Musician, icon and activist Emmylou Harris is launching a special U.S. tour to raise awareness for a cause dear to her heart. She has teamed up with JRS (Jesuit Refugee Service) to do a series of shows in Oct. to shed light on the world refugee crisis. The Lampedusa: Concerts For Refugees Tour will also feature Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and The Milk Carton Kids.
Harris is a huge supporter of JRS. Just this June, she traveled with the organization to Ethiopia to learn more about the refugee crisis in the area. She believes that education is an important tool to help refugees move forward in their lives. JRS seeks to empower refugees with education and skill-building.
Harris shared her desire to help raise awareness using the Lampedusa concert series in an interview with JRS. “What I’m going to try to do, what I can offer,” Harris says, “is my ability to perform and have people come see me, along with some other artists.”
The performances, which span all of Oct., will be intimate and acoustic. “There will be no bands, no big production. It’s just people singing songs, telling stories,” Harris tells JRS. “And hopefully my experience in Africa will give me a chance to speak somewhat intelligently about what is going on. I think that’s important to have that personal experience.”
The tour’s title, which Harris chose herself, holds great meaning. Lampedusa is the name of an island off the coast of Italy which has served as a stopping point for refugees traveling from northern Africa.
Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees 2016 Tour Dates:
Oct. 6 – Boulder, Colo. @ Boulder Theater
Oct. 8 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Helzberg Hall
Oct. 9 – Lincoln, Neb. @ Rococo Theater
Oct. 11 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Sheldon Concert Hall
Oct. 12 – Milwaukee, Wisc. @ Pabst Theater
Oct. 13 – Chicago, Ill. @ Vic Theater
Oct. 14 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada @ Massey Hall
Oct. 16 – Boston, Mass. @ Berklee Performance Center
Oct. 18 – New York City, N.Y. @ Town Hall
Oct. 19 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Merriam Theater
Oct. 21 – Washington, D.C. @ Lisner Auditorium
You can find tickets for Lampedusa on Harris’ official website.