Onboard klezmer music for delayed passengers

(JTA) — Air Canada passengers stuck aboard a delayed flight on Wednesday were treated to an impromptu onboard klezmer concert from Toronto’s self-billed “only Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk-Super-Band.”

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The mini-concert by Lemon Bucket Orkestra was on a flight from Toronto to Frankfurt, Germany, reported CBC News. It featured six band members playing a lively tune that had some passengers clapping along, bobbing their heads and smiling. They then gave the band a rousing ovation.

“The in-flight performance was not a planned stunt. We were getting a little anxious about waiting on the tarmac, and so were the other passengers. Call it ‘lightening the mood.’ It’s the kind of thing we do all the time,” said Mark Marczyk, the group’s green-mohawked leader.

He and his 13 fellow band members were en route to Bucharest, Romania, where they played at The Silver Church club with the Romani band Taraf de Haidouks.

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