In lieu of a printed Live and Local, we'll go ahead and give our impressions online of the Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, as covered by Chris Maddin (singer, Blowing Trees), Chuck Kerr (drummer, Gospel Choir of Pillows), Marcus Rubio (guitar, violin, vocals, Gospel Choir of Pillows), Matt Thomas (bass, Gospel Choir of Pillows), Chris Guerra (keys, Morris Orchids), Ryan Teter (trombone, Mission Complete!), Bobby Baiza (alto and baritone sax), and Julieanna Buentello (flute, Deer Vibes).
The mini-orchestra played Ziggy start to finish at Kerr and Maddin's Weds. night jam spot, the Broadway 5050. While this performance wasn't as tight as last month's cover of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the group made up for it by going totally fucking glam. Using borrowed costumes from Magik Theater, all eight musicians gamely sported sequins, metallics, make-up, and lycra that would have made Bowie himself faint with delight. In fact, I think it was the costumes, glitter and small stage that resulted in most of the musical flubs and not a lack of familiarity with the source material.
Maddin especially deserves props for going all method and shoving a blue contact lense into his eye (he doesn't wear correctives, normally) and walking onstage in a diva-licious silver moonboots and a full body, scoop-neck blue unitard, just one pair of bunched boxers away from being a star in an erotic Smurfs film. His androgynous and insouciant performance included glitter-throwing, faux-fellatio/guitar-teeth-playing and an uncanny channeling of Bowie's rich voice (when we could hear it, the vocals occassionally were overpowered by the other instruments).
Among the glitterati in attendence, and the Broadway 5050 packed them in that night, was our own new acting editor Greg Harman. When he wasn't rocking out to "Starman," he captured some video and photos. Always working, that one.