In a moving (and grooving) tribute to the late music icon David Bowie, tribute band David Brighton and Space Oddity dazzled an audience of hundreds during a free summer concert on July 17 at the Central Park Bandshell.
Brighton, who’s been performing as Bowie for 16 years, led the band through a mix of ‘80s hits and Bowie classics from three decades, pausing only to run backstage for costume changes that took him from donning a fiery red Ziggy Stardust wig to a loud yellow suit.
Near the end of the set, Hollywood U2 frontman Joe Hier (aka Hollywood Bono) — who had played Central Park on June 26 — joined the band for a wham-bam version of “Suffragette City.”
Concertgoer Malik Adams loves Bowie “from head to toe,” he said. “Bowie encouraged people to be accepting of the LGBT community. He made people feel OK about who they were.”
— Shanee Edwards
1. The crowd is enthralled by the timeless music of David Bowie
2. Playa Vista locals and visitors fill the lawn around the Central Park Bandshell
3. David Brighton takes a turn as Bowie alter ego Ziggy Stardust
4. Hollywood U2 frontman Joe Hier joins Space Oddity on stage
5. Moms and kids alike enjoy hits from the ‘80s
6. Brighton embodies the Starman as he plays to the crowd
Photos by Maria Martin