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
With a diverse line-up of professional Philadelphia musicians whose influences range from Sun Ra to
Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique live ensemble in today’s auto-tuned musical
world. They began playing Romanian ballads, Macedonian folk-dance songs, Bulgarian wedding music, and
Klezmer in late 2006, and have continued expanding their repertoire of Eastern European music. The band
also plays original compositions which blend other sounds, like jazz and classical, together with traditional
Balkan sounds. As much a community as a band, WPO’s performances are celebratory events. With blistering
beats and walls of brass, they inspire audiences to hold hands, dance, and slip the yoke of the homogenized
culture industry.
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