FRIDAY JANUARY 6
Philly Loves Bowie Week WXPN Kick-Off Concert
@ World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St
Noon / FREE but must advance register
info: RSVP link goes live December 31
To officially kick off the 2023 Philly Loves Bowie Week festivities, WXPN-FM has once again invited Candy Volcano to perform live on stage at World Cafe Live as their first Free at Noon concert for 2023! In advance of their full concert Saturday, January 7 at the Ardmore Music Hall! This noontime concert is FREE, but you must register in advance.
Philly Loves Bowie Official Opening Event
NLM at Night: Bowie Bash and Pop-Up Gallery & Art Sale
@ National Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut St
5:30-9pm / ticket sales to be announced soon
“I only find freedom in the realms of eccentricity.” – David Bowie
Throughout his long career, David Bowie found personal freedom in his unique forms of cultural expression. Bowie disrupted and rebelled against societal expectations and norms through music, art, and fashion, introducing new and more critical ways of thinking about race, sex, and gender. Our event and pop-up gallery feature local artists celebrating David Bowie’s legacy in the creative freedom he inspired.
The artwork on display will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in partnership with Philly Loves Bowie Week.
Blue Blue Electric Blue!
@ Weckerly’s Ice Cream
Fishtown & West Philly locations
– available Jan 6 while supplies last
To help kick off the 2023 Philly Loves Bowie Week festivities, Weckerly’s Ice Cream will bring back their BLUE BLUE ELECTRIC BLUE ice cream sandwich that they launched in January 2020! Pea Flower Blue Sweet Cream Ice Cream with a Ziggy Stardust cocoa cookie crumble. A layer of Life on MARShmallow, topped with a Thin White sugar cookie, complete with a lightning bolt of red berry jam, and finished with a Black Star cocoa cookie. It’s outta sight! It will be available starting Friday January 7th at both their Fishtown and West Philly scoop shops and 20% of each sold will be donated to the Bowie Fund to benefit the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia! (It sold out within hours back in 2020, so they will have them until they don’t!)
haZy cosmic jive
@ Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia
1009 Canal St
8pm / $
Join haZy cosmic jive … one of today’s most potent Bowie tribute bands … based right in the City of Brotherly Love …as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of Let’s Dance! Plus tons of Bowie classics & deep cuts, as well. Check in with Brooklyn Bowl about its incredible menu … as well as bowling and group lane / VIP options, too. 215-608-4950
SATURDAY JANUARY 7
Candy Volcano presents Aladdin Sane 50th Anniversary
@ Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
8pm / $
Candy Volcano celebrates “Philly Loves Bowie Week 2023” by taking over Ardmore Music Hall!
This party of all parties will feature the 50th Anniversary of the album “Aladdin Sane” as well as deep cuts – new guests! Along with the Candy Volcano band and usual suspects on the mic, interpreting through sound and vision – how Bowie’s music flows through their soul.
Ardmore Music Hall is perfect for all of us – don’t forget to check out all the options – VIP group seating, seated floor or gallery or SRO and flow through the crowd and dancefloor.
Let’s Dance! A Bowie Blitz Dance Party
@ Broad Hall / The Divine Lorraine
Broad and Fairmount Sts
9pm / $ / 21+
Sex Dwarf is Philly’s long-running Rock of the 80s dance party, now in its 20th year and hosted by DJ Robert Drake. At this special dance party in the historic Divine Lorraine building on Broad Street at Fairmount, Drake will celebrate David loud and proud – so be sure to put on your red shoes and dance the blues! Join us for the 6th annual dance party designed to truly showcase The Man and his Music! Partial proceeds from the door benefit our cause in David Bowie’s memory.
SUNDAY JANUARY 8
The 5th Philly Loves Bowie Brunch
@ Chatayee Thai Philadelphia
1227 Walnut St
Join us and raise a glass to celebrate the Starman! There will be wall-to-wall Bowie while we take advantage of a unique Thai brunch menu and Philly’s legendary Chatayee Thai restaurant – complete with special Stardust cocktails, benefiting the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory
MONDAY JANUARY 9
Peter and the Wolf – narrated by David Bowie
@ Kids Corner / WXPN-FM
7pm / FREE
Be sure to listen to Kids Corner on WXPN Monday night (January 10) at 7pm Eastern as we broadcast the story of Peter And The Wolf – performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra and narrated by David Bowie. This 1978 recording is truly unique and showcases just how much David cared about children.
Listen on the radio or live worldwide XPN.org
TUESDAY JANUARY 10
The BowNut Returns!
The Bowie Benefit Donut
@ Federal Donuts / all locations
The tradition continues as Philly’s own Federal Donuts brings back their annual creation celebrating the Starman and helping raise monies for the Bowie Fund, benefiting the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This year they offer a Velvet Goldmine Bownut! It’s a classic spiced cake donut with white chocolate glaze, blue sanding sugar, red sprinkles and an edible gold flake stripe.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 11
Sing Your Life Karaoke presents BOWIEOKE!
@ Johnny Brendas
1201 Frankford Ave
8pm /FREE / 21+
DJ Sara Sherr of Sing Your Life Karaoke returns to present another very special Bowie edition of her amazing night of karaoke .. it’s BOWIEOKE and thanks to the fine folks at Johnny Brenda’s, the event is FREE to attend and sing your heart out! This event gets to capacity – so get there early and pick your song – and follow all the rules Sara dishes out! (21+)
THURSDAY JANUARY 12
FRIDAY JANUARY 13
Sound & Vision Happy Hour
@ The Trestle Inn
339 North 11th St
6-9pm / FREE / 21+
With DJ Billa spinning Bowie on vinyl and Go Go by Trestle Special Vera Marrona – plusclassic David Bowie Videos, Craft Draft Beer Specials and Young Americans Sour. Portion of every Young Americans Sour donated the Cancer Center at CHOP, in David Bowie’s memory. Happy Hour Specials til 8PM. No Cover.
SATURDAY JANUARY 14
A Night of Stardust
Philly Loves Bowie Week Closing Event
@ Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St
7pm doors – 8pm show / $
A Night of Stardust returns to Union Transfer in 2023 once again as the grand finale of Philly Loves Bowie Week. The event has sold out four years in a row, Wilmington in 2016, World Cafe Live in Philly in 2017, and at Union Transfer in 2018, 2019 and 2020! It is returning with an amazing lineup … for details visit: https://www.facebook.com/nightofstardust
We all know David Bowie’s death sent a ripple effect to people all over the world. The music legend is easily one of the most influential musicians and creative innovators of all time. His impact on music, fashion, movies, art and style is almost impossible to measure. His courage to be different helped change the lives of millions, and helped shape the true artists of today.
A Night of Stardust will be a chance to celebrate his life with one of the biggest Bowie devoted shows YOU WILL EVER SEE. Tickets sell out very fast for this event – please do not wait!
From the vision of Gregory Shelton, and music direction of Dan Kauffman and Lance Davis, we’re excited to bring you ”A Night of Stardust.” A concert truly dedicated to one of the most important artists of our time and presented by some of the best musicians and artists in the DE/Philly/NYC/Baltimore/Chicago area.