Sun Ra Arkestra at Summerhall

Sun Ra and I share a birthday. We celebrated my 21st together at The Pausa Art House in Buffalo’s Allentown – or at least some local Ramen and women and one original disciple (I believe it may have been Marshall Allen) celebrated Sunny’s birthday while I sat with friends and family, contemplating a globular glass of Three Philosophers and the strange music unfolding and exploding before me.

The concert was thrilling, especially in a venue as small as my living room. The costumes – wizards capes and caps, glittering gowns, a pair of nylon fairy’s wings that night (a little looser than the real Arkestra’s outfits) – weren’t gimmicks, somehow. Pretty quickly I realized that the music, as intentionally challenging as it was, was really just about joy.

So when I saw the Sun Ra Arkestra, led today by Ra’s longtime sideman, “91 years young,” Marshall Allen, would be playing Edinburgh’s Summerhall, I knew I had to go. Clock my review in The Skinny here.

Published by Aidan Ryan

I'm a writer, publisher, editor, and branding professional based in Buffalo, New York. I'm a founding partner and managing editor of Foundlings Press. I've written for the Buffalo News, Buffalo Spree, and other newspapers and magazines, including CNN and The Skinny in the UK, mostly about food, drink, travel, and strange people in strange places. I've also published fiction and poetry in journals like Slipstream and Traffic East, and interviews and essays in The White Review, Rain Taxi, and elsewhere.

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