Thursday, June 16, 2016


From the Saturn newsgroup

The Sun Ra Arkestra Directed by Marshall Allen has added three new USA engagements to its 60th Anniversary World Tour as the band continues to travel the spaceways. On Saturday, June 18, 2016 the Arkestra will do a free 2:00 pm afternoon performance at the Union Pool in Brooklyn, NY. Adding onto the July 16 & 17 Chicago, IL tour dates that were previously announced is a visitation on Monday, July 18, 2016 to the El Club in Detroit, MI. Later this summer, the Arkestra will headline the Fields Festival on Sunday, August 21, 2016 in Darlington, MD.

Please note that the scheduled June 25, 2016 concert at the Beacon Jazz Festival in Beacon, NY will not happen due to the cancellation of the festival.

The 60th Anniversary of the Sun Ra Arkestra continues to be celebrated across the planet with Arkestra concerts, panels, lectures, film retrospectives, and other events that recognize the impact of the band on the sound and evolution of avant garde jazz.

Marshall Allen, as Musical Director of the Arkestra, is now in his 58th year of continuous activity within the Arkestra. Marshall has been in the Sun Ra Arkestra 21 years longer than Sun Ra himself and celebrated his 92nd "Arrival Day" (birthday to those who are earthbound) on May 25, 2016 as he continues moving forward at space speed.

The current concert itinerary of the Sun Ra Arkestra Directed by Marshall Allen is:

June 18, 2016 - Union Pool, 484 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY. Free show at 2:00 pm.

June 25, 2016 - Beacon Jazz Festival, Beacon, NY. CANCELLED.

July 16, 2016 - Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL. Show at 8:00 pm.

July 17, 2016 - Pitchfork Festival, Union Park, Chicago, IL. Showtime TBA.

July 18, 2016 - El Club, 4114 W Vernor Highway, Detroit, MI. Show at 8:00 pm.

August 21, 2016 - Fields Festival, 2564 Silver Road, Darlington, MD. Showtime TBA.

The 2016 Sun Ra Arkestra Directed by Marshall Allen 60th Anniversary World Tour dates continue to be in support of the "Babylon Live" CD release on the In + Out Records label. This CD was recorded live at the Babylon club in Istanbul, Turkey on May 21, 2014 during the first of four 2014 Sun Ra Centennial Arkestra European tours. DL Media is handling all publicity and coordination for this CD release. Details are available at:

For additional details on all of the above appearances, please click on the "Tourdates" tab of the Sun Ra Arkestra website and then click on the weblinks for the applicable concert date. Booking information for the Sun Ra Arkestra Directed by Marshall Allen is available by clicking on the "Info" tab of the Sun Ra Arkestra website, which is located at:

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