Here's a chance for fans of either or both acts to celebrate their music, personas, and lives. The annual Bowie & Elvis Birthday Bash returns in its 12th year, and uniquely among other events, presents the music, image and legend of these two iconic artists who each changed popular culture as none other – we’ll never see the likes of them again.
2022 was a big year from these artists. Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” movie has been a tremendous global success, as well as critically acclaimed, and brought the story and music of Elvis to a huge audience. Bowie also made it to the movie screens with filmmaker Brett Morgen’s documentary “Moonage Daydream,” the first film to be officially authorized by Bowie's estate, using previously unreleased footage from Bowie's personal archives, and featuring some new mixes and renditions of Bowie songs.
Kitten on the Keys aka Suzanne Ramsey is a Bay Area native, singer and multi-instrumentalist, known for her unique interpretations of a wide variety of songs from various decades of the last century. She has. Kitten was awarded a 2003 SF Weekly Music Award she's traveled with Burlesquefest and Devotchka, opened for the legendary band The Damned, has hosted major burlesque events across the U.S. and Europe, and performs regularly in San Francisco, including at Madrone Art Bar, Rite Spot, Piano Fight, and Royal Cuckoo. David Bowie is a particularly inspiration for Kitten, and she was one of the performers at the sold-out Marc Huestis Tribute To David Bowie after his passing in 2016. Her haunting performance of Bowie’s “Lazarus” can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YKsaanVd3E
Another Kitten/Bowie performance, of “Space Oddity”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbXn56oVZK4
At the Bowie & Elvis Birthday Bash 2023 Edition, enjoy a piece of Presley/David birthday cake. Dress up in a look inspired by Elvis Presley or David Bowie. Dance to their songs, both their best known, and rare tracks. Watch video performances on their songs, and visuals chronicling their careers and lives.
From Modern Love to a hunka hunka Burning Love, from Flaming Star to Ziggy Stardust, from Good Rockin’ Tonight to Rock ‘n Roll Suicide, the Bowie & Elvis Birthday Bash has it all.
The “Bash” began in 2001 in San Francisco, founded by DJ Shindog of New Wave City, and Spig of CostumeParty, launched at the Edinburgh Castle Pub, and later moved to Milk Bar on Haight Street. DJs play music exclusively made by the two honorees, and big screen video shows their still and moving images. Resident DJs joining Shindog are Cammy, Andy T, & Moonshine.
The “King of Rock and Roll” revolutionalized music with his 1955 debut, creating a unique uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues, presented in a sexually provocative performance style. He was a major star on record, film, TV, and concert stage over the next 20 years. He died in 1977 at the age of 42.
Rock’s ultimate chameleon was an innovator reinventing new music and visual styles for others to follow, including glam rock, plastic soul, cold synth-rock, eighties dance-pop, industrial and more. He was also an acclaimed actor, writer, producer, and early internet adapter. He died in 2016, two days after his 69th birthday, coinciding with the release of his final album. The 2016 Bash was held the night before the Thin White Duke passed away.