Doheny State Beach
Dana Point, CA
August 27-28, 2016
Photos and writing by TourBusLive.com
Right there in our own back yard. YEP – for those of us in The OC (behind the Orange Curtain; Straight Outta The OC; et al.), it was really something to have such an amazing line up come to the first ever OHANA FEST Dana Point! EDDIE VEDDER, ELVIS COSTELLO, X, MUDHONEY, BAND OF HORSES, LANA DEL REY, CITY AND COLOUR, RYAN BINGHAM, CORINNE BAILEY RAE, CAT POWER (The OC’s own) JONNY TWO BAGS (from Social D), and more! All right here – what a surprise!
But what came as no surprise were the throngs of Pearl Jam fans who filled the grounds at DOHENY STATE BEACH for the first day of OHANA FEST Dana Point! Nope, that was NO surprise at all. Bursting into the park just as the gates opened, hopefuls from points near and far quickly lined the front rail spots on this somewhat toasty end-of-summer Saturday and stood in their 1-foot plot of land for pretty much the entire day to catch glimpses of their favorite front man on stage.
AND GLIMPSES THEY GOT! If they were on the water the day before, they got to pose with Vedder while taking in some paddle boarding in the DP Harbor. If they were at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel the night before the festival began, they could have attended a benefit Luau that took place at the nearby hotel, including performances by Vedder and X’s JOHN DOE, where they raised over $175,000 for the SAN ONOFRE PARKS FOUNDATION – which includes the infamous surf spot TRESTLES – a long admired (and hard fought to keep) surf spot for avid wave riders like EV.
But, on the first day of the OHANA FEST, you might as well have called it the EDDIE FEST – as the PJ crooner began the afternoon by jumping on stage to thank former Chili Peppers and PJ drummer JACK IRONS after his early set at the second stage (the TIKI STAGE) – and then immediately ran over the main stage just moments later to introduce that lineup’s opener – Kentucky punk band WHITE REAPER. And from that point forward – Eddie popped up throughout the day here and there – singing along with X to their song “The New World”, joining in with ELVIS COSTELLO for the ever popular “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding”, and even hitting the Tiki Stage again for JACK IRONS’ second set of the day – performing an experimental version of the Pink Floyd classic “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”. All this, and THEN he took the Main Stage around 8 p.m. for his own lengthy headlining set, which included walk ons by pro surfer KELLY SLATER (on guitar) for a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Indifference” and Slater again, along with BAND OF HORSES and X, who joined Eddie for his final song, the perfect evening ender – Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” – a real show stopper!
AND, of course, EDDIE WASN’T THE ONLY SHOW IN TOWN. ALL the musicians put on stellar performances – including everything from a ripping set by iconic L.A. punk band X, a truly mesmerizing performance by the amazing ELVIS COSTELLO, and even a local group of Polynesian dancers (from a nearby Hula school) who, along with their own live band (and some recorded tracks), delighted the audience with their beautiful (and quite appropriate for the festival) traditional art of movement during a few interludes on the secondary Tiki Stage – indeed a highlight on both days at Ohana.
The Tiki Stage over the weekend also included sets by Willie Nelson’s protégée LILY MEOLA, and L.A.-based indie bands THE PALMS and WILDERADO.
And if the fans weren’t glued to their front row spots – there were several food trucks and stands where local restaurants provided the hungry with delicious eats, several craft beer and wine vendors, many comfy hammocks to relax in, and a great view to enjoy! VIP ticket holders even enjoyed a hosted cocktail bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres in an air-conditioned tent that gave them much relief from the warm weather. And Ohana also provided terrific shuttle services from many locations to attend the festival with ease.
We’re DEFINITELY hoping OHANA FEST returns to DANA POINT next year – we’re looking forward to another amazing weekend of music and fun in the sun! MAHALO!
SPOTTED IN THE CROWD: Basketball super celeb DENNIS RODMAN, Sirius XM Pearl Jam Radio man ROB BLEETSTEIN, some lovely HULA GIRLS, and so many PJ fans – you’d think it was 1993.
NOTE: OHANA is the Hawaiian word for “family” and the sentiment usually includes helping those in your extended family or local community. Now it all makes perfect sense.
*The San Onofre Foundation (SOF) is a California non-profit, charitable corporation, whose mission is to provide education, protection, and preservation for the California State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches. As a public liaison to these parklands, the San Onofre Foundation will foster a comprehensive stewardship of this unique recreational resource, with its historically important sites and environmentally significant setting.
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SATURDAY SET LISTS:
Sleeping By Myself
Trouble (Cat Stevens cover)
You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (The Beatles cover)
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Out of Sand
Good Woman (Cat Power cover)
Indifference (with Kelly Slater)
Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young cover) (with Band of Horses, X, and Kelly Slater)
(On the set list but not played: Just Breathe, Rise, and Drifting)
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
I Want You
Everyday I Write the Book
I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down (Same & Dave cover)
The Other Side of Summer
Watching the Detectives
Face in the Crowd
Pump It Up
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding (Brinsley Schwarz cover) (with Eddie Vedder)
Beyond and Back
In This House That I Call Home
Dancing With Tears in My Eyes
Come Back to Me
The New World (with Eddie Vedder)
Johnny Hit & Run Pauline
Motel Room in My Bed
Soul Kitchen (Doors cover)
BAND OF HORSES:
Is There a Ghost
The Great Salt Lake
In a Drawer
Powderfinger (Neil Young & Crazy Horse cover)
No One’s Gonna Love You
Suck You Dry
I Like it Small
You Got It
Editions of You (Roxy Music cover)
In ‘N’ Out of Grace
What to Do With the Neutral
Behind the Door (Circle Jerks cover)
The Only Son of the Widow From Nain