Pandemic is only happening 1 time in Jan but in February we are launching some big things. Pandemic is back on Feb 5, Feb 12 we are djing @ Carnegie Museums Feast w/ Raya Brass Band & UPrep High School Band, Feb 13 Cultural Gumbo for Pittonkatonk‘s fiscal sponsor New Sun Rising and we are bringing back Fanfare Ciocarlia. All the images are links. click them!
The Cultural Gumbo celebrates 10 years of NSR helping the people and communities who make Pittsburgh great!
Music, Food, Art, & More
Raya Brass Band (NYC)
UPrep High School Band
May Day Marching Band
Col. Eagleburgers Goodtime Highstepping Marching Band
DTC Organ Trio
+ DJ Sets by Pandemic Pete
City of Play
Barrels to Beethoven
Stacyee Pearl Dance Performance
$20 suggested Donation
$60 VIP Tix
Tickets on sale soon!
Black Bear Combo 6-8 piece brass band hailing from the depths of the windy city. They appeared at the 2014 Pittonkatonk Brass Fest and are returning for a night of Drinking Dancing Stomping and Yelling.
PANDEMIC DJ SETS
FANFARE CIOCARLIA RETURNS
PANDEMIC & CONSORTIUM PRESENT:::
& more TBA
APRIL 23, 2016
$17 advance online sales NOW AVAIL BROWN PAPER TIX
$20 at the door
Last year, Hollywood came knocking in the remote eastern Romanian village of Zece Prajini, a hop, skip, and a jump from the former Soviet republic of Moldova. With its muddy streets, horse-drawn carts, and modest houses, the place, even according to villagers, is “the end of the earth.” What attracted movie moguls to Zece Prajini? Borat needed a cover of the biker anthem “Born to be Wild,” and they had a very particular group in mind. That group was Fanfare Ciocãrlia, the speed-loving masters of Romany brass music’s curlicue melodies and exhilarating rhythms, who were sought out for the soundtrack of last year’s quirky hit, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” And while it may seem odd to have rural Romanian gypsies playing Steppenwolf behind the antics of a pseudo-Kazakh, it’s just par for the course for the eleven-member, multi-generational Fanfare Ciocãrlia, whose history and inspirations span the globe. This history comes to life on Queens and Kings (Asphalt Tango Records), an album that draws together the reigning royalty of Europe’s Roma musicians and pays touching tribute to Ioan Ivancea, Ciocarlia’s late bandleader.
I feel like pictures are worth so much more than any blabber i have to say. But i will say this, 2016 is going to kick off with some amazing Pandemic events. We have some really big things in the works that we can’t even really announce yet. But between you and me, there will be plenty to do and a lot to keep you busy until the weather is nice enough to party outside.
Pittonkatonk programming is underway for our May 7 event at Vietnam Veterans Pavilion. I’m working on a program at Spirit called The Rec Room : Winter Games w/ City of Play that will kick off Jan 24, 2016.
DJ gigs, Live band productions and a lot of other crazy shit coming down the line.
Meanwhile listen to some of this…
All I can really say is Thank You for an amazing 10 year anniversary party! Its been an amazing ride and cheers to 10 more years!
Check out our soundcloud for a bunch of new mixes.
Now I”m djin a few parties in December and NYE at Spirit
New Years I’m djing at Spirit and possibly 1 more party. Then
We made it!
We made it 10 years!!!
10 years of DRINKING
10 years of DANCING
10 years of STOMPING
10 years of YELLING
10 years of BalkoTropicalGlobalBassMuzixx!
Pandemic started in 2005 not long after the Brillobox opened its doors.. When we started we thought we would last a few months and move on. Well 10 years later we are still kicking. In the past 10 years we have produced over 300 events for Balkan Brass bands, Cumbia groups, Afrobeat ensembles, and djs from all over the globe.
Come out to celebate at the Brillobox on Friday Dec 4 with one of our favorite guests
JORO BORO (CRYPTO CRUNK CHARLATAN FROM THE BALKANS)
THORNATO (of legendary NYC tropical bass crew Cumba Mela)
RESIDENT PANDEMIC PETE
plus special guests…TBA
4014 PENN AVE
PGH PA 15224
Who else mashed-up a Mexican cumbia with a Deep South spiritual and traditional Greek music? Who else successfully reimagined a bluegrass standard as a wind-worthy dancehall banger? Thornato has given the club treatment to everything from throat singing and Afro-Colombian drumming, to reggaeton and African pop, all without an ounce of the cheese often found in such multi-culti endeavors.
Joro-Boro established himself as a DJ with his seven year residency alongside Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello) at the Bulgarian Bar (Mehanata) in New York City .
He has toured with Balkan Beat Box and has performed with artists ranging from Bassnectar to Omar Souleyman.
Joro-Boro has released on If The Kids Records (Gemany), Generation Bass Records (UK/Netherlands), Barbes Records (USA), and Vlad (France) among others.
Pitchblak Brass Band returns to Pittsburgh after being a featured artist at Pittonkaonk brass Festival 2015.
Hip hop music has always been unafraid to push boundaries. Perhaps because it simultaneously came from nothing yet came from everything, the genre stands alone in how creatively outside influences can be incorporated into its musical mix.
PitchBlak Brass Band uses the epic sounds of tubas, trombones, saxophones and other typically non-hip hop instruments in the spirit of The Roots and some of rap’s iconic live bands, to deliver an energy that samples, loops and breakbeats can’t always capture. Their blend of soundscapes and lyrical exuberance creates a grand adventure in listening, one that can hold the attention of music fans from across a fairly wide spectrum.
-Manny Faces, Birthplace Magazine
The Peoples Champs
People’s Champs combines the hottest dance rhythms from West Africa and South America with retro-futurist synth tones, crafting them into indie songs with Stevie Wonder-esque lyrics.
EVERYONE IS OFF ON THURSDAY. THIS IS GONNA BE A PARTY!!!
The “Szkojáni Charlatans” are world traveling folk musicians from the mysteriously disappeared Transylvanian town of Szkoján.
Years after the disappearance of the village Szkoján, on the 21st of December 2012, Szkojáni Charlatans were reborn. Szkojani Charlatans have the vibrant sound of Transylvanias multiculturalism, you can feel the influence from traditional folk music of Gipsy, Romanian, Hungarian, Serbian, Moldavian, and Macedonian music. Bringing Szkojáni folk music back to life in each performance.
Szkojani Charlatans have just landed in the US coming from Budapest, HU. They are making a tour from the South to the Midwest, this November. A month In new Orleans this December. And the new year in Mexico.
Kjartan Code (violin and vocals)
János Bito (acordeon)
BEGINNING TONIGHT I’m djing 3 events this weekend and have another big one at the end of JULY. August slows down quite a bit for me on the dj tip but there is plenty of fun to have in July. Don’t forget to follow on FB and Twitter for all the info you need.
Here are the details.
JULY 9 – SILK SCREEN GALA
THURSDAY, JULY 9th, 2015 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A.J. Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology Carlow University,
3333 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
ETHNIC DRESS PREFERRED [COCKTAIL OTHERWISE]
[MINGLE] with celebrities, and enjoy a world of colorful fabrics and faces.
[SUPPORT] diversity and cross-cultural understanding by attending and donating to Silk Screen. [TASTE] sensational sips and exotic ethnic dishes from Japan, China, India, Thailand, and more. [WATCH] Pittsburgh’s premier Asian performers.
Early Access Pricing: Gala Ticket: $100 (Ends July 1)
Extended Pricing: $125 (July 2 – JULY 9)
JULY 10 – COSMOPOLITAN PITTSBURGH
FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015
Thrilling! Spectacular! Come one, come all to the greatest party in the Cultural District!
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Partner’s Board presents the 9th annual Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh fundraiser on Friday, July 10. Following the Gallery Crawl around the Cultural District, run away with the circus and indulge in astounding performances, music, activities, and a wondrous dance party. Savor signature beverages and delicious treats, while enjoying a fabulous night on the town!
7:00 – 9:00pm – THE VIP PARTY PARTY catered by incredible Pittsburgh talent including Chef David Bulman with Creative Culinary, Chef Jason Dalling with Habitat, Chef Curtis Gamble with Bloomfield’s soon-to-open Station restaurant, Chef Clare Lise with Bill’s Bar & Burger, and Chef Derek Stevens with Eleven Contemporary Kitchen. Complimentary cocktails, sensational live music, and other feats of wonderment will dazzle the senses.
9:00pm – midnight – THE MAIN EVENT commences at the crack of the whip, featuring desserts galore and magnificent unlimited cocktails. Games, sideshow acts, and more amazing feats will thrill partygoers as DJ Pandemic spins the Big Top.
Dress the part in your wild, weird and wonderful getup.
African American Cultural Center | 980 Liberty Avenue
Cultural District, Downtown Pittsburgh 15222
VIP ADMISSION | 7:00pm
$85 Trust members | $95 non-members | $125 day-of
$10 for non members
$5 for members
ALL ARE WELCOME
La Misa Negra is a 9-piece band from Oakland, California that plays a unique blend of 1950’s and 60’s style cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Colombian dance music. Powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage Colombian sound, La Misa Negra delivers an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy. Since their live debut in the fall of 2011, they have toured extensively throughout California, playing shows and festivals with the likes of Arcade Fire, Ozomatli, Ana Tijoux, Bomba Estereo, El Gran Silencio, Celso Piña, Nortec Collective, La Santa Cecilia, SZA, Jarabe de Palo, Meshell Ndegeocello, and many others. On the strength of their wild and one-of-a-kind shows, La Misa Negra has gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years, garnering a diverse fan base that transcends musical, cultural, and generational divides.
“Electric, Sweaty, Bumpin’ Balkan Music”
“Hot Balkan Originals & Tricked Out Traditionals”
“Funky Mediterranean Madness”
Tipsy Oxcart plays electric, sweaty, bumpin’ Balkan music, channeling the spirit of 36 hour weddings to keep the crowds dancing until the sun comes up. Serving up originals and fresh, upbeat arrangements of urban dance tunes, the band deviously infuses the sounds of South-Eastern Europe with elements of funk, rock, and jazz. Dig naughty violin solos, atomic accordion grooves, freak-out clarinet, and the baddest rhythm section this side of the Mediterranean. A party with Tipsy Oxcart is guaranteed to shake the dance floor all night long!