Tuesday, January 12, 2016

San Diego Celebrates The Life & Mourns The Loss of David Bowie

Photo by Phil DeFalco, Wiltern, 2003. Used with permission.

I obviously don't need to tell anyone that on Sunday night, the world was delivered the sad news of the passing of David Bowie, just a few short days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final album, "Blackstar". The response was immediate and deep from fans worldwide, and San Diegans joined in remembering concerts, songs, records, and other moments of transformation catalyzed by David Bowie. There are a million articles and posts and tweets and whatnot, but one of my favorites is a blending of interviews by George Varga of the U-T, called David Bowie: In His Own Words. Naturally, people want to share the heaviness of the loss and places like the Office and Livewire and the radio airwaves have busted into spontaneous tributes, but we're also an organized group here in San Diego. So far, these are a few of the upcoming local tributes and memorials for David Bowie.

Wednesday, January 13 at the Casbah (9pm, FREE)
91X presents Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed - a Celebration of David Bowie with Ziggy Shuffledust and Schizophonics Live!

The music of David Bowie - all night long - this is a free event to celebrate the life, impact, and all around amazing talent that is David Bowie! Live sets by Ziggy Shuffledust and the Spiders from Mars, Schizophonics! DJ Mr Mazee & guests

Friday, January 15 at the Hideout (9pm, FREE)
SOUND + VISION - A Celebration of David Bowie at The Hideout

Handsome Skeleton (St. Vitus, Blood Ponies)
Timothy Hines (Tropical Popsicle)
Davey (Tiltwheel, Santa Ana Knights)
Ryan Hand (Wild Wild Wets, Tropical Popsicle)
Selector Beardon (Santa Ana Knights)

Sunday, January 17 at Spreckels Organ Pavilion (2pm, FREE)
Tribute to David Bowie

San Diego Civic Organist Dr. Carol Williams pays tribute to David Bowie during Sunday's Spreckels Organ Concert

Sunday, January 17 at the Hideout (8:45, Free)
Pants Karaoke Presents: Goodbye Spaceboy

All Bowie Karaoke, All Night. Sign up here.

Saturday, January 23 at Whistle Stop (5-8pm, Donations)
Hunky Dory Happy Hour: A Tribute to Bowie

Celebrate the life and music of David Bowie -- and help fight cancer!
DJ Claire & friends will be playing their favorite Bowie and Bowie-inspired/influenced records.
Proceeds will support cancer research.
Guest selectors include: Alfred Howard (Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact, The Midnight Pine, Birdy Bardot, and Dani Bell & the Tarantist), Lety Beers (The Schizophonics), Pat Beers (The Schizophonics), Diana Death, Mark E Quark, Ikah Love, Heather Hardcore, and more to be announced.

Saturday January 23 at Numb3rs Nightclub
Club Sabbat presents A Night Honoring David Bowie (9pm, $5)

San Diego's classiest Gothic, Industrial, Fetish event
On this night we join together in music, fashion and dance to honor the life of the legendary David Bowie. All proceeds from this night will be going to fight cancer at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.

DJs: Diskdroid (Sabbat, Cydonia), Ladynoir (Darkwave Garden, Cathedral), Vaughn Avakian (Neon Beat)

Along with playing David Bowie songs, Bowie-inspired tracks, plus the best in Gothic, Industrial, Ebm and Darkwave throughout the night, you are encouraged to dress in theme.

Hosted by Robin Roth (91X, Sabbat, Ascension, Pussy Galore)

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