May 7 Balkan Dance Party with the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret!


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Not to toot our own horns (actually, we will do that, thankyouverymuch), but we can’t think of a more Philly dance party than WPO with the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret. We begged and pleaded with Martha to join us, but she just winked and smiled and said yes.

Show starts at 9:00pm.

Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Tickets $10:

WPO with PitchBlak Brass Band – April 24 – Johnny Brenda’s

Y’all remember that badass tuba player sitting in with Raya Brass Band at Underground Arts on April 2? PitchBlak is her band in NYC, and they bring it! We’re looking forward to sharing sets with them at Johnny Brenda’s on April 24:

Fri, April 24, 2015

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

$10.00 – $12.00

                             Tickets and info here                                     RSVP on FB here!

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::: April 2nd | $10 | 21+ :::


…and Sugar Tongue Slim will be joining WPO on stage at this month’s Balkan Dance Party (April 2nd) to film the music video for a brand new single featuring members of WPO on RJD2’s new record coming out May! Be a part of history!! Grab tickets HERE:
RSVP here:

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Thursday, March 5 – Balkan Dance Party with special guests Underground System

::: March 5th | $10 | 21+ :::

Philly’s hottest dance party continues every first Thursday at Underground Arts! This month, WPO welcomes Underground System as our featured guest.

Please note that music will start at 9:00 PM. Get there in time for Underground System’s Afrobeat madness!           Underground Arts is at 12th and Callowhill.




NPR loves WPO

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.”

We love you, too, NPR!

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!

Feb. 5 – The return of WPO’s monthly Balkan Dance Party!

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.

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2015 Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, Jan. 17

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.”

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.

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DEC. 31 West Philadelphia Orchestra’s NYE BLOWOUT + BALKAN FEAST!!! Featuring Johnny Showcase / Mercury Radio Theater / You Do You @ Underground Arts

:::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!

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