Syrian artist Omar Souleyman is embarking on an international tour this week, beginning in Istanbul on Friday (2/10). Then in the spring, he'll play some US shows including NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on May 11. Tickets for the LPR show are on sale now. All known dates are listed below.
Given that he and members of his band are Syrian nationals, there is some concern about whether Souleyman will be able to enter the US to play the show. Syria is one of the one of the seven countries targeted by Trump's heavily-protested travel ban. Souleyman, who now lives in Turkey, has entered the United States 16 times in the last seven years without issue, according to AM New York.
The LPR show is presented by Brooklyn's World Music Institute, and WMI artist director Par Neiburger said, "We haven’t exactly figured [out how to get him here] but we're not giving up." Fingers crossed that the show goes on as planned.
Omar Souleyman -- 2017 Tour Dates
FEB 10 Babylon, Istanbul, Turkey
FEB 11 Cambridge Junction 2, Cambridge, UK
FEB 17 KAMPNAGEL HAMBURG, GERMANY
MAR 1 MOUSONTURM FRANKFURT, GERMANY
MAR 2 TAVASTIA HELSINKI, FINLAND
MAR 25 deSingel – BOUGE B - MOMENTUM ANTWERP, BELGIUM
APRIL 21 SAFE AS MILK PRESTATYN, UK
MAY 11 LE POISSON ROUGE NEW YORK, NY, USA
MAY 12 EL CLUB DETROIT, MI, USA
MAY 14 FORM ACROSANTI ACROSANTI, AZ, USA
MAY 28 VOORUIT GENT, BELGIUM
JUNE 3 FIELD DAY LONDON, UK
JULY 23 TRAMLINES SHEFFIELD, UK