The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual’s 6th Annual Bowie Birthday Bash took place on January 9th last year; one day before the unexpected passing of its musical deity David Bowie.
Since then we’ve also lost Prince, George Michael, Sharon Jones, Leonard Cohen, Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner, Glenn Frey, Phife Dawg, Merle Haggard, Bernie Worrell, 2/3rds of Emerson, Lake & Palmer ( Keith Emerson & Greg Lake), Suicide’s Alan Vega, Dead or Alive’s Pete Burns, Leon Russell, Christina Grimmie, Beatles prouducer George Martin, three jazz legends (Gato Barbieri, Bobby Hutcherson, and Toots Thielemans), the amazing Pauline Oliveros, and the list goes on and on including – devastatingly – our beloved friends lost in the Oakland fire barely a month ago.
It is time to fucking pray to the music gods again, my friends. Come be baptized by your comrades’ sweat and tears as they dance their souls pure with The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual at the Chapel on Friday and/or Saturday night — a holy musical revival in the form of a tribute to David Bowie.
Now performing only once a year, this supergroup of local musicians and performers was orginally formed as a band in SF in 2010. I tried to rephrase their “About” in my own words, but it’s just too damn perfect: “A musical, theatrical, sparkly spectacle of a show that tap dances on all the lines between religion and revelry, beatitude and blasphemy, rock show and revival.” They’ve been called “an orgasmic sensation” and “a Suffragette City spectacle” (SFBG). How can you resist?
The Boom Boom Room is presenting this show – though, I repeat, it is at The Chapel. Both nights will feature the band playing an entire Bowie album cover to cover (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars on 1/6 and Diamond Dogs on 1/7), as well as, we’re told, a Bowie Reverend in the Silversexual Confession booth, drag artists, and one hell of a stage show.
Tickets are $20. Get them here. Don’t wait to get them. Seriously. You need this.