Friends and Family of Elliott Smith recently announced No Name #1: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith. No Name #1 is a four-city celebration for charity of Elliott’s incredible music, performed live in concert by his biggest fans and closest friends and collaborators. Between Aug. 4 and Aug. 10, corresponding to Elliott’s 44th birthday, over 100 musicians and artists from Portland to Los Angeles, Austin to New York City, will join together to play the songs that thrilled, comforted, inspired, and made the pre-smartphone generation feel a little less alone.
Each event is benefitting a local charity, and updated line ups were recently announced for each event that include Gus Van Sant, Jon Brion, Rhett Miller, Ben Kweller, Dana Falconberry, Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), Chris Thile, The Geodes (a supergroup consisting of Larry Crane, Paul Pulverenti, Paul Brainard, with special guest Jolie Holland), and many others. The line up for the Los Angeles event is top secret still, but promises to be special considering the location and for marking the occassion of Elliott’s 44th birtday.
Each specific event will be a benefit for a specific charity in the area, with Portland’s proceeds going to Outside In, Los Angeles’ proceeds going to Free Arts for Abused Children, Austin’s proceeds going to the SIMS Foundation, and New York’s proceeds going to New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth.
Portland, August 4th:
No Name #1, Portland: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith
Time: 8PM / Venue: Doug Fir Lounge / Host: Gus Van Sant
Charity: Outside In. Updated Line Up: David Garza, Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), The Geodes (feat. Larry Crane, Pauli Pulverenti, Paul Brainard, with special guest Jolie Holland), Shon Sullivan (Goldenboy, from Elliott’s band), Scott McPherson (from Elliott’s band), Sean Croghan, Rebecca Gates & Joanna Bolme, Battleme, Matt the Electrician, + other special surprise guests.
Los Angeles, August 6th (Elliott’s 44th birthday):
No Name #1, Los Angeles: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith
Time: 8PM / Venue: Largo Host: Jon Brion, with special friends
Charity: Free Arts for Abused Children. Updated Line Up: Top Secret
Austin, August 9th:
No Name #1, Austin: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith
Time: 8PM / Venue: Scottish Rite Theater / Host: Jody Denberg
Charity: The SIMS Foundation. Featuring: Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), Nina Diaz (of Girl In a Coma), David Garza, Gabe Hascall (Of The Impossibles), Ben Kweller, Dana Falconberry, Nakia, Amy Cook, Suzanna Choffel, Dan Dyer, Tameca Jones, Johnny Goudie, Robert Harrison & Hollie Thompson (of Future Clouds & Radar), Brad Houser (on bass), + special guests
New York, August 10th:
No Name #1, NYC: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith
Time: 9PM / Venue: Bowery Ballroom / Host: Rhett Miller (of The Old 97s)
Charity: New Alternatives for LBGT Homeless Youth. Featuring: Chris Thile (of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek), Mary Lou Lord, David Garza, Meat Industry, Young Hines, Josh Ralph, Jerry Fuentes, Christina Courtin, Katarina Guerra, plus special stories told by several of Elliott’s friends, + additional special guets.