Perhaps it was just a simple twist of fate that put Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam on a trajectory to stardom. Perhaps it was nothing more than a brief confluence of the tide, swell, and wind that opened the door for everything that was to come.
Living, working odd jobs, and surfing in San Diego while trying to get a music career off the ground, one day in 1990, Vedder received a tape in the mail from Stone Gossard up in Seattle. On it was a demo recording of an instrumental arrangement called "Dollar Short."
With the tune in his head, Vedder paddled out to catch a few waves and found himself inspired. The lyrics for the song "Alive" sprung forth. Vedder quickly recorded a demo of the lyrics over the music and sent it back to Seattle.
By January of 1991, the members of what was to become Pearl Jam got in the studio and recorded the song. It became the anchor to their debut album, "Ten," which was released in July of 1991. But more importantly, it announced their arrival as bonafide rock 'n roll animals.
It "was the first song we ever wrote as a group," Vedder would later reflect.
Thirty years down the tracks, Vedder, Gossard, and Pearl Jam still have the volume cranked up and are doing everything they can to make the world a better place through their music and influence.
In 2016, Vedder hosted the first Ohana Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California. With a bill that included big-time names like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Strokes, and Vedder's surfing buddy, Jack Johnson, the three-day music festival was an immediate hit.
Even better, Vedder created the Ohana Festival with a conscience. Proceeds from the 2016 event benefited the Doheny State Beach Foundation and the San Onofre Park Foundation. Since then, the event has only become more focused on the environment and sustainability.
What Is the Ohana Festival?
Part music festival, part beach party, part gathering of the tribes, the Ohana Festival isn't your typical weekend of music. Like the baritone voice of its founder, the Ohana Festival resonates much deeper.
The 2022 Ohana Festival will feature some of the biggest acts in music, as well as some of the biggest names in the world of environmental justice and sustainability. The diverse list of headliners includes Vedder himself, Stevie Nicks, Jack White, Pink, and Billy Strings. In total, over 30 acts will jam their tunes over the three-day weekend.
Meanwhile, on the Storytellers Stage will be a host of bright minds and action-oriented environmental warriors. Among the names that will be sharing their stories and insights are Parley For The Oceans' Dr. Sylvia Earl, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Paul Watson, and shark advocate and photographer Mike Coots. See more about the Storyteller's lineup below.
All of this goodness goes down at Doheny State Beach, one of the most popular surfing beaches in all of California. Situated in the shadow of Dana Point, the location isn't without its own environmental lessons. The construction of the Dana Point harbor in the late 1960s and early '70s effectively killed the surf spot known as Killer Dana. A consistent, powerful right-hander, it was at Killer Dana that luminaries like Phil Edwards and Hobie Alter first carved out a name for themselves. And while the waves don't break at Killer Dana anymore, on any given day at Doheny, you'll find a multitude of generations and talent levels in the water together, all sharing waves and embracing the spirit of aloha.