December Party

As we close out another year Pandemic would like to thank all the performers who joined us this year and everyone who came out to support our events. It was an amazing year of dance parties, live shows and much more.

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We are back at Brillobox for the final Pandemic of 2018. 4 hours of non-stop global dancehall featuring Pandemic Pete and DJ SMI (of Afroheat/Beleza). Don’t miss out.

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Kicking off the fall with some big events. First I’ll be guest djing at Spirit Hall for Afroheat w/ DJ SMI. Then on to pandemic w/ Super Yamba Band and bringing in guests Lemon Bucket Orkestra. Click images for links

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Djs SMI and Pandemic Pete plus special guests bringing the Afrofunk from Benin by way of NYC.

Kaleta and Super Yamba bring the 70s era Afrobeat sounds with this 9 piece funky and dark sound.

Brooklyn afro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by legendary Afrobeat veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The singer, guitarist and percussionist from the West African country of Benin Republic lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta performed and toured the world with the two most popular musicians from Nigeria, Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade, along with Majek Fashek and recently Lauryn Hill.

Kaleta got his start in the late 70s performing in church and was soon after picked up by iconic Juju master and world music pioneer King Sunny Ade. A few years later Fela Kuti came calling. Kaleta would go on to tour the world playing guitar for the King of Afrobeat in his band Egypt 80 through the 1980s and into the 1990s.

Now based in New York City, Kaleta was overjoyed to find Super Yamba Band and hear their take on the vintage, psychedelic sounds of his native country. Super Yamba takes its cues from artists like Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, El Rego and The Funkees, all legends in their own right for pioneering the classic styles of Afro-Funk and Afro-Rock in Benin and Nigeria. With regular gigs all over New York City, Super Yamba Band have dialed in the nuances of some of the rarest grooves out there with a timeless sound that will move everyone in the room to dance! Audiences will hear Kaleta sing in several different languages native to West Africa including Fon, Goun, Yoruba and Ewe, along with French and Pidgin English, “the official language of Afrobeat” he says with a grin.

Super Yamba Band’s live performances with Kaleta are absolutely explosive. Afropop Worldwide said “their ace-up-the-sleeve: the singer Kaleta, whose James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business.” With Kaleta at the helm Super Yamba Band have recently erupted onto stages at Paste Magazine’s Emerging Music Festival, World Music Institute’s Masters Of African Music Series, The Untitled Action Bronson Show (Viceland TV), L.E.A.F. Festival, Secret Planet APAP 2018 Showcase and more, giving audiences an unforgettable experience of world-class Afro-Funk dance music.

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BALKAN BRASS from Toronto…Tuesday Night Balkan Dance Party

“Lemon Bucket Orkestra is a guerilla-punk-Balkan-brass band massive like no other! Equal parts reckless abandon and exhilarating precision, the 12 strong collective’s legendary live shows are a truly immersive experience, ranging from the ecstatic to the cathartic – and all points in between. Don’t miss the Pittsburgh debut of this Canadian juggernaut, celebrating the worldwide release of their new album If I Had The Strength on Six Degrees Records.”

Special guests : The Gypsy Stringz playing Eastern European and Gypsy Music.

w/ PANDEMIC PETE

ticket info coming soon.

“Amazing, frenetic, gloriously anarchic and ultimately joyous!” Winnipeg Free Press

“Adventurous, multicultural and amazing!” The Wall Street Journal

“Raucous and hot-blooded – a collective triumph!” Exclaim Magazine

“A truly exhilarating performance!” The Guardian

“When LBO ditched the stage and jumped in with the crowd on Saturday night they cemented themselves a place in WOMAD lore” Taranaki Daily News, New Zealand



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Radio Jarocho & Super Yamba Band

Pandemic is rounding out its 12th year and entering 13 with a bang-up lineup. On Aug 3 we welcome Radio Jarocho playing traditional son jarocho music from Veracruz, Mexico with special guest dj Mateo Mattos.

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Radio Jarocho plays the rowdy, upbeat, and at times melancholic music of the countryside of Veracruz, Mexico, and has been mixing it with the sounds of New York’s urban life for over ten years. Having recently joined forces with son jarocho legend Zenen Zeferino, they deliver performances that are passionate, energetic, and true to the roots of the genre. Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino have played concerts at festivals and venues in the east coast, including Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, Joe’s Pub, La Casita at Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Celebrate Mexico Now! and Celebrate Brooklyn. They are gearing up to release “Rios de Norte y Sur”, their first studio production together. With this album, Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino celebrate the music that unites Veracruz and New York, Mexico and the United States through original songs and new arrangements for old jarocho tunes, offering a modern take on a traditional genre by fusing it with sounds that have become part of New York City’s musical fabric — flamenco, cumbia, rock, baroque, and jazz. “Rios de Norte y Sur” will be available in May 2018.

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In September we are back with an Afrobeat Special featuring Keleta and Super Yamba Band at Brillobox. Afroheat’s DJ SMI and resident Pandemic Pete playing tunes all night long.

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band Afropop Worldwide said “their ace-up-the-sleeve: the singer Kaleta, whose James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business.” Brooklyn Afro-Funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by legendary Afrobeat veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta.

https://www.superyambaband.com

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ZZK Showcase and LowDown Brass Band

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Pandemic Presents : ZZK Showcase with

King Coya & Queen Cholas
Dat Garcia
El G

plus Pandemic Pete, dj juan Diego, Jesse Stiles

King Coya & Queen Cholas (Argentina)

King Coya, danceable alter ego of Gaby Kerpel (De La Guarda, Fuerza Bruta) a pioneer of folklore fused with electronic music, brings a powerful live performance together with the dance troupe “Queen Cholas”. Showcasing diverse elements of Latin American folklore (chacareras, carnavalitos and cumbia) in a unique interactive celebration for the global dance floor.

Dat Garcia (Argentina)

Mixing trip hop with folklore, drum and bass with cumbia, Dat Garcia is ZZK Records 1st female beatmaker. Captivating audiences with her powerful stage presence, innovative songwriting and eclectic demeanor, she proves the Buenos Aires digital folk scene isn’t just a men’s club anymore.

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Mastermind behind the Buenos Aires label ZZK Records and ZZK Films.

plus Pandemic Pete & More

JUNE 8th LOWDOWN BRASS BAND

June 8 join us at Brillobox for the return of Lowdown Brass band playing all the brass band hip hop you can handle. Plus Drum Lines Hard Rhymes, Selecta, and more.

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We are excited to announce the 6th season of Weather Permitting at the Shadyside Nursery. This is a kid friendly evening event. Big things coming for Weather Permitting this summer.

SummerTIME!!!!

We are excited to announce 4 big shows coming up in the next month. We have a lot of great music from around the world coming through Pittsburgh. This is just the first round of shows. Stay tuned.

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June 8 join us at Brillobox for the return of Lowdown Brass band playing all the brass band hip hop you can handle. Plus Drum Lines Hard Rhymes, Selecta, and more.

 

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Pandemic Presents : ZZK Showcase with

King Coya & Queen Cholas
Dat Garcia
El G

plus Pandemic Pete, dj juan Diego, Jesse Stiles

King Coya & Queen Cholas (Argentina)

King Coya, danceable alter ego of Gaby Kerpel (De La Guarda, Fuerza Bruta) a pioneer of folklore fused with electronic music, brings a powerful live performance together with the dance troupe “Queen Cholas”. Showcasing diverse elements of Latin American folklore (chacareras, carnavalitos and cumbia) in a unique interactive celebration for the global dance floor.

Dat Garcia (Argentina)

Mixing trip hop with folklore, drum and bass with cumbia, Dat Garcia is ZZK Records 1st female beatmaker. Captivating audiences with her powerful stage presence, innovative songwriting and eclectic demeanor, she proves the Buenos Aires digital folk scene isn’t just a men’s club anymore.

EL G
Mastermind behind the Buenos Aires label ZZK Records and ZZK Films.

plus Pandemic Pete & More

 

 

 

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We are excited to announce the 6th season of Weather Permitting at the Shadyside Nursery. This is a kid friendly evening event. Big things coming for Weather Permitting this summer.

And of course the monthly dance party at the Brillobox.

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Spring has Sprung

5 extremely hot programs about to hit Pittsburgh as the February snow continues to fall. Pandemic and Pittonkatonk are about to drop a global heat wave on our city unlike any other. #globalwarming – DJ SMI (pandemic, afroheat, beleza, etc).

We are excited to be producing events independently as well as collaboratively with the Consortium and Andy Warhol Museum, Whats up?

  • March 2nd Boogat (link)
  • March 16 – Tal National (link)
  • March 17 – West Philadelphia Orchestra (link)
  • April 6 – Pandemic @ Brillobox
  • April 13 – Sound Series: Fatoumata Diawara linkNEXUS w/ @CMOA Lecture Hall
  • May 4 – Pandemic w/ special guests TBA
  • May 5 – Pittonkatonk May Day Brass Picnic link
  • May 6 – Imarhan @ Warhol (link coming soon)

 

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PANDEMIC PRESENTS: BOOGAT with guest BLAK RAPP MADUSA

4 hours of non stop global dancehall and the return of Boogat. His music blends elements of Hip Hop, Cumbia, Salsa and Reggaeton.

Special guest Black Rapp Madusa

plus Pandemic Pete playing Bhangra, Balkan, Cumbia, Afrobeats and more.

more about Boogat below TIX or FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

Boogát is a Canadian-Mexican musician from Montreal, blending hip-hop with Latin Music styles such as Cumbia, Salsa and Reggaeton. His album ”Neo-Reconquista” won the Juno and Félix award for ”World Music Album of the Year” at the 2016 Juno Awards and the ADISQ gala, , respectively.
The son of immigrant parents from Paraguay and Mexico, he was born in the city of Québec and raised in the Beauport borough of the city. In 2001, he moved to Montréal where his career started.
Singing first in French, Boogát moved to Spanish after playing with the electronic music producer Poirier and the Latin music group Roberto Lopez Project; discovering a new world of possibilities that opened the way to collaborate with artists such as La Yegros, Uproot Andy, El Hijo De La Cumbia, El Dusty, Lido Pimienta, G-Flux, Super San, Mati Zundel, Kid Koala, Poirier, Pierre Kwenders, Radio Radio and El Remolon, amongst others.

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Friday March 16 @Spirit Hall

TAL NATIONAL 

The Consortium and Pandemic present the return of the amazing
band from Niamey, Niger TAL NATIONAL  http://talnational.com/

Fri Mar 16 8 pm doors $16 adv/$20 door 21+ event
Spirit Hall, 242 51st St, Lawrenceville (nice parking! big dancefloor!)

tickets on sale starting Feb 5 at Juke Records (Bloomfield), Dave’s Music Mine (South Side), Caliban Books (Oakland) and Acoustic Music Works (Squirrel Hill) and online at https://talnationalpittsburgh.brownpapertickets.com/

with special guests Bombici and DJ Pandemic

You loved them in 2015 at the Thunderbird, and now they’re back, celebrating the release of Tantabara, their 3rd album on Fat Cat Records out Feb 9, 2018.  https://talnational.bandcamp.com/

Tal National are a self-described “rock band,” though their vision of rock may push well past what the West fences in around that term, and guitarist Almeida finds as much inspiration in trance as he does in rock’s embrace. The grooves are the backbone of the album, and the intent is to create a trance-state that overwhelms conscious thought and lets the listener be surrounded by the energy and emotion of Tal National. Brimming with the band’s complex, intense spirit, the album is a continuation of the balance of tradition and innovation that have driven their previous albums. It’s a joyous celebration and euphoric epiphany all in one complex package. We’d expect nothing less at this point from Tal National.

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SATURDAY March 17

WEST PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA  @ Salem’s Event Center  (LINK)

Pittonkatonk fundraiser in partnership with the University Of Pittsburgh Carpathian Ensemble.

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PITTONKATONK & Pitt Carpathian Ensemble Present

WEST PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
(2016 Pittonkatonk featured act)

Carpathian Ensemble
(UPITT Balkan ensemble)

PROCEEDS BENEFIT PITTONKATONK MAY DAY BRASS BBQ.

Food, Drink, Dancing
(Come early and munch on some eastern european cuisine)

All Ages Event
TICKET LINK
Free entry for Pitt Students
$5-15 donations

7pm doors (music at 8pm)

About WPO
With a line-up of Philadelphia musicians whose influences range from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique live ensemble in today’s auto-tuned musical world. They began playing Romanian ballads, Macedonian folk-dance songs, Bulgarian wedding music, and Klezmer in late 2006, and have continued expanding their repertoire of Eastern European music. The band also plays original tunes which blend other sounds, like jazz and classical, together with traditional Balkan sounds. As much a community as a band, WPO’s performances are celebratory events. With blistering beats and walls of brass, they inspire audiences to hold hands, gyrate, howl, and otherwise slip the yoke of the homogenized culture industry.

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THURSDAY April 13

Sound Series: Fatoumata Diawara link

We welcome singer/songwriter, Fatoumata Diawara (aka Fatou), who is originally from Mali and currently residing in France. Her much anticipated spring 2018 record will follow-up on her critically acclaimed debut album “Fatou” (2011) on World Circuit/Nonesuch Records, which was the No.1 album on the world music charts for six months in 2011. Fatou has collaborated with a wide array of musicians including Damon Albarn, Toumani Diabaté, Herbie Hancock and John Paul Jones, and she was featured in the recent documentary film, Mali Blues.

This event is co-presented with Carnegie Nexus as part of its 2018 event series, “Becoming Migrant… what moves you?” and PANDEMIC.

Photo by Aida Muluneh

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PITTONKATONK 2018!!! link SATURDAY MAY 5

Wanna volunteer? Email us at pittonkatonk(at)gmail dot com subject line :Volunteer

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About Pittonkatonk
Pittonkatonk is a grassroots, volunteer-run social and environmental justice organization that promotes creativity and critical thought by way of music making and participatory events in and around the Pittsburgh Area. Pittonkatonk established itself as a free community event in 2014 by inviting local and national community brass bands, street performers, and activists to convene in a May Day celebration. The annual Brass BBQ held the first saturday of May encourages participants to engage in making the event happen through bringing shared food dishes (POTLUCK), volunteering to run the event, hosting traveling musicians, promoting the event, and performance.

Performers (subject to change)

What Cheer Brigade (Providence)
– legendary 18 piece brass punks providing sounds from the balkans, Prov DIY noise scene, and general masters blasters.

Detroit Party Marching Band (Detroit)
– too punk for a bio

Keleta and Super Yamba Band (West Africa/NYC)
– high-energy, psychedelic afrofunk/afrobeat DANCE music powerhouse fronted by the legendary afrobeat veteran, Kaleta. Kaleta hails from the Benin Republic in West Africa and is a former touring band member with both Fela Kuti and King Sunny Ade.

Mdou Moctar (Niger)
– Mdou Moctar hails from Abalak, in the Azawagh desert of Niger. One of the few original singer/songwriters willing to experiment and push the boundaries of the genre.

Esso Afrojam (Chicago)
-global troubadours and subversive thinkers of an emerging counterculture in the 70s and 80s

Sto-Rox Marching Band
– Pittonkatonk Education Program Participants

and more TBA

This year we have the addition of a Community Resource Tent
more details TBA.

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IMARHAN @ WARHOL

Sunday May 6th

FEBRUARY | MARCH 2018

Boogat 2018fbExcited to be back at Brillobox first friday of February. We have some exciting things lined up for early March including March 2nd performance by Boogat and a performance by West Philadelphia Orchestra at Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks.

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RSVP to February event https://www.facebook.com/events/1520904894674570/
4 hours of non stop global dancehall and the return of Boogat. His music blends elements of Hip Hop, Cumbia, Salsa and Reggaeton.

plus Pandemic Pete playing Bhangra, Balkan, Cumbia, Afrobeats and more.

more about Boogat below and Facebook EVENT LINK ticket link below

Boogát is a Canadian-Mexican musician from Montreal, blending hip-hop with Latin Music styles such as Cumbia, Salsa and Reggaeton. His album ”Neo-Reconquista” won the Juno and Félix award for ”World Music Album of the Year” at the 2016 Juno Awards and the ADISQ gala, , respectively.
The son of immigrant parents from Paraguay and Mexico, he was born in the city of Québec and raised in the Beauport borough of the city. In 2001, he moved to Montréal where his career started.
Singing first in French, Boogát moved to Spanish after playing with the electronic music producer Poirier and the Latin music group Roberto Lopez Project; discovering a new world of possibilities that opened the way to collaborate with artists such as La Yegros, Uproot Andy, El Hijo De La Cumbia, El Dusty, Lido Pimienta, G-Flux, Super San, Mati Zundel, Kid Koala, Poirier, Pierre Kwenders, Radio Radio and El Remolon, amongst others.
He released his first full-length Spanish album ”El Dorado Sunset” in 2013. The album won two ”Félix Awards” for ”Best World Music Album” and ”Producer of the Year” at ”ADISQ 2013”. He has been touring Canada, USA, México, Argentina, UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, Czech Republic and Spain ever since.
”San Cristóbal Baile Inn”, which includes collaborations with Andrés Oddone, Frikstailers, Miss Bolivia, Niña Dioz and Lemon Bucket Orchestra, was just released in 2017.

$10 advance / $15 at the door

Plus BLAK RAPP MADUSA (1Hood)

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania- Mel box Carter, Also known as Blak Rapp M.A.D.U.S.A., emerges from those humble streets to take the conscious music movement by storm. Through spoken word and melodic lyricism this rapper, poet, activist and historian paints a vivid picture of her culture via social and political justice interwoven with spiritual inspiration.With a degree in Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, M.A.D.U.S.A., whose name is an acronym for “Making A Difference Using Skills and Activism”, uses her vast knowledge and experiences to relate to the masses.

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