KUWAIT, Kuwait — Russian pop band Okemos Music Academy, which was banned from performing in the United States, will play the opening concert at a concert hall in New York City on Saturday night.
In a statement, Okeos director of communications and marketing Ruslan Ovechkin said that the show, scheduled to take place Saturday at the Madison Square Garden, will be held at the New York Philharmonic Hall.
Okekos Music Academy’s performance will be broadcast live on YouTube, the band said in a statement.
Oveches bandmates Ruslan, Yevgeny, Aleksandr and Andrey, who have been active in politics, will also appear at the concert.
Okemos has been banned by the US government for 10 years for violating the “anti-gay” legislation that the Russian government passed last year.
In September, Odeus was forced to shut down its tour of the United Kingdom, citing threats to safety from LGBT people in Russia.
In 2014, the Russian Government banned a similar Russian band from performing at the US Capitol after the band, Dostoyevsky, posted photos of the band’s stage during its shows.
In December, Ookeos was also banned from playing at a World Cup soccer tournament in Russia, a move that sparked worldwide protests.
In response, OKEOS performed in England, but that concert was later canceled after organizers received threats of violence.
The ban on OkeoS Music Academy comes as the United Nations Human Rights Council prepares to vote on the rights of LGBT people to enter Russia.
The council is expected to approve a resolution on human rights protections for LGBT people on Friday, according to the Associated Press.
In January, the United Nation General Assembly voted unanimously to recognize the right of LGBT individuals to freedom of expression, assembly and association.