Bowie tribute to launch new Fitton series

Life on Mars to take stage next weekend.

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What: Life on Mars: A Tribute to David Bowie

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

Where: Fitton Family Theater, The Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton

Cost: Tickets are $20 for Fitton Center members and $25 for nonmembers. Cash bar.

More info: or 513-863-8873

Life on Mars: A Tribute to David Bowie will open the brand new Fitton Showstoppers! Series on Saturday, Nov. 19, inside the Fitton Family Theater.

“The name says it all. Performed in the Fitton Family Theater, we wanted diverse, dynamic, outrageous, fun, engaging and quality shows for our guests right here in Hamilton,” said Ian MacKenzie-Thurley, executive director of the Fitton Center.

Featuring Alex Lusht and a 10-piece band, Life on Mars is a concert experience that will take audiences on a journey, capturing some of Bowie’s best-loved songs. Bowie died from cancer early this year.

The core band behind the show is the Cincinnati-based Just Strange Brothers.

Complete with music, lighting, sound and make-up, concertgoers will get a full experience, MacKenzie-Thurley said.

“The series offers something for everyone. You might be a Bowie fan, or if you want to come for Christmas, or the symphony, or something in between, we want to give guests options. We have a wide variety of fantastic entertainment here in Hamilton,” he said.

MacKenzie-Thurley also said the goal is to provide the community with an affordable entertainment option in an intimate theater that offers up-close seating.

“There’s a lot going on in Hamilton now. This is an incredibly vibrant and diverse City. We are getting new people moving here all the time, and for the Fitton Center, we’re trying to capture the heart of the community. There are 65,000 people in Hamilton, and I would be very happy to see all 65,000 come here,” he said.

Like every arts organization, people have different wants, tastes, likes and interests. It is up to us to provide programming that’s both engaging, but diverse, and sometimes challenging, he said.

“The theme that runs through it is the intention and the quality of the theater,” MacKenzie-Thurley said.

Upcoming shows in the Fitton Showstoppers! Series include “A Fitton Family Christmas Featuring Nancy James” on Saturday, Dec. 10, and a matinee show on Sunday, Dec. 11; The Skivvies with Nick Cearley (a Hamilton native) and Lauren Molina on Saturday, Jan. 14, and The Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 18.