Saturday, August 14, 2021

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On “Life During Wartime,” from Talking Heads’ seminal album Fear of Music, David Byrne famously sang, “This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco…no time for dancing…” Yet all those anti-fun declarations go gleefully out the window when Mystic Bowie takes the stage.

Bowie’s close personal and professional relationship with Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, founding members of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, began when he joined the latter group in 1996. After more than 20 years, the Jamaican-born singer formed his Talking Dreads project and reimagined TH’s classic art-pop tunes as rock-steady reggae anthems.

Bowie says: “I’ve always felt that reggae’s dance-inspiring, feel good vibe is universal, as are many of the band’s songs. Why not marry the two ideas?”

With apologies to David Byrne, this is a party and there is time to dance…with Mystic Bowie!

Location: Main Stage (behind LOH/City Hall)