While lucky locals in five cities – namely London, New York, Tokyo, L.A. and Sydney – get to enjoy the mammoth production is ‘Celebrating David Bowie’ today (concerts put on simultaneously in each of aforemtioned cities featuring musicians with two degrees of separation to the Bowie legacy) the rest of us can enjoy, later this month, something closer to home dubbed the ‘National Bowie Festival’.
The production is an extrapolation of Australian musician Jeff Duff’s tribute show to David Bowie from a repertoire originally called ‘Bowie Unzipped’ which features fan favourites including Life On Mars, Space Oddity, Changes, Let’s Dance and oh-so many more.
Duff is joined on stage by guitarist Jak Housden from The Whitlams along with keyboardist extraordinaire Glenn Rhodes and drummer/percussionist Jess Ciampa, each giving their all in the name of adulation and respect for Bowie.
There’s a reason this show has been given the official nod from the BowieNet website and that it has been going on in various guises for so long: it’s that bloody good. Michael Mastess
‘National Bowie Festival’ Dates and Venues:
8 JANUARY : 8PM | FLYING SAUCER CLUB, VIC
20 JANUARY : 8PM | THE GOV, SA
21 JANUARY : 8PM | THE CHARLES HOTEL, WA
22 JANUARY : 9PM | SETTLERS TAVERN, WA
27 JANUARY : 8PM | BRASS MONKEY, NSW
10 FEBRUARY : 8PM | BANKSTOWN SPORTS CLUB
24 FEBRUARY : 8PM | CAMELOT LOUNGE
25 FEBRUARY : 8PM | BEACHES HOTEL
Tickets available through www.bowieunzipped.com.au.