Thursday night in Coney Island: The Burnt Sugar Arkestra & Brown Girls Burlesque “Funk to the Future” celebrating Sun Ra at Coney Island’s Burlesque at The Beach:
The legacy of Sun Ra has inspired countless artists and influence music art and culture with his other worldly innovations in jazz and electronic music, performance and film. Born in Birmingham, Al in 1914 he migrated to Chicago where he left his mark on burlesque history playing in burlesque shows throughout the Midwest circuit.
He was one of the first jazz masters to introduce electronics to the form using the bass and keyboards to introduce the world to a new galaxy of music. In 1986 he teamed up with another futuristic genius John Cage to play a legendary concert produced by Coney Island’s Sideshows by the Seashore.
Toni Morrison and Samuel Delany both say they write novels they’d like to read but cannot find. In humbler moments I imagine Burnt Sugar my self-pleasuring answer to the void. I invented a band I wanted to hear but could not find.