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The Mind Warp Pavilion: David Bowie Celebration


Sat 7 Jan 2017, 7:00pm–12:00am

Where: Claremont Showground, 1 Graylands Road, Claremont, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed


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Listed by: leannecasellas

In the avalanche of events to celebrate the extraordinary genius of David Bowie, this is the only show in WA to utilise the talent of local musicians - over 40 of them!

On the eve of what would have been iconic Starman, David Bowie’s 70th birthday we celebrate his memory and unrivalled contribution to six decades of music, art and popular culture.

A veritable galaxy of local musicians will come together delving into the many eras of Bowie adding their own magical interpretation of his classic hits and more. The live music sets will be interspersed with a DJ spinning a combo of Bowie tunes, his collaborations and covers.

This spectacular event, from the organisers of the wildly successful Red Parrot Reunions, is being staged at the fully revamped Gate One Theatre. It is going to be a killer show; one not to be missed for David Bowie aficionados and those who want to be educated in the way of Bowie alike.

Dressing up is not mandatory but we encourage people to unleash their glam side and be liberal with the stardust! Part proceeds will be donated to cancer research.

David Bowie made it all okay: Okay to be different, okay for a man to wear makeup and feather boas, okay to be gay, okay to experiment with music, sex or whatever turned you on. He made us go a bit wild, think wild, be wild; he made us think in technicolour and not accept the norm. It’s this legacy and more that we will be celebrating in an epic production that includes live music, live art, projections and a DJ.

The event's musical director, Greg Dear says:
Perth's music community has worked extremely hard to make this a special and memorable event. It has been fascinating and inspiring to see how much love for Bowie there is among them, from young performers through to those in their 50s who grew up with Bowie as their adolescent soundtrack.

Each song in the three live music sets will be performed by a different vocalist. The variations in how they are bringing these songs to life are amazing. Most of the performances adhere closely to Bowie's versions but some are putting their own stamp on the song, with a few interesting surprises. Regardless of how close or how far they stray from the original version, every performer is injecting love and respect into that performance.

Band members and singers have blown my mind with the dedication and reverence that they have brought to this project.

We've ended up with a good cross-section of Bowie's musical works. This show delivers every turn in Bowie's journey from Space Oddity (the first work that brought Bowie to mainstream attention and launched his commercial career) though to Lazarus (his final musical gift, and perhaps the most emotionally complex song of all at a time like this - the week of both his birth and his passing).

No true fan of Bowie, or even slight admirer, has a justifiable reason for missing this event. It will be an education for some and a reverential experience for others.