September 26, 2017
If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to break out your red beanie and re-watch Wes Anderson’s 2004 film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, here it is.
Brazilian singer-actor Seu Jorge is bringing The Life Aquatic, A Tribute to David Bowie to Charlotte on Oct. 3 at the Underground. He will sing his renditions of Bowie’s hits, which Jorge performed throughout Anderson’s film as the character Pelé dos Santos. Playing only an acoustic guitar, Jorge transformed Bowie’s classics, including “Rebel, Rebel” and “Ziggy Stardust” into delicate Portuguese ballads without losing the grace of Bowie’s songwriting.
In the liner notes for The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions, Bowie wrote “Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs acoustically in Portuguese I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.”
Jorge first brought his covers to a nautical-themed stage in 2016 following Bowie’s death from liver cancer. He toured across the U.S. and Europe last year and added more U.S. dates in 2017.
The Life Aquatic introduced a new audience to Jorge’s music, which was an influential part of the Brazilian samba revival of the 21st century, according to Billboard. His 2004 bossa nova-inspired release Cru, following The Life Aquatic, was met with critical acclaim.
Jorge’s acting credentials also include the notable role of Knockout Ned in the 2002 Oscar-nominated Brazilian film City of God, as well as appearances in various movies and shows.
The Life Aquatic remains one of Jorge’s most well-known works, as the movie is “a cause for celebration among sensitive types and pop-culture geeks,” per the Miami New Times. Jorge’s tour gives fans a chance to revel in the quirky fun of a Wes Anderson classic, as well as an opportunity to pay respects to Bowie’s legacy.