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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It just kinda makes sense.

UPCOMING stuffs…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-05gIzFaQqE

MAY DAY BRASS FEST is happening. I’m still getting all the logistics together and could use some support. I have a partial fiscal sponsor but need a little more to make this happen. feel free to donate what you can. http://igg.me/at/pghbrassfest/x/5318844

 

PITTONK

 

 

 

After a killer party w/ Isa GT we are kicking off spring w/ some even more awesome events. 2 dj parties and 2 live band events. Click the images for the Facebook event pages etc. also follow on twitter @Pandemicpgh and download free mix tapes on sound cloud.

April 4 Pandemic is back at the Brillobox. It’s gonna be a balkan explosion, but not to worry I’ll still drop plenty of tropical bass, bhangra, bollywood, cumbia, and anything else that i stumble across that’s interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJgr8A0REiw

Then April 5 welcoming to Pittsburgh for the first time of the PELIGROSA CREW…DJ Orion and King Louie from Austin, TX at the Round Corner Cantina….

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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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Lonesomeleash

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

 

Raya Brass Band returns to the Brillo Box as part of their spring midwestern tour with local favorites Lungs Face Feet and DJ Pandemic Pete.

Raya Brass Band:

http://rayabrassband.com

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.

Raya Brass Band has performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Shakespeare in the Park, and the New York Gypsy Festival. The band’s music has appeared on NPR’s Radiolab and Public Radio International’s “The World.”

“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

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

Lungs Face Feet:

http://lungsfacefeet.bandcamp.com/

Lungs Face Feet is a 8 piece brass, accordion and percussion band from Pittsburgh, PA that began in 2010 with friends from Mexico playing raw cumbia. We have since been pursuing our own blend of energetic sounds influenced by cumbia, oddities, cooked and uncooked fish and whatever keeps us honest. We play inside, outside, on the street and wherever people gather to enjoy their community. We perform, write and collaborate striving to make the music living, inclusive and true to our feelings as working people.

 

SCREENLATENITE

Living the WILD LIFE, Under a lot of Pressure, and March is Upon US!!!

I was recently asked by VIA-PGH to do a mixtape for their TRAP series. So go check it out.

PANDEMIC, BRILLOBOX, PITTSBURGh, CHALGA PARTY, BALKAN PARTY, CUMBIA,

CLICK ON FLIER TO RSVP ON FB EVENT PAGE

Friday March 7, 2014

Pandemic : MELTDOWN

Back at it just like every FIRST FRIDAY (and THIRD SATURDAY) with a big SNOWMELT PARTY!!!

TROPICAL VIBES > WINTER MIX

Stomp out the snow with Balkan Beats, Cumbia, Tropical Bass, Gypsy Brass, Bhangra, Bollywood, Dancehall, Caribbean Vibes, Sleazy Chalga, Arabic Hip Hop, Electro Shaabi, Baile Funk, Tecno Brega, Afrobeats, and much more. Together we will defeat winter w/ mix of DRINKING DANCING STOMPING AND YELLING at BRILLOBOX.

BUT BEFORE WE GET INTO OUR MARCH PARTY let’s get into the DETAILS FOR FEB….

SATURDAY FEB 15.  POST V-DAY party. Lot’s of ROCK with SHOCKWAVE RIDERZ, MEGAN AND TREVOR from GOOD NIGHT STATES and the DEBUT of ROGER HARVEY and The WILD LIFE…

CLICK ON FLIER FOR FB EVENT PAGE

PANDEMIC, ROGER HARVEY, WILD LIFE, SHOCKWAVE RIDERZ, PANDEMIC BRILLOBOX, BRILLOBOX

ALSO PLAYING SOME JAMZ w/ THE PRESSURE for their LP Release Party on Saturday March 1 at the THUNDERBIRD CAFE… CLIK ON FLIER FOR FB EVENT PAGE

PANDEMIC, THE PRESSURE, THE SHIFTERS, THUNDERBIRD CAFE, PITTSBURGH, REGGAE

After nearly 5 years of writing, practicing, refining, recording, and waiting, we’re finally here! The Pressure releases their first full length LP (and 45″ Single too!). So we are gonna party like it’s 1969!Joining us for the evening are our good friends and fantastic 60’s style Rocksteady act, The Shifters, from Washington, D.C.DJ’ing sets before, between, and after will be one of Pittsburgh hottest and eclectic dance nights, Pandemic Pgh!

$10 Day of Show – Includes a FREE copy of The Pressure LP or a limited edition T-Shirt!

Folks that can’t make the show, pre-order the album here:

https://pressurereggae.bandcamp.com/album/self-titled-lp-pre-order-only

ALSO I”M OPENING FOR CYRO BAPTISTA at Warhol Museum

get your tickets… http://www.warhol.org/responsive/event.aspx?id=22300

and TINARIWEN

http://www.warhol.org/responsive/event.aspx?id=22318

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PANDEMIC

End your unblurred wanderings at one of Pittsburgh’s best dance parties (voted by City Paper Readers)…PANDEMIC. Every First Friday and Third Saturday dj’s play cutting edge Global Bass Music. Jump around to Tropical Bass, Balkan Beats, Gypsy Brass, Indian Bhangra and Bollywood, Bulgarian Chalga, South American Cumbia, and much more.

Brillobox
4104 Penn Ave
pittsburgh, pa 15224
$6
9:30pm-2am

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(CLICK FLIERS FOR FB PAGES)

Roger Harvey and The Wild Life
facebook.com/xoRogerHarvey
twitter.com/xoRogerHarvey
xoRogerHarvey.com

Shockwave Riderz
www.facebook.com/shockwaveriderz
shockwaveriderz.bandcamp.com

PANDEMIC (playing jams before between and after the bands) (dance party to follow the Wild Life set) CUMBIA-TROPICAL BASS – 3Ball
https://soundcloud.com/pandemicpgh

MEGPIE….
Megan and Trevor from Good Night States

psyched out Tropical Jamz and ROCK n ROLL before between and after bands…

Modelo Can SPECIAL !!!

OH AND SATURDAY FEB 1 SNOWBALL!!!!

i’ll be djin between bands upstairs all night..

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RETURN OF CHALGA PARTY….

https://www.facebook.com/events/395731177228292/

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Saturday Jan 18, 2014

Pandemic Presents… CHALGA

A Night of Pop Folk, Turbo Folk, and Balkan Sleaze

w/ dj’s Pandemic Pete and Shtangata (Cocaine Chalga)

@ Brillobox
4104 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

doors at 10pm

Chalga is a Bulgarian music genre, often referred to as Pop-folk, short for “popular folk”. Chalga is essentially a folk-inspired dance music genre, with a blend of Bulgarian music and also primary influences from Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Serbian and Russian music. Primary influences as well as the using of the Chalgi maqam of Baghdad

$5

Friday FEB 7 2014

PANDEMIC

End your unblurred wanderings at one of Pittsburgh’s best dance parties (voted by City Paper Readers)…PANDEMIC. Every First Friday and Third Saturday dj’s play cutting edge Global Bass Music. Jump around to Tropical Bass, Balkan Beats, Gypsy Brass, Indian Bhangra and Bollywood, Bulgarian Chalga, South American Cumbia, and much more.

Brillobox
4104 Penn Ave
pittsburgh, pa 15224
$6
9:30pm-2am

pandemicfeb14

FEB15

(CLICK FLIERS FOR FB PAGES)

Roger Harvey and The Wild Life
facebook.com/xoRogerHarvey
twitter.com/xoRogerHarvey
xoRogerHarvey.com

Shockwave Riderz
www.facebook.com/shockwaveriderz
shockwaveriderz.bandcamp.com

PANDEMIC (playing jams before between and after the bands) (dance party to follow the Wild Life set) CUMBIA-TROPICAL BASS – 3Ball
https://soundcloud.com/pandemicpgh

MEGPIE….
Megan and Trevor from Good Night States

psyched out Tropical Jamz and ROCK n ROLL before between and after bands…

Modelo Can SPECIAL !!!

8 Year Celebration updates

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December 6, 2013 PANDEMIC will turn 8years old. There will be celebrations!!!! yes celebrationS! plural.  Ive decided to use multiple venues. I’m pretty damn excited. Details below….  Also I am going thru my old mix tapes. Every year I release a new mixtape for the anniversary party. This year I’m working on a new one, but also going to be releasing them as a download on Soundcloud….

ENJOY THESE OLD MIXES from 5 years ago.

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
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Thommy Conroy
Gabe Felice
Kati Zmetkowski
Nathan Mould
Jen Cooney
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Masha Mousebones Vereshenko
Lou Ickis
Tommy Bones
Jacob White
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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 sale will be posters from the past 8 years of Pandemic…
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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
with PANDEMIC PETE
and mystery guest TBA…
9pm-2am
$7-10 sliding scale
PRESS FROM POP CITY MEDIA

Matryoshka, music & printed matter: PANDEMIC turns 8

DECEMBER 6, 5 P.M. – 2 A.M.

Why you should go: Where can you paint your own Russian nesting doll, bid on local art and dance your heart out all on one street? Pandemic, one of Pittsburgh’s top dance parties, is marking eight years of music, sweat and vodka with a triple-header birthday bash on Friday, December 6th.

Spearheaded by Pittsburgh-based DJ, musician and event producer Pete Spynda, Pandemic turns the energy up a notch on its monthly dance party with celebration events spanning three East End venues. Coinciding with the holiday edition of Unblurred, the popular first Friday gallery crawl along the Penn Avenue arts district, Pandemic is hosting a benefit art auction, matryoshka doll painting activities and an anniversary dance party.

Kick off Friday’s festivities at Most Wanted Fine Art, where Pandemic is presenting an exhibition and benefit auction featuring Russian nesting dolls (matryoshka) and limited-edition posters. Featured will be nesting dolls painted by 20-plus local artists, including Mike Budai, Thommy Conroy, Gabe Felice, Jen Cooney, Masha Mousebones Vereshenko, Ashley Brickman, Jennifer J Howison and more. Dolls will be sold during a silent auction from 5 to 9 p.m.

Also on display and for sale for $5 to $10 will be eye-catching archival posters from Pandemic’s eight-year legacy in the Burgh. The free event will also feature music by University of Pittsburgh’s Carpathian Ensemble. Proceeds will support the European Roma Rights Centre, based in Budapest. Next pop into nearby Assemble to paint your own matryoshka using materials provided by the community-based art and tech space.

When you’re ready to move, head further down Penn Ave. to Brillobox for the night’s culminating dance party, as Pandemic ushers in the next eight years of electric music from around the planet. Expect five hours (9 p.m. to 2 a.m.) of Pandemic’s signature mix of everything from gypsy brass and reggaeton, to chalga and Turkish psych, along with special guests DJ Juan Diego VII and the Mayday Marching Band.

Also
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Wed Nov 20, 2013RAYA BRASS BAND
LUNGS FACE FEET
PANDEMIC@ BRILLOBOX
4104 Penn Ave
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15224$10here is a link of RAYA PLAYING A POOL PARTY..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWOqOeRF7Vo
“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

You might catch them wailing mid-span on the Brooklyn Bridge under a full moon. Or making partiers on a Bushwick rooftop dance so hard that the roof bounces. Raya Brass Band bursts with a frenetic joie de vivre that powers the high-energy party. Digging into black-market compilations, Eastern European carnival traditions and their own eclectic musical pasts (New Orleans brass, punk, out jazz), Raya Brass Band has the chops to match their irrational exuberance.

On a side note…. I’m also putting together a festival of Brass… Similar to the likes of this video… Indie GoGo campaign about to be dropped on ya.  Feel free to kick in a few shekels.

WELCOME TO BRASSTOBER!

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FRIDAY OCT 4, 2013

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER OR FACEBOOK AND RSVP TO THE PARTY by clickin above link
BAM!!! BOOM!!!! BAP!!!!!
Just like that Black Bear Combo is back in town on their way to HONK! Festival in Providence. So i asked them to swing by and do a set at my resident night at BRILLOBOX following Penn Ave UNBLURRED EVENT.So in addition to the norma DRINKING DANCING STOMPING AND YELLING to Global Glitch, Balkan Beats, Cumbia, Gypsy Brass, Bhangra, Afrobeats, Azonto, Kuduro, Soca, Dancehall, Bulgarian Chalga, Kuchek, and more… We will have a live brass band BLACK BEAR COMBO…and a special set by my favorite pittsburgh brass heads.. LUNGS FACE FEET!!!I know, you thought PANDEMIC was insane well things just got a little more insane!!!!BLACK BEAR COMBO
LUNGS FACE FEET at PANDEMIC
WHAT A CRAZY MONTH OF BRASSTOBER we are about to embark on….$10
9:30pm
THEN ON OCT 19 PANDEMIC PETE”S BDAY BASH / JEMEENA’s BDAY BASH at a little party we call
CHALGA
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