Ohana Festival, featuring Eddie Vedder, Stevie Nicks, Pink and more
It’s been a year of sobering highs and lows for Pearl Jam co-founder Eddie Vedder, whose fifth annual Ohana Festival kicks off its three-day 2022 Friday at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point.
He released a striking new solo album, but then postponed several February solo tours – including one in San Diego – after contracting a serious case of COVID-19.
On May 3, Pearl Jam kicked off their 2022 US tour, which had been pushed back from 2020 due to the pandemic. Later in May, several of those dates were canceled after two other Pearl Jam members — including drummer and San Diego native Matt Cameron — contracted COVID.
Pearl Jam later canceled several European summer tour dates because Vedder suffered throat damage during an outdoor concert in Paris, after inhaling smoke from fires caused by climate change.
Then, on July 28, the second weekend of its 2022 Ohaha Festival encore weekend — which was to feature Vedder, Alanis Morissette and the Black Keys — was canceled, likely due to low ticket sales.
The good news is that Ohana’s first weekend is going according to plan, with an inviting lineup that includes Vedder, Stevie Nicks, Pink, St. Vincent, Brittany Howard Billy Strings and over two dozen other artists.
From Friday to Sunday. Doheny State Beach 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. $159 (one-day general admission ticket), $450 (three-day general admission pass), $499 (one-day VIP pass), $1,399 (three-day VIP pass). ohanafest.com
Can a young Spanish neo-flamenco vocal dynamo become, in just five years, one of the most striking pop stars of her generation?
Absolutely, in the case of Rosalía, whose widely acclaimed third and most recent album, “Motomami” this year, finds her merging and twisting different genres – from reggaeton and hip-hop to bachata and exercise – with skill, passion and a singular sense of purpose.
His empowering song lyrics are just as powerful as his music. And her charismatic performances helped her win over audiences with little or no familiarity with the flamenco traditions on which Rosalía’s musical foundations rest.
Born Rosalía Vila Tobella, she hails from Sant Cugat del Vallès in Catalonia, Spain. Flamenco originated in the Andalusian region of the country, some 435 miles away, but the music seems to be ingrained in its DNA.
His second album, 2018’s “El Mal Querer”, is probably the first such album to be released for the first time as a diploma thesis (at the Catalunya College of Music in Barcelona, where Rosalía was a student).
One of the biggest hits of Coachella 2019, she has yet to perform in San Diego. That should make Rosalía’s first sold-out concert here this weekend a night to remember.
8:30 p.m. Sunday. Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater at SDSU, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego. ticketmaster.com
“Celebrating David Bowie”, with Adrian Belew and Todd Rundgren
At least two David Bowie tribute tours have stopped in San Diego in recent years. “A Bowie Celebration,” fronted by his former keyboardist Mike Garson, was at the Belly Up and Humphreys, while Holy Holy, a band fronted by bassist and former Bowie album producer Tony Visconti, was at the Music Box.
Now get ready for “Celebrating David Bowie,” which is fronted by former Bowie guitarist Adrian Belew, whose many other credits include Frank Zappa and King Crimson.
The band co-headlines 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Todd Rundgren, who never worked with Bowie, but why quibble?
Belew and Rundgren will share the stage here at the Balboa Theater with a group of seasoned musicians. The lineup includes Jeffrey Gaines, Spacehog’s Royston Langdon, Fishbone’s Angelo Moore and at least three others who will largely focus on Bowie’s best-known songs. The Balboa is, by the way, just two blocks from the now sadly inactive Spreckels Theater where Bowie memorably performed in 1991 with his hard-rock band, Tin Machine.
8 p.m. Thursday. Balboa Theater, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown. $36 to $155. ticketmaster.com