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Celebrating the Late Era of David Bowie's Career
January 13 from 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Thomas Mulready and Vanity Crash present a two-night multimedia perspective on the life and music of David Bowie, one of the most consequential and influential artists of our time.
Part 1 (Birth to Ziggy) takes place on Friday, January 12, 2024 at Jilly’s Music Room, 111 N. Main Street, Akron 44308 at 8PM. Doors open 7:30PM.
Part 2 (“Heroes” to the End) takes place on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at BOP STOP, 2920 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113 at 8PM. Doors open 7:30PM.
The two different shows focus on Early (Part One) and Late (Part Two) eras of David Bowie’s life, and feature live original songs and Bowie music by Cleveland’s glam-punk favorites Vanity Crash, intercut with exclusive video interviews, such as with members of Bowie’s band The Spiders From Mars, along with experts and journalists, plus quotes and excerpts of interviews with David Bowie throughout his lifetime.
Tickets for this event ar $25 each. This event will not be livestreamed.
“He’s chameleon, comedian, Corinthian and caricature,” David Bowie sings in 1971, but he could have been writing his own bio. Legendary for creating multiple personas like Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, The Thin White Duke, and more, the artist quickly innovated through musical styles from early experiments in R&B and folk rock to inventing glam rock, to “plastic soul,” Krautrock, ambient, pop, Drum and Bass, to a jazz rock collaboration on his final album, ★Blackstar. With over 30 appearances as an actor, and 100 million records sold, Bowie is credited with influencing generations of artists in the genres of glam, disco, punk, grunge and alternative. He raised the bar permanently for theatrics in live performance, and he upended the notion of what it means to be a rock star.
Vanity Crash was born onstage in the smash Cleveland Public Theatre production of “Hedwig and The Angry Inch” about a botched sex change operation. Band front man Dennis Van Crash was the musical director of the play, which featured the fictional on-stage band The Angry Inch. The glam punk band was so tight and rocking, the decision was made to keep the band together and work on original material. Five releases later, 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, the Darkness and Gogol Bordello. Their acclaimed presentations on David Bowie include timeless gems performed live alongside their own incendiary originals.
As creator of Cool Networks LLC, Mulready leads an influencer-driven multimedia content network utilizing sites, podcasts, videos, and e-blasts to promote economic development, arts, culture and technology in Northeast Ohio. After creating the Performance Art Festival+Archives, he co-founded the Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology, and has served as Senior Vice President of National City Bank and worked at Management Recruiters International, Richardson-Vicks, and Campbell Soup. He’s played drums with Cats On Holiday and Vanity Crash, presented his performance art in New York and Paris, and served as a Senior Research Consultant in the United Kingdom.
Photo composite of David Bowie performing at the Cleveland Coliseum 04.22.78, photo by Janet Macoska; and Vanity Crash performing live in Cleveland, 2023, photo by Anastasia Pantsios.