It’s going to be quite a couple of nights in New York City, with a couple of star-studded tributes to the late David Bowie at Carnegie Hall tonight and Radio City Music Hall tomorrow night.

Tomorrow night’s show — the lineup for which is almost identical to tonight’s — will stream live, and features the following artists:

  • Mumford & Sons
  • Blondie
  • Pixies
  • Michael Stipe
  • J Mascis
  • Rickie Lee Jones
  • Esperanza Spalding
  • Ron Pope
  • Jherek Bischoff, Amanda Palmer and Anna Calvi with Kronos Quartet
  • Ann Wilson
  • The Roots
  • The Polyphonic Spree
  • Perry Farrell
  • Jakob Dylan
  • Holy Holy
  • Donny McCaslin Group with Mark Guilian, Jason Lindner and Tony Visconti

The organizers of the shows have hooked up with charitable outfit Melodic Caring Project and donation facilitators annada, and they’ll be requesting donations in return for access to the stream.  Read more about the shows, and get info on how to donate and where to latch onto the stream, here.

*Update 11:45*

Yesterday, Questlove announced that The Roots, Bilal and Kimbra would no longer be taking part in the shows, citing what he referred to as “bitchassness” and a particular musician’s apparent unwillingness to share their equipment for the cause.  Word on the street now is that the musicians to whom he was referring are Holy Holy, which is the David Bowie tribute group fronted by former Bowie drummer Woody Woodmansey.


“There was a miscommunication about the use of the Holy Holy’s (sic) drum kit last night on the tight City Winery stage for the rehearsal show.  Very unfortunate,” said the show’s producer, Michael Dorf.   Speaking with music magazine hacks earlier this month, Dorf said that one of the tribute’s goals was to limit the transition time between performances to a minute or less.”I would hope that after a night’s sleep and knowing we have a much larger stage with multiple drum kits and other equipment that The Roots will still join us this evening,” he said.  “They have been a regular part of our tribute series and we deeply love and respect them.   I remain hopeful they will still join the important celebration of David Bowie’s music tonight and tomorrow and the two sold out shows can experience their powerful performance as one of the 20 amazing songs planned.”

Love, Dr. Scott James

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