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Sun Ra Arkestra / Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty / DJ Greg Caz

Saturday, July 24, 2021

5:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.

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Tickets are no longer required for free performances at SummerStage. All free performances will be open to the public, first come, first served, with limited capacity, and will continue to follow CDC recommendations. Visit here for more information.

This performance will be livestreamed on SummerStageAnywhere.org.

The Arkestra is no stranger to SummerStage; they headlined the festival’s first-ever concert back in 1986 at the Central Park Bandshell, when they were still fronted by their eccentric and enigmatic bandleader Sun Ra. Since his death in 1993, the ensemble has been led by saxophonist Marshall Allen, and continues to carry on Sun Ra’s indomitable spirit, perpetuating his unique contributions to jazz and Afrofuturism. The Arkestra is an avant-garde history lesson in cosmic jazz, incorporating elements from throughout jazz history, including ragtime, swing, bebop, free jazz, and fusion. They’re joined by Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty (Angel Bat Dawid, Anaiet Sivad, and Brooklynn Skye Scott), an all female Chicago-based ensemble that leans on improvisation and spontaneous compositions.


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Lasker Rink and Pool is temporarily closed in order to rebuild the facility to increase access to nearby communities and enhance year-round programming. For more information, visit Central Park Conservancy's Lasker Rink and Pool Restoration page.

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