Le Sony’r Ra

One day after John Hubley’s centennial, it’s Sun Ra’s.  Last year, we acknowledged his 99th in Kansas City by closing our Crossroads show with “Somebody’s in Love.”  Did we know it was his birthday the two previous times we played on May 22?  Maybe yes, maybe no–“Nuclear War” ended our set in 2003 (then again, it ended most of our sets that year) in Madrid, where we shared the bill with the Go-Betweens.  Three years earlier, in Munich, “Rocket #9” found its way onto the setlist.  Tomorrow: Jon Benjamin turns 100!  (Unless I misread the fine print.)