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Thursday night at The World Famous Empty Glass, a group of world-class musicans, Wham Bam Bowie Band! come together to pay tribute to the music of David Bowie. The show kicks off at 9:30 PM and tickets are available in advance for ten dollars, or are twelve bucks at the door.

Check out an interview with members of the band from The Definitely Loud Podcast

Lead singer Mark Casson, also of The Cheeksters, is a huge Bowie fan. While living in Nashville Casson decided to do a one-off Bowie tribute show at a local club for fun; it was a massive success, with people immediately requesting a repeat performance. After relocating to Asheville, North Carolina, Casson assembled a band to scratch his Bowie itch.

Asheville based Singer/composer Aaron Price was the first to take up the challenge, adding keyboards and piano. Andre Cholmondeley of Project/Object, the alumni-based Zappa tribute band, eagerly signed up. On bass is Brett Spivey, who with Cholmondeley has an ambient/world duo called Grounded (Seen earlier this year on Radio Free Charleston 178). Rounding out the band on drums is Zach Alberto, who also plays with Asheville art-punks Ivan & The Terribles.

The members of Wham Bam Bowie Band! are on a mission to not only faithfully present Bowie’s colossal classic-rock hits, but also to dig deep into the catalog and present the music that continues to influence generations and create new genres.

Wham Bam! Bowie Band! has decided to pay tribute to David Bowie’s catalog by starting with his earliest era. The band plans to work their way thru the catalog in, roughly, chronological order. Their first run of shows features classics from the Hunky Dory and Space Oddity albums, with the highlight of the evening being a complete performance of Bowie’s influential breakthrough “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars”

The David Bowie catalog is so deep and so intriguing that it’s open to many intepretations. In recent years we’ve seen Ann Magnuson’s Bowie tribute show, as well as Ryan Hardiman’s take on the Bowie songbook. Wham Bam Bowie Band! is a welcome addition to the mix.