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Robert Plant, Jewel, and Stone Temple Pilots. The Colorado company is about announce plans for another Kaaboo in Dallas. It already announced a Cayman Islands Kaaboo.

In other Del Mar Fair news, spokeswoman Annie Pierce says there are no plans to change the rules for its Battle of the Bands contest. Last year’s first place winner (scoring $5000 cash and studio time with local studio Sonic Rocket) was Manuel the Band from Long Beach.

Christopher Cash, owner of Sonic Rocket, says he was happy to open up his studio to Manuel The Band, but that he thinks only local bands should be allowed to participate going forward.

“I think its only fair that it stays local,” says Cash. “After all, it is the San Diego County Fair. I don’t think you can enter pigs or apple pies from the rest of the country in the other contests.”

But spokeswoman Pierce says anyone can enter. “It allows the best bands locally to show off their skills against other top bands from across the nation, making a local win that much sweeter.” Each competing band pays a $25 entry fee.

Comments
Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Buy Mushrooms Spores Online: 5 Best Mushrooms Spores Online Vendors

Next Article

Orianthi, Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show

Events February 22-February 23, 2024
Comments
Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town The Gonzo Report — Making the musical scene, or at least reporting from it Letters — Our inbox Movies@Home — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Theater — On stage in San Diego this week Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close

Anchor ads are not supported on this page.