By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: West Philadelphia Orchestra at Spruce Street Harbor Park, MH the Verb’s Vibe House at South Bowl, Laser Background at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

west philadelphia orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo courtesy of the artist

West Philadelphia Orchestra are this week’s featured headliner at Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions. The mammoth sized crew will be rocking two sets of their horn-heavy Balkan dance. Check out info for the show on the Facebook event page, and watch their Tiny Desk Concert entry below. Continue reading →

By

The Mid East Ensemble, West Philadelphia Orchestra to play Penn Museum’s Summer Nights Concert Series

west philadelphia orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo courtesy of the artist

It’s safe to say that Philly’s music scene is pretty kickass all year round, but man oh man, it does not mess around when it comes to music in the summertime. In addition to the stacked as heck Spruce Street Harbor Park series, the recently-announced Twilight Music Festival and The Key’s very own Philly Showcase at MilkBoy, now we have the eighth annual Penn Museum’s Summer Nights weekly concert series. Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: West Philadelphia Orchestra at Ruba Club, Psychic TV at Boot & Saddle, David Crosby at The Keswick and more…

west philadelphia orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo courtesy of the artist

Fly Bottle Records has curated a line-up of music to benefit Philabundance tonight at Ruba Club. West Philadelphia Orchestra lead the Shake Your Brass Festival pack, sharing the infectiously fun Baltic folk / brass band songs that most recently appeared on this year’s Tour de Filli LP. If you’ve been to a WPO show, then you know. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. Tickets and information for the benefit event can be found here; check out WPO below.

Continue reading →

By

PREMIERE: West Philadelphia Orchestra announce new LP with “Flying Solo”

west philadelphia orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo courtesy of the artist

It was a treat when West Philadelphia Orchestra digitally re-released their debut album in July, taking a minute to look back at the early days of the Balkan folk / brass band that has become such a stalwart presence in the local music scene. The release was also the launching pad for a new global music label called Fly Bottle Records, which will be home to the outfit’s newest effort, Tour de Filli. The record is set to come out on September 27th, but the band has been kind enough to give us a sneak peek of lead single “Flying Solo” today.

Continue reading →

By

#FBF: West Philadelphia Orchestra digitally reissue debut LP

West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

To launch a new Philly-based global roots label called Fly Bottle Records, West Philadelphia Orchestra has reissued their 2008 debut studio album on Bandcamp. The recording of Balkan folk and brass band music features the original WPO line-up, many of whom are still in the band today (though the project has nearly doubled in size over the years).

Continue reading →

By

Watch STS and RJD2 perform alongside the West Philadelphia Orchestra in new music video

STS and RJD2 | Photo via facebook.com/RJD2
STS and RJD2 | Photo via facebook.com/RJD2

We rejoiced earlier this month when two of Philly’s finest, rapper Sugar Tongue Slim and electronic artist RJD2, released their collaboration album. All 12 tracks on STS x RJD2 hold brilliant musical detours, with the duo marking their territory with hints of hip hop, jazz, soul, pop, etc.

Holding these local musicians near and dear, we’re ecstatic to see the Philly-centric vibe going on in their latest released video for the album’s opening track, “Doin’ It Right.” Continue reading →

By

Hear a Balkan ballad from West Philadelphia Orchestra’s Petia Z via Random Tea Sessions

Petia Z of West Philadelphia Orchestra
Petia Z of West Philadelphia Orchestra

Philadelphia’s The Random Tea Sessions released their twenty-first video, which is an acoustic piece “Varvyat Li Dvama” by West Philadelphia Orchestra‘s Petia Z. WPO consists of a diverse lineup that plays a multitude of Easter European music styles, and this is Random Tea’s first recording in a language other than English. WPO played a New Year’s Eve bash featuring a Balkan feast at Underground Arts with musicians Johnny Showcase and Mercury Radio Theater; they will also be playing this year’s Zlatne Uste Golden Festival on January 17, which is two nights of Balkan music and dance at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. Check out the session below. Continue reading →

By

Grandchildren, West Philadelphia Orchestra and Gliss to perform at End-of-Beer-Week free music fest

Grandchildren_4331web (2)
Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

Beer Week is coming to an end, but its not over yet. The week will close out with the Dock Street 6th Annual End-of-Beer-Week Free Music Fest and Scavenger Run. This year, the fest lineup includes Philly artists Grandchildren, West Philadelphia Orchestra and Gliss. The three performers bring an array of musical genres to the festival stage. Orchestral pop band Grandchildren will craft soundscapes with tons of synth, while West Philadelphia Orchestra is rooted in Eastern European folk and brings the traditions to life. Rapper Gliss rounds out the bill, bringing the heart and soul of hip-hop in his music. Catch the three performers this Sunday, June 8 outside Dock Street Brewery. The music fest is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Philly Beer Week website. Listen to all three of the artists’ music below.

Continue reading →

By

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Stornoway with Field Report at Kung Fu Necktie, A Benefit Concert for Lentil with Tommy Conwell and more at The Blockley, West Philadelphia Orchestra at Underground Arts

Stornoway

Oxfordian Oxonian folk / pop group Stornoway headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight.  Following up their 2010 debut Beachcomber’s Windowsill, the academically-minded quartet (led by an ornithologist) released Tales from Terra Firma earlier this month.  Field Report continue to tour in support of last year’s self-titled debut.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Watch Stornoway’s video for “Knock Me On the Head” below.

Several local musicians come together at The Blockley tonight for a concert benefiting Lentil Fest.  Tommy Conwell, Pete Donnelly, Ben Arnold and Travel Lanes will perform sets in support of Lentil the French bulldog, who was born with a cleft palate.  All proceeds will be donated to a variety of charities including the French Bulldog Rescue Network and the Children’s Craniofacial Association.  Tickets and information can be found here.  Below, watch Pete Donnelly’s video for “Can’t Talk At All.”

West Philadelphia Orchestra brings their monthly Balkan dance party back to Underground Arts tonight.  As a collective of Philadelphia musicians, WPO blends traditional Eastern European influences withe modern jazz and classical sensibilities.  Tickets and more information for tonight’s 21+ show with Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret can be found here or on the Facebook event page here.  Watch West Philadelphia Orchestra perform “Burkan Cocek” below.