A Final Kiss Goodbye to the Dancing Kings

There is something sweet in the air when friends, lovers and strangers alike dance in reunion, in memory of more epic times. For this we have to thank the good people at Club Vinyl for setting up the Denver Bowie and Prince tribute party over the weekend. As the sun melted past the horizon, the mile high freaks and free spirits filtered up to the rooftop.

Photo: Aisha DeMorsella

Photo: Aisha DeMorsella

Glasses clinked/ flashes clicked while the sounds of the dancing kings flooded from the dance floor. Esoteric characters connected with one another through their love for life that Bowie and Prince taught us to celebrate through their life's work.

 

Photo: Aisha DeMorsella

Photo: Aisha DeMorsella

The dynamic duo forming the group Oracle Society owned the night, spinning perfect mixes of Prince and Bowie. This was interesting moment in the night when guest performer Orange Peele, allowed us to see the reincarnation of Bowie's art with his voice and acoustic guitar. It was, in our opinion, a humbling touch. It reminded us all that the night was not about saying goodbye to our dearly beloved Prince and Bowie, but finding a way to keep their music and their message alive.

We must never forget that other than being the unapologetic pillars of modern music that they stood as-- they were, and will continue to be, key components to social progress. They gave up their anonymity, and shared their souls with the world to bring about change they wanted to see. This momentum and passion is of historical rarity, and must thus be treasured, and kept alive.

With our eyes on young Hollywood, the future for a musical revolution to the standard of Bowie and Prince seems bleak-- or maybe just far away. Nonetheless, we will never forget the courage, vulnerability, intelligence and beautiful selfishness it takes to become a true musician of one's time.

Amidst the warm weather, music and laughter we had a chance to chat with a few captivating attendees. We asked for the most part, wether they had any words on either of the late stars..

 

 "Ah, where to start.. When I was at the Area 2 festival, I was sitting backstage and saw an escalade roll up, and out came Bowie with his little entourage. And just seeing seeing him from a couple feet away was amazing.   I was Prince at the Pepsi Center in '04. He let his band take a break, and in front of about twenty thousand people, he was able to entertain us all. Just him and his acoustic guitar..You don't see that kind of flexibility and talent so much anymore. "

 "Ah, where to start.. When I was at the Area 2 festival, I was sitting backstage and saw an escalade roll up, and out came Bowie with his little entourage. And just seeing seeing him from a couple feet away was amazing.  

I was Prince at the Pepsi Center in '04. He let his band take a break, and in front of about twenty thousand people, he was able to entertain us all. Just him and his acoustic guitar..You don't see that kind of flexibility and talent so much anymore. "

"Oh, Im a Bowie fan. Huge Bowie fan."  " So is there anything you'd like to say about him?"  "I don't know, I wanna dance."

"Oh, Im a Bowie fan. Huge Bowie fan." 

" So is there anything you'd like to say about him?" 

"I don't know, I wanna dance."

"He was the missing puzzle piece to the sexual revolution." 

"He was the missing puzzle piece to the sexual revolution." 

"I saw Prince in Omaha in the 90s. I saw Bowie in New York during the Nine Inch Nails tour. But I live in Vegas, and when the DJ hit a Prince song.. bobby pins went flying, we went crazy! We really didn't give a shit once the club played those songs. "  "Well, I met prince at a party in LA. We were vibin' so he asked me to dance. An artist like Prince is like a machine, so it was amazing to see his presence transform into that of any other persons" 

"I saw Prince in Omaha in the 90s. I saw Bowie in New York during the Nine Inch Nails tour. But I live in Vegas, and when the DJ hit a Prince song.. bobby pins went flying, we went crazy! We really didn't give a shit once the club played those songs. " 

"Well, I met prince at a party in LA. We were vibin' so he asked me to dance. An artist like Prince is like a machine, so it was amazing to see his presence transform into that of any other persons" 

"So what did you think of Prince and Bowie?"  "You mean.. as a couple?" 

"So what did you think of Prince and Bowie?" 

"You mean.. as a couple?" 

To our dearly beloved, rest in peace! 

With love, 

Denver

 

 

Aisha DeMorsella