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Daryl Hall & John Oates at KAABOO 2016, September 16th. Photo by Derrick K. Lee, Esq. (@Methodman13) for www.BlurredCulture.com.

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RECAP: The timing of Hall & Oates set at KAABOO was almost too perfect. As the duo started their set of hit songs from the 70s and 80s, the sweltering sun was slowly setting in the west, and with the fairgrounds slowly cooling off, songs like “Man-eater”, “Out of Touch”, “I Can’t Go For That” and “Private Eyes” gave the crowd a soundtrack to bask in the memories of their carefree youth.

I’d like to take a moment elaborate on the “perfect timing” of Hall & Oates’ set by pointing out that KAABOO was very smart with the scheduling their artist performances throughout the weekend. It definitely felt as if they were very cognizant of the wide ranging age groups that would be attending their festival, and they scheduled artist performances accordingly.

The only real competing performance scheduled at the time of Hall & Oates performance was  the alternative rock group Grouplove. It would be safe to say that each group’s fanbase probably did not overlap and festival patrons did not have to pick and choose between which artist to see. That being said, you go the sense that everyone who attended the Cliffs Stage to watch Hall & Oates was 100% invested in the performance, and enjoyed it as such.

The generally older crowd sang and danced along to their favorites, reveling in the stamina and longevity of Daryl (69) and Oates (68) musicality and their music. But, that’s not to say that the youth was not represented at their set. I could see mothers and fathers singing and dancing with their children, smiles abound, getting down to the blue-eyed soul from Philly’s Hall & Oates’ evidencing to me the timelessness of their music.

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