Six of the songs on Portland Cello Project’s new album to e.s. are Elliott Smith covers and the other six are newly commissioned works based on Smith’s beautiful compositional style, including a new piece from Rachel Grimes of The Rachel’s. Tonight at The Cedar, PCP plays these Smith-inspired pieces and covers, which will make for a night of moving music even if you’re not that familiar with the honoree’s work. 7:30 PM. $18 at the door. —Manny Alanejo

Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave S, MPLS, thecedar.org