Courtesy of the Dr. Phillips Center
This is a big deal, y'all. Googoosh is one of those titanic stars of non-Western music that typically plays huge concerts to adoring fans in global, cosmopolitan cities, and here she is performing in Orlando. And not only is this the only Florida date on her current tour, it's one of only five U.S. dates. Her decades-spanning career as one of Iran's most popular singers has made her adored throughout the Middle East and larger Iranian disapora. Interestingly, despite being a symbol of everything the Revolution sought to overturn – modernization, Westernization – Googoosh remained in Iran for years afterward, not performing at all until she began to tour outside the country in the early 2000s. Since then, she's used her massive international audience to advocate for the plight of Iranian exiles and the LGBT community in Iran and for some moderation between the puritanism of the Revolution and the realities of the modern world. On top of all that, her voice is still a thing of incredible power. This is, in all likelihood, the only opportunity you'll ever have to see her – she only plays a dozen or so concerts a year, and this will be the first time she's performed in Florida since 2007.
8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12 | Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston St. | 844-513-2014 | drphillipscenter.org