PAWTUCKET, RI (CelebrityAccess) — Jazz and afrofuture pioneers Sun Ra Arkestra announced plans for a major international tour in 2023.
The tour includes a string of shows in the Eastern U.S., starting on April 1st at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, and including performances at World Cafe Live in Philly, and TV Eye in New York City, among others.
The group then heads to Canada in June for a run of shows that start at The Marquee in Halifax on June 16th and wrap at Toronto’s Tone on June 28th.
Sun Ra Arkestra then return to the U.S. for a series of West Coast shows before heading to the UK and Europe in August.
Additionally, Sun Ra Arkestra are planning a series of shows to commemorate the 99th birthday of the group’s current leader Marshall Allen.
Two years the after death of the group’s founder and longtime bandleader Sun Ra in 1993, Marshall took the reins and has led the jazz collective since.
“My work is an extension of Sun Ra’s mission to provide for the spiritual healing of the planet Earth,” Marshall said.
Marshall will be honored with a special birthday celebration at The Met in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on May 21st. The show will feature a performance from Sun Ra Arkestra along with special guests Shabazz Palaces and The Leland Baker Quintet.
Tickets for the birthday celebration are on sale now at https://www.themetri.com and will be available in person at Courtland Club & The Met.
Sun Ra Arkestra tour dates
1 Knoxville TN Big Ears Festival
8 Alexandria VA Birchmere
20 Philadelphia PA World Cafe Live
21 Pawtucket RI The Met
22 New York NY TV Eye – sold out
25 Baltimore MD Keystone Korner
27 Philadelphia PA World Cafe Live
8 Burlington VT Jazz Festival
16 Halifax Can The Marquee
18 Montreal Can La Sala Rosa
20 Winnipeg Can Royal Manitoba Theatre
22 Calgary Can Central United Church
24 Vancouver Can Performance Works
26 Ottawa Can City Hall Jazz Festival
28 Toronto Can Tone
14 Detroit MI African World Festival
16-18 Portland OR Park Theater
20-23 San Francisco CA San Francisco Jazz
24 Los Angeles CA Zebulon
25 Los Angeles CA Zebulon
29 Saugerties NY Opus 40
13 Dorset UK We Out Here Festival
14 Locorotondo IT Locus Festival
27 Brooklyn NY Union Pool