Pearl Jam – Based out of Seattle, Washington, Pearl Jam is one of the last remaining rock bands from the 90s grunge era that still has all of its original members. Lead vocalist, Eddie Vedder – best known for his unique voice, long hair, and stage antics – will take to the stage at VooDoo Fest and give the crowd a performance they will never forget. Celebrating 23 years as a band, Pearl Jam prides themselves on never having played the same set at one of their concerts, which is one of the many reasons fans love seeing them live. VooDoo festers should expect to hear some of the classics, like “Jeremy,” “Daughter,” and “Better Man,” but also some songs from their newest album “Lighting Bolt,” which releases internationally on October 14.
The Cure – This English rock band formed back in 1976 when punk culture and music were trending in Britain. By the 1980s, the band’s look and sound were so dark that frontman and songwriter Robert Smith began writing music that had more of a “pop” sound to it, hence the hits “Just Like Heaven,” “Friday, I’m in Love,” and “Lovesong,” which are hugely popular in the United States. Listening to those songs, you’d never imagine that the male vocalist wears red lipstick, eyeliner, and dons some very “Edward Scissorhands-like” black hair. I think the dichotomy between The Cure’s deceptively dark “look” and their lyrical, dance-worthy tunes is what makes this band so interesting and fun.
Alkaline Trio – Founded in late 1996, Alkaline Trio is a three-member punk rock band from McHenry, Illinois consisting of guitarist-vocalist Matt Skiba, bassist Dan Andriano, and drummer Derek Grant. “Radio,” a break-up ballad dripping with sentiment, is arguably one of the band’s best songs. I can imagine how much fun it is to join the crowd in singing long with Matt to the lyrics “I’ve got a big, fat expletive bone to pick/With you, my darling” and “If Columbus was wrong I’d drive straight off the edge.” Alkaline Trio will celebrate 20 years in 2016.