The West Philadelphia Orchestra

Johnny Brenda's Presents

The West Philadelphia Orchestra

Raya Brass Band

Fri, February 15, 2013

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

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

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

The West Philadelphia Orchestra
The West Philadelphia Orchestra
Two sets!
First Set: 10PM
Second Set: 12PM

With a diverse lineup of fine Philly musicians, influences ranging from Bulgarian brass bands to Sun Ra, and a reputation for inciting mayhem, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a bizarre ensemble in today's musical world. They began playing Romanian ballads, Macedonian folk-dance songs, Bulgarian wedding music, and various klezmer tunes in late 2006, and have continued expanding and/or corrupting their sound and repertoire over their 3 blurry years of existence. The band also plays original tunes which blends other sounds, like jazz and classical, together with traditional 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 culture industry. Their debut record, released in fall of 2008 and called 'WPO,' is a unique combination of traditional Balkan music and sounds, and is an expression of their radical collectivity.
Raya Brass Band
Raya Brass Band
Raya Brass Band
Soul shaking, border defying brass from NYC

Since 2008 Raya Brass Band has thrilled audiences with its energetic brand of soul shaking, border defying dance music. Given the way these six 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
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125
http://www.johnnybrendas.com/