The passing of David Bowie back in January sparked sadness in the musical community, but it also gave way to tributes created by fans and musicians alike. On October 29th, just nine months later, prominent players in the realm of children’s music, Stephanie Mayers and Bill Childs, are hosting a release concert at Lincoln Center for their new album, Let All the Children Boogie, inspired by Bowie’s biggest hits.
Taking place at the annual LC Kids Trick or Treat Halloween celebration, the concert will feature a select group of artists from the album, including Elizabeth Mitchell and You are My Flower, Wunmi, Rachel Loshak, Dean Jones and Lloyd Miller, Robert Burke Warren and Tracy Bonham, and Sonia De Los Santos and Elena Moon Park.
“The concert is meant to be a dance party,” said Mayers, who added that the goal is to honor Bowie’s life and musical work in a positive, happy way.
The album itself, which will be released on November 18, has 20 tracks, each an inspired interpretation of Bowie’s work. These interpretations were created by a diverse blend of artists who feel passionate about sharing Bowie’s legacy with kids and adults alike. The cover art was created by popular children’s book illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
“It’s an amazing collaboration on all fronts,” said Mayers. “We really let the artists have creative freedom, and it came together beautifully. It was such a fun experience listening to the different tracks as they came rolling in.”
Let All the Children Boogie will benefit the It Gets Better Project, an organization that gives emotional support to LGBT youth. Mayers said choosing an organization was easy, because she wanted to honor the way that Bowie lived his life.
Stop by the David Rubenstein Atrium at the Lincoln Center with your whole family this Saturday to enjoy the show! The fun begins at 12:15 p.m. Dress in your best David Bowie or Halloween attire! Your kids may even get to meet some of the artists after the concert. The album will be released on November 18, but if you pre-order now, you’ll receive a free download of “Heroes” by Ted Leo. You can click here to listen to “Heroes” now!