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


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.




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.


Moving on… A Holiday Spectacle and more


It’s a few days before Xmas and all thru the tahn,
A few yinzers were stirring as this party goes dahn.

Up on the stage, the Beagle Brothers to hear,
Then JMalls and Pandemic will make you shake your rear.

I’ve decided to forgo the mid-month Pandemic party and ask a few friends to throw down holiday-style. That’s no typo, this is not a conventional holiday spectacular. I’m not promising a kickline and Santa most likely won’t make an appearance.

A Holiday Spectacle

The Beagle Brothes

Get down to some holiday Funk and Soul with
DJ Jay Malls
some Balkan Gypsy Polka Stompers with Pandemic Pete.

@ Brillobox
4104 Penn Ave


Cookies trays, ridiculous xmas decor and other holiday bullshit. Additional special guests may make an appearance.

More info to come.


and JAN 3rd PANDEMIC is Back at brillo in full force…