Pearl Jam 20: Pearl Jam, Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney, John Doe, and others | Alpine Valley Music Theatre | Fairs & Festivals, Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Pearl Jam 20: Pearl Jam, Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney, John Doe, and others Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., Sept. 3, 12 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 4, 12 p.m. 2011

Who knew? Pearl Jam came off like some perfect poser cash-in during the dawn of the grunge gold rush, when the underground consigned itself wholesale to the major labels in hopes of replicating Nirvana's fame flash. Eddie Vedder and company seemed to come out of nowhere, had the temerity to debut on a major, and looked like they were huddling up in a cheesy prayer circle on the cover of Ten to boot. But who's laughing now, 20 years later? (Yes, you are that old, and so are they.) Pearl Jam are into their fourth generation of fans (and on album, like, 81), and they're the only grunge band to make it up to and through the current grunge revival. Plus grunge auteur Cameron Crowe has directed a forthcoming feature-length documentary, PJ20, about the band's 20-year rise. Now, Pearl Jam are inviting all of their love-you-long-time bro-dogs and sisses out to the Wisconsin woods to have a special festival-style birthday party amid the trees and cicadas of Alpine Valley. —Jessica Hopper This set is part of the PJ20 Destination Weekend, whose lineup also features the Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, Mudhoney, John Doe, Liam Finn, Glen Hansard, and others. 9:30 PM (music begins at noon)

Price: $50-$89

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