Country and Americana legends Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle will kick off a five city tour this October, starting in Nashville and ending in New York. The Lantern Tour: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families will also include Jackson Browne and Graham Nash.
The Lantern Tour was organized by the Women’s Refugee Commission, a non-profit organization that advocates on the behalf of immigrants seeking asylum.
Approximately 3,000 children were separated from their parents as a result of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy, which was launched in April. Though a June court order ended the separation of families, many children are still separated from their parents. In a court filing on Monday, the Trump administration estimated that 463 parents of migrant children have been deported while their children remain in U.S. shelters. The Women’s Refugee Commission works with organizations such as the ACLU and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) to reunite migrant and refugee families and help those seeking asylum.
In addition to the already impressive lineup, special guests Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin and Lila Downs will join for select concerts. Proceeds from the concerts will benefit the Women’s Refugee Commission.
Emmylou Harris expressed the importance of the Women’s Refugee Commission’s advocacy in a statement.
“The Women’s Refugee Commission has been on the front lines in advocating for the safety of women and children,” Harris said in a statement. “Their work is as remarkable as it is critical, especially right now. It is my honor to partner with this incredible organization and to bring my friends along for what I know will be a powerful tour.”
Tickets for the tour will go on sale on July 26. For more information, visit the tour’s website.
The Lantern Tour Dates:
Oct. 23 — Nashville, Tenn. — City Winery
October 25 – Washington, D.C. – Warner Theatre
October 26 – Collingswood, N.J. – Scottish Rite Auditorium
October 27 – Boston, Mass. – Orpheum Theatre
October 28 – New York, N.Y. – Town Hall
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