“Lemon Bucket Orkestra...charismatic... handsome & ambitious." - THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

[Kakande] “An enthralling rhythmic circularity and a deep, expansive groove… traditional feels very much at ease with 21st-century musicality.” – MSNBC

 

SAT | MAY 4 | 7 PM (DANCE LESSONS) & 8 PM (CONCERT)

 

Tickets: $16/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens

 

 

 

ABOUT LEMON BUCKET

 

Tracing their genesis back to the streets of Toronto, where an original quartet of busking troubadours quickly amassed a battalion of like-minded musical souls and the full-blown, dozen plus strong Orkestra was born. The multi award winning ensemble has been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by the Canadian and international media alike and over the past 8 years they’ve performed on streets and stages around the world, leaving a trail of new friends and fans in their wake.

 

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 the band has captured that energy on their new studio album If I Had The Strength. Released in August 2018 through Six Degrees Records, it includes guest appearances from famed soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Latino rapper Boogat, and more.  

 

As at home in a speakeasy as a concert hall, they’ve been nominated for 2 Juno Awards and won a 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award - the same year that they were voted Best Live Band in Toronto in any genre, by the readers of Toronto’s leading entertainment weekly, NOW Magazine. In 2017 they also won 2 Dora Awards for their immersive folk opera Counting Sheep, an interactive theatre experience about the 2014 “Revolution of Dignity”. The play, with the band as cast, has been performed in NYC, Edinburgh, Hull, Berkeley and more. Truly a creative juggernaut, Lemon Bucket Orkestra is boldly going where Balkan music has never gone before.

 

ABOUT KAKANDE

 

New York City is home to some of the top African musicians in the world, and Kakande represents the best of the best. It is one of the few balafon (xylophone)-lead bands under the direction of Famoro Dioubate, griot from Guinea, whose powerful musicality will make you dance. His wife, Missia Saran Dioubate, will turn your soul on fire. There is a reason she is adored in Guinean. The deep rhythms are made up of layer on layer of melody, with plenty of surprises, such as a unique inclusion of a cello.

 

This is music dates from the court of Emperor Sundiata Keita in 1235. This is your chance to be part of this amazing tradition, without having to leave New York. 

 

Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Council Members Adrienne Adams, Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Francisco Moya, Paul A. Vallone, and Jimmy Van Bramer; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.

 

Support for our programs is also provided by Atlantic Philanthropies Director/Employee Designated Gift Program, Cathay Bank, Michael Cheng / Epos Development, Chinese Overseas University, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Heidi & Jonathan Davis, Exploring the Metropolis, Steven Facey, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, The Glow Foundation, Heather Harrison, Raymond D. Jasen, Jim Henson Foundation, Keith Haring Foundation, Ellen Kodadek, Kenneth Koranyi, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, Law Offices of Vincent Toomey, James S. Liao, Emily Lin / Lin & Loveall Foundation, Linden Arts Fund for Children, Anita Liu, Louis Armstrong Education Foundation, Lyell Korea, Materials for the Arts, William McClure, NYC & Company Foundation, New York Community Bank Foundation, Northwell Health, Queens Art Education Center / Arthur Liu, Queens College, Queens Courier, Georgiana Reese-Benatti, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Vincent Toomey, Mei Ya Tsai, Veronica Tsang, Claire Shulman, Tai & Tony Wang / WAC Lighting, Jay Wegman, Jonathan White, Edwina & Eldwin Wong, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, and gifts made in loving memory of Amal Hussain and Irene and Maxwell Seligman.