Looking back (and forward) at Ohana and a very quiet music festival

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Looking back (and forward) at Ohana and a very quiet music festival

Festival curator Eddie Vedder stepped in to headline a second night (after he was already topping the bill solo on Saturday and with Pearl Jam on Sunday) and shared the sad news about the passing of the mother of the Kings of Leon’s Followill brothers.

I rolled out to Ohana on Sunday and I was blown away by a run of performances from Yola, Brandi Carlile, Jade Bird Mon Laferte and Sharon Van Etten. Oh yeah, and Pearl Jam played, too. I wrote about all of that.

Pearl Jam is back this weekend for the Ohana Encore, which is a slightly scaled-down version of the fest.

It was my first time going to Ohana and I was impressed. The setup was easy to navigate at Doheny State Beach and they were checking vax cards/test results and had some tests on site.

Story Highlights

  • Not long after I sent last week’s edition of Festival Pass with an interview with Kings of Leon at Ohana, we got word that the band had canceled its performance due to a family medical emergency.

  • That all happened after a thunderstorm forced fans to evacuate the venue for a bit. Reporter Kelli Skye Fadroski was there for all of that, and the music that came after.

And I hope that since Carlile is back again on Saturday that she brings out Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready and Matt Cameron for another collaboration — last weekend included a fantastic rendition of Soundgarden’s “Searching With My Good Eye Closed.” Even better, Pearl Jam brought Carlile out for “Better Man” and more people NEED to hear her trading vocals on that with Vedder.

Pro tip: If you’re going to Ohana Encore, it’s worth it to get the shuttle pass for parking. Plan for it to be about 45 min to get you from parking to the gate. (The trip back was about half the time.)