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U.S. Department of State Announces Bluegrass/Americana Group the Boston Boys to Tour Middle East with American Music Abroad


Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 10, 2012

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The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with American Voices, announced that the Boston, Massachusetts-based Bluegrass/Americana group The Boston Boys will tour Morocco, Israel, Egypt, Cyprus, and Saudi Arabia this fall as part of the American Music Abroad series.

Tour activities will include public concerts, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, media outreach, and collaborations with local musicians. The group will conduct a pre-tour outreach program with local students at the School Without Walls in Washington, D.C. on October 15.

The American Music Abroad program sends American bands overseas to engage with audiences and communities, especially underserved youth. This season’s 12 participating American Music Abroad groups were selected from a pool of nearly 300 applicants to travel to more than 40 countries to promote cross-cultural understanding through music. The 2012-2013 season will feature a variety of American musical genres, including urban/hip-hop, bluegrass, country, Americana, classical/jazz, rock/blues, and Hawaiian slack key guitar/hula.

For more information, please visit http://exchanges.state.gov/cultural/ama.html or contact:

Anna Griffin, U.S. Department of State (202) 642 6445, eca-press@state.gov and Paul Rockower, American Voices (301) 875 8319, Paul.Rockower@americanvoices.org



PRN: 2012/1612

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