Tyler Smilo: Songs and Stories, a Tale of Addiction and Recovery
Experience the stories behind the songs
Friday, Nov. 4 - 5
By now, you likely recognize Tyler Smilo's name — if not on its own, then from his band, Smilo and the Ghost (not to mention a recent coffee blend collaboration). The reason you recognize Smilo's name is that over time, he has grown to become one of Erie's strongest songwriters and musical talents, a flagship artist and an inspiration for so many others in the scene. Whether with his band (who has opened up for major names such as Dan + Shay and 10,000 Maniacs) or solo, Smilo's unique and personal style of folk songwriting has been a staple of our arts community. That's what makes his upcoming Songs and Stories shows so endearing — especially as they land just weeks after his four-year sobriety anniversary.
Songs and Stories: A Tale of Addiction & Recovery is designed to offer a glimpse into Smilo's life and the events that inspired so much of his music. These performances expose an even deeper intimacy than that which is already displayed in his songwriting, known for showcasing his stories and struggles. The shows, which are happening at PACA on State Street, promise that for two hours, the art and life of the songwriter will come full-circle for the audience. In this sense, his music and storytelling are bound to connect with anyone who's experienced similar challenges; if we're lucky, it won't be the last Songs and Stories show we get from Smilo and Co.
Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. // PACA Theater, 1505 State St., 2nd Floor // $20 // paca.org