Coming up on 10!


Summer is unfortunately coming to a close but that means I’m ramping up for a great series of shows in the fall and winter. We are quickly approaching the 10 Year Anniversary of Pandemic. This is the first in a series of events leading up.


Friday Sept 4th Pandemic is squaring off again w/ Juan Diego for a night of Cumbia, Tropical Bass, International Flavors, Coastal Vibes, Manele, Chalga, Bhangra, Bollywood, and more. Juan Diego and Pandemic Pete have been  teaming up and destroying dance floors for the past 3 years. You may have caught them at the Cosmopolitan Pgh event back in July or at the La Misa Negra show at Bayardstown Social Club.


with special guest Matthew Tembo

By the time Tal National reached international acclaim with 2013’s ‘Kaani’, the band’s first release outside of Niger, they had spent a decade crisscrossing dirt pathways through the Sahara, playing epic five-hour sets, seven days a week and selling their CDs on street corners. In the process, they became Niger’s most popular band, with songs blasted on national TV and cell phones. Following FatCat Records’ release of ‘Kaani’, Western audiences and critics embraced the band’s finely-honed sound. NPR were hit by “the band’s tightness and fiery energy”; The Guardian praised “their full-tilt approach, and hypnotic intensity”; while Songlines wrote of “a rich, hybrid sound that draws on familiar West African elements to create something rewardingly fresh and different”. FatCat released their dazzling follow-up, ‘Zoy Zoy’ in April 2015, which Pitchfork called “colorful and bright and dizzying, [recalling the] wall-of-sound quality of Konono No. 1, except more frenzied and texturally varied.”
Niger borders Nigeria, Mali and Ghana, and is also the home of well-known musicians Bombino and Etran Finatawa. Collected within this former French colony can be found Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations, all of whom are represented in the membership of Tal National. The nation is no stranger to highlife, kora and afrobeat musics, while giving the world Tuareg Blues and a unique brand of hip-hop. In Tal National’s music can be heard the rolling 12/8 rhythms in the Hausa’s fuji percussion, the pensive aridity of the Tuareg’s assouf and the exquisite griot guitar of Mali’s Songhai, all delivered with virtuoso precision and unrelenting energy. After listing ‘Kaani’ in its top 10 albums of 2013, The New York Times wrote that “the music keeps leaping ahead with one surprise after another: guitar parts that align and diverge and reconfigure, drumming that pounces on offbeats. The patterns are crisp, complex and tireless.”
This concert is co-sponsored with The Consortium, Pandemic and Calliope.




The Detroit Party Marching Band is a guerrilla band based in Detroit, Michigan. The band appears at events unexpectedly.[1] The band has played at events such as Mardi Gras (2012), Theatre Bizarre, Noel Night, Blowout!, the Nain Rouge parade,[2] the Hamtramck Labor Day Parade, 2010 Detroit Free Press Marathon,[3] and HONK![4] in Somerville, MA, as well as at many bars and parties throughout the Detroit area, both scheduled and unexpectedly. It has supported acts such as Band of HorsesRebirth Brass Band, and What Cheer? Brigade. It was founded by Rachel Harkai and John and Molly Notarianni,[5] who felt inspired by the second-line bands they saw in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and also after a trip to HONK! in late 2009. Its repertoire is a mix of Balkan and Balkan-inspired songs, and modern pop and R&B rearranged for brass, usually by the members themselves. They have also toured the Netherlands in Europe as part of the Cross Linx festival. They enjoy the admiration of their mothers, each other, and various drunks in and around Detroit.

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more details soon.


​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



eople’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.

With their “crazy ass genre mash ups” (Blakbook), People’s Champs’ truly original sound is equal parts Sharon Jones, tUnE-yArDs, Os Mutantes, William Onyeabor, and Prince. Critics are calling People’s Champs a “New York supergroup!” (Lucid Culture) and “Well on their way to becoming NYC’s de facto Funk and Afrobeat experience” (Deli Magazine).



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!




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.



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 


[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)






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

$85 Trust members | $95 non-members | $125 day-of


$10 for non members
$5 for members


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.







9:30pm start

moredetails tocome.

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!


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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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).


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.



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.




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).


Saturday April 18


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.


4104 Penn Ae


Saturday April 18


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.


Pandemic May 15



So happy and relieved to announce that we have officially CONFIRMED THE LOCATION AND DATE FOR PITTONKATONK!!!!

It’s gonna be…




(same great space)

Full Lineup will be announced soon.
so far we have

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 for more info

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.


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.

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.


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.


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



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..



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.


Also we are about to launch our Indiegogo for Pittonkatonk.


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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