Dave Matthews, Joan Baez, and Steve Earle are just some of the headliners in the all-star line-up for the JRS’s "Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees" tour. Tim Mosenfelder, Kevin Mazur/WireImage; Gary Miller/Getty
Jesuits and Grammy Winners Support Refugees with Concert Tour

An all-star collection of Grammy award-winning singers is teaming up with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) for a concert tour to raise awareness and funds to support expanded educational opportunities for displaced people through JRS’s Global Education Initiative.

Produced by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA), in partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees begins on October 3 and will reach eight markets on the West Coast and in the Southwest to help refugees heal, learn, and thrive. Shows in Seattle and Portland have already sold out.

Performing this year are Joan Baez, Brandi Carlile, Lila Downs, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews, James McMurtry, Buddy Miller, Alynda Segarra, and Lucinda Williams – all Grammy winners and Grammy nominated artists who are donating their talents.

“I believe that education is the key to everything,” remarked Harris following her visit last year to Ethiopia to visit JRS programs there. Harris visited one of many education programs JRS provides, including primary, secondary, and vocational livelihoods training, in 42 countries around the world.

The Lampedusa 2017 tour will include:

Oct 3:              Seattle, WA, The Moore Theatre

Oct 4:              Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater

Oct 8:              San Francisco, CA, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Oct 10:            Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern Theatre

Oct 12:            Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre

Oct 13:            Albuquerque, NM, The KiMo Theatre

Oct 14:            El Paso, TX, Abraham Chavez Theatre

Oct 15:            Dallas, TX, The Majestic Theatre

Note: Not all artists will appear at all shows.

The tour stop at San Francisco’s legendary Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival will be webcast live and archived for rebroadcast.

Last year’s Lampedusa tour played in 11 cities across the U.S. and Canada with a lineup that included music legends Robert Plant, Dan Lanois, and Ron Sexsmith in addition to many of the artists returning this year.

“Education is a life-saving intervention for refugees. With Lampedusa, we hope people are inspired by the music and are compelled to get involved,” said David Robinson, JRS/USA executive director. JRS/USA calls on all attendees and supporters to visit to stand with and support refugees.

“For children forced to flee their homes, school provides security, stability, and opportunity when everything else in their lives is uncertain and unrecognizable,” said Matthew Reynolds, UNHCR regional representative for the United States and the Caribbean.

Jesuit Refugee Service is an international organization serving refugees and other forcibly displaced people. JRS meets refugees where they are, regardless of their race, ethnic origin, or religious beliefs, providing the services they need to restore their dignity and rebuild their lives. Driven by the values of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), JRS envisions a world in which the most vulnerable people – those fleeing from their homes – have the opportunity to heal, learn, and thrive. 

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR safeguards the rights and well-being of refugees and stateless people. For more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. UNHCR is on the front lines of the world's major humanitarian crises, including Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and countless other emergencies.

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