Brave storm Ohana Festival saw Eddie Vedder step in as a last-minute substitute for Kings of Leon
Neither rain, nor lightning, nor thunder could prevent the fifth annual Ohana festival from opening its three days on Friday. But that resulted in a one hour delay and the evacuation of the opening day of the event, which was held at the beachside Doheny State Park in Dana Point.
The last minute cancellation by Friday headliners Kings of Leon saw Ohana founder Eddie Vedder jump up to fill the square with the star group he had formed to headline the festival on Saturday. His setlists for the two days only had a few songs in common.
Vedder’s new band teamed up with former San Diego singer, guitarist and songwriter with former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, bassist for The Who Pino Palladino, Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer, singer-songwriter Glen Hansard and guitarist Andrew Watt, who produced a few songs from Vedder’s upcoming solo album, “Earthling”.
Klinghoffer recently became a touring member of the Pearl Jam led by Vedder, which headlined Ohana on Sunday night. Pearl Jam, whose drummer Matt Cameron is from San Diego, will return to Dana Point on Friday and Saturday to feature on one of two nights of Ohana’s encore weekend.
On Friday, Vedder’s 17-year-old daughter Olivia performed “My Father’s Daughter”, a song featured on the soundtrack to Sean Penn’s new film, “Flag Day.”
The Friday-Sunday Music Festival was billed as the fifth anniversary edition of Ohana. The 2020 edition has been postponed to this month due to the COVID-19 shutdown. This year marks the first time that Ohana has spanned two weekends.
Tickets for the Friday and Saturday booster weekend are available at ohanafest.com/tickets. Here are the photos of the Saturday performances.