A look back (and forward) to Ohana and the world’s quietest music festival – Orange County Register

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Shortly after sending last week’s edition of Festival Pass with an interview with Kings of Leon to Ohana, we learned that the group had canceled her performance due to a family medical emergency.

Festival curator Eddie Vedder stepped in to headliner a second night (after previously headlining solo on Saturday and with Pearl Jam on Sunday) and shared the sad news of the mother’s passing of the Followill brothers of the Kings of Leon.

It all happened after a the storm forced the fans to evacuate the hall for a moment. Journalist Kelli Skye Fadroski was there for it, and the the music that comes after.

I visited Ohana on Sunday and was blown away by a series of performances by Yola, Brandi Carlile, Jade Bird Mon Laferte and Sharon Van Etten. Oh yeah, and Pearl Jam played too. I wrote about it all.

It was my first time in Ohana and I was impressed. The setup was easy to navigate at Doheny State Beach and they were checking vax charts / test results and doing onsite testing.

Pearl Jam is back this weekend for the Ohana Encore, which is a slightly scaled-down version of the festival. And I’m hoping that since Carlile is back on Saturday, she’ll bring 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”. Better yet, Pearl Jam brought Carlile out for “Better Man” and more people NEED to hear his voice interacting with Vedder.

Pro tip: If you’re going to Ohana Encore, it’s worth taking the shuttle pass to the parking lot. Allow approximately 45 minutes to get from the parking lot to the gate. (The return trip was about half the time.)

In other festival news, this weekend we have the Hermosa Harmony Festival in Hermosa Beach, Afterburner in Huntington Beach and more. Read on.

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder headlines the annual Ohana Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Sunday, September 26, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

All Ohana

Catch up on our coverage of last weekend’s Ohana Festival (and don’t miss the photos of Drew A. Kelley in the stories):

The Ohana Encore takes place this weekend on Friday and Saturday, with Pearl Jam headlining both nights.

The first Hermosa Harmony Festival arrives at Hermosa Beach Pier on October 2 with music from DJs and live bands that can only be heard with wireless headphones. (Photo courtesy of World of Sound Productions)


The quietest music festival in the area debuts this weekend at Hermosa Beach. After canceling its August edition due to the coronavirus, the Hermosa Harmony Festival takes place this weekend. And it’s a festival where the neighbors don’t complain about the noise.

Onlookers watch and take photos as the US Navy Blue Angels fly over the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach on Thursday, September 30, 2021 in preparation for the Pacific Airshow to be held Friday through Sunday in Huntington Beach. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

Hit the afterburner

The first Afterburner Music Festival takes place this weekend in collaboration with the Pacific Air Show at Huntington Beach. Sammy Hagar play friday and Sam Hunt is headlining Saturday.

Porter Robinson performs at Second Sky at Oakland Arena Grounds in September 2021. (Courtesy Porter Robinson)

“Nourish” in nature

EDM star Porter Robinson does a few shows to support the new album “Nurture,” including a pair of shows at Los Angeles State Historic Park this weekend.

Korean pop group BTS attends Variety’s Hitmakers 2019 Brunch in West Hollywood, California on December 7, 2019. South Korean group BTS has won four awards, including Best Song for “Dynamite” and Best Group at MTV Europe Music Awards Sunday, November 8, 2020 while Lady Gaga won the award for best artist. (Photo by Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP, File)

BTS returns

The K-Pop group have announced a new tour after canceling their previous one due to the pandemic. The “Dynamite” hitmakers will perform four shows at SoFi Stadium. Get the details and find out how to get tickets.

Bob Mold’s most recent album, “Blue Hearts”, was inspired by the singer-guitarist’s concerns about political, cultural and societal issues. He will perform songs from it when he appears at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on October 2, 2021. (Photo by Blake Little Photography)

If he can’t change his mind

Bob Mold has written dozens of awesome songs, from his time with Hüsker Dü and Sugar to his solo work. Peter Larsen met Mold about his new album, “American Crisis”, before his show at the Teragram this weekend.

LAS VEGAS – MAY 09: Hits singer Fee Waybill performs during the “Hit Man: David Foster and Friends” concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 9, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Tubes perform at Canyon Club Agoura Hills on October 1 and in Montclair on October 2. (Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

One in a million

Fee Waybill of the Tubes still has 18 inch stiletto heels which he wears as a character on the Quay Lewd stage. You can see Quay Lewd and Waybill this weekend when the Tubes play Agoura Hills and Montclair.

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