Pearl Jam brings 'Home Shows' to Seattle to fight homelessness
Marking their first show in Seattle in five years, 'Pearl Jam' is partnering with more than 140 foundations, businesses, and government agencies to aid the homeless
Seattle's own Pearl Jam is returning to their home grounds for their first show in five years. On August 8 and 10, Pearl Jam will be bringing 'The Home Shows' to Safeco Field, but the two-day gig is more than just a homecoming for the grunge legends. The bigger agenda of the shows is to fight homelessness in the city, which the band will be contributing towards by teaming up with more than 140 foundations, businesses, and government agencies.
Addressing the issue, 'Pearl Jam' posted on their website, "The region's homelessness population is now the third largest in the country, with over 12,000 people living without shelter on any one night. This is not a number to be proud of." As Seattle Times notes, at first, the band suggested a $1 million dollar pledge to combat homelessness in Seattle. After more than 70 partner organizations and individual donors chipped in, that number quickly rose to $10 million dollars.
The drive against homelessness has quickly garnered support from local businesses as well. More than 80 restaurants are donating at least 10% of their August 8th sales to the Home Show funds. Dutch Bros Coffee is donating 60% of their sales from 3 King County locations. Molly Moon’s is donating all the profits from the Home Show sundaes sold during the entire month at all of their Seattle locations. Others donating include Georgetown Brewing, Dumplings of Fury, and Big Chickie.
As of writing this piece, the latest amount raised is $11.5 million and growing according to the Seattle Times, with Pearl Jam having previously promised to match every dollar in donation up to $960,000. Donors have chosen specific charities and the band has put together an informal advisory group of nonprofit leaders who’ll put in their suggestions on how the funds should be dispersed.
Lead guitarist Mike McCready said in a statement to the Seattle Times, “I grew up here and I’ve never seen anything like this…we don’t know what the solution is, but we want to be part of some of it.”
Guitarist Stone Gossard said, “Seattle is our hometown. When there are challenges here, we want to be part of the solution. It's heartening so many organizations and individuals coming together to do the same. It's going to take all of us."
After the tickets for the shows were quickly sold out, Pearl Jam tweeted on Monday (Aug 5) that another batch of tickets just became available on LiveNation.com. You can also join the movement by donating or volunteering through Pearl Jam's official website. Check out a teaser for 'Pearl Jam's' 'Home Shows' below: