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Ohana Festival 2017 Saturday pics & video (Fiona Apple, Eddie Vedder, more)

Dana Point, CA’s Ohana Festival continued on Saturday (9/9) with a headlining set from fest curator Eddie Vedder, who also appeared as a guest for a few artists’ sets on Friday and Saturday. The Orange County Register says:

With guitars, a ukulele and a mandolin arranged onstage, Vedder opened his set with a lovely and mournful cover of Fugazi’s “I’m So Tired” played on a vintage pump organ, setting the tone for the wildly varying set that followed. Pearl Jam’s “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town” followed, and crowds that had been clearly waiting for some of this all day long sang loudly through its “hearts and flowers fade” choruses.

Other highlights came with more fine covers (Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage,” George Harrison’s “Isn’t It a Pity,” done at the organ again) and the solo songs he’s released (“Far Behind” and “Rise” from the “Into the Wild” soundtrack), but it was naturally the Pearl Jam numbers that drew the biggest response from fans.

Of those it would be hard to top his take on “Just Breathe,” especially after he dedicated it to the young couple whose love had blossomed from the tragedy of 9-11, but Pearl Jam songs such as “Lukin,” which featured Vedder blazing away on his electric guitar, “Porch” and “Immortality” felt powerful too despite being performed by Vedder with just his guitar and the occasional foot-pedal thump of a drum.

The last few numbers built on the feeling of family inherent in the meaning of the festival’s name, with Vedder bringing out Simon Townshend, who’d played Friday, to cover his song “I’m the Answer,” Liam Finn for a take on “Society,” another of the “Into the Wild” songs, Glen Hansard for the always lovely “Falling Slowly” by the Irishman’s former group the Swell Season, and then Fiona Apple and her band for a rousing run through Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” that just managed to beat the 10 p.m. curfew at the beach park in Dana Point.

Watch video of “Falling Slowly” and “Rockin’ in the Free World” below.

Saturday at Ohana Festival also included a set from Fiona Apple, who made a rare festival appearance that included few covers: Frank Sinatra’s “I’ll Be Around,” The Brains’ “Money Changes Everything” (made popular by Cyndi Lauper), and Conway Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe.” She also performed “Container,” the theme from Showtime’s The Affair, live for the first time, and played an unreleased song, “Tipple.” She even did a cartwheel! Watch video from Fiona’s set, cartwheel included, below.

Glen Hansard, Liam Finn, and Ray LaMontagne rounded out Saturday’s lineup. Check out pictures in the gallery above, and find pictures from Friday at Ohana HERE.

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