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North Texas’ New Music Festival Reveals a Crazy Good Lineup Full of Mega Stars… and Kid Rock

And Major Comedians are Jumping Onboard Too

BY // 01.16.19

KAABOO, a unique three day festival of musical acts and comedy shows, is set to take place in Texas for the first time (May 10 to 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington) — and it’s already building surprise major buzz. The lineup has been revealed and its filled with popular performers. Seemingly, almost every popular performer.

The Killers, Kid Rock, Sting, Little Big Town and Lynyrd Skynyrd are the official rock star “headliners.” I’m unsure of why these bands get extra big letters and a place at the top of the page because the other acts are also huge stars. Alanis Morissette, Pitbull, The Black Eyed Peas, Ludacris, Blue October, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Flo Rida, Andy Grammer, Bush and Joan Jett appear below in the second largest lettering, essentially receiving second billing.

I understand The Killers, Sting, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, they are legends. But Kid Rock? I’d be curious to know what criteria must be met to determine who deserves the biggest font size. Anyways, I’m sure it’ll be a fun time.

Rick Springfield will also be there. He was the first concert I ever saw live back in the early 2000s at Richardson’s Wildflower Festival. I’ll always remember having my ears covered by a family friend during certain songs because I was too young to hear “naughty things.” The B-52s, Garbage and Collective Soul are also on the lineup.

The comedy slate includes Dennis Miller (Saturday Night Live, Dennis Miller Live) and Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond, Single Parents) as headliners. Other hilarious performers are Whitney Cummings, Demetri Martin, Rory Scovel and Garfunkel and Oates.

On top of all of that, this medley of a festival will have a contemporary arts exhibit, craft food and beverage offerings, and to be announced spa and fashion experiences. There’s also a “Vegas-style day and night club” called BASK that will have DJs, cocktails and yard games.

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This will be the first time KAABOO comes to Texas. The festival originated in Del Mar, California and was created as “not your typical music festival.” The website describes it as “a new kind of entertainment and arts experiences designed around comfort, hospitality and good times.”

Passes are on sale, ranging from about $300 for a general admission three-day pass to $20,000 for an “ultimate hang,” which basically includes everything you could ever want, as it should for 20 grand.

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