Friday, July 12, 2024

Niki Luparelli gives her all during one of her Jerkus Circus shows. On Thursday she’s belting out 24 David Bowie tunes during “Oh! You Pretty Things: A Burlesque/Cabaret tribute to David Bowie!” at Oberon in Harvard Square. (Photo: Gentle Grace Photography)

What’s better than Bowie?

Bowie you can enjoy live, for one thing. And since the man himself isn’t touring and certainly isn’t performing up close in a dance-friendly venue such as Harvard Square’s Oberon — and certainly isn’t doing so alongside more than a half-dozen of the area’s hottest burlesque and go-go dancers — any fan of Bowie, fun and sexiness should clear their calendars for Thursday.

The event is “Oh! You Pretty Things: A Burlesque/Cabaret Tribute to David Bowie,” and it features some 24 Bowie tunes, from “All the Young Dudes” to “Let’s Dance” redone in energetic lounge style with a 10-piece band and seven scantily clad dancers.

While Bowie’s the inspiration, chanteuse Niki Luparelli (“Neo-cabaret vamp, Vaudeville comedienne, pinup model and bleach aficionado,” in her own words) is the motivator.

“We’re going to do this until he sues us or comes out of retirement,” Luparelli said before a run-through Saturday in Davis Square that had people charged up and dancing to a bit of Springsteen, Billy Idol and Dead or Alive (“You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” anyone?) along with tunes from the Thin White Duke, Ziggy Stardust and other Davy Jones personas.

The next chance to party like it’s 1969 through 1988 comes at 8 p.m. Thursday at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.