Social Distortion Plays To An Adoring Ohana Fest Crowd [PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: SOCIAL DISTORTION @ THE OHANA FEST 9/8/17
Dana Point, CA- Southern California loves Social Distortion, and their fans came out in droves to see them rock The Ohana Fest main stage on day one. I asked a handful of fans in the audience whether they were there for the whole weekend or just to see Social D perform. About half of the those I polled said that they were at The Ohana Fest on Friday for their hometown So-Cal boys. See, sometimes having single day tickets to purchase for music festivals is a good thing!
The band kicked off their set with the fast paced “Still Alive”, then slowed it down with one of their older songs “99 to Life”. The first two songs basically set the blueprint for the rest of their set, which had selections that spanned every “era” of their repertoire. From relatively “newer” cuts like “California (Hustle and Flow)”, to their classic cover of “Ring of Fire”, to lesser known cuts like “Angel’s Wings”, to their seminal hit like “Don’t Drag Me Down”, there were songs for every type of fan.
Midway through their set, as they performed one of their biggest hits, “Ball and Chain”, the festival’s host, Eddie Vedder, walked onto the stage mid-song to join the band and sing a verse. This seemingly spontaneous moment elicited loud cheers from the audience, and definitely gave those witnessing this musical moment something they could take to the water cooler at work on the following Monday.
But even without Eddie’s pop-up, Mike Ness and company served the audience a solid set of the punk/rockabilly that has endeared so many fans to their music. Their set had sing-a-longs, crowd surfers (one of whom surfed all the way up to the photo pit subsequently landing on my head) and most importantly those bad-ass So-Cal musical vibes that we Social D fans have loved since day 1.