AUGUST & MORE

AUG 7 Pandemic hits Brillobox again. Things are coming at me so fast i can’t keep it all straight. I’ll have some major updates to the site coming in the next few days. Sit tight and listen to this mix

This Saturday I’m at FEASTIVAL!

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PITTONKATONK MAY DAY MAY DAY!!! SOOOO MUCH GOING ONS

Saturday April 18

Pandemic

w/ Resident Pandemic Pete
guest dj SMI

Pandemic is a dance party featuring music from around the globe. Every first friday and third saturday brillobox transforms into a transglobal dance party. There are no boarders, no pretense, no bottle service.Prepare yourself for a night of Bhangra, Balkan Brass, Cumbia, Chalga, Funk Carioca, Russian Ska and more.

$6

Brillobox
4104 Penn Ae
Bloomfield

https://pandemicpgh.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1384657815191820/

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Saturday April 18

Pandemic

w/ Resident Pandemic Pete & guest Juan Diego (and guest?)

May Day and Cinco De Mayo all in one.

Pandemic is a dance party featuring global dancehall. Every first friday and third saturday brillobox transforms into a transglobal dance party. There are no boarders, no pretense, no bottle service.Prepare yourself for a night of Bhangra, Balkan Brass, Cumbia, Chalga, Funk Carioca, Russian Ska and more. While the term Global bass isn’t a term i enjoy it’s probably the best way to describe it.

$6

Pandemic May 15

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PLEASE CONTRIBUTE FUNDS TO OUR INDIEGOGO
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So happy and relieved to announce that we have officially CONFIRMED THE LOCATION AND DATE FOR PITTONKATONK!!!!

It’s gonna be…

SATURDAY MAY 2nd 2015

at

THE VIETNAM VETERANS PAVILION

SCHENLEY PARK
(same great space)

WHO?
Full Lineup will be announced soon.
so far we have

WhAT CHEER BRIGADE
Pitchblack Brass Band
Black Bear Combo
Detroit Party Marching Band
May Day Marching Band
Beauty Slap
Colonel Eagleburgers Goodtime Highstep Marching Band

some other locals and some other nationals TBA

https://pittonkatonk.com/ for more info
https://twitter.com/pittonkatonk
https://facebook.com/pittonkatonk

the indiegogo will launch on March 6

This event is FREE but WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. Please contribute to our indiegogo campaign and tell your friends to also contribute.

WHAT is Pittonkatonk?

Pittonkatonk is a community celebration in the form of Brass BBQ. When was the last time you danced until you hurt? When you saw a band play in a public space where there wasn’t a stage or even a need for a stage? Everyone is treated as a VIP because there are no ticket prices, no vending, nothing holding you back from engaging. Pittonkatonk 2014 was a success because we made a direct call to the community and they answered. In Pittonkatonk’s first year we welcomed over 750 spectators and almost 100 performing musicians. Together we went from dancing the kolo to a moshpit. Pittonkatonk made a lasting impression in the community because it blurred the lines between music festival and a family reunion. Our festival is a success when YOU, the community participates. When EVERYONE can celebrate together regardless of age, race, class. We want YOU to bring what you can, whether its making a dish of food, donating $25-$500, volunteering, helping to clean up, or just spectating.

Community Support..
Council Person Corey O’Connor’s office
Oakland Planning and Development Corp
Hazelwood Initiative
Pgh Children’s Museum
Center for Creative Reuse
and more.

APRIL 2015

Big tings… Guest DAN DABBER is back w/ Pandemic Pete on Friday April 3rd.

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Pandemic is one of Pittsburgh’s longest running dance parties featuring music from around the globe. Prepare yourself for a night of Indian Bhangra, Balkan Brass, South American Cumbia, Brazilian Samba, Baile Funk, Bulgarian Chalga, Russian Ska, and more.

More killer tunes from Man Recordings. Loving this new one from Daniel Haaksman.

Coming up this weekend I’ll be speaking at the Humanities Festival at Space Gallery on Saturday March 28.

http://nakyouout.com/music/join-mutek-mexico-naafi-pandemic-night-knows-borders

PITTONKATONK IS UPON US. Who doesn’t love a day long picnic featuring over 100 performers like What Cheer Brigade, Detroit Party Marching Band, Pitchblak Brass band, Black Bear Combo, Beauty Slap and more. Please consider donating to our indiegogo so we can make it happen.

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PITTONKATONK 2015: A May Day Brass BBQ Picnic

Where: Vietnam Veterans Pavilion

When: Saturday May 2, 2015 at 2pm

The Festival

Pittonkatonk is a May Day Brass BBQ/Picnic held on Saturday May 2nd at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion in

Schenley Park. This years event will include 4 national touring bands What Cheer Brigade , Pitchblak Brass

Band , Black Bear Combo and Detroit Party Marching Band as well as locals Beauty Slap , May Day

Marching Band , Col. Eagleburger’s Goodtime Highstepping Band , and more. We are also adding to the

lineup 2 local high school marching bands and facilitating a collaborative performance by UPrep High School

Band and What Cheer Brigade.

About Pittonkatonk .

While we don’t charge and admission to the event, this event is not free. The bands need gas money, food,

and accommodations. We ask that folks make contributions to our Indiegogo Campaign . We do not sell

tickets, we do not vend food, everyone is welcome. But if you find a value to this we ask that you consider

donating. This event is a potluck and we ask that members of the community bring a dish to share. Last year

we had over 700 ppl attend and participate. We hope that we can continue to make Pittonkatonk a May Day

weekend tradition.

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BREWS FOR BRASS A PITTONKATONK FUNDRAISER is happening April 22 at Rock Bottom Brewery in Homestead.

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FOLKED UP

Now almost half way through our 10th year of this madness we are stepping it up even more. Friday March 6th we are back at Brillobox for first friday installment w/ a guest DJ and Resident Pandemic Pete

Pandemic is more than just a dance party. Every first friday and third saturday resident Pandemic Pete and a guest of Djs, Bands, Performers of all kinds join forces and bring you boarder defying dance party. You will experience track after track of new dabke from Syria, a punjabi bhangra, eastern european chalga, and cumbia that will sure to keep you dancing. Who knows you may even experience a random surprise brass band. Who knows what will happen. Voted Pittsburgh’s Best Dance Party by the 2014 Pgh City Paper and the party is only just getting started.

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Also we are about to launch our Indiegogo for Pittonkatonk.

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in the meantime take a look at some great videos

Saturday March 21 we will be back w/ guest DJ STROBE (412 Live) playing Latin House, Bhangra, and more. Also we are working on a surprise guest from across the Atlantic. We will get you more details as that unfolds.

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BRASSTACULAR / PITTONKATONK / MARCH MAYHEM

FEB21

3 bands and 1 Dj that all use Brass

PANDEMIC PRESENTS

A Brass Bonanza

featuring

Beauty Slap
C Street Brass project w/ Jake is Rain
Brass meets a DJ and the rest you’ll dance your ass off to.

The Pressure
60’s style reggae ska act featuring guess what? Brass!

The May Day Marching Band
Pittsburgh’s premier gorilla brass band. Tootin tunes from Afrobeat to the Balkans. They don’t play indoors often so come see this rare appearance.

& DJ sets by PANDEMIC (all night long)
DRINKING DANCING STOMPING YELLING

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doors at 9pm

$8-10 sliding scale
more details to come

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Decided to drop a new logo. Check it.

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Thanks for voting PANDEMIC as the Best Monthly/Weekly Dance Party in Pittsburgh!

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2 eclectic dance parties battling head to head for a night of drinking dancing stomping and yelling. Gordy G from Pittsburgh Titletown Funk and Soul Dance party will join Pandemic Pete the global bass master of disaster in the city of bridges. Don’t snooze on this Partay cause it’s gonna be hot.

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Music Night On Jupiter and Pandemic are bringing PitchBlak Brass Band back to Pittsburgh!

With special guests Beauty Slap, and DJ sets by Pandemic.

The debut of PitchBlak Brass Band in Pittsburgh last May was so much hot, sweaty fun, we had to do it again. Only in a much larger room! If you were with us, you know why – the place was packed full and the whole building was bouncing. We are going to use the same recipe for success – Pandemic, local brass and PitchBlak – but with a lot more room to move. And you will move. Ask anyone who was with us last time. It may be physically impossible to stand still when PitchBlak is performing.

More about the band:

PitchBlak Brass Band is a Brooklyn-based 10-piece band whose style and sound represents hip-hop from the 1980s to present day. A collective of young musicians, composers and artists, PitchBlak embodies the contemporary and vibrant undercurrents of New York City. PitchBlak’s members have incredibly diverse musical backgrounds, allowing them to infuse hip-hop driven music with anything under the sun.

PitchBlak has performed at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, Le Poisson Rouge, 92YTribeca, Southpaw, The Shrine, Toronto’s NXNE Music Festival, Savannah Stopover Festival, Vermont’s legendary Nectar’s, Albany’s Red Square, and took home first prize at the 1st Annual Bob Stewart Tuba Competition. In addition to performing live, PitchBlak trains and mentors young musicians in community outreach programs and classrooms throughout the country.

PitchBlak released its debut album, You See Us, in fall 2013.

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door (cash only at the door).

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No Mames returns for a special Day of the Dead edition featuring DC-based producer and DJ Gustavo Naranjo, AKA G-Flux, for a night of hooliganism alongside locals Pandemic Pete and DJ Edgar Um.

G-FLUX
Gustavo Naranjo is a Mexican producer and DJ raised in Washington DC. He has collaborated with several local and international artists including Afrodita and Chet Samuel. His musical productions have been published by Universal Studios, and has been used commercially such as by Law and Order: LA, Nintendo, McDonald’s, MTV, and Jimmy Choo. He often collaborates with artists to bring other media into the musical experience.

PANDEMIC PETE
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.

EDGAR UM
Edgar Um Bucholtz is a DJ, multi-media artist, event producer and improvising local musician. He is the co-founder and co-resident DJ (with Aaron Clark) of Honcho, a monthly after hours disco, house music and techno music rager for queers and friends at Hot Mass in Pittsburgh. Since its inception in 2010, he has served as a general advisor and music curator for the internationally-acclaimed annual VIA Music & New Media Festival in Pittsburgh that often stops in at the Cantina.

$5 w/ costume after 10pm, $10 w/o.

Best Costume receives a $50 Cantina gift-card!

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Pandemic

w/ special guest Raya Brass Band
and resident dj Pandemic Pete

PANDEMIC was voted The Best Dance Party in Pittsburgh by 2014 Pgh City Paper Readers Poll. Pandemic dance parties are hybrid mix of traditional folk music and contemporary dance music from around the globe. This month we have the “Soul Shaking, Border Defying Brass Band from NYC” Raya Brass Band. Expect plenty of Drinking, Dancing, Stomping, Yelling.

@ Brillobox
4104 Penn Ave 
Pgh, PA 15224

$10
9:30pm

Since 2008 Raya Brass Band has thrilled audiences with its energetic brand of soul shaking, border defying dance music. Given the way these five musicians electrify clubs, festivals, underground parties, and even subway cars with their riotous performances, it’s no wonder that they’re often mistaken for a band twice the size. The members of the band all bring their unique voices to the group, creating a sound informed as much by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans as it is by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock, out jazz, and a host of other international sounds. When they put it all together, this hard working band gets straight to the point, dancing, sweating, and shouting alongside its audience.

“This Brooklyn collective gleefully upends traditional wedding music of the Balkans and Greece, undercutting regional reeds and brass with decidedly American funk pulse.”—New York Times

“Watch as five people conjure a massive party around them. Then see if you can resist the temptation to get up and start dancing. It’s pretty unlikely.”—Pop Matters

“The wild … stylings of this band invoked such a frenzy that several people questioned their own existence after their own souls leapt from their body and danced right out in front of them.”—What Weekly, Baltimore

“A wild ride of genre blending that doesn’t call it a night just because the sun is coming up.”-Midwest Record

“Unhinged energy and dizzying skill.”—New York Daily News

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It’s coming together (somehow)

FRIDAY MAY 2nd @ BRILLBOX

MAY DAY PANDEMIC

Ladies and Germs the season of brass is upon us.  I have awesome shows coming down the pike. First and foremost PITTONKATONK A MAY DAY BRASS BBQ.  A free event that is open to everyone.  The event is being held at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion in Schenley Park and includes over 100 musicians from far and wide. We do have an INDIEGOGO that you can contribute to that will help recoup costs. And believe me there are more than the initial $3000 in bills to pay.

 

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also sp guest BOOGAT at May 2nd Friday Pandemic w/ special guests that you’ll have to come and see.

BOOGAT is  a young talented MC living in Montreal and bridging latin groove with urban and electronic music while telling everyday life stories with catchy hooks and sometimes goofy lyrics. He also can be moving like in the very evocative «Cumbia De Las Luchas» where Juan choose to sign-up for the army and fight in Iraq to get his green card.  His most recent album, El Dorado Sunset,  got him two« Félix» at the 2013 ADISQ awards for best world music album and best producer. During the last 3 years, Boogat also released 3 free mixtapes, 1 EP and many collaborations with musicians from all around the world. His song El Alto De La Paz with Mati Zundel got synched to the groundbreaking TV show Homeland.
His explosive live show will turn any situation into a party for both the latin fans and a larger audience. Boogat is skillful in creating a connection and communicating with the audience during his shows where he plays his repertoire with a percussionist, a drummer and trombone player. Boogat and his band already played some major international festivals like Montreal Jazz Fest, Toronto Small World Music Festival or Sonar Festival in Barcelona and a series of concerts in the USA, Mexico  and France.

 

 

and also

PITCHBLAK

PitchBlak Brass Band is a Brooklyn-based 10-piece band whose style and sound represents hip-hop from the 1980s to present day. A collective of young musicians, composers and artists, PitchBlak embodies the contemporary and vibrant undercurrents of New York City. PitchBlak’s members have incredibly diverse musical backgrounds, allowing them to infuse hip-hop driven music with anything under the sun.

​PitchBlak has performed at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Bowl, Le Poisson Rouge, 92YTribeca, Southpaw, The Shrine, Toronto’s NXNE Music Festival, Savannah Stopover Festival, Vermont’s legendary Nectar’s, Albany’s Red Square, and took home first prize at the 1st Annual Bob Stewart Tuba Competition. In addition to performing live, PitchBlak trains and mentors young musicians in community outreach programs and classrooms throughout the country.

PitchBlak released its debut album, You See Us, in fall 2013.

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GET SPRUNG!!!

So excited announce another round of amazing touring acts coming thru Pittsburgh that i’ll be presenting or opening for.  I am in the throws of collaborations with VIA-PGH, El Gallo and Round Corner Cantina, The Andy Warhol Museum, and bringing in acts like Boogat from Montreal, Isa GT from Colombia, RAYA BRASS BAND New York,  DJ ORION from Austin, and Tinariwen Mali.  Yeah exciting stuff. I’m also djin Holi Fest for C.R.Y. pittsburgh and the gala party for SilkScreen Film Fest.  But most important and the craziest of all is my regular night at BRILLOBOX every FIRST FRIDAY and THIRD SATURDAY (except in march it’s 4th sat).

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Pandemic + VIA team up to bring you
ISA GT (Mad Decent, Man Recordings, Fania)

March 22, 2014 | 21+ | Brillobox | $7
w Pandemic Pete + guest Sarah Vicious
visuals by VIA

Isa GT is a Colombian producer and DJ working out of East London’s electronic music scene. Drawing influences from Cumbia, house, B-more club, Champeta, Baile funk, Kuduro – and everything in between – she has become a go-to in London for contemporary Latin music.

She has done guest vocals and co-production with Toy Selectah, Joao Brasil, Dutch Rhythm Combo, Crookers, and In Flagranti to name a few, and has toured with M.I.A. on festivals.

She started her own label- Etoro.as – to support a new generation of Latin sounds.

Check out her monthly show on Pulse Radio.
http://pulseradio.net/artists/isa-gt

Voted one of Pittsburgh’s best dance parties, Pandemic is a monthly global get-down let by resident DJ Pandemic Pete. www.pandemicpgh.com

Feels like: Sweat and vodka.

Sounds like: Balkan Beat, Gypsy Brass, Afrobeats, Bhangra, Cumbia, Baile Funk, Chalga, Turka, Tropical Bass, Azonto, Kuduro, Soca, Reggaeton, Global Hip Hop, Bosnian Rap, Russian Ska, Thai Pop, Turkish Psych, and more.

This Saturday is St Patricks Day and I’ve been invited to dj at the 3rd Annual St Pattys Hafla in Regent Square. Its totally kid friendly and should be fun fr everyone one… here is a link to jemeena’s page

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Monday March 31

FAKEBOOK

Hambone’s

LONESOME LEASH
w/ Local support TBA

Lonesome Leash (aka Walt McClements, a touring member and collaborator of Dark Dark Dark, and also a member of punk orchestra Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship? and New Orleans’ Panorama Jazz Band) is releasing his debut album, I am No Captain, on January 1. It’s a freaky, folky album that should appeal to people who like their Decemberists/Mountain Goats cut with a little Gypsy flavor. He recently revealed the first single, “Ghosts,” and we’ve now got another album cut for you, the appropriately titled “Feeding Frenzy,” which is making its premiere in this post. You can stream both of those below.

http://www.lonesomeleash.com/
facebook.com/lonesomeleash
http://lonesomeleash.bandcamp.com/

$5

8:30pm

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TUESDAY APRIL 1 @ WARHOL MUSEUM….

and more info to come on future events…

APRIL 5 I’m opening for some heavy hitters in the latin bass world. Check out http://www.peligrosablog.com and click flier for link to fb page

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THEN THE RETURN OF RAYA BRASS BAND
SATURDAY APRIL 19 @ BRILLOBOXRAYA BRASS BAND BRILLOBOX

8 DAMN YEARS! on DECEMBER 6 we celebrate!!!

 

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December 6, 2013 PANDEMIC will turn 8years old.

The celebration for Pandemic 8 year celebration comes in 3 parts.  We are going to utilize multiple venues during the Penn Ave “Unblurred” event including Most Wanted Fine Art, Assemble, and the Brillobox.
“MATRYOSHKA” The Art Show

@ MOST WANTED FINE ART
This event will include 20 local artists painting hand cast “Matryoshka” Dolls or Russian Nesting Dolls.  Artists include…
Mike Budai
Tommy Budjanec
Thommy Conroy
Gabe Felice
Kati Zmetkowski
Nathan Mould
Jen Cooney
Masha Mousebones Vereshenko
Lou Ickis
Tommy Bones
Jacob White
Britta Walker
Holland Williams
Mark Barill
Terry Barill
Daniel Minskey
Nix Muse
Jennifer Howison
Ashley Brickman
Sandy Spynda (pandemic’s mom)
and more.
These will be sold via silent art auction that will open and close during the “Unblurred” event on Dec 6.  Proceeds from the sales will go to European Roma Rights Centre.
Also on display and for sale will be posters from the last 8 years of parties. They will be sold for $10 a piece and proceeds will benefit the ERRC as well.
@ Assemble
extra cast nesting dolls will be available to paint as a make and take project during the unblurred event.
then the “Danceparty” at the BRILLOBOX
9pm-2am
PANDEMIC celebrates
8 years of DRINKING, DANCING, STOMPING, YELLING.
@ BRILLOBOX
4104 Penn Ave
featuring special guest mc BOOGAT
with PANDEMIC PETE
and mystery guest TBA…
9pm-2am
$7-10 sliding scale
also presenting
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4-20 TROPICAL and more

PANDEMIC, BOOGAT, LUNGS FACE FEET, LIDO PIMEANTA
PANDEMIC, BOOGAT, LUNGS FACE FEET, LIDO PIMENTO

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.