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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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2nd

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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$10 advance / $12-15 at the door

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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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facebook_event_224925834554254SUNDAY MAY 6

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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Anniversary in 2 parts

NOV17PARTYAs we close out our 12 rotation around the sun we decided to celebrate in 2 parts.  First show is Nov 3 w/ Low Down Brass band from Chicago and the second is Nov 17 with El Dusty and Dos Santos.  Click on the images below for links.

 

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Photos from the Los Wemblers show…

 

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Direct From Iquitos Peru to Pittsburgh

For the sake of clarity..

THIS SHOW WILL COST MORE THAN $7000 to put together. Why?

The band is flying from Peru to Pittsburgh.
We have hotels, food, equipment rentals, sound, venue, and more to pay for.

You can pay $15 to enter. But I’m asking that if you can donate more please do. We don’t want to make a profit on this show. We don’t want to lose money either.

Any proceeds will go to Puerto Rican relief funds. Please contribute more than $15 if you can.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/los-wemblers-de-iquitos-in-pittsburgh-music-community#/

MORE INFO BELOW

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THIS IS GOING TO BE A HISTORIC EVENT!!!

Los Wemblers —- Cumbia amazonicá pioneers from Peru for the first US show of their first-ever world tour.  

Formed in 1968 in Iquitos, Peru, Los Wembler’s pioneered a unique style of music that combined cumbia rhythms, electric guitars, and psychedelic sounds. Their 1971 LP, Al Ritmo de Los Wembler’s, pushed the regional sound of chicha (cumbia rhythms combined with Andean folk melodies) to new levels. This new sound took the name cumbia amazonicá, after the first track on Al Ritmos, and it shaped andean popular music for decades. Even at their height of popularity, Los Wembler’s performed only in their hometown of Iquitos and neighboring areas, with rare performances in neighboring Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador.  By the early 1980s, Los Wembler’s faded into the background as the popularity cumbia amazonicá gave way to newer electronic cumbia sounds. Los Wemblers never stopped playing, but stayed in Iquitos playing the occasional party, wedding, or community events. In the early 2000s, cumbia amazonicá was rediscovered as a missing link between traditional cumbia and a new generation of musicians in Argentina, Mexico and Colombia. In 2007, Barbès Records released Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru and Los Wembler’s were rediscovered. In 2011, they performed in Lima for the first time in twenty-five years. A new generation of tropical electronic musicians looked to them for inspiration and the Peruvian group Dengue Dengue Dengue collaborated with them. In 2015, the Smithsonian invited Los Wembler’s to perform at the Folklife Festival in Washington DC.

Los Wembler’s haven’t lost any of their creative edge. Watching them perform or record is to witness musicians at the height of their powers. Their happy first experiments with cumbia and indigenous rhythms were not the product of chance. These are accomplished musicians in tune with their environment but also infinitely curious about the world. They may have a fondness for 1970’s production values, but after all, so do Jack White and Daptone. The style Los Wembler’s created more than forty years ago has finally found an audience around the world, and Los Wembler’s intend to keep it relevant by finding new ways to experiment.

Catch them in Pittsburgh for the first show on their first world tour.

DATE: Oct 12 2017

TIME: Doors at 7pm show at 8pm

PLACE: Salems Event Center

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Los Wemblers de Iquitos Thursday Oct 12

We have a huge run a shows coming up. Everything from Taureg guitar mastery to the originators of Chicha a peruvian psychedelic style from the amazon, as well as national touring cumbia bands and a hip hop brass band.

As Pandemic enters its 13th year we are producing a lot of bigger events. Here is the 2nd of two summer mixes I just put together.

Sept 30 Pandemic presents: Group Doueh

Western Saharan Taureg Group Doueh
Buy tickets for Pandemic presents: Group Doueh
EVENT PAGEhttps://www.facebook.com/events/182262038980090/

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Big news fans of Sublime Frequencies and Taureg music..

ADVANCE TIX avail now.

Buy tickets for Pandemic presents: Group Doueh

https://www.facebook.com/events/182262038980090

http://douehpgh.brownpapertickets.com

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This month is maybe one of the craziest of my life. In sept I’m heading to eastern europe for three weeks then back to host 2 of my favorite bands.  Its unlike anything else. Both @Group Doueh and @Los Wemblers have been huge inspirations.

Los Wemblers —- Cumbia amazonicá pioneers from Peru for the first US show of their first-ever world tour.  

Formed in 1968 in Iquitos, Peru, Los Wembler’s pioneered a unique style of music that combined cumbia rhythms, electric guitars, and psychedelic sounds. Their 1971 LP, Al Ritmo de Los Wembler’s, pushed the regional sound of chicha (cumbia rhythms combined with Andean folk melodies) to new levels. This new sound took the name cumbia amazonicá, after the first track on Al Ritmos, and it shaped andean popular music for decades. Even at their height of popularity, Los Wembler’s performed only in their hometown of Iquitos and neighboring areas, with rare performances in neighboring Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador.  By the early 1980s, Los Wembler’s faded into the background as the popularity cumbia amazonicá gave way to newer electronic cumbia sounds. Los Wemblers never stopped playing, but stayed in Iquitos playing the occasional party, wedding, or community events. In the early 2000s, cumbia amazonicá was rediscovered as a missing link between traditional cumbia and a new generation of musicians in Argentina, Mexico and Colombia. In 2007, Barbès Records released Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru and Los Wembler’s were rediscovered. In 2011, they performed in Lima for the first time in twenty-five years. A new generation of tropical electronic musicians looked to them for inspiration and the Peruvian group Dengue Dengue Dengue collaborated with them. In 2015, the Smithsonian invited Los Wembler’s to perform at the Folklife Festival in Washington DC.

Los Wembler’s haven’t lost any of their creative edge. Watching them perform or record is to witness musicians at the height of their powers. Their happy first experiments with cumbia and indigenous rhythms were not the product of chance. These are accomplished musicians in tune with their environment but also infinitely curious about the world. They may have a fondness for 1970’s production values, but after all, so do Jack White and Daptone. The style Los Wembler’s created more than forty years ago has finally found an audience around the world, and Los Wembler’s intend to keep it relevant by finding new ways to experiment.

Catch them in Pittsburgh for the first show on their first world tour.

DATE: Oct 12 2017

TIME: Doors at 7pm show at 8pm

PLACE: Salems Event Center

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NOV 3rd

LOWDOWN BRASS BAND

Thats right we turn 12 on Nov 3 and are inviting our friend LowDown Brass Band out to join us for the celebration.

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Here is a video of Lowdown at Pittonkatonk 2017