Brazilian musician and actor Seu Jorge brought his David Bowie tribute show to New Orleans’ Civic Theatre on Tuesday night.
American audiences are most likely to recognize Jorge from his roles as Knockout Ned in 2002’s City of God and Pelé dos Santos in 2004’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. It was the latter film, in which Jorge performed numerous Bowie covers in his native Portuguese, that inspired last night’s concert.
The setup for the show was rather simple, with Jorge the stage alone with an acoustic guitar. He proceeded to perform 16 Bowie covers in Portuguese, often pausing between songs to tell heartwarming and hilarious stories about the making of The Life Aquatic. The setlist included an array of Bowie classics—with a particular emphasis on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust—such as “Changes,” “Space Oddity,” “Five Years,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Starman,” “Rebel Rebel,” and “Life on Mars?”
Naturally, both Jorge and the crew that occasionally assisted him on stage donned the blue polyester Team Zissou uniforms and orange beanies made famous by The Life Aquatic.
All photo by Caitlyn Ridenour.