Locals looking to celebrate, mourn or imitate the life and music of David Bowie will have their chance as more tribute events for the artist — who died Sunday from cancer, an illness few knew the 69-year-old had — have been announced.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, the synth-pop artist-turned-Johns Hopkins professor Thomas Dolby and Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei Armah will have a discussion at Impact Hub Baltimore (10 E. North Ave., Charles North). Dolby, who played with Bowie at 1985's Live Aid concert, said in an email that he knew Bowie well.
"I played keyboards with his backing band at Live Aid, and again in 2000," Dolby wrote in an email Wednesday. "We talked often, as he used the technology I made at Beatnik on his web site. I was part of the generation that grew up with his music, and a little piece of us all is lost now. He made us question ourselves, and we were better for it."
The talk is not Bowie-focused, but Dolby said he will tell the story of Live Aid. Register for the event here.
Later tonight, the Ottobar (2549 N. Howard St., Remington) hosts "Bowie-oke Tribute Night" from 9 p.m. until close. Free.
On Thursday, Holy Holy — a band featuring Bowie collaborators Woody Woodmansey and Tony Visconti — will perform Bowie's album "The Man Who Sold the World" in its entirety at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Va. Woodsmaney and Visconti both played on the 1970 album. Tickets are available here.
The Crown's Blue Room (1910 N. Charles St., second floor, Station North) will also celebrate Bowie on Thursday with an '80s dance night tribute hosted by DJ Pancakes. Starts at 10 p.m.; no cover.
On Sunday, Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Ave., Highlandtown) hosts "B'More Bowie," a tribute featuring the bands Home, The Jennifers, Guided by Wire and more. Coming dressed in Bowie-inspired attire is encouraged. 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Tickets are available here.
Also on Sunday: Lemmy Stardust, a free DJ set tribute to both Bowie and Motorhead singer Lemmy Kilmister by DJs King Gilbert and Jerrod Bronson, from 9 p.m.-2 a.m at the Ottobar. (The 70-year-old Kilmister died of cancer on Dec. 28.)
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On Jan. 20, "An Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians Tribute to David Bowie" will take at Annapolis' Rams Head on Stage. Doors open at 6 p.m. 21 and up. Tickets are available here.