In case you haven’t heard, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney declared January 6th through January 14th an official celebration of David Bowie as the city commemorates the late musical icon’s work with Philly Loves Bowie week. Organized and curated by the inimitable DJ Robert Drake and his crew of lifelong Thin White Duke fans, we’re in the midst of a nine-day programming extravaganza that runs the gamut from Bowie-themed art shows and quizzo games to a birthday brunch and a closing night benefit show.
A handful of decades after Bowie recorded the first of three records here in Philly he returned to sit down with David Dye for some World Cafe sessions, first in 1997 and then in 2002 supporting Heathen and 2003 supporting Reality. The latter two visits are streaming now on NPR, where you can hear of some of the albums’ songs along with Bowie and Dye’s conversations about his working relationship with Tony Visconti, the inspiration for his later albums, and more.
Not all of the musical performances on New Year’s eve devolved into disaster; Sleater-Kinney paid tribute to David Bowie & George Michael at San Francisco’s Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, while Paul McCartney teamed up with The Killers in St. Barts for a rendition of “Helter Skelter.” Watch Sleater-Kinney’s performance here, and check out McCartney and The Killers’ performances below.
Nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning, ramping up excitement for the February 12th ceremony.
As expected Adele has received several nominations including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Hello,” while her third LP 25 is up for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.
Chance the Rapper and Anderson.Paak will vie for Best New Artist, with the former appearing again on both the Best Rap Performance shortlist for “No Problem” and the Best Rap Album shortlist for Coloring Book, while the latter’s Malibu appears in the Best Urban Contemporary group against Firefly Music Festival stand out Gallant and his Ology.
Almost a year after his death, fans of David Bowie are still feeling the pain of losing their idol so suddenly. Here in Philadelphia, the loss is especially heavy. This is the place, after all, where Bowie recorded three records, including Young Americans and David Live at the Tower Theater. The place where the Sigma Kids ruled the streets outside of the eponymous studio, welcoming anyone who had been inspired by Bowie’s confident and vibrant individuality to join their ranks.
Now, channeling their sadness into creative celebration, a group of those super-fans have curated a week-long David Bowie fest called Philadelphia Loves Bowie Week. There will be karaoke. There will be a birthday brunch. There will be quizzo. And everything, of course, will be in honor of The Thin White Duke.
Two of the many defining moments of 2016 are getting their own honorary night next month. The late David Bowie, who passed away on January 10th, and Rogue One, a Star Wars universe film that sees a theatrical release on December 16th, are the inspiration for Atomic City Comics and Tattooed Mom’s “Rebel Rebel” costume dance party, happening at the latter’s South Street bar on Friday, December 9th.
Along with the costume contest, participants will enjoy Stars Wars soundtrack mixes from DJ Foxx Boogie, Death Star pinatas, and themed photobooths. More information can be found on the Facebook event page here. Watch David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” below, along with the new trailer for Rogue One.
1925 – The “WSM Barn Dance” debuts on the Nashville radio station WSM. Two years later, the show is rechristened “The Grand Ole Opry.”