West Philadelphia Orchestra
Johnny Brenda's Presents

West Philadelphia Orchestra


Ages 21+
West Philadelphia Orchestra with Tubular at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia
  • 8PM - Doors
  • 9PM - Tubular
  • 10PM - West Philadelphia Orchestra


West Philadelphia Orchestra is a brass band inspired by the Romani "orkestars" and "fanfares" of Eastern Europe. Since 2006, WPO has become known as "Philadelphia's village band," performing at parks, festivals, wedding celebrations, community theaters, and street corners throughout the region, pumping out their combination of Balkan, klezmer, punk, Philly funk, and banging beats. Fronted by Bulgarian-American vocalist Petia Z., the group includes up to 14 of Philadelphia’s finest brass and percussion players. Known for their stellar musicianship and dynamic live shows, WPO's sound is raw, raucous and extremely kinetic. In 2016, WPO released their eagerly anticipated album Tour de Filli, which features the band's original compositions. WPO’s live performances are celebratory events; with driving percussion, pirouetting tuba, wailing reeds and blaring trumpets, WPO's sound hits hard and lifts the spirits.


Tubular is a brass band founded by tuba superstar Carol Jantsch, principal tubist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. With an expansive palette of covers, ranging from the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, Tubular defies instrumental boundaries with their vigorously entertaining live shows. Audiences have been delighted by Tubular’s quirky versions of their favorite songs, and leave shows saying things like, "I didn't know a tuba could do that!" and “I never thought I would twerk to a euphonium!” Singing voices, dancing shoes, and party pants are required; change of underwear is optional.

Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125