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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Friday Feb 6

PANDEMIC
Brillobox
4104 Penn Ave
9:30pm
$6

Resident Pandemic Pete

Back again for another installment of global bass music. Pandemic has been feeding your need for Balkan, Bhangra, Cumbia, Chalga and more Global Bass Music for over 9 years. Prepare yourself for a night of Drinking Dancing Stomping and Yelling

 

 

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

brillobox

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.

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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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PANDEMIC was voted one of Pittsburgh Best Dance Party by Pittsburgh City Paper Readers and had continuously brought over 8 years of DRINKING DANCING STOMPING YELLING to the Brillobox. There aren’t many other parties that jump genres, blend contemporary dance music w/ traditional folk music all on one dance floor. If you are looking to travel around the world in a night this is the party for you.

Every first friday get down to Balkan Beats, Nu Cumbia, Baile Funk, Indian Bhangra, Middle Eastern Hip Hop, Old World Chicha, Dancehall, Romanian Reggaeton, Chalga, Pop Folk, Turbo Folk, Dabke, and many more styles from around the world.
and resident PANDEMIC PETE

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY
DRINKING DANCING STOMPING YELLING

9:30pm-2am

BALKAN GYPSY LATIN BOOGALOO BHANGRA CHALGA AFROBEATS CHICHA CUMBIA BAILE FUNK
TECNO BREGA KUDURO AZONTO DEMBOW DANCEHALL SOCA +

follow us on twitter.com/pandemicpgh

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only a few summer (DJ) gigs

 

So I’ve decided to slow down the DJ gigs for the summer because outdoor programming is filling up all my time (as i’m typing this indoors).  This week we have CHICHA LIBRE from Brooklyn on Barbes Records playing at Bayardstown Social Club. I”m not djing but just producing the event. If you need that Pandemic Dancefloor you’ll have to sit tight til next Thursday July 3rd at BRILLOBOX for another installment. Also starting up the NO MAMES: Latin Bass Night at The Round Corner Cantina. Guest this month will be DJ MAFE from the Maracuyeah Party in DC.

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Here is a sample of Chicha Libre


Next I’ll be Djin at CRASH DETROIT on JULY 19

CUMBIA CUMBIA CUMBIA

OK here’s a mix i did a few months ago for VIA pgh and i just took another listen and really think it’s good. So check it out.

YES!!!! That is right. We got 2 awesome cumbia bands coming thru in a week. First we have LowDown Brass Band

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and FRIDAY JUNE 20 VERY BE CAREFUL. Be sure to RSVP on the Facebook page

Adventure has never been a task for VBC. A Caribbean soul and a California heart have sustained over a decade of ceaseless romp-downs and raucous times for L.A.’s vallenato veteranos, inciting 10s of 1000s of men, women, children, and even some wild animals, to boogie to the Colombian coastal beat. From the debaucherous streets of: Austin’s SXSW, Germany’s WorldCupTour ’06, L.A.’s SunsetJunctionStreetFair; to the cultural pinnacles of: Chicago’s SummerDanceSeries, New York’s CentralParkSummerstage, L.A.s’ GrandPerformances & Levitt Pavilion, London’s HammersmithApollo; colossal concerts: L.A. Sports Arena CumbiaFest, GlastonburyMusicFestival & Bestival UK, FujiRockFestival & AsagiriJam Japan; clubs and hubs: N.Y.’s SOBs, L.A.’s HOBs, backyard BBQs, VeryBeCareful has tamed the beasts within or unleashed the ones without, helping to popularize the beauty of the 1950s-1970s sound of Colombian vallenato and cumbia.

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THEN JUNE 26 CHICHA LIBRE RSVP FACEBOOK

Chicha Libre plays a mixture of latin rhythms, surf music and psychedelic pop inspired by Peruvian music from Lima and the Amazon. The Brooklyn-based band mixes up covers of forgotten Chicha classics with French-tinged originals, re-interpretation of 70’s pop classics as well as cumbia versions of pieces by Satie and Wagner.

Chicha is the name of a corn-based liquor favored by the Incas in pre-colombian days. Chicha is also the name of Peru’s particular brand of cumbia made popular in the late 60’s by bands such as Los Destellos, Manzanita, Los Mirlos and Juaneco y su Combo.

Chicha was loosely inspired by Colombian accordion-driven cumbias but incorporated the distinctive pentatonic scales of Andean melodies, some Cuban son, and the psychedelic sounds of surf guitars, farfisa organs and moog synthesizers. Peruvian chicha bands were playing an oddly post-modern combination of western psychedelia, Cuban and Colombian rhythms, national melodies and idiosyncratic inventions which were close in spirit to both the Congolese rumba of Franco and the pop syncretism of Os Mutantes.

they are on Barbes Records

 

 

and also did you hear about the WHAT CHEER? movie.

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BIG THANGS IN THE WORKS

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Who has time to sleep when there is all this great stuff happening around the city.  That’s right we are stepping it up and bringing you events multiple times a month now. Check out our regular FIRST FRIDAY PANDEMIC  at BRILLOBOX and now a LATIN BASS night at CANTINA called NO MAMES. But first we bring you together w/ Music Night on JupiterPITCHBLAK BRASS BAND.

And now we are running the Bayardstown Social Club in the Strip District so expect more fun outdoor events there like…. VERY BE CAREFUL and CHICHA LIBRE.  Ok enough for now. check back weekly for more events.

 

 

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

 

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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.

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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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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

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).

PANDEMIC at Brillobox

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

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

pandemicapril

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

peligrosa pandemic pitsburgh

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THEN THE RETURN OF RAYA BRASS BAND
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