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
BALKAN GYPSY LATIN BOOGALOO BHANGRA CHALGA AFROBEATS CHICHA CUMBIA BAILE FUNK
TECNO BREGA KUDURO AZONTO DEMBOW DANCEHALL SOCA +
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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
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.
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.
With Pittonkatonk behind us now we move forward with an insane spring/summer of events. Just about every week there is something to enjoy.
Mid 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.
then heavy hitters PITCHBLAK Brass Band from Brooklyn will be stopping buy on MAY 31 at the BRILLOBOX
this is co presented w/ music night on jupiter.
and this weekend.. PYROTOPIA at the Pump House in Homestead.
(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.
FRIDAY MAY 2nd @ BRILLBOX
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.
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.
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.