Album artwork courtesy of Kill Rock Stars

Elliott Smith’s music impacted not only listeners, but especially other musicians, drawn to his brilliant songwriting, the way his songs catalogued ordinary life and landmarks in Portland, or to his low-fi recordings, which could strip away all artifice from the most nakedly personal of songs. Smith’s best-selling album Either/Or turns 20 years old this year, and a reissue with previously unreleased songs and live takes will be released March 10th by local label Kill Rock Stars

Join us as we explore the lasting importance of Elliott Smith’s music in a special event, Either/Or at 20: Celebrating the Music of Elliott Smith, Wednesday March 29th at 7pm at OPB. We’ll hear from Jackpot studios‘ Larry Crane — who remastered the reissue of Either/Or — and Kill Rock Stars‘ Slim Moon in conversation with April Baer. Artists Sean Croghan, Matt Drenik, Luz Elena Mendoza, Catherine Feeny and The Secret Sea will play songs by Elliott Smith.

Tickets to this event are free, and limited in number. See our Eventbrite page to reserve a spot.

The program will also be recorded for broadcast on State of Wonder and Think Out Loud, with video of the performance for release on opbmusic in early April.