PANDEMIC DANCE PARTY

What Cheer? The People’s Champs! and Femi Kuti

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Femi Kuti (born June 16, 1962) is the stage name of Nigerian Afrobeat and jazz musician Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti. Born the eldest son of Afrobeat figurehead Fela Kuti, the musician has collaborated with the likes of Common and Mos Def and hails from Lagos, Nigeria.

REX THEATER JULY 28

 

NEW SHIRTS ARE IN! CLICK THE SHIRT TO PURCHASE at our store on Commonwealth Press website.

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THE RETURN OF PITTONKATONK HEADLINERS and one of the baddest bands around WHAT CHEER BRIGADE!!!

plus TranSaharan Ensemble from North Africa

10 bucks FRIDAY AUGUST 5 @ BRILLOBOX

Here is a great documentary on contemporary gypsy music posted by the BBC. Its definitely worth looking into.

 


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/171489939″>This World: The New Gypsy Kings @ BBC</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/tzacanel”>TZACANEL</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

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Pandemic is your monthly dose of Global Dancehall,Post Natinonal Bass, Global Glitch, Digital Cumbia, and more

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY

CUMBIA
BHANGRA
BALKAN
REGGAETON
DANCEHALL
FUNK CARIOCA
ELECTRO SHAABI
+++

9:30pm-2am

Brillobox
https://pandemicpgh.com/

$6

Also really excited to announce and open our store at Commonwealth Press with these new and old shirts

http://compressmerch.com/collections/spynda

 

 

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MAY

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WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT FOR PITTONKATONK!!!! PLEASE DONATE TODAY TO HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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Gearing up for a crazy April/May…

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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.”

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SPECIAL GUEST FOR APRIL PANDEMIC :::: ERICK JAIMEZ from Dallas, TX.

We are bringing the bass music!

 

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Pittonkatonk is back May 7

visit our new site http://pittonkatonk.org

 

check back regularly for updates on future shows. Big things in the works for May and June. Lots of outdoor events featuring great bands.. Dos Sanos Antibeat Band, Miramar, XIXA, and more.

 

 

 

 

Black Bears, Dengue x3, and more

I don’t know where to start so i’ll just post some fliers for upcoming events. Click any of the images for the Facebook event pages.

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ADVANCE TIX FOR DENGUE DENGUE DENGUE

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(Lima, Peru)

PANDEMIC PETE

DJ JUAN DIEGO

JAMES GYRE

@ SALEMS EVENT CENTER
(FORMERLY CJ’s)

$10 advance

9pm-3am

pandemicpgh.com
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Dengue Dengue Dengue! is an audiovisual duo from Lima, Perú. Behind the masks are Felipe Salmon and Rafael Pereira, two producers, dj’s and graphic designers. Their work focuses in exploring native rhythms from Peru and other parts of the world, recreating them in an electronic form, mixing the old with the new, analog and digital, to create their own unique sound and visuals. Their musical explorations go from Psychedelic Cumbia to Dub, from Salsa to Footwork, from Tribal to Techno, the sound and visual palette keeps growing and adding more and more flavours to the mix.

This year DDD are releasing their second full length album titled La Siete Raices (The Seven Roots) which will be out in November on Enchufada Records. This record will come with a new video too, directed by Mikael Stornfelt, who also directed the Simiolo and Chichón videos. They where commissioned by legendary Salsa record label Fania Records to remix one of his classics for a special 50 year anniversary compilation. They also released a new track for a Greenpeace / Rhythm and Roots label project, a compilation of birdsong inspired tracks. Its also been a year of intense touring, Latin America from January to March, Europe in June, USA in August and October and now preparing for the album release tour in December and January 2016 in Europe.

In 2014 they got officially singed to Enchufada Records, and released the EP Serpiente Dorada. They did a lecture for Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo and released the track Pineal for RBMA project 20 before 15. They also remixed Tremor, Symbiz Sound, El Remolon and king Doudou. They had 3 European tours, playing shows in Dour, Roskilde and Paleo Festivals among others including an amazing set at SONAR Festival in Barcelona, reviewed by Xlr8r and others as one of the best shows in the festival. They also played Cuba, Japan. Argentina, Chile, China, Brazil, Jamaica, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia.

 

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LATE FEBRUARY HAPPENINs

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B2B- Bear to Bear

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.

PANDEMIC DJ SETS

$8-10

@SPIRIT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHoQJHg7hVg

Pandemic is every First Friday and Third Saturday at The Brillobox. The Drinking, Yelling, and Dancing Party that’s lasted for ten years. For those new to Pittsburgh, it’s the perfect companion to Unblurred Gallery Crawl if you care to venture further down Penn Ave.

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then off to DETROIT for a party w/ Detroit Party Marching Band, Black Bear Combo, and Detroit Pleasure Society.

P.L.A.V. Post #10
$10
9PM, doors

The Detroit Party Marching Band is a group of 20+ musicians devoted to unanticipated revelry, driving jams, and the power of the un-amplified horn blast. They’ve been playing impromptu performances celebrating life and community in & around their dear city of Detroit since 2010. The group has been featured in the New York Times, French Vogue, The Detroit News, and The Detroit Free Press. The group has toured to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, played the HONK! Festival in Somerville, MA and has collaborated with Detroit artist My Brightest Diamond to tour the Netherlands.

Black Bear Combo is a raucous mutt channeling the common energy between traditional music from eastern Europe and the Balkans, punk rock, and free jazz. Since 2002 we’ve brought our sound to clubs, basements, festivals, weddings, funerals, parties and streetcorners across the country.
http://www.blackbearcombo.com/

Detroit Pleasure Society keeps the traditional jazz of New Orleans alive and well with a fresh twist and raucous candor. Combining folk, bebop, and brass band sensibilities, DPS adds a little Motor City to the Big Easy in a bar near you.
http://www.detroitpleasuresociety.com/

PANDEMIC is hybrid of traditional folk music and contemporary dance music from around the world. DJ sets are borderless, combining cutting edge dance music from remote regions of the world with traditional folk music reenergizing cultural identities. Consider Pandemic the digital crate diggers for underground glitchy ethnic bass music, but it doesn’t end there. Pandemic explores traditional folkloric music and recontextualizes it by the juxtaposition with modern dance music and pop music from other countries. Pandemic fuzes together TROPICAL BASS, CUMBIA, DANCEHALL, BHANGRA, ELECTRO SHAABI, CHALGA, RUSSIAN FOLK, BOLLYWOOD, AFROBEATS, AZONTO, KUDURO, BRAZILIAN BASS, ASIAN POP, BALKAN BEATS, and whatever else we come across our path.
https://pandemicpgh.com/

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Fanfare Ciocarlia, hailing from the Romanian village of Zece Prajini, is a twelve-piece maelstrom of trumpets, tuba, clarinets, saxophones, and percussion. Noting their range of influences, from Duke Ellington to Balkan wedding music, The Guardian raves, “They were faster and more frantic than any other brass ensemble I can think of, but never lost control, and constantly and ingeniously varied the repertoire.” Don’t miss these two outstanding ensembles about whose collaborative album Balkan Brass Battle was praised by AllMusic as “thrilling and packed with virtuosic playing.”

TIX LINX

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FIRST FRIDAY MADNESS. As always

 

 

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Now in its third year, Pittonkatonk is a free, outdoor, family friendly community celebration of brass music that features both local and touring musicians. Held at the Schenley Park Vietnam Veterans Pavilion, Pittonkatonk blurs the lines between music festival and family reunion. There’s no formal stage, no mandatory ticket prices, and no vending. Instead, bands play in the crowd with little to no amplification. The community creates a potluck table of food donations for refreshment, and folks of all ages can be seen dancing together.

 

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!

prepare yourself

 

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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:::

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

szkojani.bandacamp.com
fb.com/szkojani

$5-10

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