The Western Carolina University Guitar Ensemble will perform a David Bowie tribute concert on Wednesday, March 16, celebrating the life and songs of the rock music icon.

Open to the public and free of charge, the concert will take place in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on campus, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Bowie, a multi-persona, style-changing innovator who died in January at age 69, had numerous hits and influenced musicians in numerous genres. The British-born New York City resident also was an actor, appearing on stage and in movies.

“While the educational focus of the guitar ensemble is to provide performance experience for music majors studying guitar, the concert will include vocal excerpts tastefully and creatively interspersed with the requisite guitar-driven melodies and extended solos,” said Stephen Wohlrab, WCU associate professor of jazz guitar and commercial and electronic music. “The group will perform some of Bowie’s best known hits such as ‘Fame,’ ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Space Oddity,’ just to name a few. The concert promises to be fun for both David Bowie fans and guitar fans alike.”

The ensemble is made up of Zack Hudson, Sam Simmons and Ben Jurasik on guitar, Michael Fohn on guitar and drums, Dylan McCall on bass and vocals, and Moose Solito on drums.

For more information, call the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.