Homeland Security Forces Cancellations of Paco de Lucía Concerts

Paco de Lucía
Paco de Lucía

Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía’s US tour has been delayed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This has forced the cancellation of several concerts in California and other locations. According to the Flamenco legend’s US booking agency, International Music Network (IMN), “Paco’s whole band was approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), but the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has held up his bass player because he was born in Cuba.”

Paco de Lucía’s whole tour was completely sold-out and IMN is now having to reschedule every possible date, although there are doubts as to whether the bass player will gain the clearance.In a January 23rd press release, the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) announced that due to a second visa-processing delay, the rescheduled January 28 performance of Paco de Lucía has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. De Lucia’s band cannot enter the United States in time to perform at Mondavi Center on January 28. Because there is no assurance of when the band will be allowed to enter the country, Mondavi Center has determined
that another rescheduling is not advisable.

The January 28 performance had already been rescheduled after visa delays forced the cancellation of the original Tuesday, January 20 performance. This latest delay is also forcing cancellations at California State University, Chico, and Humboldt State University.

This is only the latest in a long series of world music tour cancellations and delays caused by the new policies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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