Brave storm Ohana Festival saw Eddie Vedder step in as a last-minute substitute for Kings of Leon


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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.

Singer and songwriter Eddie Vedder performs on stage at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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People dance during the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

People dance during the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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The Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

The Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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Singer and songwriter Eddie Vedder performs on stage at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

Singer and songwriter Eddie Vedder performs on stage at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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Maggie Rogers performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

Maggie Rogers performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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The Ohana Festival crowd watch singer Glen Hansard perform on stage on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

The Ohana Festival crowd watch singer Glen Hansard perform on stage on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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Spoon performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

Spoon performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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Cold War Kids bassist Matt Maust performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

Cold War Kids bassist Matt Maust performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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The crowd at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

The crowd at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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Songwriter and musician Maggie Rogers performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

Songwriter and musician Maggie Rogers performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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Singer Olivia Vedder performs on stage at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

Singer Olivia Vedder performs on stage at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

(Ariana Drehsler / For the San Diego Union-Tribune)

The Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

The Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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Singer and guitarist Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids performs at the Ohana Festival.

Cold War Kids singer and guitarist Nathan Willett performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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Crowds at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

Crowds at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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Spoon singer and guitarist Alex John Britt Daniel performs at the Ohana Festival.

Spoon singer and guitarist Alex John Britt Daniel performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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Trees lit up at night at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

Trees lit up at night at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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The Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

The Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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Cold War Kids performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

Cold War Kids performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

(Ariana Drehsler / For the San Diego Union-Tribune)

Glen Hansard performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

Glen Hansard performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

(Ariana Drehsler / For the San Diego Union-Tribune)

Eddie Vedder performs on stage at the Ohana Festival.

Eddie Vedder performs live at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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People line up for drinks at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

People line up for drinks at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

(Ariana Drehsler / For the San Diego Union-Tribune)

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Mac Demarco performs at the Ohana Festival.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Mac Demarco performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

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Maggie Rogers performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

Maggie Rogers performs at the Ohana Festival on September 25, 2021 in Dana Point, California.

(Ariana Drehsler / For the San Diego Union-Tribune)

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