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FREE Event!!! Celebrating Sun Ra’s 103rd Birthday with A Joyful Noise!

May 20 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm


For our second Sun Ra birthday event at Musically Minded Academy, we’ll be hosting a free party, that will include from 6-8 PM:

In The Moment Concert and Radio Producer Jim Bennett, spinning Sun Ra vinyl, and playing back live performances of Sun Ra material from last year’s birthday celebration, featuring The Stray Horns, led by David Slusser. Refreshments will include Sun Ra’s recipe for Moon Stew, and an out of this world concoction tentatively named Saturn Punch

At 8PM, we will show the film Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise.

Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise is a 1980 jazz film by Robert Mugge documenting performances by Sun Ra and his Arkestra in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Baltimore, and also including interviews and rehearsal footage. Light years ahead of his time, composer, keyboard player, bandleader, poet, and philosopher Sun Ra coupled images of outer space with those of ancient Egypt, acoustic instruments with electronic ones, and modern American musical genres (jazz, soul, gospel, blues, swing) with the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean. He also combined his music with dance, poetry, colorful costumes and backdrops, and pure theatricality, influencing other innovative musical ensembles as diverse as the Art Ensemble of Chicago, George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic, and Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, and he was among the first musicians to use electronic keyboards and portable synthesizers in public performance. For his one-hour documentary, Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise, Robert Mugge spent two years shooting Sun Ra and members of his  jazz Arkestra in a wide variety of situations. Ensemble performances were filmed at Baltimore’s Famous Ballroom, at Danny’s Hollywood Palace in Philadelphia, and on the roof of Philadelphia’s International House on the edge of the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Sun Ra’s poetry and mythological pronouncements were filmed in the Egyptian Room of the University of Pennsylvania’s anthropology museum, in a sculpture garden in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., and inside and outside of the house he shared with key band members in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Interviews with band members were filmed inside and outside of the house, as well as inside their nearby Pharaoh’s Den food store, and a band rehearsal and a solo keyboard performance were filmed in the house as well. Transferred to HD from the original 16mm film and lovingly restored for the best possible viewing experience. Songs performed in the film include such Sun Ra classics as “Astro Black,” “Mister Mystery,” “We Travel the Spaceways,” “Along Came Ra/The Living Myth,” “Spaceship Earth (Destination Unknown), “Requiem for Trevor Johnson,” and many more.

At 9PM, more DJ spinning, our second annual Space Is The Place Cake, poetry, dancers and other surprises

Donations are welcome at the door or for refreshments. These funds will be divided between Musically Minded’s moving fund, and Jim Bennett’s In The Moment Concert Series and Radio Show. 


May 20
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Musically Minded Academy
5776 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618 United States
510 601 5700


Musically Minded Academy
510 601 5700