Chris Loomis

Ohana Fest 2019 Day 2 – 09/28/2019

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Now in its fourth year, The Ohana Fest returned to Doheny State Beach on the magical shores of Dana Point on Friday, Saturday and Sunday September 27-28 & 29 with a jam packed artist roster and activities. Curated by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder who hand picks the lineup made up of friends and bands he is a fan of, Ohana donates a portion of the festival proceeds to San Onofre Parks Foundation and The Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association. 

For 2019 the lineup was once again a diverse gathering of artists and bands on two stages that ranged from country to punk, to folk, rock n roll and everything in-between. On Saturday September 28 the lineup on The Tiki Stage featured Paul Cauthen, The Messthetics, Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers, Donavon Frankenreiter with Madison Ryann Ward, Benjamin Booker, Mudhoney, Glen Hansard and Incubus on the Ohana Stage with the night capped off by a wonderful set by Eddie Vedder.

In addition to the music there was a Storytellers stage that featured a collection of professional surfers, conservationists, artists, sustainable food industry leaders and National Geographic photographers with one of the main attractions being conservation activist Captain Paul Watson. Other activities included painting as well as information on surfing, beaches, whaling and lots more – something for everyone and the coolest part was all this overlooked the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Some of the musical highlights on the Tiki stage included Eddie Vedder rocking out side stage to The Messthetics, Laura Jane Grace singing about how much she hates her hometown of Chicago. Musician, surfer and SoCal native Donavon Frankenreiter closed out the Tiki stage in late afternoon as the evening chill started to move in.

Madison Ryann Ward opened the Ohana stage with a beautifully crafted acoustic set and she was excited stating this was here first festival appearance. Mudhoney and Incubus picked up the pace with a bit more of a rock n roll feel and Vedder’s good friend Glen Hansard played a moving acoustic set with Vedder joining him onstage for a bit.

Eddie Vedder took the stage at 8:00pm and sat down with an acoustic guitar and entertained the capacity crowd for two hours with music and stories. Vedder has a compelling way that he draws you in when he speaks and all his stories were quite entertaining and a bit emotional. He was joined on stage by surfer Kelly Slater (“Indifferance”) as well as Glen Hansard (“Song of Good Hope”) for a few collaborations. Other highlights included Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy”, a cover of the Beatles “Help” as well as Pearl Jam’s “Black” again with Hansard. Vedder ended the night with an amazing cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin in the Free World”.

Ohana Fest 2019 was definitely another success and it’s only a matter of time before Ohana Fest 2020 is announced. Kudos to Eddie Vedder for the time and effort to make this a special occasion for those of us in Southern California.

Click here to view Ohana Fest Day 3 coverage

Paul Cauthen Photo Gallery

The Messthetics Photo Gallery

Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers Photo Gallery

Donavon Frankenreiter Photo Gallery

Madison Ryann Ward Photo Gallery

Benjamin Booker Photo Gallery

Mudhoney Photo Gallery

Glen Hansard Photo Gallery

Incubus Photo Gallery

Eddie Vedder Photo Gallery

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