Boos, Boogieing and David Bowie at a Halloween Revel for Children
By LAUREL GRABBER OCT. 27, 2016
LC Kids Trick-or-Treat
As David Bowie once sang, “Let’s dance.” Or, as his musical heirs will put it this weekend, “Let all the children boogie.”
That's the title of a concert on Saturday at LC Kids Trick-or-Treat, a free Halloween revel on Lincoln Center’s plazas. The show will celebrate the coming release of “Let All the Children Boogie: A Tribute to David Bowie,” an album on which artists from both the young people’s music world and grown-up entertainment have reinterpreted 20 of his songs.
“Halloween and David Bowie go beautifully together,” said Stephanie Mayers, one of the album’s producers, pointing to Bowie’s signature “costuming and styling” (reflected in Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s lively CD cover illustration).
Two of the album’s other producers, Robert Burke Warren (known as Uncle Rock) and the Grammy-winning Dean Jones, will perform on Saturday: Mr. Warren and Tracy Bonham will offer a heartfelt “Lady Stardust,” while Mr. Jones will join Lloyd Miller for their kazoo- and organ-pipe-infused “V-2 Schneider.” Sonia De Los Santos and Elena Moon Park will lend a folk spin and exuberant violin playing to “The Man Who Sold the World.” And one artist is only 15: Storey Littleton, whose soaring vocals will animate “Life on Mars” and a rousing rendition of Bowie’s “Changes” with You Are My Flower, the band founded by her mother, Elizabeth Mitchell.
“I was really impressed with the diversity of the approaches,” said Ms. Mayers, who developed the album with Bill Childs, whose label, Spare the Rock Records, will release it on Nov. 18. (Advance copies will be sold at the concert.) In translating Bowie for children, “some stayed on the path of his songs, and others really colored outside the lines.”
The concert, at 12:15 p.m. in the David Rubenstein Atrium (space is limited; families should arrive early) honors a cause Bowie embraced: freedom of expression. All the album’s proceeds will go to the It Gets Better Project, which supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
“We want to spread that message to kids who feel they’re struggling with their identity, whatever that struggle may be,” Ms. Mayers said.
But the day isn’t all Bowie. It also includes Peter Brown reading his book “My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not)”; the jazz band Sammy Miller and the Congregation leading a costume parade; a postevent “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” screening; and a “scavenger haunt” whose stations feature “characters like a mummy and a witch,” said Jonathan Shmidt Chapman, Lincoln Center’s producer of family programming.
“They have all come to the big city and lost their Halloween spirit,” he said. So they’ll seek help from famously spirited specialists: young New Yorkers.
(11 a.m. to 1 p.m., family.lincolncenter.org.)