Sun Ra Arkestra Tickets
Sun Ra Arkestra + Ayetoro
Jazz Cafe, Camden, London Contact venue for tickets
Sun Ra Arkestra + Emanative (DJ Set)
Jazz Cafe, Camden, London
Rated 5 out of 5 by Blue sky from Awesome Sun Ra Arkestra was wild and amazing- elemental. A privilege to be there.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by MH7 from Organised chaos I, and everyone around me, really enjoyed this concert - lots of energy, versatility and anarchic but cohesive performances.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by Carlos Gareze from Rare chance to witness a legend The Sun Ra Arkestra no longer includes Sun Ra himself, who passed on, or moved to another dimension, or whatever, a few years ago, but is now directed by the equally extraordinary Marshall Allen, who at 92 (!) was playing alto sax and directing the band, no longer including any of the other original members from way back but still playing the same bewildering mix of big-band jazz and strange unearthly sounds. They started horribly out of tune, but soon fixed this and began to groove. I enjoyed this rare chance to experience a legend, and kudos to Dictionary Pudding for bringing the band to Lewes. My only beef is that it was never made clear that this was a standing-only gig. I am suffering from a bad back and my partner has an ankle problem, and there was no way we could stand for the whole of it. We did manage to find the one bit of seating in the venue but obviously sitting down you couldn't see anything. The gig would have been good value if there had been seating, but as it was we had to leave early.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by cosm50 from The Sun Ra Effect: Space Is Most Definitely The Place I had prepared myself for this event by listening to old Sun Ra recordings. It was bit frightening. Was I really going to an evening of seriously avat-garde jazz (with mandatory drum solos)? Needn't have woried. 92 year old band leader Marshall Allen was there, with his 12 piece Arkestra, replete with as much sparkle and glitter as you might see over 12 Xmases - and they were going to paaaarty. No nonsense about stage announcement; virtually non-stop jazz of the highest quality. Sure they went out on a limb a bit - but they are from Outer Space anyway. Top musicianship from performers able to double/treble up on their instruments (all played with consumate skill), a sassy blue-lipped vocalist and an electrifying vibe in the room enhanced by an old-style bubbly light show. Even if you didn't like jazz (and I lurve jazz) you had to admire the spectacle. A tremendous night out... and they even played some numbers I knew; searing solo work but narry a drum solo to be heard. Huzzah!
Date published: 2017-03-29