Pearl Jam's Mike McCready Set for Performance With Seattle Symphony

Concert will be a part of Sonic Evolution series celebrating Seattle music, more inside.

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Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, the winner of UG's recent vote for most underrated guitarist, is set for a Benaroya Hall performance with Seattle Symphony on January 30, 2015.

The guitarist will join the symphony as a part of Sonic Evolution, a Ludovic "Ludo" Morlot-conducted series celebrating Seattle music with guest appearances of notable local musicians from a vast array of genres.

As Guerrilla Candy reports, the event's promo material indicates that the evening will feature "brand-new symphonic compositions inspired by musical icons Pearl Jam, Nirvana and more."

So this will be more than just Mike jamming Jam tunes with the orchestra, but rather a chance to hear actual new symphony pieces inspired by grunge icons. Ticket prices vary from $20 to $50, more info here.

Interestingly enough, this won't be McCready's first time rocking the Benaroya Hall, as he joined Bradi Carlile for her 2003 symphony at this very same location. Furthermore, it won't be his first time to join forces with Ludovic either, as he had performed with the maestro in 2012 at Chihuly Boathouse as part of a Seattle Symphony fundraiser.

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    Man, Mike McCready is a great example of a guitarist who tastefully uses his influences. One of the best Strat tones in modern music...
    Your post about his influences reminded me of when I read a McCready comment that said, "My performance on the version of Evenflow that made it onto the record was the best take of my worst Stevie Ray Vaughn imitation." Guy should be a legend, shame he's so overlooked. Much like Dean from STP.
    Feels kinda weird that Gossard isn't doing it with him. They work so well together in PJ.
    he comes across as a really nice guy, great guitarist and should also note his personal struggles with crohn's disease, always wanted to meet him in person.