Lampedusa: A Concert For Refugees @ Town Hall

Lampedusa: A Concert For Refugees

Town Hall

MANHATTAN, NY—Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Steve Earle, Joan Baez and The Milk Carton Kids traded songs and stories in a benefit for the Jesuit Refugee Service, turning Town Hall into a hootenanny, campfire style. They all sat on stage like old friends the entire night as they shared guitar licks, vocals and corny jokes.

The Jesuit Refugee Service is currently hard at work on the island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean, which has become a port of entry to Europe for refugees risking life and limb as they flee their countries. The current tour’s been making the rounds nationwide with a floating lineup of Steve Earle, The Milk Carton Kids, and Emmylou Harris at the helm. At Town Hall, Robert Plant and Joan Baez joined forces with their high profiles, adding another dimension to the urgency of the refugees.

Themes from the displacement of the refugees to our nation’s history as a refugee haven were intertwined with the songs that took on a somber tone but were kept from getting too preachy with humor and a twinkly joy to life sprinkled in for good measure. The music prevailed as the players told the unplugged stories behind the songs …

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