KAABOO: Top acts to see Saturday
6:40 p.m., Grandview stage: You won’t want to miss out on Capital Cities at this year’s KAABOO. The Los Angeles-formed band, who met on Craigslist, will have you feeling “Safe and Sound” at their fun-loving, pop-rock show. After bursting into the indie rock scene in 2011, they released several other hits, like “Kangaroo Court” and “One Minute More.” The band, who most recently joined Katy Perry on the North American portion of her Prismatic World Tour, is said to have new music dropping soon. That being said, I’d expect them to play some of their new work at KAABOO. - Liz Bowen
8:25 p.m., Sunset Cliffs stage: Expectations will be higher than ever when the hard-rocking Aerosmith performs Saturday for the first time anywhere in a year. Lead singer Steven Tyler recently released his country-tinged debut solo album and announced Aerosmith will launch its farewell tour in 2017. This came as surprising news to his four band mates. Lead guitarist Joe Perry, meanwhile, was hospitalized this summer after collapsing, mid-show, while on tour with his new group, Hollywood Vampires. KAABOO is the perfect opportunity for Aerosmith to soar anew -or, perhaps, to go kablooey. Read more about Aerosmith on page 24. - George Varga
8:25 p.m., Grandview stage: To me, The Chainsmokers are KAABOO’s major coup this year. The New York-based DJ duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are arguably the biggest act around right now. With songs like “Roses (feat. Rozes)” and “Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya)” ruling both iTunes and the US dance charts for back-to-back summers, the pair just cranked it up another notch by scoring their first-ever, overall Billboard number one with “Closer feat. Halsey.” Girl Talk, GRiZ, and The White Panda anchored a solid EDM line-up at last year’s festival. But getting heavyweights like The Chainsmokers and Steve Aoki to close down Saturday night is next level for sure. Read more about The Chainsmokers on page 26. - Scott McDonald
11 p.m. Encore stage: Chris Bridges, better known as Ludacris, has been slaying the hip-hop scene since 1998, becoming one of the first and most influential “Dirty South” rappers to achieve mainstream success in the early 2000s. Recognized for his crazy-fast and often comedic flows, his hits from “My Chick Bad” to “What’s Your Fantasy,” “Roll Out” and “Act a Fool” have become timeless dance floor tracks guaranteed to amp up a crowd. Not to mention, Luda has scored 17 Grammy nominations over the course of his career, three of which he has won. - Michelle Dederko
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