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
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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
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Here is a great documentary on contemporary gypsy music posted by the BBC. Its definitely worth looking into.
Pandemic is only happening 1 time in Jan but in February we are launching some big things. Pandemic is back on Feb 5, Feb 12 we are djing @ Carnegie Museums Feast w/ Raya Brass Band & UPrep High School Band, Feb 13 Cultural Gumbo for Pittonkatonk‘s fiscal sponsor New Sun Rising and we are bringing back Fanfare Ciocarlia. All the images are links. click them!
The Cultural Gumbo celebrates 10 years of NSR helping the people and communities who make Pittsburgh great!
Music, Food, Art, & More
Raya Brass Band (NYC)
UPrep High School Band
May Day Marching Band
Col. Eagleburgers Goodtime Highstepping Marching Band
DTC Organ Trio
+ DJ Sets by Pandemic Pete
City of Play
Barrels to Beethoven
Stacyee Pearl Dance Performance
$20 suggested Donation
$60 VIP Tix
Tickets on sale soon!
Black Bear Combo 6-8 piece brass band hailing from the depths of the windy city. They appeared at the 2014 Pittonkatonk Brass Fest and are returning for a night of Drinking Dancing Stomping and Yelling.
Last year, Hollywood came knocking in the remote eastern Romanian village of Zece Prajini, a hop, skip, and a jump from the former Soviet republic of Moldova. With its muddy streets, horse-drawn carts, and modest houses, the place, even according to villagers, is “the end of the earth.” What attracted movie moguls to Zece Prajini? Borat needed a cover of the biker anthem “Born to be Wild,” and they had a very particular group in mind. That group was Fanfare Ciocãrlia, the speed-loving masters of Romany brass music’s curlicue melodies and exhilarating rhythms, who were sought out for the soundtrack of last year’s quirky hit, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” And while it may seem odd to have rural Romanian gypsies playing Steppenwolf behind the antics of a pseudo-Kazakh, it’s just par for the course for the eleven-member, multi-generational Fanfare Ciocãrlia, whose history and inspirations span the globe. This history comes to life on Queens and Kings (Asphalt Tango Records), an album that draws together the reigning royalty of Europe’s Roma musicians and pays touching tribute to Ioan Ivancea, Ciocarlia’s late bandleader.
I feel like pictures are worth so much more than any blabber i have to say. But i will say this, 2016 is going to kick off with some amazing Pandemic events. We have some really big things in the works that we can’t even really announce yet. But between you and me, there will be plenty to do and a lot to keep you busy until the weather is nice enough to party outside.
Pittonkatonk programming is underway for our May 7 event at Vietnam Veterans Pavilion. I’m working on a program at Spirit called The Rec Room : Winter Games w/ City of Play that will kick off Jan 24, 2016.
DJ gigs, Live band productions and a lot of other crazy shit coming down the line.
Summer is unfortunately coming to a close but that means I’m ramping up for a great series of shows in the fall and winter. We are quickly approaching the 10 Year Anniversary of Pandemic. This is the first in a series of events leading up.
Friday Sept 4th Pandemic is squaring off again w/ Juan Diego for a night of Cumbia, Tropical Bass, International Flavors, Coastal Vibes, Manele, Chalga, Bhangra, Bollywood, and more. Juan Diego and Pandemic Pete have been teaming up and destroying dance floors for the past 3 years. You may have caught them at the Cosmopolitan Pgh event back in July or at the La Misa Negra show at Bayardstown Social Club.
By the time Tal National reached international acclaim with 2013’s ‘Kaani’, the band’s first release outside of Niger, they had spent a decade crisscrossing dirt pathways through the Sahara, playing epic five-hour sets, seven days a week and selling their CDs on street corners. In the process, they became Niger’s most popular band, with songs blasted on national TV and cell phones. Following FatCat Records’ release of ‘Kaani’, Western audiences and critics embraced the band’s finely-honed sound. NPR were hit by “the band’s tightness and fiery energy”; The Guardian praised “their full-tilt approach, and hypnotic intensity”; while Songlines wrote of “a rich, hybrid sound that draws on familiar West African elements to create something rewardingly fresh and different”. FatCat released their dazzling follow-up, ‘Zoy Zoy’ in April 2015, which Pitchfork called “colorful and bright and dizzying, [recalling the] wall-of-sound quality of Konono No. 1, except more frenzied and texturally varied.”
Niger borders Nigeria, Mali and Ghana, and is also the home of well-known musicians Bombino and Etran Finatawa. Collected within this former French colony can be found Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations, all of whom are represented in the membership of Tal National. The nation is no stranger to highlife, kora and afrobeat musics, while giving the world Tuareg Blues and a unique brand of hip-hop. In Tal National’s music can be heard the rolling 12/8 rhythms in the Hausa’s fuji percussion, the pensive aridity of the Tuareg’s assouf and the exquisite griot guitar of Mali’s Songhai, all delivered with virtuoso precision and unrelenting energy. After listing ‘Kaani’ in its top 10 albums of 2013, The New York Times wrote that “the music keeps leaping ahead with one surprise after another: guitar parts that align and diverge and reconfigure, drumming that pounces on offbeats. The patterns are crisp, complex and tireless.”
This concert is co-sponsored with The Consortium, Pandemic and Calliope.
ALSO HELPING OUT W/ ROOTS: A ROOTS REGGAE FESTIVAL
The Detroit Party Marching Band is a guerrilla band based in Detroit, Michigan. The band appears at events unexpectedly. The band has played at events such as Mardi Gras (2012), Theatre Bizarre, Noel Night, Blowout!, the Nain Rouge parade, the Hamtramck Labor Day Parade, 2010 Detroit Free Press Marathon, and HONK! in Somerville, MA, as well as at many bars and parties throughout the Detroit area, both scheduled and unexpectedly. It has supported acts such as Band of Horses, Rebirth Brass Band, and What Cheer? Brigade. It was founded by Rachel Harkai and John and Molly Notarianni, who felt inspired by the second-line bands they saw in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and also after a trip to HONK! in late 2009. Its repertoire is a mix of Balkan and Balkan-inspired songs, and modern pop and R&B rearranged for brass, usually by the members themselves. They have also toured the Netherlands in Europe as part of the Cross Linx festival. They enjoy the admiration of their mothers, each other, and various drunks in and around Detroit.
Hip hop music has always been unafraid to push boundaries. Perhaps because it simultaneously came from nothing yet came from everything, the genre stands alone in how creatively outside influences can be incorporated into its musical mix.
PitchBlak Brass Band uses the epic sounds of tubas, trombones, saxophones and other typically non-hip hop instruments in the spirit of The Roots and some of rap’s iconic live bands, to deliver an energy that samples, loops and breakbeats can’t always capture. Their blend of soundscapes and lyrical exuberance creates a grand adventure in listening, one that can hold the attention of music fans from across a fairly wide spectrum.
-Manny Faces, Birthplace Magazine
THE PEOPLE”S CHAMPS
With their “crazy ass genre mash ups” (Blakbook), People’s Champs’ truly original sound is equal parts Sharon Jones, tUnE-yArDs, Os Mutantes, William Onyeabor, and Prince. Critics are calling People’s Champs a “New York supergroup!” (Lucid Culture) and “Well on their way to becoming NYC’s de facto Funk and Afrobeat experience” (Deli Magazine).
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.
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.
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.
Council Person Corey O’Connor’s office
Oakland Planning and Development Corp
Pgh Children’s Museum
Center for Creative Reuse
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
3 bands and 1 Dj that all use Brass
A Brass Bonanza
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
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
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.