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  • 3S Artspace and PMAC Present: Bowie and the Moon -- a night of David Bowie’s music interpreted and performed by local and regional music acts such as STL GLD and Mother Superior and The Sliding Royales, with stargazing, art displays, and more!

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    June 10, 2019

    PORTSMOUTH — 3S Artspace and Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) announce the upcoming collaborative fundraiser: Bowie and the Moon, held at 3S Artspace on July 11.

    50 years ago in July of '69, there was a culture shift: David Bowie's Space Oddity was released and Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon. One giant leap later, on July 11, 2019, 3S Artspace and Portsmouth Music and Arts Center are joining forces to celebrate the music, spirit, creativity, innovation, and exploration of these two milestones.

    The evening’s festivities begin with a family friendly event that is free and open to the public: from 4:30-6 p.m., Prepare For Takeoff and join us in the Loading Dock for live music and art displays from youth students in: PMAC’s Summer Jazz Workshop, PMAC's Time Machine Madness art camp, and 3S’ Fashion ReWERKED workshop. In the week leading up to the Bowie and the Moon event, both PMAC and 3S Artspace students will create art and music inspired by the fascination of the space-crazed masses half a century ago surrounding man’s first steps on the Moon and the release of an album that set the mark for Bowie’s long and brilliant career. In addition to the live music and art displays, children attending the Bowie and the Moon: Prepare For Takeoff event are invited to dive in and create art on the spot with PMAC teaching artists guiding their creations.

    “When PMAC first approached 3S about this collaboration, we instantly loved the idea, but wondered how to take this beyond a retrospective into an event that also speaks to contemporary arts,” said Beth Falconer, executive director of 3S Artspace. “We found our answer, and a way to deepen the collaboration, in each of our organizations’ summer programs that serve youth artists.”

    “By encouraging new artists to develop their skills and create something born from the past, but fresh in interpretation, we were all excited. The cross-promotion we offered each-other deepened the collaboration and connection between our two organizations,” said Falconer.

    PMAC’s Summer Jazz Workshop students will perform some of David Bowie’s music in addition to jazz standards and newer works.

    “It's always exciting to hear how young jazz musicians interpret well-known rock tunes, so we're looking forward to hearing them perform that afternoon in the 3S Loading Dock,” said Russ Grazier, PMAC CEO. “PMAC's Time Machine Madness camp will display work that explores people, places, animals, aliens, galaxies, time capsules, rockets and more. I can't think of a better theme to accompany Bowie's artistic interests.”

    At 8 p.m., the Bowie and the Moon: Main Moon Landing Event begins, with local and regional acts performing Bowie's music from Space Oddity to Blackstar. Featured acts: STL GLD, Mother Superior and The Sliding Royales, fiveighthirteen, Jim Dozet Band, Rhegos, Russ Grazier Quartet with Billy Butler and Jon McCormack.

    “This concert will be innovative and experimental, so we see 3S Artspace as the ideal partner for this project,” said Russ Grazier. “Each of the six participating bands will not just be performing Bowie's music - they’ll be reinterpreting the music in their own unique style. The audience will hear jazz, ambient, stripped down trio, electronic, rhythm & blues, and hip hop renditions of Bowie's music all in one evening, accompanied by projected visuals that capture the many different influences and eras of Bowie's life. For this type of multi-media event, 3S Artspace is the perfect venue. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience music and art lovers won't want to miss.”

    "David Bowie gave us all who were listening the confidence to just be ourselves and was, by far, one of the coolest humans to ever walk this earth. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust... was the first album I had to replace as a kid from being worn out. When the opportunity came to get Mother Superior together for a set of Bowie, I was both excited and terrified at the same time. I always felt his music should leave you feeling a bit uncomfortable...and that's a good thing," said Greg Glasson of Mother Superior and The Sliding Royales. Mother Superior will be reuniting for one night only to celebrate Bowie's music on July 11.

    This extraterrestrial evening will also feature stargazing, cosmic cocktails, and the chance to get your glam on with Bowie-inspired costumes and makeup. Tickets, which can be purchased at 3SARTS.ORG, are $25 and this portion of the evening is ages 21+.

    Performer Billy Butler said, “Bowie was my first crush on a man. ‘Space Oddity’ was the first song I learned to play on guitar. I cried the day he died and I still get chills to think I got to live in the same time as David Bowie. I cannot wait to do this show!"

    Russ Grazier said, “This event is for anyone who loves the intersection of science and art. Bowie's music catalog is incredibly diverse and will appeal to a wide variety of listeners. It's a great opportunity to celebrate the music and the achievements of the space program as we recognize the important 50th anniversary of the Moon landing and the many years of music and exploration that followed.”

    Thank you to our generous sponsors: Paul & Jessica McKeon and Brandartica Advertising Anti-Agency.

     




    Thank you to 3S Artspace’s Summer Season Sponsor, Ricci Lumber, our July Performance Space Sponsor: Coughlin, Rainboth, Murphy & Lown, P.A., and also to our year-round Lead Sponsor, Pixel Media.

     


     

     

    Contact:
    Beth Falconer, Executive Director
    (603) 766-3330