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PANDEMIC is back August 1

PANDEMIC was voted one of Pittsburgh Best Dance Party by Pittsburgh City Paper Readers and had continuously brought over 8 years of DRINKING DANCING STOMPING YELLING to the Brillobox. There aren’t many other parties that jump genres, blend contemporary dance music w/ traditional folk music all on one dance floor. If you are looking to travel around the world in a night this is the party for you.

Every first friday get down to Balkan Beats, Nu Cumbia, Baile Funk, Indian Bhangra, Middle Eastern Hip Hop, Old World Chicha, Dancehall, Romanian Reggaeton, Chalga, Pop Folk, Turbo Folk, Dabke, and many more styles from around the world.
and resident PANDEMIC PETE

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY
DRINKING DANCING STOMPING YELLING

9:30pm-2am

BALKAN GYPSY LATIN BOOGALOO BHANGRA CHALGA AFROBEATS CHICHA CUMBIA BAILE FUNK
TECNO BREGA KUDURO AZONTO DEMBOW DANCEHALL SOCA +

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only a few summer (DJ) gigs

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So I’ve decided to slow down the DJ gigs for the summer because outdoor programming is filling up all my time (as i’m typing this indoors).  This week we have CHICHA LIBRE from Brooklyn on Barbes Records playing at Bayardstown Social Club. I”m not djing but just producing the event. If you need that Pandemic Dancefloor you’ll have to sit tight til next Thursday July 3rd at BRILLOBOX for another installment. Also starting up the NO MAMES: Latin Bass Night at The Round Corner Cantina. Guest this month will be DJ MAFE from the Maracuyeah Party in DC.

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Here is a sample of Chicha Libre


Next I’ll be Djin at CRASH DETROIT on JULY 19

CUMBIA CUMBIA CUMBIA

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OK here’s a mix i did a few months ago for VIA pgh and i just took another listen and really think it’s good. So check it out.

YES!!!! That is right. We got 2 awesome cumbia bands coming thru in a week. First we have LowDown Brass Band

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and FRIDAY JUNE 20 VERY BE CAREFUL. Be sure to RSVP on the Facebook page

Adventure has never been a task for VBC. A Caribbean soul and a California heart have sustained over a decade of ceaseless romp-downs and raucous times for L.A.’s vallenato veteranos, inciting 10s of 1000s of men, women, children, and even some wild animals, to boogie to the Colombian coastal beat. From the debaucherous streets of: Austin’s SXSW, Germany’s WorldCupTour ’06, L.A.’s SunsetJunctionStreetFair; to the cultural pinnacles of: Chicago’s SummerDanceSeries, New York’s CentralParkSummerstage, L.A.s’ GrandPerformances & Levitt Pavilion, London’s HammersmithApollo; colossal concerts: L.A. Sports Arena CumbiaFest, GlastonburyMusicFestival & Bestival UK, FujiRockFestival & AsagiriJam Japan; clubs and hubs: N.Y.’s SOBs, L.A.’s HOBs, backyard BBQs, VeryBeCareful has tamed the beasts within or unleashed the ones without, helping to popularize the beauty of the 1950s-1970s sound of Colombian vallenato and cumbia.

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THEN JUNE 26 CHICHA LIBRE RSVP FACEBOOK

Chicha Libre plays a mixture of latin rhythms, surf music and psychedelic pop inspired by Peruvian music from Lima and the Amazon. The Brooklyn-based band mixes up covers of forgotten Chicha classics with French-tinged originals, re-interpretation of 70’s pop classics as well as cumbia versions of pieces by Satie and Wagner.

Chicha is the name of a corn-based liquor favored by the Incas in pre-colombian days. Chicha is also the name of Peru’s particular brand of cumbia made popular in the late 60′s by bands such as Los Destellos, Manzanita, Los Mirlos and Juaneco y su Combo.

Chicha was loosely inspired by Colombian accordion-driven cumbias but incorporated the distinctive pentatonic scales of Andean melodies, some Cuban son, and the psychedelic sounds of surf guitars, farfisa organs and moog synthesizers. Peruvian chicha bands were playing an oddly post-modern combination of western psychedelia, Cuban and Colombian rhythms, national melodies and idiosyncratic inventions which were close in spirit to both the Congolese rumba of Franco and the pop syncretism of Os Mutantes.

they are on Barbes Records

 

 

and also did you hear about the WHAT CHEER? movie.

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BIG THANGS IN THE WORKS

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Who has time to sleep when there is all this great stuff happening around the city.  That’s right we are stepping it up and bringing you events multiple times a month now. Check out our regular FIRST FRIDAY PANDEMIC  at BRILLOBOX and now a LATIN BASS night at CANTINA called NO MAMES. But first we bring you together w/ Music Night on JupiterPITCHBLAK BRASS BAND.

And now we are running the Bayardstown Social Club in the Strip District so expect more fun outdoor events there like…. VERY BE CAREFUL and CHICHA LIBRE.  Ok enough for now. check back weekly for more events.

 

 

MID MAY MAYHEM and more

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With Pittonkatonk behind us now we move forward with an insane spring/summer of events. Just about every week there is something to enjoy.

PANDEMICMIDMAY14 copyMid Month Mayhem has some fun local guests like DJ SOY SOS playing chopped up tropical jams with his own percussion and samples. As well as DJ MISS MUNGO and her eclectic array of vintage  psychedelic boogaloo, turkish funk, and more.  with resident PANDEMIC PETE keeping the Bhangra, Balkan, and Chalga flowing thru the party.

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then heavy hitters PITCHBLAK Brass Band from Brooklyn will be stopping buy on MAY 31 at the BRILLOBOX

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this is co presented w/ music night on jupiter.

 

and this weekend.. PYROTOPIA at the Pump House in Homestead.

 

 

Full Artist Line-Up
(Schedule to be announced)
Emcees | Phat Man Dee & Andrew the Impaled
DJ | Pandemic Pete
Phoenix Fire | Fire Performance Group (Indianapolis)
Dakini Circus | Acrobatic Fire Performance (Detroit)
Airhart Circus| Arial Acrobatics (PGH)
Kiyla Kitty | Fire Performance + Hooping (PGH)
Tesla Coil | Music/Game/Art (PGH)
Katy Perry the Unicorn | Performance Art/Game (NYC)
Cacophony Engine | Performance Art/Game (NYC)
Riskee Ball | Performance Art/Game (Toronto)
Inflatoangels | Light/Robotic Art (Detroit)
Lake in a Box | Fire/Water Art (Detroit)
Fire Bulb | Fire Art (Boston)
Toxic Bloom | Fire Art (Boston)
Flaming Simon | Fire Game (PGH)
Lungs Face Feet | Band (PGH)
Sterling Yoga | LED Performance (PGH)
Victoria Kerestes | Fire Performance (PGH)
VFI Fireworks | Firework Display (PGH)

Bigger, better, hotter and not to be missed!
For complete festival info, visit www.Pyrotopia.net.

Find Pyrotopia on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pyrotopia
Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pyrotopia

and starting JUNE 7 “NO MAMES” a new night by PANDEMIC at the ROUND CORNER CANTINA

 

 

It’s coming together (somehow)

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FRIDAY MAY 2nd @ BRILLBOX

MAY DAY PANDEMIC

Ladies and Germs the season of brass is upon us.  I have awesome shows coming down the pike. First and foremost PITTONKATONK A MAY DAY BRASS BBQ.  A free event that is open to everyone.  The event is being held at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion in Schenley Park and includes over 100 musicians from far and wide. We do have an INDIEGOGO that you can contribute to that will help recoup costs. And believe me there are more than the initial $3000 in bills to pay.

 

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also sp guest BOOGAT at May 2nd Friday Pandemic w/ special guests that you’ll have to come and see.

BOOGAT is  a young talented MC living in Montreal and bridging latin groove with urban and electronic music while telling everyday life stories with catchy hooks and sometimes goofy lyrics. He also can be moving like in the very evocative «Cumbia De Las Luchas» where Juan choose to sign-up for the army and fight in Iraq to get his green card.  His most recent album, El Dorado Sunset,  got him two« Félix» at the 2013 ADISQ awards for best world music album and best producer. During the last 3 years, Boogat also released 3 free mixtapes, 1 EP and many collaborations with musicians from all around the world. His song El Alto De La Paz with Mati Zundel got synched to the groundbreaking TV show Homeland.
His explosive live show will turn any situation into a party for both the latin fans and a larger audience. Boogat is skillful in creating a connection and communicating with the audience during his shows where he plays his repertoire with a percussionist, a drummer and trombone player. Boogat and his band already played some major international festivals like Montreal Jazz Fest, Toronto Small World Music Festival or Sonar Festival in Barcelona and a series of concerts in the USA, Mexico  and France.

 

 

and also

PITCHBLAK

PitchBlak Brass Band is a Brooklyn-based 10-piece band whose style and sound represents hip-hop from the 1980s to present day. A collective of young musicians, composers and artists, PitchBlak embodies the contemporary and vibrant undercurrents of New York City. PitchBlak’s members have incredibly diverse musical backgrounds, allowing them to infuse hip-hop driven music with anything under the sun.

​PitchBlak has performed at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, Le Poisson Rouge, 92YTribeca, Southpaw, The Shrine, Toronto’s NXNE Music Festival, Savannah Stopover Festival, Vermont’s legendary Nectar’s, Albany’s Red Square, and took home first prize at the 1st Annual Bob Stewart Tuba Competition. In addition to performing live, PitchBlak trains and mentors young musicians in community outreach programs and classrooms throughout the country.

PitchBlak released its debut album, You See Us, in fall 2013.

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PITTONKATONK BRASS MADNESS

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But first we pre game with…

RAYA BRASS BAND BRILLOBOX

 

Saturday April 19

RAYA BRASS BAND
LUNGS FACE FEET
PANDEMIC

@ BRILLOBOX
4104 Penn Ave
bloomfield
15224

$8-10

Raya Brass Band returns to the Brillo Box as part of their spring midwestern tour with local favorites Lungs Face Feet and DJ Pandemic Pete.

 

 

 

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We have a MAY DAY weekend of festivities….

FRIDAY MAY 2nd @ BRILLOBOX ::: PANDEMIC ::: w/ sp guest BOOGAT and secret guest. Doors at 9:30pm and admission is $7

then continue the weekend of with….

SATURDAY MAY 3rd

FREE : ALL AGES : ALL ARE WELCOME :

PITTONKATONK : A MAYDAY BRASS BBQ

Cambridge has Honk, Providence has Pronk, now Pandemic is proud to present to Pittsburgh PITTONKATONK

Come one, come all to the festival/bbq on Saturday May 3rd featuring some amazing local and national bands.

PLEASE DONATE TO THE INDIE GOGO CAMPAIGN. As there are a lot of fees, permits, insurance, promotion, and travel expenses to cover. The money is needed NOW so please contribute what you can now.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pittsburgh-brass-music-festival/x/5318844

WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE
18 piece Brass Punks from Prov, RI
These folks are quickly becoming legends in Pgh for their insane blowouts at the Princess.

DETROIT PARTY MARCHING BAND
27 piece party crashers fresh off the boat from their european tour. These guys know how to party. They have shown me two amazing parties in detroit now lets show them some Pgh love.

Black Bear Combo
6-8 piece Balkan Brass Ensemble from Chicago, IL
These dudes may be a smaller ensemble but what they lack in numbers they make up for with chops. They have some pgh roots and always bring it.

Timbeleza – Pittsburgh high energy samba group.

Lungs Face Feet – you know ‘em you love’m

 

C Street Brass Band

Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepper Marching Band

more bands and info TBA

3pm-???pm

Family Friendly, All Ages, Potluck, BBQ, BYOB

 

 

Raya Brass Band:

http://rayabrassband.com/

Since 2008 Raya Brass Band has thrilled audiences with its energetic brand of soul shaking, border defying dance music. Given the way these five musicians electrify clubs, festivals, underground parties, and even subway cars with their riotous performances, it’s no wonder that they’re often mistaken for a band twice the size. The members of the band all bring their unique voices to the group, creating a sound informed as much by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans as it is by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock, out jazz, and a host of other international sounds. When they put it all together, this hard working band gets straight to the point, dancing, sweating, and shouting alongside its audience.

 

MAY DAY PANDEMIC

Friday May 2nd

PANDEMIC 

featuring special guest BOOGAT plus surprise guests…

w/ Resident PANDEMIC PETE

Boogat is a young talented latino MC living in Montreal and bridging Latin Groove w/ urban electronic music while telling everyday life stories with catchy hooks and sometimes goofy lyrics. His most recent album, El Dorado Sunset, got him two FELIX at the 2013 ADISQ Awards for Best World Music Album and Best Producer. Check out his free mix tapes and eps on http://www.boogat.com/

PANDEMIC ends every UNBLURRED w/ a high energy dance party featuring the best in GLOBAL DANCEHALL from Balkan Beats to Tropical Bass. Pandemic was voted one Pittsburgh’s Best Dance Parties by 2013 PGH CITY PAPER readers. Plenty of DRINKING DANCING STOMPING AND YELLING

Brillobox
4104 Penn Ave
Pgh, PA 15224

$7 cover
Doors at 9:30pm

21+

 

 

and more to come….