It wasn't hard to feel David Bowie's genius artistic energy Friday night as fans of the late rock star gathered beneath Radio City Music Hall's brightly lit marquee in anticipation of the kickoff to The Music of David Bowie, a concert jam-packed with all of the English singer's hits performed by a long roster of talented musicians.
The sold-out show, which followed Thursday evening's iteration at Carnegie Hall, began as Heart's Ann Wilson took the stage to belt out "Space Oddity" and crowds of super eager revelers bopped their heads and flashed their cameras at the stage. Those in the audience, for the most part, arrived in their best black leather and jeans while other daring concert goers colored their faces with Bowie-inspired lighting bolts paired with oversize hats, graphic tunics, and platform, heavy metal-like boots.
Blondie, of "Heart of Glass" and "Call Me" fame, hit the stage and riled up the crowd thanks to lead singer Debbie Harry's bold style and look-at-me beauty statement. Taking to the mic to deliver a touching rendition of Bowie's "Heroes," Harry rocked a neon pink tee with a black button-up and white pants covered in embellished graphics. Her eyeshadow drew attention, too, thanks to its ultra shimmery glow.
Other highlights included Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding's take on "If You Can See Me," which proved just how masterfully the crooner can deliver her vocals.
Marcus Mumford and the Mumford & Sons boys struck a chord with "Wild is the Wind" while 37-year-old model, singer, and guitarist Karen Elson and Michael Stipe performed "Ashes to Ashes." Her high-neck lace and sheer black dress paired well with the naturally gorgeous star's crystal clear skin.
Don't think all of the fun came to a stop once the curtains closed, though. Immediately following the show, performers and fans alike headed downtown to Manhattan's City Winery for the after-party, where flowing glasses of champagne was paired with a tasty selection of light bites like fried risotto balls, chicken skewers with a mayonnaise-like dipping sauce, and a bountiful cheese and meat selection. The good vibes continued to permeate across the room—City Winery's Michael Dorf produces a concert tribute annually to raise funds for children's music education—considering everyone was on hand not just to celebrate Bowie, but to celebrate a great cause as well.
English singer Robyn Hitchcock later hit the stage and kept the music very much alive.