Monday, January 18, 2016

Two More Chances to Celebrate the Life of David Bowie

Last week many of us woke up the news that cultural icon, musician, innovator, and visionary David Bowie had passed away. It was shocking at first, it was hard to believe that such a vibrant human could ever pass away. Our social media feeds were filled with photos, quotes and pictures of the the legend and we all took a minute to catch our breath. Slowly, details about his final days came to light. Mr. Bowie fought an 18 month battle with cancer while he wrote his 28th and final album Blackstar.

He remained an artist to the end, an inspiration for the rest of us that live to create. More importantly he reminded me the impact that music can have on your life. His music united people of all ages, races, and creeds. He held the attention of the public and shaped our culture in ways that are irreversible. He questioned sex, culture and race and he wrote songs that me and my father could sing along to together, a very rare occurrence. Bowie's music helped him achieve something that most people won't, immortality. Every time another person discovers Ziggy, or feels heart break for Major Tom, Bowie is reborn. He is part of our collective cultural memory. Every time you put on your red shoes and dance the blues Bowie comes back to life. Bowie cannot be taken down by cancer or anything else because Bowie is forever.

That being said, their are two ways to celebrate the life of David Bowie in style this weekend. The Loving Touch is hosting Bowie Night, a tribute to David Bowie. The event will feature performances by Air is the Arche, Augie Visocchi, BARS OF GOLDBastardous, Earth Engine, Eddie, Nicole & TJ, Flowers Bloom, Javelins, My Girlfriend Beru, Taxon Clade, The Kickstand Band, The Messenger Birds, and The Scrappers. It's FREE to get in and the party starts at 7 p.m. They will even be rocking all Bowie tunes between sets!

Small's New Wave dance party series Thirst Wave will also be paying tribute to Bowie this weekend. In honor of the legend, DJ Pleasure Kitten, DJ Aaron Hingst and special guest DJ Jamie James will be paying tribute to Bowie. 21 and over, no cover before 10 p.m., and only $3 after 10 p.m. Doors for the dance party open and 9 p.m. and tribute costumes are highly encouraged.


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