Back at it on Saturday Sept 20 at the Brillobox
Drinking Dancing Stomping Yelling
PANDEMIC PETE and EDGAR UM
PANDEMIC, CONSORTIUM in partnership w/ VIA and more present…
BOBAN i MARKO MARKOVIC ORKESTAR
LUNGS FACE FEET
$20 at door
ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE KING OF THE GYPSY BRASS IN PITTBURGH
Since 1961, the small town of Guca in Central Serbia has been the venue for the annual “Festival of Brass Music”, a competition to determine the best Brass musicians on Earth, attracting over 300.000 people every year. The Boban Markovic Orkestar used to be among the winners every time, receiving the “best orchestra” award in 2000 as well as “best trumpet” for the maestro himself in 2001 – his 5th PERSONAL win. Since then, Boban decided not to compete any more, but simply performs as an honoured guest. He’s the undisputed King of Balkan Brass music
Now he is honoured even further afield, reaching an international audience through his musical contributions to films by Emir Kusturica, and taking his frenetic and funky blend of Balkan and Gypsy roots touring around the globe, a guaranteed sensation at any wedding, open-air-festival, music academy, classical concert or impromptu street-party of your choice.
According to tradition, Boban officially handed over the Orkestar to his son and successor Marko, on his 18th birthday in 2006. Marko was given a trumpet as a toddler and started to receive lessons from Boban’s father when he was 9. At 13 he was in the studio for the first time, at 14 he joined Boban’s Orkestar. At 16 he became lead soloist and started arranging for the band. Now he is the featured soloist on Boban’s latest CD “The Promise”.
In 2006, Marko also appeared as the leading actor in the film “Gucha Distant Trumpet”, directed by Dusan Milic & produced by Emir Kusturica. Marko plays a young Romeo who falls in love with a Serbian Juliana as music and racial tensions intertwine in this dramatic Balkan epic.
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.