Earnest Yearning at the Home Shows

Photo by Dave Vann

In an age of instant information and constant ethical handwringing, every moment of cultural engagement must stand up to a certain postmodern calculus. During their two-show run at Safeco Field in mid-August, Pearl Jam seemed to know this. As much as a six-piece band on a massive stage inside a baseball stadium can, they shared the spotlight, directing attention to “the issue,” as Eddie Vedder put it, consistently and sincerely addressing homelessness in Seattle in way that added depth and feeling to the performance.

The Home Shows, as the band called them, ended up raising almost $12 million for homeless advocacy organizations in King County.

Read Jonathan Zwickel’s complete review of the Aug. 8 show.