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The Pearl Lining of Katrina's Wrath

By Julene McCoy in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 14, 2005 3:07PM

Got an extra grand? Want to wear flannel? Want to help others? The perfect solution goes on sale Saturday at 10 am. Pearl Jam is playing a benefit concert at the House of Blues here in Chicago on October 5th to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

All net proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, and the Jazz Foundation of America. The last two charities will work together to help the music community hit by Hurricane Katrina.

Don’t have the cash to see Pearl Jam or terrified of the Ticketmaster charges on a $1K ticket? (They better not be charging their fees on a benefit concert, honestly.) The live version of “Given to Fly” filmed during their 2005 Canadian tour and aired on the ReAct Now relief special can be downloaded from the Sony Connect Music Store.

Pearl Jam acknowledges that this is a high-end benefit, but believes that the dire need warrants the ticket prices.