Elliott Smith Tribute Shows Promise Jon Brion, Ben Kweller, and More
All-star cast raising money in honor of Smith's would-be 44th birthday
Next month, to celebrate the late, great Elliott Smith’s would-be 44th birthday, the Friends and Family of Elliott Smith have organized a four-city concert series that will raise money for local charities while honoring the fallen indie hero. As SPIN previously reported, “No Name #1: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith” will host shows in Portland, Los Angeles, Austin, and New York. Lineup details were still a bit sketchy last month, but organizers have since shed light on the upcoming events, all of which take place between August 4 and 10.
The first gig happens August 4 in Portland, at the Doug Fir Lounge. Director Gus Van Sant will host a roster that includes Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, David Garza, the Geodes (a supergroup featuring longtime Elliott Smith collaborator and archivist Larry Crane, along with Paul Pulverenti and Paul Brainard, plus special guest Jolie Holland), Shon Sullivan (a.k.a. Goldenboy, a member of Smith’s backing band), Scott McPherson (also of Smith’s live band), Sean Croghan, Rebecca Gates and Joanna Bolme, Battleme, Matt the Electrician, and other as-yet-unannounced special guests. This showcase will benefit Outside In, an organization that focuses on assisting homeless youth. Advance tickets are available through Ticketfly.
Next up is the L.A. concert, booked for the Largo on August 6. Because that’s the day Smith would have actually turned 44, promoters are keeping this bill under wraps. As of now, all we know is that Jon Brion will host, Free Arts for Abused Children will receive proceeds, and tickets are currently sold out.
On August 9, No Name #1 will set up in Austin’s Scottish Rite Theater. Local radio legend Jody Denberg will host, and patrons can expect performances by Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, Ben Kweller, Dana Falconberry, Nina Diaz of Girl In a Coma, David Garza, the Impossibles’ Gabe Hascall, Nakia, Amy Cook, Suzanna Choffel, Dan Dyer, Tameca Jones, Johnny Goudie, Robert Harrison and Hollie Thompson of Future Clouds and Radar, Brad Houser, and other surprise special guests. The Sims Foundation, which provides mental health services to musicians, will benefit. Tickets are already sold out.
Finally, New York’s Bowery Ballroom will be taken over on August 10 by host Rhett Miller, who will MC a night featuring live music from Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek), Mary Lou Lord, David Garza, Meat Industry, Young Hines, Josh Ralph, Jerry Fuentes, Christina Courtin, and Katarina Guerra, plus special stories told by several of Elliott’s friends.” Proceeds will be directed to New Alternatives for LBGT Homeless Youth. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.