Vanity Crash will host Bowieoke, a diverse entertaining event featuring a multi-media Bowie retrospect, bands, solo artists and audience karaoke, all singing Bowie songs and paying tribute to David Bowie’s genius. The celebration takes place Saturday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m., at Musica in downtown Akron.
Admission is $10 and all ages, and the doors open at 7 p.m.
The night will feature live performances of Bowie songs by:
Marc Lee Shannon
Shut Up Dad
Other entertainment includes a multimedia presentation of the life of David Bowie by CoolCleveland’s Thomas Mulready, book signing and reading by Gilly, author of “Mick Ronson, the Spider with the Platinum Hair,” lots of Bowie collectable giveaways from Square Records and an audience singing karaoke of David Bowie songs.
Bowieoke was a concept conceived by Jimi Imij and Karen Killroy and was annually produced at the Lime Spider about 10 years ago. Vanity Crash participated, along with numerous other band and fans, creating great performance memories.
Vanity Crash was born on stage under hot lights in the crucible of sound and fury as the glam-punk band The Angry Inch in Cleveland Public Theater’s production of the rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
Ever since, Vanity Crash has been dressing up and throwing down with eye-popping synchronized light shows, outrageous stage costumes and provocative attitude, opening for the likes of the New York Dolls, Poison, Semi Precious Weapons, the Darkness and Gogol Bordello. The band placed songs in the movies “Kingsbury Run” and “Hellweek.” Their recent acclaimed tributes to David Bowie include timeless gems performed live alongside their own incendiary originals.
Jeff Niesel of Scene magazine says, “One of the only bands on the local circuit that keeps the glam rock flame burning brightly, Vanity Crash has been going strong for a decade now, pumping out good, gritty records with regularity.”
Musica is located at 51 E. Market St. in downtown Akron’s historic arts district.