After a stormy start to Friday that resulted in an hour’s delay and evacuation, the fifth annual Ohana Festival went as planned on Saturday and Sunday at Doheny State Park Beach in Dana Point.
As a bonus, Sunday co-star Brandi Carlile joined Pearl Jam on stage to perform “Better Man.”
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder wrote the song as a teenager for his San Diego band Bad Radio and was so reluctant to record it with Pearl Jam that he asked the group’s producer to perform. to Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders.
It was only after the failure of The Pretenders version that Vedder reluctantly agreed to Pearl Jam recording it for the band’s second album, “Vs” of 1993. Coincidentally, the last iteration of The Pretenders directed by Hynde was scheduled to perform last year at Ohana, the Vedder festival founded in 2017.
But the 2020 edition of Ohana has been postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a delay that saw The Pretenders drop the bill.
As a nod to Hynde, Vedder performed the Pretenders’ classic “Precious” at Ohana, where the last-minute cancellation by Friday’s headliners Kings of Leon saw Vedder jump to fill the gap. place with the group of stars he had formed to headline the festival on Saturday. His Friday and Saturday setlists 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, The Who bassist Pino Palladino, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer. Chad Smith, singer-songwriter Glen Hansard and guitarist Andrew Watt, who produces songs on Vedder’s upcoming solo album, “Earthling”.
Klinghoffer recently became a touring member of Pearl Jam, led by Vedder, which titled Ohana on Sunday night. Pearl Jam, whose drummer Matt Cameron is from San Diego, will return Friday and Saturday to cover one of two nights of Ohana’s encore weekend.
On Friday, Vedder’s 17-year-old daughter Olivia sang “My Father’s Daughter”, a song featured on the soundtrack to Sean Penn’s new film, “Flag Day.” Olivia returned to sing “My Father’s Daughter” on Saturday while headlining Vedder and his new band.
Pearl Jam, whose festival’s closing Sunday ensemble included a generous amount of new songs, will return on Friday and Saturday to headline Ohana’s Recall Weekend. Carlile is the only other artist to perform during the opening weekend of the three-day event which is in the lineup for this weekend’s two-day version.
Friday’s lineup will be co-titled by Beck and Lord Huron, while Saturday’s lineup includes Carlile, Sleater-Kinner and Margo Price. A total of 16 numbers will be played over the two days.
Last weekend’s three-day music festival was billed as Ohana’s fifth anniversary edition, although the 2020 edition has been postponed until 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 Recall Weekend are available at ohanafest.com/tickets. Here are the photos of the Sunday performances.