Friday, January 15, 2016

Arcade Fire, Preservation Hall Jazz Band to lead memorial parade for David Bowie in the French Quarter

Arcade Fire and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are joining forces to memorialize David Bowie with a little New Orleans flair. The musical pair will honor Bowie with a parade on Saturday (Jan. 16) at 4 p.m.

The parade will begin at Preservation Hall and end at One Eyed Jacks, according to Preservation Hall creative director Ben Jaffe. 

"As a musician, you have to recognize great art, whether it's a style you participate in on your own or just respect," Jaffe said. "David Bowie created great art. He created music."

A Facebook post announcing the event strongly encourages costumes, noting that attendees should wear "your best Bowie outfit or something more strange."

Ben Jaffe never met Bowie, which is something the New Orleans musician regrets, but he still recognizes the power Bowie's music and style had to cross boundaries. 

"People, musicians and artists like David Bowie -- there are only a handful of people that touch such a broad spectrum of people, and it's amazing to me," Jaffee said. "As interesting and peculiar and unique as his music is ... that speaks volumes to who he is and was as an artist, and he had a special connection to New Orleans music, and you can hear it." 

"David Bowie was one of the band's earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth," reads the post. "We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives. A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created."

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