Pearl Jam Playing First Concert in Three Years

by Emily Morgan
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Pearl Jam has confirmed its first U.S. performance of 2021, marking the first time the band has performed live since 2018. The band’s return to the stage will take place at frontman Eddie Vedder’s Ohana Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, Calif. 

Vedder will also perform solo at the fifth annual event alongside Kings Of Leon, My Morning Jacket, Maggie Rogers, Brandi Carlile, Black Pumas, the Frames, and Sharon Van Etten. The festival is scheduled for Sept. 24 to 26.

Event organizers canceled the 2020 edition of Ohana due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets for the 2021 event are on sale now at Ohanafest.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the San Onofre Parks Foundation and the Doheny State Beach Foundation.

In addition, other performers for the festival include YOLA, Mac DeMarco, Cold War Kids, Real Estate, Jade Bird, Durand Jones and the Indications, CAAMP, and The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon. 

Besides musical performers, the festival will also feature a Storytellers Cove with conversations on sustainability, wellness, and other issues.

“Ohana comes down to the generosity of the man himself,” the Frames frontman Glen Hansard told Variety. “Everybody on the bill, Ed chose. One of the things I love about Ed, and I feel similarly about the way I operate, is that you’d be surprised what music a guy in a worldwide successful rock band listens to.”

Hansard added, “It wouldn’t necessarily be the music you think. Going along to Ohana illustrated how broad Ed’s taste is, and the cross-section of music that he was picking out of the sky. It was great for me to be involved. I felt very welcomed. And I feel welcomed by Pearl Jam fans, which I don’t take for granted. It isn’t lost on me.”

Pearl Jam Makes Festival Return After Ending Tour Early

Pearl Jam’s last live performance was Sept. 4, 2018, at Boston’s Fenway Park. The band’s 2020 tour was set to feature music from their latest album, Gigaton. Yet, the band put the tour on a hiatus due to the pandemic. 

Pearl Jam also rescheduled their 2020 European tour dates for 2022. However, Pearl Jam’s website still lists a performance the weekend of Sept. 18 at the Sea Hear Now festival in Asbury Park, N.J., but no official announcement has yet been made if the show is moving forward. 

The band also recently released Deep, an online archive featuring material from over ten years of live performances. The web hub features songs from 186 shows, including 5404 individual tracks from Pearl Jam. 

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