PANDEMIC DANCE PARTY

February is Poppin Off!

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Pandemic is only happening 1 time in Jan but in February we are launching some big things. Pandemic is back on Feb 5, Feb 12 we are djing @ Carnegie Museums Feast w/ Raya Brass Band & UPrep High School Band, Feb 13 Cultural Gumbo for Pittonkatonk‘s fiscal sponsor New Sun Rising and we are bringing back Fanfare Ciocarlia. All the images are links. click them!

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The Cultural Gumbo celebrates 10 years of NSR helping the people and communities who make Pittsburgh great!

Music, Food, Art, & More

Music by
Raya Brass Band (NYC)
UPrep High School Band
May Day Marching Band
Col. Eagleburgers Goodtime Highstepping Marching Band
DTC Organ Trio

+ DJ Sets by Pandemic Pete

PLUS
City of Play
Barrels to Beethoven
Stacyee Pearl Dance Performance
Pittonkatonk
& more

6pm
$20 suggested Donation
$60 VIP Tix

Tickets on sale soon!

 

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Pandemic Presents:::

Black Bear Combo 6-8 piece brass band hailing from the depths of the windy city. They appeared at the 2014 Pittonkatonk Brass Fest and are returning for a night of Drinking Dancing Stomping and Yelling.

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PANDEMIC DJ SETS

$8-10

@SPIRIT

 

 

FANFARE CIOCARLIA RETURNS

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PANDEMIC & CONSORTIUM PRESENT:::

FANFARE CIOCARLIA

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& more TBA

APRIL 23, 2016

8:00pm

$17 advance online sales NOW AVAIL BROWN PAPER TIX
$20 at the door

Last year, Hollywood came knocking in the remote eastern Romanian village of Zece Prajini, a hop, skip, and a jump from the former Soviet republic of Moldova. With its muddy streets, horse-drawn carts, and modest houses, the place, even according to villagers, is “the end of the earth.” What attracted movie moguls to Zece Prajini? Borat needed a cover of the biker anthem “Born to be Wild,” and they had a very particular group in mind. That group was Fanfare Ciocãrlia, the speed-loving masters of Romany brass music’s curlicue melodies and exhilarating rhythms, who were sought out for the soundtrack of last year’s quirky hit, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” And while it may seem odd to have rural Romanian gypsies playing Steppenwolf behind the antics of a pseudo-Kazakh, it’s just par for the course for the eleven-member, multi-generational Fanfare Ciocãrlia, whose history and inspirations span the globe. This history comes to life on Queens and Kings (Asphalt Tango Records), an album that draws together the reigning royalty of Europe’s Roma musicians and pays touching tribute to Ioan Ivancea, Ciocarlia’s late bandleader.

2016 BOOM!

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I feel like pictures are worth so much more than any blabber i have to say. But i will say this, 2016 is going to kick off with some amazing Pandemic events. We have some really big things in the works that we can’t even really announce yet. But between you and me, there will be plenty to do and a lot to keep you busy until the weather is nice enough to party outside.

Pittonkatonk programming is underway for our May 7 event at Vietnam Veterans Pavilion. I’m working on a program at Spirit called The Rec Room : Winter Games w/ City of Play that will kick off Jan 24, 2016.

DJ gigs, Live band productions and a lot of other crazy shit coming down the line.

Meanwhile listen to some of this…

 

 

Lazers and Robes and NYE

Hey Friends

All I can really say is Thank You for an amazing 10 year anniversary party! Its been an amazing ride and cheers to 10 more years!

 

Check out our soundcloud for a bunch of new mixes.

 

Now I”m djin a few parties in December and NYE at Spirit

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New Years I’m djing at Spirit and possibly 1 more party. Then

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10!

We made it!

We made it 10 years!!!

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10 years of DRINKING
10 years of DANCING
10 years of STOMPING
10 years of YELLING
10 years of BalkoTropicalGlobalBassMuzixx!

Pandemic started in 2005 not long after the Brillobox opened its doors.. When we started we thought we would last a few months and move on. Well 10 years later we are still kicking. In the past 10 years we have produced over 300 events for Balkan Brass bands, Cumbia groups, Afrobeat ensembles, and djs from all over the globe.

Come out to celebate at the Brillobox on Friday Dec 4 with one of our favorite guests

JORO BORO (CRYPTO CRUNK CHARLATAN FROM THE BALKANS)

&

THORNATO (of legendary NYC tropical bass crew Cumba Mela)

RESIDENT PANDEMIC PETE

plus special guests…TBA

BRILLOBOX
4014 PENN AVE
PGH PA 15224

9:30pm-2am

$6-10
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joro-boro.org
https://soundcloud.com/thornato
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https://soundcloud.com/pandemicpgh

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THORNATO
Who else mashed-up a Mexican cumbia with a Deep South spiritual and traditional Greek music? Who else successfully reimagined a bluegrass standard as a wind-worthy dancehall banger? Thornato has given the club treatment to everything from throat singing and Afro-Colombian drumming, to reggaeton and African pop, all without an ounce of the cheese often found in such multi-culti endeavors.

JORO BORO
Joro-Boro established himself as a DJ with his seven year residency alongside Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello) at the Bulgarian Bar (Mehanata) in New York City .

He has toured with Balkan Beat Box and has performed with artists ranging from Bassnectar to Omar Souleyman.

Joro-Boro has released on If The Kids Records (Gemany), Generation Bass Records (UK/Netherlands), Barbes Records (USA), and Vlad (France) among others.

GET ADVANCE TIX HERE

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Pitchblak Brass Band returns to Pittsburgh after being a featured artist at Pittonkaonk brass Festival 2015.

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

The Peoples Champs
People’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.
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then….

EVERYONE IS OFF ON THURSDAY. THIS IS GONNA BE A PARTY!!!

The “Szkojáni Charlatans” are world traveling folk musicians from the mysteriously disappeared Transylvanian town of Szkoján.
Years after the disappearance of the village Szkoján, on the 21st of December 2012, Szkojáni Charlatans were reborn. Szkojani Charlatans have the vibrant sound of Transylvanias multiculturalism, you can feel the influence from traditional folk music of Gipsy, Romanian, Hungarian, Serbian, Moldavian, and Macedonian music. Bringing Szkojáni folk music back to life in each performance.

Szkojani Charlatans have just landed in the US coming from Budapest, HU. They are making a tour from the South to the Midwest, this November. A month In new Orleans this December. And the new year in Mexico.

Kjartan Code (violin and vocals)
János Bito (acordeon)
Aaron (bass)
Roger (drums)


Music

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$5-10

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Pandemic is Best of… & Pitchblak is coming back.

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Pandemic is happy to announce we were again voted one of Pgh City Paper’s Best Dance Parties 2015. That’s 3 years running! We are really excited about this award. We were also given BEST DIY FESTIVAL for Pittonkatonk.

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Now we move on to Pitchblak Brass Band and the People’s Champs.

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Last Minute Mid Month Mayhem

This Saturday we return the Mid Month Mayhem…

Pandemic Pete and guest Steve Knots playing all the tropical bass, cumbia, balkan, acrobats, bhangra, and more. At the brillobox

 

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Coming up on 10!

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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.

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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.

TAL NATIONAL THURSDAY SEPT 3rd AT THUNDERBIRD

http://talnational.bandcamp.com/track/zoy-zoy

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.

ALSO HELPING OUT W/ ROOTS: A ROOTS REGGAE FESTIVAL

ROOTS

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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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SATURDAY NOV 22 :::: PITCHBLAK BRASS BAND returnts to PGH as well w/ THE PEOPLE”S CHAMPS

more details soon.

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​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

THE PEOPLE”S CHAMPS

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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).

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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