What Cheer? The People’s Champs! and Femi Kuti

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Femi Kuti (born June 16, 1962) is the stage name of Nigerian Afrobeat and jazz musician Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti. Born the eldest son of Afrobeat figurehead Fela Kuti, the musician has collaborated with the likes of Common and Mos Def and hails from Lagos, Nigeria.

REX THEATER JULY 28

 

NEW SHIRTS ARE IN! CLICK THE SHIRT TO PURCHASE at our store on Commonwealth Press website.

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THE RETURN OF PITTONKATONK HEADLINERS and one of the baddest bands around WHAT CHEER BRIGADE!!!

plus TranSaharan Ensemble from North Africa

10 bucks FRIDAY AUGUST 5 @ BRILLOBOX

Here is a great documentary on contemporary gypsy music posted by the BBC. Its definitely worth looking into.

 


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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.

The 2014 Wrap-Up

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2015 has been an amazing year for Pandemic. We are so happy to be entering the 10th Year of Pandemic on such a high note. Pandemic was voted the Best Dance Party by the 2014 Pittsburgh City Paper readers. We promise to continue to bring you new global bass music as well as the djs, mcs, and bands that produce it. So check out Pandemic every First Friday as the unofficial after party for “Unblurred” art crawl along Penn Avenue. We are also at the Brillobox every Third saturday and at the Round Corner Cantina for a new Latin bass/Global Dancehall party called “NO MAMES”.  Also check out our version of the Honk Festival called PITTONKATONK

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Follow us on TWITTER.

and check out mixes on SOUNDCLOUD

 

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advance tix avail via showclix

http://www.showclix.com/event/losmastersplus

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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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NO MAMES

Weather Permitting is winding down

Dirty Bourbon River Show and a Labor Day BBQ

 

 

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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

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.

 

 

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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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THEN THE RETURN OF RAYA BRASS BAND
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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.

 

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