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Heroes Tribute

When: Sun., March 5, 7:30 p.m. 2017

In perhaps one of the freakiest of freak accidents, the Carolina Performing Arts tribute to David Bowie via Philip Glass was canceled in early February when a municipal water crisis shut down the UNC campus as well as much of Carrboro and Chapel Hill. The players for the evening's promised supergroup—Destroyer's Dan Bejar, saxophonist Ken Vandermark, guitarist William Tyler, Mac McCaughan, Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner, bassist Brad Cook, and percussionist Joe Westerlund—were all still in town, and the show still went on, sort of. They convened at The Pinhook in front of a modest crowd for a hush-hush "rehearsal" of their straight-through cover of Bowie's classic LP Heroes. Even the informal, practice-run results were magnificent: Bejar's voice matched Bowie's vocal stylings without sounding like he was trying to do an impression, and he was backed by an ensemble that was preternaturally in the pocket. This week's rescheduled, final version happens in the more elegant Memorial Hall. The first half of the program is a rare symphony performance of Glass's gorgeous Heroes Symphony, which should be an equally enthralling delight. —Allison Hussey

Price: $10-20

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