Ukrainian six-piece group Kalusha Orchestra, who was crowned the winner of this year’s Eurovision contest, has unveiled the routing for its first-ever North American tour. Shows are booked in 13 major North American cities and a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Ukraine relief via the Help Heroes of Ukraine fund and Gate.org.
The tour features 11 stops in the U.S. along with two gigs in Canada, kicking off Oct. 20 at
Club Sur Rocks in Seattle.The road trip wraps up Nov. 6 at Opera House Concert Venue in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now. Check out the schedule below and note that venues are yet to be announced for Denver and Philadelphia.
Kalush Orchestra won Eurovision with the song “Stefania,” which Psiuk wrote as a tribute to his mother. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the song has since resonated with fans as an anthem to the country. As the lyrics declare: “I’ll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed.”
Kalusha Orchestra was formed as a spin-off of the project KALUSH, founded in 2019, which takes its name from group leader Oleh Psiuk’s hometown in the Western part of Ukraine. The group, which formed in 2021, features multi-instrumentalists Tymofii Muzychuk, Vitalii Duzhyk and Andriy Gandziuk (known as MC Dzhonni Dyvnyy), along with vocalist Sasha Tab and lead dancer KylymMen (a nickname that translates as “Carpet-Man”).
An announcement from the group’s team explains that “Kalush Orchestra prides themselves on their combination of ethnic music elements and folk with modern sound production, Ukrainian-language rap and dances inspired by traditional Ukrainian dance as well as hip hop.”
Psiuk says, “The essence is that we take the old Ukrainian folklore that has been forgotten. We dig it out from many generations and add modern, contemporary elements, rap, and instruments. In the end we have a combination of what our ancestors had and what the young people like today. And those are our songs.”
The charity component to the tour isn’t Kalush Orchestra’s first instance of giving back. The band raised $900,000 for Ukraine relief efforts by auctioning off the glass microphone used on stage at Eurovision, as well as $370,000 by raffling off the pink bucket hat Psiuk wore during the performance.
Club Sur Rocks
San Francisco, CA
Venue TBA (downtown)
Venue TBA (downtown)
Long Island City, NY
The Howard Theatre
Sport Of Kings Theater
Hallandale Beach, FL
Concord Music Hall
Opera House Concert Venue