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. http://goldenfest.org/. 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: https://www.facebook.com/events/346413242166684/?ref=22

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



Friday, Dec. 13: WPO and Veveritse Brass Band at Johnny Brenda’s




Two sets:
1st set at 10 PM
2nd set at 12 AM



Two sets:
1st set at 9 PM
2nd set at 11 PM

9 PM / $12 / 21+

http://www.johnnybrendas.com/event/403615-west-philadelphia-orchestra-philadelphia/WPO at JBs crowd

Friday, Dec. 6 DOUBLE header: Phila Art Museum and Balkan Dance Party!

We’ve got a two-fer this coming Friday, starting with a klezmer dance party at the Art Museum, and continuing with a Balkan dance party at Underground Arts:

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
WP Klez O in some post-Hanukah klezmer madness, peppered with our spicy assortment of Balkan/Gypsy tunes featuring vocalist Petia Z. Show will be in the Great Hall and free with museum admission. Come early and check out the Leger exhibit – well worth it!
All-ages; plenty of room for dancing!
2 sets beginning at 5:45pm
…then later that night:
Balkan Dance Party at Underground Arts!!
1200 Callowhill St
3 sets of WPO
$7, 21+

Balkan Dance Party – FRIDAY this month, with Zongo Junction!

Friday 11/8
Balkan Dance Party at Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia 19107
As always, we’ll play until they send us home, so get your monthly fix – and it’s FRIDAY!
Joining WPO on the bill will be NYC-based Afrobeat band “Zongo Junction”.
If Talking Heads produced a Fela Kuti record of Sun Ra’s music, the product would probably sound something like Brooklyn’s Zongo Junction: a ten-piece psychedelic Afrobeat dance band.
9:30pm-2am, $10