Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 10-11
It’s all Pearl Jam’s fault that Eddie Vedder turned to the ukulele. With its grunge beginnings and punkish assault on the tired rock scene it helped displace in the ‘90s, the band left its audience in a sea of plaid flannel, begging for more. Pearl Jam has grown up, and so has its iconic lead singer. Stepping away from the band temporarily, Vedder has taken his powerful songwriting into a new direction with his second solo album, last year’s Ukulele Songs. When you hear him at the Brady Theatre, Sunday and Monday (Nov. 18-19), you’ll find a more finely-tuned singer, subtlety and a tempered elegance from an instrument more closely associated with Hawaii Five-O’s inimitable and charming Don Ho. Vedder and his ukulele plays the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St., with special guest Glen Hansard (the Swell Season). Shows are at 7:30 p.m., and tickets ($75) are available at www.bradytheater.com. Pearl Jam fans, don’t despair. Vedder has yet to put his guitar down – the band has concerts booked into 2013.