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.
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.
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
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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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.
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’spioneered 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.
Friday March 3 Pandemic is back with guest Dj Juan Diego for another night of global dancehall. Pandemic Pete will be serving up more balkan dancehall, gypsy punk rock, cumbia, afrobeat, azonto, kwaito, global house, and more.
We are still putting together the details and confirming the show. But looks like Black Bear Combo the fiery balkan group from Chicago will be playing here on Thursday 3/9 w/ local Homing. More to come. Stay tuned.
SATURDAY APRIL 20. Yeah that’s right 420 TROPICAL PARTY @ Brillobox. Gonna be a killer party. here is more info on upcoming stuffs….
We are pleased to announce the first in a series of 3rd Saturday Events @ BRILLOBOX. Here is the event page on Facebook Over the next few months, and who knows, maybe from now on PANDEMIC PRESENTS… will be on 1st Fridays and 3rd Saturdays. We are going to use the 3rd Saturdays as an opportunity to have more Guest DJ’s, MC’s, Live Bands, and even some Bellydance Hafla’s. Should be a great new addition. But not to worry we still have our regular FIRST FRIDAYS @ BRILLOBOX as part of the UNBLURRED.
Here is a pretty awesome track by this months special guest BOOGAT called Eres Hecha Para Mi.
Ok so in midst of school workshop and setting up a few more parties. First we have CHALGA PARTY PART 2 on March 22. Enjoy this teaser…
Then we are sooooo excited to announce FRIDAY APRIL 5 we are copresenting Emir Kusturica‘s film BLACK CAT WHITE CAT at the HOLLYWOOD THEATER in DORMONT with ZOMBO and The Dreaming Ant. Can’t wait to see that on the big screen! Also APRIL 5 PANDEMIC will be the official AFTERPARTY!!!!
FIRST NEW T SHIRTS!!!! THIS IS THE LOGO (thanks daniel minskey) Here is the Facebook Link . Its a great organization CRY PITTSBURGH At CRY America, we believe in creating peoples’ movements to make a lasting difference to underprivileged children. We believe that each of us, as individuals and organizations, can contribute. All it takes is the belief that “Change is possible, because I’ll make it possible”. CRY America’s strength therefore lies in its supporters the volunteers, donors and partners who have come together to change the situation of the underprivileged child. new mixtape coming soon.
VIDEO FROM LAST MONTHS PARTY
IMAGES FROM LAST MONTHS PARTY!!! THANKS JUAN DIEGO VII
MARCH PANDEMIC (FACEBOOK PAGE)will begin doing 2 regular parties a month at BRILLO. In the works for MARCH… we will have a new mix cd to give away at the March Pandemic and maybe even a little something special for the Chalga Party on March 22.
On March 1 expect plenty of GYPSY STOMPERS, BALKAN BOUNCE, TROPICAL BASS, and heavy ARABIC HIP HOP, ARABIC POP, and more…
So winter is officially upon us again, but that’s ok, we are still going warm things up and hope that you get down and dirty on FEBRUARY 1 at the BRILLBOX. We are gonna cure your seasonal ills and soothe your cabin fevered souls by shoving some more bass heavy tropical jamz down your thoats. This month we got special guest from WRCT…DJ ZOMBO (in your brain). He will be here with plenty of Kitchy Bollywood, Bellydance, Romanian Ruckus, Old School Ska, and even a few new Arabic tracks. Also on the bill is Resident…Pandemic Pete with his arsenal of whatever in the hell it is that he regularly plays.
Again we would like to thank Harlan Twins, Pittsburgh Track Authority, Brillobox, and everyone who came out to celebrate the new year with us. It was a hell of party. I’d also like to thank Preslav, Velin, and Dave Cherry for all their hard work in putting together the CHALGA PARTY last week. That was sooooo much fun. Keep an eye out for another chalga party in a few months. This time with even bigger and better things to in store.
ok so here is the Facebook EVENT PAGE and flyer for FEBRUARY 1… Oh and like us on FB. We started this thing a long time ago and never really add to it, but it’s kinda pathetic we only have a few likes and we been doing this for 7+ years and still rocking!
The PANDEMIC 7 YEAR ANNIVERSARY BASH is only a few weeks away and to celebrate we are bringing in our old friend JORO BORO, printing brand new T shirts to give away, and even putting together a mix cd of some our favorite stompers.
As you may or may not know PANDEMIC started back in the fall of 2005 as an experiment between three musicians in three different bands (Centipede Eest, The New Alcindors, and Air Guitar Magazine) that shared a practice space in a downtown warehouse. The idea was forming but what we needed was a venue, something new, something different.. A new bar opened bar in the east end called the BRILLOBOX and on a whim we approached the owners with this idea. They agreed to let us use the upstairs space for whatever the hell we were attempting to do. They didn’t know and we sure as hell didn’t know, but somehow we are still here 7 Years later.
I think originally the terms we used to describe PANDEMIC were “Weird World Music” and “Bastard Ethnomusicology.” They fit at the time, but didn’t quite do us justice. Nothing really seemed to fit. Our sets were mishmashed. Beatmatching Rhythms and time signatures were immediately thrown out the window. We were playing tracks from all over the world from lo-fi cassettes, to bootleg cds, and terrible mp3 downloads. We slammed genres of music (defined and undefined) against one another in a way that would make most dj’s yack. A Gypsy Brass cocek followed by Bhangra track, followed by a Peruvian Psychedelic Cumbia, next into a GhanaianAfrobeat. An Arabic Rai’nB track followed by South African House, followed by a 70’s Thai Disco. It didn’t make any sense and it made perfect sense. I hadn’t experienced anything like it until I played a show at this strange little bar in Chinatown (NYC) called Mehanata (Bulgarian Bar). But there the dj’s weren’t distasteful like we were. We were brutal with our mixing and our song selection. There the dj’s had their own thing, but that’s a whole other story…..
Juddy said it best about a year ago when he simplified Pandemic into these 4 words…
“DRINKING, DANCING, STOMPING, YELLING!”
I have yet to hear anyone describe it better.
7 YEARS on FRIDAY DEC 7 2012!
now let’s party!!!
I”d like to thank JUSTIN HOPPER and CAULEN KRESS as well as the staff at the Brillobox for their hospitality and hard work. I’d also like to thank Joro Boro, Spat, Sara Vicious, Stefan “the Mad Serb”, Edgar Um, Paul K, Andalalucha, and everyone else who has guest dj’ed. And to those who have attended our parties and/or continue to come out. And thanks to our newer partners VIA and El Gallo.
The show must go on… WHY??? because i don’t know anything else. And it’s unbelievable!!! We are 2 months away from turning 7!!! 7 years of this insanity! 7 Years of Djs playing Balkan Bounce, Gypsy Brass, Cumbia, Chalga, Bhangra, and more. 7 Years of live acts that have included FANFAIRE CIOCARLIA, BOMBA ESTEREO, KAL, BALKAN BEAT BOX, SLAVIC SOUL PARTY, SMOD, GOLEM, WHAT CHEER? BRIGADE, and many more. 7 YEARS OF MADNESS! All i can say is THANKS EVERYBODY!
also i’ll be doing an opening set at this party on NOV 3rd with UPROOT ANDY AND GEKO JONES. should be badass. Thanks VIA and El Gallo…
there is also a party in the works for NOVEMBER 23 with LUNGS FACE FEET and EXPENSIVE SHIT….
THEN IN DECEMBER PANDEMIC TURNS 7!!!!! more details to follow….