Sun Ra Arkestra makes rare hometown appearance at University City concert series [Video]

On Saturday, the University City District announced that its 40th Street Summer Series concert would continue rain-or-shine.

This was great news to those who turned out to watch the Germantown-created Sun Ra Arkestra make a rare appearance in its hometown.

While a short, but heavy, rain shower came down during sound check, the sun broke through the clouds around 6 p.m.

That meteorological blessing created perfect conditions for an evening outdoor concert which drew more than 100 people to 40th and Walnut streets.

Longtime fans

Among that crowd was Susan Lembo and Eric DeHaven. The couple came from Mt. Airy as DeHaven said he’s been a fan since he first heard them in Boulder, Colo. in the 1970s.

“This,” he said, “is one of the most extraordinary concerts that I have heard in a long time.”

Sun Ra Arkestra, an experimental jazz group with strong Germantown ties, was founded in 1958 by the late Sun Ra and is currently led by Marshall Allen.

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