Five years ago while studying at Boston University, Jen Brown booked an Elliott Smith tribute show through WTBU and BU Central. Now, with the tenth anniversary of the celebrated singer-songwriter’s death approaching October 21, Brown has organized another gathering to pay respect to Smith. This time, it’s on a much larger scale.
Presented by Brown’s new media outlet The Bomber Jacket and Saltlands Studio, the night billed as An Elliott Smith Tribute Show is set for October 21 at Glasslands in Brooklyn, New York, and the lineup is impressive: Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith (DIIV) with Sky Ferreira, Yoni Wolf of WHY?, the Low Anthem, Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic, Marissa Nadler, Aaron Pfenning, Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis, and others performing their own songs as well as the music of Smith.
“I booked an Elliott Smith tribute show five years ago and it was really rewarding — one of the most meaningful music-related projects I’ve ever worked on,” Brown tells Vanyaland. “The results from that show inspired me to take on this project.” She adds that the Boston University show “was on a much smaller scale with more local musicians, but it still captured the essence of Elliott’s music and brought a lot of people together.”
The show will serve to honor Smith’s music and legacy as well as support the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund, which benefits a pair of charities: Outside In, a Portland-based nonprofit that helps homeless Portland Youth, and Free Arts for Abused Children, also a nonprofit that offers art programs for children who’ve experienced abuse, poverty, and homelessness.