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Thanks to everyone who submitted a logo design for Philly Loves Bowie Week: January 4-13, 2019 … such creative spirits out there!

Our winner has been selected and notified (and is naturally quite excited) – and we’ll be rolling out their name and the new #PhillyLovesBowie logo – along with other 2019 details later in October… stay tuned!!

As we work planning out Philly Loves Bowie Week: January 4-13, 2019 — ten days of events and activities celebrating David Bowie and raising awareness and monies for the Cancer Center at CHOP in David’s memory — we are reaching out to those Bowie fans with an artistic touch!

CREATE OUR 2019 LOGO FOR PHILLY LOVES BOWIE WEEK!

Each year our logo is created by a Bowie fan. The logo is used on social media and we also create commemorative pins and magnets to sell during the week, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Bowie Fund, earmarked to support the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia … since the first Philly Loves Bowie week, we have raised $23,000 for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia‘s Cancer Center.

OK – so what do you win?

Aside from the fame/glory of being the one who helps us spread the good word, we’ll award you the VIP experience to see Donny McCaslin Group coming to The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia on September 11.

As you know, Donny’s saxophone helped define the visionary stylistic fusion that is BLACKSTAR, David Bowie’s final album.

Now, two and a half years after BLACKSTAR’s release, McCaslin returns with a new album – Blow – and a new definitive statement that fully realizes Bowie’s influence and McCaslin’s evolved artistic direction.

The winning logo design will get two tickets to the show, a VIP experience with a signed CD and poster and exclusive access to the sound check. They will also receive four tickets to our Night of Stardust concert in January as part of Philly Loves Bowie week.

You must be 18 years of age or older to submit a logo design. Design submissions can be one, two or full-color. Design submissions need to be submitted as either a jpg or png attachment via email by August 31, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Be sure to include your full name and let us know what Bowie means to you!

email: PHILLYLOVESBOWIE @ GMAIL . COM

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Philly Loves Bowie Week Returns

We can be heroes, just for one day.

Or make that TEN days! Join us January 5-14, 2018 as Philadelphia once again shows its love for David Bowie night after night after glorious night. Over a dozen activities will be happening across the city to celebrate and remember a man who changed the world.

We’re knee-deep in planning out the celebration – but have laid out some of the many events to expect in 2018. Check it out under the PLB Week @ A Glance tab.

Of course, that’s the ‘what’ …. but what about the ‘why’? Why has a handful of Bowie fans gathered together to organize a week+ long celebration of The Thin White Duke?

Picture it – Philly, early 1970s.

Patti Brett – now owner of Doobies Bar – was one of the young mega-fans that hung outside Sigma Studios while Bowie was inside recording tracks. Bowie’s bond with the “Sigma Kids” helped solidify his love for Philadelphia

As Patti says, “I feel the connection between Bowie and Philly was special because Philly embraced him from the very first tour. In Dec 1972, the initial three shows at the Tower Theater sold out in no time.  Two months later, in Feb 1973, he played seven more (instantly) sold out Tower shows. Then again in 1974, there were seven more sold out Tower shows (although the Sat matinee wound up being cancelled-I think that was when the band got pissed about the show being recorded, but they said he had a sore throat).”

“Philly was one of the first places where people ‘camped out’ for tickets to his shows. He recorded three LPs (David Live, Young Americans & Stage) and filmed the Modern Love video here. When he did micro tours, Philly was always included. He did things in Philly that he just didn’t do in other cities (like the WXPN fundraiser/performance session). And while it may not have been as obvious to the general public, his fans definitely knew he favored Philly!”

What prompted Patti to get this ball rolling was the need to honor David’s life in some way. When he left us, everyone kept asking Patti what she was going to do, since doing nothing was NOT an option.

She promised, when the time felt right, she would put together a memorial service, which is when she reached out to everyone to help come up with some ideas to get the public involved. That’s when things took off and Philly Loves Bowie week was born.

Besides a week+ of events and activities designed to celebrate the man and his unique spirit – we wanted to make sure that we could use this week as a portal to raise awareness and funds to help benefit cancer research in David’s memory, and who better to benefit than children … and when it comes to caring for children, there’s no place better than the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

While no one should have to go through cancer, it seems especially cruel when it happens to a child. So, at every event during the Philly Loves Bowie week, we will work to raise both funds and awareness through the magic that is David Bowie.

As the Starman said himself… let all the children boogie!

Feel free to add your support in David’s memory: Philly Loves Bowie & CHOP

This has been a labor of love for those of us involved; lifelong fans who wanted the public to see just how special he was to the world. David Bowie inspired us with his music, art, films and just with who he was as a person. He was so generous to everyone, especially his fans. Interviews with those that worked with him always mention how he let them have input as to how they wanted to interpret his work. No one really ever had a bad thing to say about him. He simply loved people…

Now it’s Philly’s turn to show the love – since it’s obvious that Philadelphia does indeed love David Bowie!

#PhillyLovesBowie

You can support the CHOP fundraiser now – click here!

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