KAABOO Del Mar: Bands to see on Friday
Peter Matthew Bauer
12:15-1:15 p.m., Zuma Stage: As a founding member of The Walkmen, Peter Matthew Bauer helped the East Coast indie rockers find their way into the hearts of fans and critics alike with a unique take on the post-punk revival. As a solo artist, the bassist and organ player successfully stretches out his singer/songwriter legs. Joined by Walkmen drummer Matthew Barrick, his only solo album, 2014’s “Liberation!,” runs the gamut of rock as strained through a lo-fi filter. But Bauer is great in the leading role and can crank up a big riff as easily as glide through a rhythmic raga. He essentially kicks off the festival on Friday, so get there early. Scott McDonald
Foster the People
6:25-7:55 p.m., Sunset Cliffs Stage: Remember “Pumped Up Kicks?” Of course you do. It was the song that stuck in everyone’s heads in 2010 and put the Los Angeles-based indie dance band Foster the People on the map. Since then, the trio consisting of Mark Foster, Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius has been going hard on the music festival circuit, while picking up two Grammy Award nominations for “Torches” and “Pumped Up Kicks” along the way. The group’s second and most recent album, “Supermodel,” reflects themes about modern popular culture and social issues, which the band has been passionately posting about on Twitter. Michelle Dederko
4:45 p.m., Zuma Stage: Prince, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Bon Iver, Susan Tedeschi and Adam Lambert are just some of the stars who cite Bonnie Raitt as a prime inspiration. A multiple-Grammy Award winner, she is a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist. Only 21 when her debut album came out in 1971, Raitt already sounded wise and accomplished beyond her years. Whether belting the blues, rocking out or playing a tender acoustic ballad, her intensely soulful performances have set an enduring standard. George Varga
11 p.m. to midnight, Encore Stage: GRiZ (Grant Kwiecinski) is on the cutting edge of electro-based music and fills his set list with a mixture of Motownesque, electronic-woven tunes. GRiZ garnered success by opening for names like Big Gigantic, Pretty Lights and Bassnectar. At that time, he started his own music label, All Good Records, to represent his own artists. His 2015 album, “Say it Loud,” shows an expansion from his usual bluesy beats, including recordings of a children’s choir, saxophone jam sessions and trumpet solos. Liz Bowen
The Midnight Pine
4-4:55 p.m., Tourmaline Stage: San Diego Music Award-winning project The Midnight Pine will perform on the Tourmaline Stage. Their debut album, “Awake Now,” took home the award for best local recording at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards and their sophomore album, “Buried,” won best Americana album the following year. The blues- and Americana-driven band is composed of the warm and soft vocals of Shelbi Bennett and the songwriting and percussion of Alfred Howard, who’s also in several other bands. Jarnard Sutton
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