Ohana festival reboots after delayed rain with catchy sets from Eddie Vedder, My Morning Jacket and more – Whittier Daily News
As fans marched to the fifth annual Ohana Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Friday afternoon, the skies looked a bit ominous. Patrons of the event shuttle, which started in Aliso Viejo for the 20-minute ride to the venue, began checking their phones and texting others about the random rain gusts hitting various areas from southern California.
“It’s only a 40 percent chance,” announced a spectator as we exited the shuttle and headed for the stages located on a large grassy area among swaying palm trees and a few steps from the Pacific Ocean. . It seems like every year at the event hosted by Eddie Vedder there is a light rain or some kind of rain in the forecast. In 2018, Vedder opened the party by pulling out his ukulele and singing “Here Comes the Sun” as the storm clouds receded.
Maybe the frontman of Pearl Jam should have tried that magic again this year.
The opening sets went off without a hitch as Los Angeles rock bands Modern Eyes and Amo Amo and punk band Whittier Plague Vendor dragged fans into a festival groove after more than a year of absence. live and in-person musical events. But halfway through the Orange County Greer’s set, lightning began to flash, the sky darkened, and thunder began to rumble. As the music was suddenly cut off and the band left the stage, big raindrops started to fall on the crowd and there was an announcement on the PA that we were be evacuated due to bad weather conditions.
Thousands of fans, many of whom did not park on site due to limited availability, have been urged to return to their vehicles and wait for further instructions via social media. The wind picked up and thunder and lightning crashed as the sky began to pour heavy rain. Fans rushed to find any kind of shelter, with some choosing to save their expensive cocktails and sip them under the canopy of palm trees in the parking lot. A festival-goer was heard complaining that the rain was diluting her drink.
In total, the weather delayed the festival by about an hour and a half, and once the storm passed, it was back to music. The sets have been rearranged to accommodate all the acts and the headliner, Vedder. He was not originally planned to headlining since he is already doing it on Saturday and playing with Pearl Jam on Sunday. However, rock band Kings of Leon announced the day before that they had to cancel attendance at the festival due to a family emergency back home in Tennessee. Betty Ann Murphy, the mother of Caleb band members Nathan and Jared Followill, died Friday night in what the brothers called on social media a “medical crisis.”
Vedder paid homage to Kings of Leon and Murphy during his set by playing “Long Road” by Pearl Jam and covering the band’s “Molly’s Chambers”. He told the audience he had the opportunity to meet her, adding: “You would know how gorgeous she was from the young men she raised.”
âWe’re thankful to be here,â Vedder said, opening the set with a cover of âDriveâ from REM. “We are grateful that you can be here and we are grateful that the rain has cleared.”
Although he was a last-minute stand-in for the night, Vedder brought on stage a powerful group of players including Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, guitarist and producer Andrew Watt, bassist Pino Palladino, the singer-guitarist Glen Hansard and former RHCP guitarist and current Pearl Jam tour member Josh Klinghoffer. It was very loose and yet perfect. The band took over The Who and Prince with âI’m Oneâ and âPurple Rainâ respectively and rocked Pearl Jam’s âCorduroyâ and âPorchâ. Vedder even released new music, notably “Long Way” and “Tender Mercies”.
The extra time in the program went to My Morning Jacket, who performed an incredible 1.5 hour set that started with the moody “Victory Dance” and ended with the “Wasted” trainer. There were several highlights, including frontman Jim James screaming through the night during “Circuital” and mixing up the performance on “I’m Amazed” with guitarist Carl Broemel before the rest of the band took the stage.
During the festival, the audience heard two versions of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac. Earlier today, Durand Jones & The Indications performed the song as the guests returned to the venue and let the crowd sing the line âThunder only happens when it rainsâ aloud. While its version was fun and funky, the performance of the folk group Caamp was moving and absolutely beautiful.
The psychedelic and soulful ensemble Black Pumas was a whirlwind of fun, but the crowd got really interested in her single “Colors”. One of the real stars of the day was The Regrettes, a punk rock band from Los Angeles led by intrepid Lydia Night.
âThis is our first comeback festival,â she told the crowd. “I want to see dancing.”
Despite the dampness left by the rain, people danced as The Regrettes played a new song from their upcoming album, “Monday”, which had been released a day earlier, and had fun with songs like “I Dare You “and” Picture Perfect. “
When: Friday September 24
Or: Doheny State Beach, Dana Point
Also: Saturday September 25 with Eddie Vedder, Maggie Rogers and Glen Hansard and Sunday September 26 with Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile and Yola.