Lemon Bucket Orkestra brings a Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy Punk Party to Music Haven

SCHENECTADY — An Eastern European dance party is not a common occurrence in the Capital Region of New York. So, when Lemon Bucket Orkestra touches down at Music Haven on Sunday, July 31, do not expect anything less than a once-in-a-summer kind of show. With its wildly diverse instrumentation – soaring Ukrainian and Romani vocals accompanied by clarinet, darbouka, trumpet, accordion, sax, violin, percussion, ‘savage’ drums, and a thumping tuba-driven bassline, not to mention a swirling dancer to boot, the larger than life Lemon Bucket Orkestra will unleash their delightfully raucous music all over the stage and into the expanse of Music Haven’s house and hill.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

The multi-award-winning ensemble has been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by media and fans alike, and over the past decade have performed all over the world from WOMAD in New Zealand and Pohoda in Slovakia, to Festival D’Été in Québec City, and Luminato in Toronto. The Guardian proclaimed that their performances are “gorgeously sung and passionately played” and The New York Times declared them “charismatic…handsome and ambitious.”

Equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, LBO’s live shows are a truly immersive experience – ranging from the ecstatic to the cathartic and all points in between – and they have expertly captured that unique blend of energy and emotion in their recordings, as well as their live performances.

The Capital Region’s own European-inflected quartet, Golfstrom, led by clarinetist Jonathan Greene, will open the show. 


A variety of food and beverages is available for purchase at all Music Haven shows, beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday nights and throughout festivals and special events.

Michele’s Charcoal Pit and Ben & Jerry’s return to Music Haven for all concerts and events in 2022. And, as has become tradition, international offerings reflecting locales from which the music comes will be sold at the concession stand—including, for Lemon Bucket Orkestra, chicken souvlaki in pita with lettuce, tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce.

Wine and local craft beverages from Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, Frog Alley Brewing Company and Nine Pin Cider are available throughout the season. 

For biographical information about the artists scheduled to perform, related news articles and archives of seasons past, visit Music Haven’s website, www.musichavenstage.org. For updates and new details about upcoming shows, visit Music Haven Concert Series on Facebook.

The Schenectady Foundation and Price Chopper/Market 32 are co-presenting sponsors of the Music Haven season; Lemon Bucket Orkestra sponsors are Rivers Casino & Resort, The Salmon Law Firm, and Buzz Media.

Media sponsors are The Daily GazetteNippertown.comWAMC Northeast Public RadioWEXT/EXIT 97.7/106.1 and WRGB-CBS6/WCWN-CW 15

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