2nd Annual (Virtual) Fundraiser
Honoring Sun Ra Arkestra maestro Marshall Allen
Thursday, May 20, 2021
7:00 PM
  • Fundraiser
  • Performance

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A link to the virtual fundraiser will be sent via email prior to the event, with ticket purchase.

Program Info

All Ages


A very special performance by Yo La Tengo, a special appearance from composer and bassist William Parker, along with pre-recorded video tributes from musical luminaries and more!

Hosted by Charlie Hall, drummer with the Grammy Award winning The War on Drugs.

Sponsored by
  • Space & Company
  • Michael Garden Group
  • Mothpaper
  • Christopher Andrew Studios
  • Di Bruno Bros.
  • Wildeflowers
  • Tired Hands Brewing Company
  • Vine St. Imports
  • Anthony Creamer
  • Germaine Ingram
  • Diona Howard-Nicolas
  • Anonymous

“There simply is no worthier cause for Philly music lovers with a taste for the adventurous and daring.”
The Key

The board and staff of Ars Nova Workshop invite you to a virtual fundraiser, honoring Sun Ra Arkestra maestro Marshall Allen. A ticket to the event gets you access to the evening’s program, hosted by Charlie Hall of the Grammy-winning band The War on Drugs, with interviews and surprise appearances by musical luminaries, including a very special performance by Yo La Tengo. Fundraiser tickets are available for a wide range of support levels, with specified tickets including a limited-edition gift bag delivered to you, with drinks, snacks, and some beautiful surprises we will open together during the event.*

So join us for an unforgettable evening of appreciation and fun, with the best that the jazz community has to offer. Not to be missed!
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*Delivery of gift bags will be scheduled in the 48 hours prior to the event and will be limited to a 30-mile radius. Contact us at info@arsnovaworkshop.org with any questions.

Tickets, Gift Bags, and VIP Perqs

Support Ars Nova Workshop today with the purchase of a 2nd Annual (Virtual) Fundraiser ticket for as low as $25. Additional fundraiser support levels available including limited-edition gift bags and VIP perqs. Link to join the virtual fundraiser online will be sent via email prior to event.

$25 View Only Admission (1)

  • Link to join Ars Nova Workshop’s 2nd Annual (Virtual) Fundraiser online

$100 Single Admission + Event Gift Bag (1)

  • All of the items listed above plus…
  • Limited-edition large tote bag, designed by Nels Cline
  • Limited-edition 2nd Annual Virtual Fundraiser Poster
  • CD from the Ars Nova Workshop vault
  • Drinks and snacks thanks to Di Bruno Bros., Vine Street Imports (Frico Frizzante Sparkling Italian Wine by Scarpetta), Wildeflower Organic Tonic, and more
  • $100 gift certificate for wallpaper and custom murals from Mothpaper
  • Ars Nova Workshop “Death’s Headquarters” Sticker

$150 Double Admission + Event Gift Bag for (2)

  • All of the items listed above with drinks and snacks for two!

$250 Double Admission + VIP Gift Bag for (2) [Limited Quantities]

  • All of the items listed above plus…
  • Signed copy of Space Is The Place: The Lives And Times Of Sun Ra by John F. Szwed
  • ANW-produced Muhal Richard Abrams’s SoundPath CD

Marshall Allen

Ars Nova Workshop has had a long and treasured relationship with Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra. After nearly 97 years on the planet, Allen remains a brilliant imaginative force whose life has spanned nearly the entire history of jazz. A key member of the Arkestra for more than six decades, and its dauntless leader for the last quarter-century, Allen has kept Sun Ra’s cosmic torch blazing brightly while forging his own path through the spaceways as a singular voice on the alto saxophone and Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI).

Marshall’s longevity may be a testament to good genes, but it is just as much a testament to the power of music in his life, beginning in the early part of last century. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Allen moved to Philadelphia with his family in his teens before enlisting in the Army as a member of the 92nd Infantry, the famed Buffalo Soldiers. Upon his discharge he rejoined his family in Chicago, where he became enraptured by the music and teachings of Sun Ra. He’s remained with the Arkestra ever since, while also collaborating with a stunning array of artists including Sonic Youth, Paul Bley, Yo La Tengo, Medeski Martin and Wood, Phish, and countless others. Under his leadership, the Arkestra has toured tirelessly, bringing its message of interstellar unity to such renowned venues as Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Radio City Music Hall, as well as stages throughout Europe.

Cover: Ars Nova Workshop 2nd Annual (Virtual) Fundraiser poster design and Illustration by BELSH (M Slater).