West Philadelphia Orchestra

Johnny Brenda's Presents

West Philadelphia Orchestra

Cocek! Brass Band

Fri, June 8, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

West Philadelphia Orchestra - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
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, 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; they can
be heard every Tuesday in Center City Philly at their weekly dance
party at Franky Bradley’s. With driving percussion, pirouetting tuba,
wailing reeds and blaring trumpets, WPO's sound hits hard and lifts
the spirits.
Cocek! Brass Band - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Cocek! Brass Band
Cocek! consists of Sam Dechenne (trumpet/vocals/composer), Ezra Weller
(flugelhorn), Clayton DeWalt (Trombone), Jim Gray (Tuba) and Grant
Smith (Tapan Drum). A 5-piece ensemble from Boston, MA playing all
original compositions. The music is influenced by Eastern-European
and New Orleans dance songs, Afrobeat, Klezmer and elements of reggae
and Western classical pieces.

CBB sounds are inspired by acts like Fanfare Ciocarlia, Fela Kuti,
Miles Davis, Rebirth Brass Band, traditional Balkan songs and chamber
brass repertoire. Dance music for those seeking something new and
unique, contemplative Old World melodies that hark to a lost era and
catchy riffs that will have you singing along and tapping your foot
all night long.

In performance spaces ranging from hollowed out warehouses and arts
spaces in Boston to the Kennedy Center in D.C., Philadelphia Museum of
Art, The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, WorldFest in Louisville,
KY and The Fingerlakes Thaw Festival in Ithaca, Cocek! can be found
sprinkling their Phrygian magic dust on audience members all over the
world. They also put on programs for schools and universities
discussing traditional Balkan/Klezmer & New Orleans Jazz music, it's
beautiful history and it's relation to their original compositions.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125