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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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.

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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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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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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#/

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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

Getting older and stronger

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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

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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

4-20 TROPICAL and more

PANDEMIC, BOOGAT, LUNGS FACE FEET, LIDO PIMEANTA
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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.

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link to MESZECSINKA and to the event page on FACEBOOK

more info to come on upcoming events.