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Bridge Artist of the Week: David Bowie

Is it any wonder that our Bridge Artist of the Week is David Bowie?

A musical chameleon, a larger-than-life performer, a fashion icon, an actor and a voice for the outcasts of the world, Bowie's star continues to shine bright. Over the course of five decades, 25 studio albums and a myriad of shifting personas, the artist innovated modern rock music like no other. 

So, why now? Well, January is an important month for Bowie fans. His 69th birthday fell on Jan. 8 — the same day he dropped his final album, "Blackstar," in 2016. Just two days later, he passed away from liver cancer, shocking the music world. 

This year on his birthday, two new albums were announced. The first, "Is It Any Wonder?," is a six-song streaming-only EP of unreleased and rare tracks revealed over the next six weeks, starting with an acoustic rendition of "The Man Who Sold the World." And on Record Store Day (Saturday, April 18), "ChangesNowBowie" will be released — a nine-track session recorded in 1996 during rehearsals for his 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden.

This is also a festive week for Bowie fans in Kansas City, as The Band That Fell To Earth KC (TBTFTE) is ready for its fifth annual tribute concerts at recordBar this Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25! As the band's inaugural 2016 show serendipitously coincided with Bowie's death, the event has become an opportunity for local fans to celebrate and mourn together with a band of 13+ prominent KC-based musicians, a variety of local makers and collaboration with a local nonprofit organization (this year's recipient is Kansas City Anti-Violence Project).

Tune in all week to hear some of your favorite Bowie hits and a few deep cuts! On Tuesday night, you can hear more about TBTFTE shows on Eight One Sixty. Visit this link on Thursday to listen to a podcast from Bowie aficionado Derek Donovan, with Bridge Content Manager/TBTFTE band leader Michelle Bacon and Flatland managing editor Chris Lester.

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