You don't have to look too hard to see just how happy Andy Grammer is. It's right there on his face - ear-to-ear grin for all to see. But just in case you had any doubts, he's going to tell you anyway: "So happy to be here, San Diego!" The 33-year-old singer-songwriter - a former Santa Monica street busker who shot up the charts in 2014 with his catchy "Honey, I'm Good" - was downright giddy Sunday when he set foot on the Grandview Stage at KAABOO Del Mar, the three-day festival that's now in its third year. His 3:45 p.m. set starting right on cue, the self-described "happy man" lived up to expectations by keeping things positive from the get-go with "Keep Your Head Up," his debut single from the 2011 album "Andy Grammer." It didn't take long for his infectious happy-go-lucky attitude to spread through the crowd. Seconds into "Keep Your Head Up," throngs of fans in the audience bopped along to the song's perky beat, arms in the air. The Los Angeles-born singer delivered a quintessentially SoCal concert: laid-back and zippy under a particularly sparkling blue San Diego sky. And he did so with such finesse that it's as if he's been doing this for decades. He acknowledged the pinch-me-moment quality of his KAABOO debut when he said, "I used to do this on the streets and now I'm here with you." Those busking days paid off. Grammer's style on stage is much like his music: easy-going with a double dose of pep. Whether on a keyboard, at the mic or with a guitar, Grammer oozes with ease. He covered Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning" and navigated the song's colorful melody effortlessly from the beginning before maneuvering it to a soft landing. Grammer has a wide vocal range - his songs exhibit pop, rock and soul influences with a tinge of hip-hop - and as comfortable as he is bouncing around a stage, he's even more so musically. Some songs don't need much help other than his voice and an instrument or two (like the 2016 single "Fresh Eyes" ), while others shine with the full backing of a band (like the newly released "Give Love"). He'd already belted out more than a dozen songs before pulling out beat-heavy "Honey, I'm Good" - his highest-charting single to date from 2014's "Magazines or Novels" album. And as if the age-diverse crowd wasn't already in a sun-drenched frenzy, the song's first lines Nah nah honey, I'm good / I could have another but I probably should not pushed them slightly over the edge. On stage, Grammer was soaking it all in - the sun, the crowds, the vibe - with a big smile on his face.
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