There are performers, there are entertainers, artists, composers, producers, models and multi-instrumentalists. There is flamboyant, sexy, gutsy, glamorous and confident and then there is the incomparable Phoebe Legere who encompasses all of the aforementioned qualities in abundance and more.
This Acadian-Abenaki “Performance artist” who went to Vassar College and was trained at The Julliard School has graced stages all around the globe including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, has been in multiple movies such as the cult classic, “Toxic Avenger,” appeared on every major television network, has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, has invented an “Alternative fuel vehicle” and has managed to release 17 albums as well as produce and direct her own music videos.
One of these videos (which she also shoots and edits herself) was for her song, “Marilyn Monroe” which happened to catch the eye of one David Bowie. Bowie was so taken by it that he asked her to open for him on his 1990 “Sound and Vision Tour.”
“My phone rang and this guy on the other end asks to speak with Phoebe Legere,” she said with her infectious laugh. “I said, this is she and he replied, “This is David Bowie” and I was sure that he wasn’t and I nearly hung up but it was him and he asked me to open for his tour. I learned so much from watching him night after night; David was a true professional in every sense of the word. He was the sort of man who would come into the holding areas before each show and offer encouragement or have a drink once the show was over, just a very nice man and I enjoyed my time with him.”
Friday January 11, 2019 at 8 p.m. Union Transfer in Philadelphia hosts, “A Night Of Stardust.” This event is the “Grand Finale” of Philly Loves Bowie week and is packed with 25 of Bowie’s best songs; covering the legendary artist’s material from “Space Oddity” to “Lazarus.”
“I’m very excited to be part of this,” said Legere as she prepares to take the stage with a cast that includes Jeffrey Gaines, Ari Rubin, Michael Baker and special guest Ava Cherry; on display will not only be Legere’s incredible four octave vocal range but her abilities as a multi-instrumentalist as well.
When not touring, painting or writing new material, Legere is a community activist and involved in multiple charities; one of which is her own Foundation For New American Art, whose mission is to, “Bring art and music to under-served children.”
“I’m doing shows every Saturday beginning in March with the Lower East Side Children’s Chorus and there is dancing and singing and I’ll be trying to give these children joy through music; I am the conductor and music director and just love it.”
Doors open at 7 p.m. at Union Transfer which is located at 1026 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia, PA and the ticket cost is $20 plus fees.