Birthday brothers, born 12 years apart, Elvis Presley and David Bowie both matured into musical royalty: Presley reigning loftily as “King of Rock ’n’ Roll,” while Bowie actually deferred a royal honorarium when he waved off an opportunity at British knighthood in 2003.
Every year around their Jan. 8 DOB, Austin music celebrates Presley and Bowie – together and separately. The annual Bowie Birthday Bash at Drinks Lounge has been preemptively canceled over surging COVID numbers (they advise “Stay home, crank your speakers to 10 and listen to Bowie all night”) and the same is true with Austin’s glorious Elvis tribute, Ted Roddy & the King Conjure Orchestra, at Continental Club. Still, Hotel Vegas is doing it up big on Saturday with a Elvis impersonator available to marry five lucky couples (must pay for marriage license in advance) plus a hoot night of artists doing Bowie covers.
The two legends who employed a lightning bolt as iconography are also being fêted the previous night, Friday, down south at the Far Out Lounge with the BowiElvis Festival featuring tribute performances from Graveltooth, Brian Scartocci, and Electric Gold plus the promise of serving each of the icon’s favorite sandwiches – ostensibly a peanut butter, banana, and bacon monstrosity and a croque monsieur, respectively – both fried!
Sat., Jan. 8, 9pm