Whether at multiple Hanukkah shows in Hoboken or at Fuji Rock in Japan in July 2003, we’ve performed with the Sun Ra Arkestra anytime the opportunity arises, dating back to eleven years ago today. Touring behind the newly released Summer Sun, tonight’s stop is the Trocadero in Philadelphia, a city that looms large in our world not only for its fine culinary offerings, but as the home base for the Arkestra. We invited anyone who wanted to sit in to come by soundcheck, and Danny Ray Thompson, Tyrone Hill and Dave Davis took us up on the offer. Did we really run through all 10 songs that we played together that night? Unlikely. I’m guessing we tried out a few and, ecstatic with the results, kept throwing more and more songs at them to see what would happen. Once we found out, we weren’t letting them get away too easily–we suggested they drive down to D.C. with us for the next night’s show, resulting in an Is This Really Happening? minivan excursion, Georgia at the wheel, James shotgun, Tyrone and a nonstop-narrating Danny in the middle, me and Dave in the back.