Ohana Fest 2019 Day 3 – 09/29/2019
A beautiful early fall day, complete with bright sunshine and ocean breezes welcomed concert goers back to Day 3 of the Ohana Festival on Sunday, September 29. A full slate of eclectic acts awaited a sold out crowd with Red Hot Chili Peppers set to headline and close out the 2019 festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point.
12 acts in all would make up the bill, split between the main stage and the Tiki Stage, a small side stage that showcased emerging acts and served as a nice distraction while the main stage received band changeovers. Multiple genres would be represented on the final day of the weekend festival including alt rock, ‘daytime disco’, Mexican folk music, pop, country rock & vintage R&B.
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The upstart and highly energetic outfit out of East LA kicked off the main stage and brought with them an immense amount of Chicano pride in a fun and lively 30 minute opening set. Preaching unity and cohesion, the six piece band wrapped up their set with a rousing rendition of “La Bamba”, originally made famous by Chicano icon Ritchie Valens.
A founding member from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and one-time Pearl Jam drummer played a fast six song set on the Tiki Stage. Showcasing his top notch drumming skills, Irons welcomed festival curator Eddie Vedder for the set’s final song. The Pink Floyd cover “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” saw Vedder join his old bandmate for an unexpected spin down memory lane.
Lukas Nelson & The Promise OF The Real:
The son of famous iconic country star Willie Nelson navigated through early audio issues during introductions and brought his country rock style to the main stage. After dedicating “Maybe It’s Time” to Lady Gaga, Nelson ripped through the song that was featured in the Gaga/Bradley Cooper film A Star Is Born withEddie Vedder once again jumping on stage to the delight of the growing crowd. Nelson’s smile and overall demeanor were infectious, he definitely would have benefited from a later set time.
The 22 year old Scottish singer/songwriter was chatty during his short stint on the Tiki Stage. Accompanied by only a keyboardist, Capaldi interacted with the fans on the small stage and joked about the hot weather in between songs. With a monster hit currently sitting at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 list, Lewis wowed the fans with his final song “Someone You Loved”. The tune is a touching ballad about a failed relationship and tugs strongly at heartstrings—connecting instantly with his quickly growing fan base.
Inspired by soul, hip-hop and R&B, the Birmingham singer/songwriter formally introduced himself to fans during his short main stage set that included “Unknown (To You)” and “Chainsmoking”. Backed by a three piece band, Banks made sure to leave a last impression on the crowd with his soulful performance.
The indie-alt rockers from Philadelphia threw a few select covers into their set, ranging extremely wide to include a mashup of “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Clint Eastwood” by the Gorillaz. 2017’s “Silver Lining”, which saw significant radio airplay was the set closer and showcased the band’s diverse sound.
Former child actor brought with her a fun stage setup that matched her entertaining set. A sequined jumpsuit and funky sunglasses helped generate the retrospective attitude that Lewis portrays with her image and musical style. Beginning the set behind her pink piano, the singer/songwriter later sauntered about the stage. Her mesmerizing set included “Do Si Do”, “Happy” and a few tunes from her time with Rilo Kiley, an indie rock band that she fronted back in the late ‘90s.
Considered by many to be leaders of the ‘daytime disco’ genre, the LA-based outfit closed down the Tiki Stage with a sunset-infused set that included “Harvest Moon” and “Next To You”. Featuring members from The Rapture and Toro y Moi, the band had the large crowd groovin’ to their cool vibe that seemed only appropriate given the coastal venue.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats:
With some funky dancing on full display, a high energy set from the Colorado native Nathaniel Rateliff warmed up the crowd on the main stage. The multi-genre entertainer fuses rock and R&B while making sure to have his dance moves on fully display during his set that included key songs like “Out On The Weekend” and “You Worry Me”.
Red Hot Chili Peppers:
A quick glance at the sold-out crowd would lead one to believe that a RHCP shirt was mandatory, the fans patiently waited for the closing act of Ohana 2019 and they were rewarded with a hit-infused 75 minute set. Lead singer Anthony Kiedis sported some sweet jorts and Led Zeppelin tank top, opening the set with “Can’t Stop” follow by “Otherside”. They rolled out hit after hit with “Dark Necessities” and “Snow (Hey Oh)” prior to a show stopping version of “Californication”, the perfect jam given the beachside location and overall vibe of the weekend. Eddie Vedder made his final appearance of the weekend as he joined the band to sing backup on a cover of “Just What I Needed”, a tribute to the recently deceased Ric Ocasek and his Cars hit.