Toby Keith is scheduled to perform in the Saudi capital, Riyadh on Saturday in an event that coincides with President Trump's first overseas visit. And the free concert is open to men only. It will also feature an Arabian lute player.
Saudi Arabia adheres to an ultraconservative interpretation of Islamic law. Alcohol is banned and unrelated men and women are segregated in public. The kingdom has recently loosened the reins on entertainment, including allowing musical concerts that had been banned for the past two decades.
**It’s also unclear how Toby Keith’s songs about drinking will be received in Saudi Arabia.
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