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VPAC Scoop column: Vilar Performing Arts Center pays tribute to Bowie

Duncan Horner
VPAC Scoop
Rob Christie, of Capitol Records, stated that David Brighton, of Space Oddity: The Ultimate David Bowie Experience, bears an “uncanny likeness musically as well as visually" to the late David Bowie.
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Editor’s note: From time to time, members of the Vilar Performing Arts Center community will provide insights into upcoming art, music and dance performances at the 535-seat theater in Beaver Creek Village. This week, the Vilar Performing Art Center’s Duncan Horner previews the Sunday, Sept. 4, concert Space Oddity: The Ultimate David Bowie Experience.

Whether it’s Muhammad Ali, Prince, Merle Haggard, Nancy Reagan, Maurice White, Glenn Frey, Alan Rickman or others, 2016 marks a year that has lost more celebrities than ever before. One that struck a chord with many was glam-rock icon David Bowie, partly because it was so unexpected (he was very private about his illness) but more notably because of his unique contribution to the world of pop music.

Through the broad range of acts that perform in Beaver Creek, it only seems fitting, therefore, to pay homage to such a big name. And there is nobody who can do that better than David Brighton, who will be performing with his tribute band Space Oddity at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Sunday at 8 p.m., with his “uncanny likeness musically as well as visually,” as described by Rob Christie, of Capitol Records.

Bowie accomplished something that very few have: He managed to reinvent himself and retain an edge of coolness throughout a long and storied career. Brighton himself has quite the resume, having portrayed George Harrison around the world with a number of top Beatle tribute groups. These days, he is fully booked representing Bowie’s personas like no other, with flamboyant costume changes, elaborate staging and ch-ch-ch-changing music styles — featuring complex-yet-memorable chord patterns.

Prepared to be wowed by it all Labor Day weekend as we travel through the ages from space-age rock alien Ziggy Stardust to music from his stadium-filled pop phenomenon era. The set list resonates with all generations, covering many of his hits such as “Space Oddity (Major Tom),” “Heroes,” “Fame,” “Let’s Dance,” “Under Pressure,” “Young Americans,” “Dancing in the Street,” “Fashion,” “Ashes To Ashes” and many more.

In the words of Bowie’s own producer Harry Maslin, “Brighton has the voice, moves and look to actually step in for David Bowie.” And having worked directly with Bowie on screen and stage, you will be able to honor 2016 not as a year that marks the end of such great names, but as the beginning of a great legacy.

Tickets are $58 and are available at the Vilar Box Office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at http://www.vilarpac.org.

Duncan Horner is the vice president of marketing and communications for the Vail Valley Foundation.