Screen behind lead singer Anthony Kiedis shows Red Hot Chili Peppers at KAABOO Del Mar.
Screen behind lead singer Anthony Kiedis shows Red Hot Chili Peppers at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone

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

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 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.

Major acts were live-streamed online at kaaboodelmar.com/live, and Channel 10, San Diego’s ABC affiliate, also carried a live feed on Facebook.

Founding member Anthony Kiedis sings with Red Hot Chili Peppers at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone
Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers signals with a drum stick at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone
Bathed in blue light, fans watch the Red Hot Chilly Peppers at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone
Thousands crowd the Sunset Cliffs Stage at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone
Smash Mouth lead vocalist Steve Harwell performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone
Guitarist Rivers Cuomo performs with Weezer at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone
Sam Harris of X Ambassadors sings at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone
Weezer guitarist Brian Bell performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone

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.

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.

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