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The Rolling Stones set concert in Havana, Cuba

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President Obama isn't the only notable figure heading to Cuban in March.

The Rolling Stones on Tuesday announced a concert at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana in Havana, Cuba, on March 25 -- the same week Obama arrives on the island. They're calling it the first open-air concert in the country by a British rock band, and it's been in the works for months.

"We have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too," the band said in a statement.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards might not be everyone's ideal cultural emissaries, but technically, that's what this trip to Cuba is. It's funded by the Curacao charity Fundashon Bon Intenshon, and will feature an instrument drive including donations from Gibson, Vic Firth, Pearl, Gretsch and other instrument-makers.

As U.S. relations with Cuba have thawed in recent years, more Western musicians are performing there. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons performed there last year, and Major Lazer will play there this weekend.

It's a free show, so if you can make it to Cuba, you're in. But good luck with that.

-- Jay Cridlin

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 11:08am]


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