Neither rain, lightning nor thunder could stop the fifth annual Ohana Festival from opening for three days on Friday. But that resulted in an hour-long delay and evacuation from the opening day of the event, which was held beachside at Doheny State Park in Dana Point.
Last-minute cancellation by Friday’s headliners Kings of Leon saw Ohana founder Eddie Vedder step in to take the spot with the all-star group he had formed to headline the festival Saturday. His setlists for both days had only a few songs in common.
Vedder’s new band has teamed up with former San Diego singer, guitarist and songwriter with former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, Who bassist Pino Palladino, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, singer-songwriter Glen Hansard and guitarist Andrew Watt, who is producing songs on Vedder’s upcoming solo album, “Earthling.”
Klinghoffer recently became a touring member of Vedder-led Pearl Jam, which headlined Ohana on Sunday night. Pearl Jam, whose drummer Matt Cameron hails from San Diego, will return to Dana Point on Friday and Saturday to headline two nights of the Ohana 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 movie, “Flag Day.”
The Friday-Sunday music festival was announced as Ohana’s fifth anniversary edition. The 2020 edition has been postponed to this month due to the COVID-19 shutdown. This year marks the first time Ohana has expanded to two weekends.
Tickets for the Friday and Saturday encore weekend are available at ohanafest.com/tickets. Here are photos from Saturday’s performances.