Feb. 20 – Weekend update from the Tiny Desk Concert contest: “[NPR] Editor’s note: This week we’re sharing 10 highlights from nearly 7,000 entries.
“The Biggest Dance Party: West Philadelphia Orchestra
“Though not quite the size of the biggest band ever to grace the Tiny Desk (the 23-strong marching band Mucca Pazza), the 14-member West Philadelphia Orchestra filled up every corner of the antique emporium where they filmed their video with their huge, effusive sound. “Zla S’dba” is a joyful Balkan dance number that gets everyone in the room swaying. Bulgarian language skills not required; the song’s irresistibly celebratory spirit needs no translation.”
Feb. 12 – Last month we submitted a video of our original tune, “Zla S’dba”, to NPR for their February Tiny Desk Concert contest, made at Material Culture with a host of fantastic dancers. You can watch the video here.
Out of 7000 entries, we made it to the top 7! We are the 0.1%!
Congratulations galore to Fantastic Negrito for winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest!
You read that right: we are bringing back the Balkan Dance Party to Underground Arts, EVERY first Thursday beginning Feb. 5! That means THREE full sets of WPO to keep you shakin’ that thing till you can’t shake it no more. Or till 2 a.m., whichever comes first.
As is our tradition, we’ll start at 10 and play till 2. Be there for the whole time!
Underground Arts is at 1200 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia.
We’re thrilled to be headed back to Brooklyn for Golden Fest! “New York’s only music and dance festival of its kind celebrates 30 years of live Balkan, Roma (“Gypsy”) music and beyond. The Festival is hosted by Zlatne Uste Brass Band and features dozens of live bands playing on FOUR (!) stages.” goldenfest.org
We hit the Ballroom at 10:05 pm on Saturday, Jan. 17. Hope to see you there!
…and a heads up: we are bringing back the monthly Balkan Dance Party at Underground Arts – first show of 2015 on Feb. 5! Stay tuned.
:::New Year’s Eve / $30 Gen. Admission / $40 VIP | 21+ :::
Party goes until 4:00 AM / VIP tickets include Balkan Buffet lovingly prepared by WPO!
WEST PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
JOHNNY SHOWCASE & THE MYSTIC TICKET
MERCURY RADIO THEATER
YOU DO YOU
LATE NIGHT DJ SET FROM DJ LEBEET
+++SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29TH+++
WEST PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA
8PM Doors / $10-12 / 21+
And if you’re in DC the night before, check us out with the SAME double bill at the Tropicalia!:
2001 14th St NW, Washington, DC
Double bill with Mercury Radio Theater, plus burlesque w/Liberty Rose!
Boot & Saddle describes it thusly: The epic battle of Philly’s own orchestras begins appropriately on the spookiest of all weekends! Come down to Broad Street to witness West Philly’s Balkan-Klezmer Brassiness duke it out with North Philly’s Exotica-Punk foofaraw! Acting as arbitrator for the event will be none other than the fabulous and titillating, Liberty Rose!
Sat, November 1, 2014
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm / $12.00
Boot & Saddle, 1131 S Broad St
For the second time this year, WPO will be sharing the stage with Brooklyn’s hottest export, Red Baraat, at Underground Arts on October 16. We are predicting a monster blow-out Balkan-Bhangra extravaganza, so don’t miss out! And be sure to pick up our new, limited-edition mixtape CD at the show. Details:
Thursday, October 16
Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill
Doors at 8, show at 9
$15 / $20 DOS | 21+
Tickets and more info at:
Friends, this is the big one: WPO is honored to be sharing a bill with the tremendous, the incomparable, Boban & Marko Markovic and their amazing Orkestar!! This is really a dream come true for us. YOU, dear friends, should share in that dream and do not miss this show!
Saturday, October 4
9:00 pm show
Ardmore Music Hall, 23 Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA
We can’t wait for this show, and we can’t wait to see you there!
WPO is thrilled to welcome New York’s most exciting brass band, Slavic Soul Party!, to our monthly dance party at Underground Arts. Since it will be opening Friday for Philly Fringe Fest, there will be NO COVER CHARGE. FRIDAY + FREE = FUNTIMES!
Friday, September 5
10:00 PM – 2:00 AM
1200 Callowhill Street
Cover charge: zero dollars