Friday, July 25: WPO + El Caribefunk at Ardmore Music Hall

When: Friday, July 25

Where: Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA

What: Or should we say, WhAT?! Last time we hit this joint, it was a wild dance party. ‘a’course, EVERY time we play ANYWHERE it’s a wild dance party! Join us and Colombian salsa-funk maestros El Caribefunk for a dzam good time.

Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m. 21+

Click here for more details.

Click here for tickets.

Here’s what it looked like the last time we played at AMH:



July 10: WPO Balkan Dance Party with Johnny Showcase!

We’re doing it again.

WPO is thrilled to welcome back Johnny Showcase and the Mystic Ticket to our monthly dance party.

Like peanut butter and chocolate, or silk on bare skin, the pairing of West Philadelphia Orchestra with Johnny Showcase makes for a truly sensual, full-bodied experience. Our last NYE show together was an incredible, electrifying, non-stop dance party, and we cannot wait to repeat the fun.

Thursday, July 10
9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill Street

Get your tickets by clicking here.

For the FB event page, click here.

FIVE shows next week, and WPO + Pitchblak Brass Band at Johnny Brenda’s on June 20

Summertime means lots of outdoor shows – and we’ve got FIVE – count ‘em, FIVE – shows all over Philly next week, followed by a big ole Balkan Dance Party on June 20. Here’s the rundown (check the Calendar page for details):

1. Sunday, June 8: Dock Street Music Fest at 6 p.m.

2. Friday, June 13: Material Culture with Peek-a-Boo Revue in East Falls, 7-10 p.m.

3. Saturday, June 14: WPO plays a short set at Friends Across Cultures at West Park Cultural Center, 12:30 p.m.

4. Saturday, June 14: ARTspiration! 7th and Catherine St., 3-4 p.m.

5. Saturday, June 14: 1st annual Worldtown Music Festival at the Piazza; WPO at 5 p.m.

Then, join us for our next monthly Balkan Dance Party, this month hosted by Johnny Brenda’s, on Friday, June 20. We’ll be joined by the booty-shakin’ Pitchblak Brass Band from Brooklyn, so don’t miss it! You read that right: it’s a FRIDAY! Come out and party with all of us!

140606 JBs flier WPO and Pitchblak



May 16: Balkan Dance Party with Jeff Thomas’ All Volunteer Army!

Celebrate the long-awaited arrival of spring with us, by dancing your butt off to all-night Balkan jams at Underground Arts! Did we mention this month’s BDP is on a FRIDAY?!?

!!! Balkan Dance Party !!!

Friday, May 16
10 p.m. show

Jeff Thomas’ All Volunteer Army opens.

Event page:

We’re also running a contest for this BDP: like, share, and comment on the event flier on Facebook and you’ll be in the running to get free admission and drinks! Find the details and make it happen here:

April 10 Balkan Dance Party: WPO + de Tierra Caliente / Win 1 year FREE BDP tix!

Next Thursday, April 10, WPO is back at Underground Arts for the first Balkan Dance Party of spring. We’ll be welcoming Bronson Tennis and his group, de Tierra Caliente. Gonna be hot!

And…we’ve got something else we know you’re gonna like:

We’re running a years worth of #WPOunderground contests.  You’re gonna want to like us on Facebook, and while you’re at it, Twitter and Instagram.

You can find the first contest HERE. It’s a promo flyer for our awesome WPO Underground Arts show next Thursday April 10th with Bronson Tennis’ band De Tierra Caliente.  Share it to get entered.  GONNA BE AMAZING.
Follow that link, and do what it says and you’ll be in the running to win a YEARS WORTH OF BALKAN DANCE PARTIES.  One lucky person will get a yearlong pass to as many WPO Balkan dance parties as you want.
WPO + special guests “De Tierra Caliente”
De Tierra Caliente opens at 10pm
(come early for tasty food & drink!)

$10 / 21+

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WPO & Hezekiah Jones at Ardmore Music Hall, March 29

Hey friends – we hope you’ll join us up in Ardmore on March 29, where we’ll be playing at the beautiful Ardmore Music Hall. Along with us will be Philly freak-folk scene favorites, Hezekiah Jones. Check ‘em out; they sound like this. And then come back and dig a sampling of us jamming out with Fanfare Ciocorlia.

Sat, March 29, 2014

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

The Ardmore Music Hall

23 East Lancaster Avenue

Ardmore, PA


Click here for tickets and more information, or here for the Facebook invitation.

March 14: WPO + Raya BB at Johnny Brenda’s!

WPO shares a bill with our good friends, the mighty Raya Brass Band (NYC)!

When: Friday, Mar 14, 2014

Where: Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (map)

Purchase advance tix through the website OR from JB’s box office directly (open 11am – 2am downstairs) for no additional service fee!
doors 8pm
Raya 9pm
WPO 10pm
Raya 11pm
WPO midnight

WPO at JBs crowd

Balkan Dance Party! – Feb. 20

West Philadelphia Orchestra comes roaring back to Underground Arts on February 20, and this month we’re playing the whole night! We’ll be playing three sets of music from 10:00-2:00. And here’s even more good news: the cover charge will be just $7.

You’ve been stuck inside for too long – it’s time to get out and get down. So get out of your house and come dance with us!

10:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill Street

GoldenFest and Fanfare Ciocarlia double bill!

Friends: we’ve got two massive shows this coming weekend, Jan. 17 and 18.

First, we’ll be at GoldenFest in Brooklyn on Friday, Jan. 17. We’ll be in the Grand Ballroom at 9:40 and hanging out all night, so if you’re in town, come check it out. It’s always a great time with great vibes, music, food, etc. Here’s what we did last time at GoldenFest.

Then on Friday, Jan. 18, WPO is humbled to have received the opportunity to host one of the world’s best and most well-known brass bands – Fanfare Ciocărlia! This ensemble is one of WPO’s biggest inspirations and we are super excited to be bringing them to Philadelphia! Check them out playing the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize concert!

More info here:

140118 WPO FC flier

NEW YEAR’S EVE! with Johnny Showcase and The Extraordinaires

It’s WPO’s fifth annual NYE blast, and this one will be our MOST SPECTACULAR! Last year’s festivities with Johnny Showcase went down as one of our most intense non-stop dance parties ever, and we can’t wait to repeat the fun, this time with The Extraordinaires! This time, it’s happening at Underground Arts, where you will have much more space to dance! AND THE MUSIC GOES UNTIL 4 AM.

Come early for the Balkan Buffet, have a Slivovice Special, and be prepared to dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance dance…….

West Philadelphia Orchestra
Johnny Showcase & the Mystic Ticket
The Extraordinaires

9:00 PM Balkan Buffet
Music Starts at 10:00
Breakfast Buffet early morning
Party ends at 4:00 am

$30 entry
$35 entry + Buffet