KAABOO Del Mar Music & Art Festival + Interview with Art Director Amandalynn

Only at KAABOO Del Mar can you Skank along with a catchy melody from No Doubt while your eyes drink in a massive mural of tripped out pattern work from Jet Martinez, or sing along with The Killers while you wrap your mind around all of the brilliance of a 3 story tall monster painting from Tatiana Suarez.  For 3 days Southern California hosts KAABOO,  a masterfully curated all inclusive experience including a music festival, mural painting event & full tilt art show.

beautiful.bizarre recently got the chance to ask artist Amandalynn about the KAABOO art experience, how the festival came together & what we can expect in the future from KAABOO.

Amandalynn Portrait 1_Photo by Dylan MadduxAmandlynn photo by (Dylan Maddux)

BB: Amandalynn!   Tell me about what KAABOO Del Mar is, and how you became involved?  

Amandalynn: I was presented with the opportunity to Art Direct the KAABOO experience in December 2014. After creating and installing a large scale canvas mural in the KAABOO headquarters in Denver, CO, the owner, Bryan Gordon, invited me out to have a drink. When I showed up to the bar there was a huge site plan map of the Del Mar Fairgrounds…and so it began!! I think I was not really aware of how massive it would become at the time, but I am overly grateful to Bryan and my design team for having faith in me, and trusting my artistic vision.

Ian Ross_Process 3_Photo by Dylan Maddux_BeautfiulBizarre


BB: What an amazing lineup!  Tell me how you picked the artists for the show? 

Amandalynn: I love all the artists as well! I am a huge admirer of each one of the artist’s that were chosen. Several of them I have collaborated, painted, or exhibited with before. It was really a chance to highlight the work of some truly talented individuals that definitely deserve recognition. Everyone did such an amazing job, including the galleries – it really was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined, and I am humbled by everyone’s collective efforts.
I do have several stories, most of these artists and galleries I have known for years, or at least admired for a long time. Tatiana Suarez was sitting on my couch last January with me when I was getting ready to go to my first KAABOO meeting in Sausalito – I looked at her and said something like ‘I think I am about to make something crazy happen, get ready, cuz you are coming with me!’ And thanks to her and everyone else included, it was beyond crazy!

Was there any particular musician you were really excited to see perform or got the chance to meet? 

Amandalynn: Well No Doubt was the first band I ever saw live in concert at age 16, so it was pretty epic to see Gwen Stephanie climbing the stage with my art hanging alongside her! I didn’t get a chance to see as much of the music as I would have liked, but my friend and live paint KAABOO muralist, Dirty Bandits, did convince me to dance my ass off at the late night dance party with Girl Talk!
Dirty Bandits_Art Building Exhibit_Photo by Jason Wilson_BeautifulBizarreDirty Bandits (Photo by Jason Wilson)

The inaugural 2015 Kaaboo music festival at the Del Mar fairgrounds in San Diego, California. The three day weekend featured over 100 musical acts, comedians, and artists. Headlining the festival were No Doubt, The Zach Brown Band, and the Killers.

Photo by Micah Wright

Brendan Monroe_Process 1_Photo by Dylan Maddux_BeautifulBizarre Brendan Monroe (photo by Dylan Maddux)

Celeste Byers and Aaron Glasson_Final - Night_Photo by Brandon Shigeta_BeautifulBizarreCeleste Byers and Aaron Glasson


BB: Is this an annual event, will there be a KAABOO next year?

Amandalynn: Oh yes! The dates for next year are already set, September 16-18th, 2016 at the Del Mar Racetrack, CA. My design team and I are already fired up about how we can make things even crazier for next year, so expect an even bigger visual explosion for 2016!

Erin Yoshi + Gloria Muriel_Booth Photo 2_Photo by Jason Wilson_BeautifulBizarre Erin Yoshi & Gloria Muriel (photo by Jason Wilson)

HOT TEA_Final 1_Photo by Brandon ShigetaBeautifulBizarre Photo by Brandon Shigeta

Hueman _Process 3_Photo by Dylan Maddux_BeautifulBizarreHueman (photo by Zach Tutor)


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