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On Wednesday night October 3, Treasure Island will be engineered to rock as the Oracle Appreciation Event gets revved up and attendees get rolling. The night's headliner is legendary band Pearl Jam, a group that's been making music for over 20 years and continues to push boundaries to make great sounds. Kings of Leon will also be performing, featuring tunes from their latest disc Come Around Sundown as well as tracks from previous hits.
As always at the Oracle Appreciation Event, there will be unlimited refreshments, fun and games, and the most awesome views of San Francisco from just about anywhere. Join us—it's our way of saying thanks to you for supporting Oracle and our flagship conference.
Complimentary shuttle service to and from Treasure Island will be provided, so all you have to worry about is having a rocking night of your own.When: Wednesday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.–1:00 a.m.
Where: Treasure Island, San Francisco
Pearl Jam rose from the ashes of 80s Pacific Northwest combos Green River and Mother Love Bone. Songs from their debut, including "Jeremy," "Alive" and "Evenflow," have become modern classics. For the past twenty years, the band has remained a major force in rock and roll, as much for its aggressive loyalty to its social and political principles and restless experimentation as for its rock radio staples and bestselling albums.
Throughout their two decades together, the band's independent spirit has set them apart from other bands, leaving the record studios behind to produce the music they want. 2009's Backspacer, the band's first self-released album, "has a pleasurable mix of lean, mean rock 'n' roll and pensive ballads that reflect both the state of the world and the band's place in it." (Billboard) The band's ninth studio release "backspaces to that boyish spirit, with the shortest, tightest, punkiest tunes they've ever banged out." (Rolling Stone)
In celebration of the band's twenty-year anniversary, Pearl Jam hosted and headlined a weekend concert celebration at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin followed by a ten-date Canadian tour. In addition to these live shows, the band released a Cameron Crowe-directed film, Pearl Jam Twenty, which captures the band's journey over its twenty years, along with an accompanying book and soundtrack album.Video: Amongst the Waves by Pearl Jam (4:03)
The first thing that strikes you about Kings of Leon's fifth album, Come Around Sundown, is the sheer musical diversity of its songs, which touch on everything from gospel to angular post-punk to bonafide country, and even to '50s-style doo-wop. The album's huge range proves that Kings of Leon haven't lost the restless, experimental nature that has made them such an exciting band to watch.
That Caleb, Nathan, Jared, and Matthew Followill continue to follow their own muse and refuse to play it safe is especially impressive coming as they are on the heels of Kings of Leon's most successful album to date: 2008's Only By The Night, which catapulted the band into the mainstream. The multi-platinum-selling album debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, hit No. 1 in five countries, sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide, and earned Kings of Leon four Grammy Awards.
On their latest disc Come Around Sundown, Kings of Leon haven't sacrificed any of the rich, anthemic quality that made Only By the Night so appealing. While both albums combine a grand and propulsive rock sound with intimate post-punk moods, the band has upped the ante on the new one by connecting the dots between the blues, classic rock, and gospel influences of the Followill's childhood to the alternative and indie rock Jared introduced them to in adulthood.Video: Back Down South by Kings of Leon (4:04)
The fact is, no one sounds like X and no one ever will.
It's not surprising when you consider the group's unique beginnings. On the same day with nearly the exact same wording, two want-ads appeared in a local music rag. One was sent in by a guitarist named Billy Zoom; the other by a bassist who called himself John Doe.
Zoom, a rockabilly rebel, had read a negative review of a band called the Ramones. So naturally, he went to see them. That show was in early '77, and as soon as the Ramones started to perform, Zoom realized that, musically, he'd found exactly what he wanted to do with his life. Doe was already down with the East Coast CBGB's scene, and by the time he and Zoom got in the same room together after responding to each other's ads, it seemed it was meant to be. They performed a few shows before a poet entered the picture. Doe found her at a poetry reading; her name was Exene Cervenka. She soon ended up in the band.
After a succession of drummers, Doe found their man. His name was D.J. Bonebrake and he quickly signed on. The band was now complete, and X would soon emerge from the young punk scene as one of its most successful offspring.
The band's early albums explored dark love and an even darker L.A. with the unflinching eye of a Raymond Chandler novel. As X released ensuing albums, the band continued to grow sonically and politically, fearlessly mixing genres without ever losing its center. Each member has gone on to explore diverse careers that include acting, art, writing, producing and multiple side projects.