The Sun Ra Arkestra Directed by Marshall Allen continues its 60th Anniversary World Tour today by starting its first 2016 European tour with a sold out performance at Union Chapel in London, England, continuing on to Band on the Wall in England April 15, headlining the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in North Wales April 17, followed by two Spain shows in Madrid and Barcelona on April 18 & 19 respectively. The Arkestra will travel the spaceways for its fifth visitation to Japan on May 4 at the Worldwide Session 2016 followed by a sold out performance in Brooklyn, NY on May 8. Then, the band's second 2016 European tour takes off May 10 - 20 with shows in Italy, England, Austria, and Turkey.
The Vision Festival has invited the Arkestra back again to headline its festivities at the Judson Memorial Church venue in Greenwich Village, NYC on June 8. The schedule for the summer will continue with a headlining appearance at the Beacon Jazz Festival in Beacon, NY June 25 and two concerts in Chicago, IL at the Constellation and at the Pitchfork Festival July 16 & 17 respectively.
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. One notable event will happen June 5 at the Anthology Film Archives in New York, NY where three Sun Ra films ("Space Is The Place", "The Magic Sun", and "A Joyful Noise") will be screened.
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 - an incredible achievement.
The current concert itinerary of the Sun Ra Arkestra Directed by Marshall Allen is:
April 14, 2016 - Union Chapel, London, England. Show at 8:45 pm is SOLD OUT.
April 15, 2016 - Band on the Wall, Manchester, England. Doors at 7:30 pm with Show at 8:00 pm.
April 17, 2016 - Holiday Center, All Tomorrow's Parties Festival, Prestatyn, North Wales.
April 18, 2016 - Teatro Lara, Madrid, Spain. Show at 10:30 pm.
April 19, 2016 - Sala Apolo, Barcelona, Spain. Show at 8:30 pm.
April 23, 2016 - Private Event, Philadelphia, PA.
May 4, 2016 - Studio Coast, Worldwide Session 2016, Tokyo, Japan. Showtime TBA.
May 8, 2016 - Greenpoint Terminal, Red Bull Music Academy Festival, Brooklyn, NY. Show at 7:00 pm is SOLD OUT.
May 10, 2016 - Blue Note Milano, Milano, Italy. Show at 9:00 pm.
May 11-12, 2016 - Raindogs House, Savona, Italy. Shows at 10:00 pm.
May 13, 2016 - Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Norwich, England. Show at 8:00 pm.
May 17, 2016 - Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Austria. Show at 8:30 pm.
May 20, 2016 - Tower of Uchisar, Cappadocia, Turkey. Show at 8:00 pm.
June 8, 2016 - Vision Festival, New York, NY. Show at 9:40 pm.
June 25, 2016 - Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, Beacon Jazz Festival, Beacon, NY. Showtime TBA.
July 16, 2016 - Constellation, Chicago, IL. Showtime TBA.
July 17, 2016 - Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, IL. 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: