B2B- Bear to Bear
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
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.
then off to DETROIT for a party w/ Detroit Party Marching Band, Black Bear Combo, and Detroit Pleasure Society.
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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.
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.
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.
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.”
FIRST FRIDAY MADNESS. As always
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.