PANDEMIC

AUGUST & MORE

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AUG 7 Pandemic hits Brillobox again. Things are coming at me so fast i can’t keep it all straight. I’ll have some major updates to the site coming in the next few days. Sit tight and listen to this mix

This Saturday I’m at FEASTIVAL!

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BIG WEEKS IN JULY

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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

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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.

Location:
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

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$10 for non members
$5 for members
VIPs FREE

21+
ALL ARE WELCOME

BIO
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.

LINKS
http://lamisanegra.com/
https://www.facebook.com/lamisanegra
https://twitter.com/lamisanegra

SOUNDCLOUD
https://soundcloud.com/lamisanegra/misa-de-medianoche

YOUTUBE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maYXAZAVNE4

 

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$10
9:30pm start

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Assorted Slogans/Taglines
“Electric, Sweaty, Bumpin’ Balkan Music”
“Hot Balkan Originals & Tricked Out Traditionals”
“Funky Mediterranean Madness”

Our bio:

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!

UPCOMING STUFFS

Hey Everyone. Some amazing things coming up for Pandemic and related projects. This week we will be do event releases for July and August. Not to worry there is plenty in store.

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JUNE JULY AND MORE

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I’m real into red backgrounds. Sorry if you don’t like it, i think you can deal w/ it.

Big things coming up in the next few months. Here is just the start.

Colombian guitarist and composer Eblis Alvarez started Meridian Brothers back in 1998 as a vehicle for his own experimental music. Over the years, the group has evolved into a five-piece band focused on re-interpreting all manners of Latin Tropical styles) with a strong psychedelic and experimental sensibility. The group’s past two albums are available on Soundway records.

The Meridian Brothers’ music uses popular Latin American rhythms, augmented by sampling techniques, elaborate effect processing, and Eblis’ quirky and theatrical vocals, which channel imaginary characters with both pathos and humor.

Eblis Alvarez has been an intricate part of the new generation of Colombian musicians for the past ten years. He is also a member of Frente Cumbiero and Los Pirañas.

Meridian Brothers include Maria Valencia (saxophone, clarinet, percussion and synthesizers), Damian Ponce (Percussion), Cesar Quevedo (bass) and Alejandro Forero (electronics and synthesizers).

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Crystal Bright: Singer-songwriter, Ethnomusicologist, Keyboards, Accordion, Saw, Adungu, Concertina, Taiko (let’s just say she plays a couple of instruments, sometimes more than one at a time).

The full bio:

Out in the woods she lived, all alone. At least that’s what it felt like, never belonging to any one group and having a penchant for the oppressed. Crystal did not come from a musical family, and unlike so many children who are forced into music lessons, at age seven she practically ran away to her piano teacher’s house down the street – books in her basket – pedaling as fast as she could down the gravel road – dust flying behind. When she was still young, a little demon told her that she shouldn’t sing, that it sounded better when she just played the piano, but she was determined to ignore the demon and sing her heart out anyway.

But sometimes the influence of the demon rendered her silent and still, and her hands seemed to be void of life. As she grew up she traveled the world, dancing with the Romani people of Spain, residing in an “anarchist” collective, working in Yellowstone, and above all else learning about other cultures and their music. It was in Greensboro, NC in 2010 that she met what would become her first Silver Hand. Diego Diaz had witnessed her previous band that took him to another time and place, and he wished to contribute his haunting and ethereal guitar sounds to the music she began writing a few months before. It was around this time that Crystal’s hands began to grow back, and in less than a year collaborated with the North Carolina Symphony on an arrangement of her song “Toy Hammer” for their 2010 New Year’s Eve program at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. She is constantly performing, has played over 400 shows in the United States as well as Quebec and has played alongside Beats Antique, Rising Appalachia, Autumn Owls, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Love Language, Adam Arcuragi, Larkin Grimm, Pearl and the Beard and many more. “Muses and Bones,” her second album, will cast you into an otherwordly, ethereal, hauntingly familiar yet strange landscape, ranging from deranged Cirque du Soleil to burlesque European Carnival.

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It’s summer time and that means we get caught up with other events. But not to worry, we will still have our 1st Friday Unblurred Parties at the Brillobox.  We will also make appearances in and around town all summer. We have big things coming down the line and are working on a gig in collaboration w/ Bayardstown Social Club to bring Meridian Brothers Dance Band on Friday June 19.  more details to come. in the meantime follow our soundcloud.

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Colombian Band Meridian Brothers first US Tour

presented by @Pandemic & Bayardstown Social Club

Last year we had Chicha Libre bring a killer dance party to Bayardstown. Well this year we have very special guests from Colombia playing Psychedelic CUMBIA for you.

Doors 6pm

Music 7:30pm
with Special Guests ::: TBA

$10 non members
$5 Members
$ free for VIPs.

bar provided… TBA

“Genius prophets of Colombian weirdness” MTVOn Tour June 16th – June 22d.

Colombian guitarist and composer Eblis Alvarez has been an intricate part of the new generation of Colombian musicians for the past ten years. He is also a member of Frente Cumbiero, Los Pirañas and Ondatropica.

Eblis started Meridian Brothers back in 1998 as a vehicle for his own experimental music. He ended up studying composition and electronic music at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, but after returning to Bogota, took to exploring all manners of latin popular music – cumbia, salsa, boogaloo etc… Meridian Brothers started applying itself to tropical rhythms, mixing Eblis’ love of dance rhythms and his interest in more formal music.

On Meridian’s first few albums, Eblis played all the instruments, but over the years, the group has evolved into a live five-piece band focused on re-interpreting all manners of Latin Tropical styles, with a strong psychedelic and experimental sensibility. Live, the group uses sampling techniques, elaborate effect processing, and Eblis’ quirky and theatrical vocals that channel imaginary characters with both pathos and humor.

Meridian Brothers’ past two albums are available on Soundway records.

Meridian Brothers include Maria Valencia (saxophone, clarinet, percussion and synthesizers), Damian Ponce (Percussion), Cesar Quevedo (bass) and Alejandro Forero (electronics and synthesizers).

PITTONKATONK MAY DAY MAY DAY!!! SOOOO MUCH GOING ONS

Saturday April 18

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w/ Resident Pandemic Pete
guest dj SMI

Pandemic is a dance party featuring music from around the globe. Every first friday and third saturday brillobox transforms into a transglobal dance party. There are no boarders, no pretense, no bottle service.Prepare yourself for a night of Bhangra, Balkan Brass, Cumbia, Chalga, Funk Carioca, Russian Ska and more.

$6

Brillobox
4104 Penn Ae
Bloomfield

http://pandemicpgh.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1384657815191820/

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Saturday April 18

Pandemic

w/ Resident Pandemic Pete & guest Juan Diego (and guest?)

May Day and Cinco De Mayo all in one.

Pandemic is a dance party featuring global dancehall. Every first friday and third saturday brillobox transforms into a transglobal dance party. There are no boarders, no pretense, no bottle service.Prepare yourself for a night of Bhangra, Balkan Brass, Cumbia, Chalga, Funk Carioca, Russian Ska and more. While the term Global bass isn’t a term i enjoy it’s probably the best way to describe it.

$6

Pandemic May 15

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/pittonkatonk-2015-a-pittsburgh-may-day-brass-bbq/embedded/5318844

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PLEASE CONTRIBUTE FUNDS TO OUR INDIEGOGO
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So happy and relieved to announce that we have officially CONFIRMED THE LOCATION AND DATE FOR PITTONKATONK!!!!

It’s gonna be…

SATURDAY MAY 2nd 2015

at

THE VIETNAM VETERANS PAVILION

SCHENLEY PARK
(same great space)

WHO?
Full Lineup will be announced soon.
so far we have

WhAT CHEER BRIGADE
Pitchblack Brass Band
Black Bear Combo
Detroit Party Marching Band
May Day Marching Band
Beauty Slap
Colonel Eagleburgers Goodtime Highstep Marching Band

some other locals and some other nationals TBA

https://pittonkatonk.com/ for more info
https://twitter.com/pittonkatonk
https://facebook.com/pittonkatonk

the indiegogo will launch on March 6

This event is FREE but WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. Please contribute to our indiegogo campaign and tell your friends to also contribute.

WHAT is Pittonkatonk?

Pittonkatonk is a community celebration in the form of Brass BBQ. When was the last time you danced until you hurt? When you saw a band play in a public space where there wasn’t a stage or even a need for a stage? Everyone is treated as a VIP because there are no ticket prices, no vending, nothing holding you back from engaging. Pittonkatonk 2014 was a success because we made a direct call to the community and they answered. In Pittonkatonk’s first year we welcomed over 750 spectators and almost 100 performing musicians. Together we went from dancing the kolo to a moshpit. Pittonkatonk made a lasting impression in the community because it blurred the lines between music festival and a family reunion. Our festival is a success when YOU, the community participates. When EVERYONE can celebrate together regardless of age, race, class. We want YOU to bring what you can, whether its making a dish of food, donating $25-$500, volunteering, helping to clean up, or just spectating.

Community Support..
Council Person Corey O’Connor’s office
Oakland Planning and Development Corp
Hazelwood Initiative
Pgh Children’s Museum
Center for Creative Reuse
and more.

APRIL 2015

Big tings… Guest DAN DABBER is back w/ Pandemic Pete on Friday April 3rd.

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Pandemic is one of Pittsburgh’s longest running dance parties featuring music from around the globe. Prepare yourself for a night of Indian Bhangra, Balkan Brass, South American Cumbia, Brazilian Samba, Baile Funk, Bulgarian Chalga, Russian Ska, and more.

More killer tunes from Man Recordings. Loving this new one from Daniel Haaksman.

Coming up this weekend I’ll be speaking at the Humanities Festival at Space Gallery on Saturday March 28.

http://nakyouout.com/music/join-mutek-mexico-naafi-pandemic-night-knows-borders

PITTONKATONK IS UPON US. Who doesn’t love a day long picnic featuring over 100 performers like What Cheer Brigade, Detroit Party Marching Band, Pitchblak Brass band, Black Bear Combo, Beauty Slap and more. Please consider donating to our indiegogo so we can make it happen.

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PITTONKATONK 2015: A May Day Brass BBQ Picnic

Where: Vietnam Veterans Pavilion

When: Saturday May 2, 2015 at 2pm

The Festival

Pittonkatonk is a May Day Brass BBQ/Picnic held on Saturday May 2nd at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion in

Schenley Park. This years event will include 4 national touring bands What Cheer Brigade , Pitchblak Brass

Band , Black Bear Combo and Detroit Party Marching Band as well as locals Beauty Slap , May Day

Marching Band , Col. Eagleburger’s Goodtime Highstepping Band , and more. We are also adding to the

lineup 2 local high school marching bands and facilitating a collaborative performance by UPrep High School

Band and What Cheer Brigade.

About Pittonkatonk .

While we don’t charge and admission to the event, this event is not free. The bands need gas money, food,

and accommodations. We ask that folks make contributions to our Indiegogo Campaign . We do not sell

tickets, we do not vend food, everyone is welcome. But if you find a value to this we ask that you consider

donating. This event is a potluck and we ask that members of the community bring a dish to share. Last year

we had over 700 ppl attend and participate. We hope that we can continue to make Pittonkatonk a May Day

weekend tradition.

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BREWS FOR BRASS A PITTONKATONK FUNDRAISER is happening April 22 at Rock Bottom Brewery in Homestead.

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The first few months of 2015 have been amazing already and I have even more in store for the next few months beginning with the party on March 21 featuring Benjamin Lebrave aka BBrave aka Akwaaba Music.

From Fader magazine…

For the past four years, Benjamin Lebrave has run Akwaaba, a digital record label that releases a huge amount of diverse African music from across the continent. He started the label in San Francisco, but, two years ago, decided to move permanently to Accra, Ghana. Since then he’s appeared on late night Angolan TV and has record deals in place with some of the continent’s top artists. Here he explains what led him to become an African music mogul.

Also sharing the bill w/ BBrave is DJ STROBE.

more info coming on PANDEMIC APRIL 3rd event..

ALSO PITTONKATONK is under way.

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Now almost half way through our 10th year of this madness we are stepping it up even more. Friday March 6th we are back at Brillobox for first friday installment w/ a guest DJ and Resident Pandemic Pete

Pandemic is more than just a dance party. Every first friday and third saturday resident Pandemic Pete and a guest of Djs, Bands, Performers of all kinds join forces and bring you boarder defying dance party. You will experience track after track of new dabke from Syria, a punjabi bhangra, eastern european chalga, and cumbia that will sure to keep you dancing. Who knows you may even experience a random surprise brass band. Who knows what will happen. Voted Pittsburgh’s Best Dance Party by the 2014 Pgh City Paper and the party is only just getting started.

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Also we are about to launch our Indiegogo for Pittonkatonk.

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in the meantime take a look at some great videos

Saturday March 21 we will be back w/ guest DJ STROBE (412 Live) playing Latin House, Bhangra, and more. Also we are working on a surprise guest from across the Atlantic. We will get you more details as that unfolds.

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BRASSTACULAR / PITTONKATONK / MARCH MAYHEM

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3 bands and 1 Dj that all use Brass

PANDEMIC PRESENTS

A Brass Bonanza

featuring

Beauty Slap
C Street Brass project w/ Jake is Rain
Brass meets a DJ and the rest you’ll dance your ass off to.

The Pressure
60’s style reggae ska act featuring guess what? Brass!

The May Day Marching Band
Pittsburgh’s premier gorilla brass band. Tootin tunes from Afrobeat to the Balkans. They don’t play indoors often so come see this rare appearance.

& DJ sets by PANDEMIC (all night long)
DRINKING DANCING STOMPING YELLING

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doors at 9pm

$8-10 sliding scale
more details to come

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