The loss of David Bowie has left a void in the hearts of many. To commemorate both his death and birth – Bowie was born Jan 8 1947 and died on Jan 10 last year – Vancouver musicians and music fans are paying tribute to the late British rock star this month with no fewer than three evenings devoted to his music.
This Saturday night, Jan. 7, the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St.) presents its 2nd Annual Love: Bowie – A David Bowie Dance Party. DJs Christa Belle, Trevor Risk and Adam Fink will spin “Bowie inspired dance music” and two local acts will perform. Wallgrin is an art-pop project from local violinist/vocalist Tegan Wahlgren; Space Junk, a loose compendium of local musicians formed to pay tribute to the singer, was last seen in these parts performing the entirety of Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, at the Rickshaw Theatre. Other treats include complimentary Bowie makeup and David Bowie birthday cake. Tickets are $ 10 in advance at eventbrite.ca and $ 15 at the door. Proceeds go to cancer research.
A week later, on Jan 14, two more Bowie tributes come to the Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings St.) and the Rio Theatre. The Rickshaw returns with its second Bowie Ball, another action-packed night of live music with a plethora of local bands playing Bowie tunes. The lineup includes performers who played a similar tribute at the Rickshaw last year as well as some new blood. In all, more than a dozen acts will perform, including China Syndrome, The Judys, Space Junk (again), Cass King and the Next Right Thing and Left Spine Down. Tickets are available at local record stores Red Cat, Zulu, Highlife, Neptoon and at ticketfly.com.
That same night, some of the city’s burlesque performers join tassels at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) for A Live Band Burlesque Tribute to David Bowie. Performers include Burgundy Brixx, Shaboobie Boobarella, Sasja Smolders and more, with live music from Kitty Nights’ Hot & Heavy Band. Tickets are $ 15 in advance at kittnights.com and $ 20 at the door.