Jazz Fest News: Pearl Jam, Brandi Carlile Fight North Carolina's HB2

Pearl Jam will play Jazz Fest Saturday (Acura Stage, 4:30 p.m.), and the band was scheduled to play Raleigh, North Carolina tonight. Two days ago, Pearl Jam announced that it would join Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Bryan Adams and boycott the state until it overturned the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, the law that has come to be known as simply HB2 or "the bathroom bill." HB2 prohibits members of the transgender community from using the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

Brett Harris Works on His Honesty

Brett Harris is a reason to revisit the nature/nurture debate. The singer and multi-instrumentalist from Durham, North Carolina grew up in a rural area where the only pop music he heard was on commercial radio in the ’90s, and the family had Beatles albums but not a turntable to play them on. There was a piano in the house and his brother had a guitar with a few broken strings, but nobody in the house was particularly musical. Still, Harris figured out how to make music with those meagre instruments.

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