Mumford & Sons Gives The Ohana Fest A Rousing Performance To Close An Epic Festival Weekend Watch Mumord & Sons and Eddie Vedder Perform "All Along The Watchtower"
DANA POINT, CA-
“… Mumford & Sons closed out the festival with a strong and memorable 15-song set. With their notable folk rock meets bluegrass meets alternative rock style, Marcus Mumford drummed on a couple songs and teased details of their new album Delta coming this November. Aside from their big hits “Little Lion Man,” “I Will Wait,” “Awake My Soul” and the incredibly moving song “Believe” — where Marcus sings “So open up my eyes / Tell me I’m alive / This is never gonna go our way / If I’m gonna have to guess what’s on your mind” — fans were treated to performances of their new songs “Woman” and “Guiding Light” off their new album. While the new songs were sonically a little more downtempo, deep and emotional compared to their otherwise lively and upbeat folk rock band, the songs still highlighted the band’s strong and emotionally-powered lyrics.
As long-time fans held up signs saying “Happy Birthday” to keyboardist Ben Lovett, the band and festival took a moment to sing “Happy Birthday,” only then to go into one of their early hits “The Cave.” As they whipped out their acoustic guitars, banjos, pianos and double bass throughout the set, parading through the crowd and exploding with energy and excitement, Marcus even mentioned that after playing so many festivals, Ohana was one of the best.
As the weekend closed, Ohana proved to be a particularly successful and pleasant festival experience. With the ocean air, strong performances and generally tame festival-goers, Mumford & Sons performed a four-song encore which ended with a vibe-y blues-rock cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” joined by festival founder/curator Eddie Vedder.
Before heading into the last song of the night, Vedder took a moment to remind the crowd what his festival is all about and how important it is to protect the oceans.
“This is the last song of the last night of three beautiful days under this beautiful sky next to this beautiful ocean,” Vedder said as the crowd roared in praise. “This beautiful ocean that we have to take care of, that if we don’t vote in the midterms — we’ve all seen up close and personal the crazy sh*t that can happen.”
He closed off to say: “Thank you to everyone on this stage. Most importantly, thanks for all you out there because you’ve given such a great wave of energy. We had waves out there and waves from you. We’ve been surfing the whole time, and surf’s been up here in Doheny.” …”