Alt-cabaret siren Cion explores inner and outer spaces in a reprise her tribute to shape-shifting rock icon David Bowie.
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I happened upon "Me and Mr. Jones" while looking for a show in the East Village. I was blown away. In her most honest moments, Raquel Cion makes it very clear that she is an unapologetic David Bowie-obsessed fan. "Me & Mr. Jones" explores Cion's dark, exhilarating world, set to the whirlwind of Bowie's music, performed to perfection by Ms. Cion and her top-notch band. The secret to Raquel Cion's success here, is that she's chosen two of Bowie's greatest songs to begin and end "Me & Mr. Jones," leaving the meat of the evening to seldom done, lesser-known material. That was a refreshing choice and allowed Cion to use Bowie's material to tell her own story and to reflect her love and loss for the rock legend; a feeling that was quite palpable in the room that evening. Cion isn't a relic, sharing material that might be unknown to some. Instead, she's chosen to use the material to reflect who she is: a real person, with real emotions and one hell of a set of pipes. Rest easy, Bowie fans, Cion has dared to keep "Me & Mr. Jones" well-above the millennial din of the common karaoke bar. In this pitch-black world, she shoots straight from her soul, with David Bowie firmly at her side.
This show is full of glamour and grit. Ms.Cion beautifully weaves her personal stories thru the fabric of Bowie's music. The band is great, the gowns are incredible and her electric performance is not to be missed!
Plenty of good reviews here and Raquel didn't have to pay for any of them! I had a great time at her show. Her renditions of Bowie songs are fantastic and her personal stories relating her passion for Bowie to her own life are poignant and affirming.
Whether you're a Bowie fan or not, Ms. Cion's marvelously musical show will fill you with all the feels. You'll certainly become a fan of hers (and his) after this reflective, moving, and musically satisfying performance. This original cabaret covers Bowie's known and lesser-known songs while interspersed with tales from Ms. Cion's own life. The arrangements are top notch and the venue can't be beat. Get yourself down to Pangea for a night you won't soon forget.
This show goes to the edge of where grief lives. Raquelle's voice goes into the corners of the unusual, the band is amazing, and her presence, story and fabulous costume (s!) are magnetic and glittery. The show will change you, go see it! - Maia and Kim
Kill a little time at this intimate, infinite rock 'n' roll resurrection. Raquel is the sCion of soulful showbizzy self-revelation and starpower, in grand halls and close-up clubs. A conversation with music history and future legend that speaks to each witness uniquely from an incomparable, articulate heart.
Raquel Cion is an electrifying interpreter of David Bowie’s music. Her poignant, funny storytelling ties together these songs, which highlight the variety in his catalogue. This is not some trite cover band stuff; this is a religious experience.
I am looking forward to seeing this again after catching the original production several years, when Bowie still walked among us. It's a lovely tribute from a forever-fan, as well as a sweet reflection on her own earlier incarnations.
Why is this show not on Broadway? A poignant, funny, irreverent joy to see, the passion for David Bowie shines through in this stunning performance. Well done, Ms Cion. I laughed, cried and felt like you were telling my story. I will be back.
I was lucky enough to catch Raquel Cion's Me and Mr. Jones at Pangea.
It is a gorgeous, heart-full journey through the world of Bowie and Cion.
Written in pain. Written in awe. Raquel Cion channels Mr. Jones in an unforgettable performance.