SEATTLE – On July 29 the Museum of Flight offers two concerts of folk, bluegrass and jazz by the world’s spaciest band, Bandella—a group of five former astronauts and guest artists. Bandella includes Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who reached hundreds of millions with his solo performance video of Space Oddity while floating in the space station (regarded by David Bowie as the best version of his song).
Bandella’s four other astronaut artists include Cady Coleman, Dan Burbank, Ken Cockrell and Steve Robinson, with Micki Pettit as the lead singer. Bandella concerts blend music with stories from space, plus a Q&A with the audience.
Shows will be at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., with $50 general admission/$40 Museum Members.
The Astronauts in Bandella
Chris Hadfield has released a music album, Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can, and his solo version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity has been seen by hundreds of millions. Hadfield’s TED talk on fear has been watched 11 million times.
Cady Coleman is a flute player, and in 2011 she played live via video link for the audience of Jethro Tull’s show in Russia in honor of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s spaceflight, playing in orbit while Anderson played on the ground.
Burbank, Cockrell (a veteran of five space flights), Robinson and Colemen were all rotating members of another astronaut band, Max Q.
More information: https://www.museumofflight.org