There’s a pretty hearty lineup for this Saturday’s 15th annual Hot Stove Cool Music show at the Paradise, but one tidbit among the dozens or so performers stands out the most: the reunited Juliana Hatfield Three will return to the stage for their first live gig in roughly two decades. We say roughly, because no one seems to remember when the ’90s indie rock trio’s last gig actually was.
“It will be our first show together in about 20 years, I think,” Hatfield wrote on Facebook last month. “Does anyone know when/where/how our last show was? I don’t remember.”
The best answer seems to be February 19, 1994 at the Palace in Los Angeles, California, making this weekend’s mini-set an appearance just under 21 years in the making, and a nice re-introduction to a band that has a new record, Whatever, My Love, out next month.
It’s the lead note for the 15th edition of Hot Stove Cool Music — the bi-annual charity event that has since 2000 raised $7 million for the Jimmy Fund and the Foundation To Be Named Later — but not the only note.
“Organizing the Hot Stove All-Stars gets more challenging every year because of the amount of amazing musicians who volunteer to take part,” says HSCM’s Music Director Ed Valauskas in a presser. “I think it’s a testament to the energy and camaraderie of the event that so many want to join us year after year. Inevitably, at the end of the night, most of them say to me, ‘Sign me up for next year.’ I guess it’s a little like the Mafia… once you’re in, you’re in.”