U.S. musicians line up to play for troops in Europe
A bevy of American musical talent will rock its way across the European Command this spring, bringing everything from country to rap for those looking to take in a bit of live music.
While some scheduled concerts are intended to be part of welcome home ceremonies for servicemembers returning from downrange, all military identification cardholders and people with access to U.S. military installations are welcome, said Heather MacTavish, touring entertainment program manager for Installation Management Agency-Europe.
The iconic ’70s funk group War will play May 3 at Sullivan Barracks in Mannheim, Germany, as part of a welcome home ceremony for the 5th Signal Command.
On May 11 at Kaiserslautern, Germany’s Rhine Ordnance Barracks, the Southern-fried rapper Bubba Sparxx will get his flow on as part of a United Service Organizations show.
Alternative rock darlings Lit will blast the eardrums of concertgoers May 19 when they play Giebelstadt Army Airfield, just outside Würzburg, Germany.
And on June 14, country music star Lee Ann Womack and New Orleans rapper Master P will play Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy.
Some of the bands are old hands when it comes to playing for European Command personnel.
War performed last year at Bamberg and Ansbach, as did Lit. Master P played a set in Vilseck, Germany, for returning troops in March.
Some of the concerts might include a live radio broadcast, but details are still being worked out, MacTavish said, adding that all the concerts will be free.