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West Philadelphia Orchestra

West Philadelphia Orchestra CD Release Party at Underground Arts July 5

All-night Balkan Dance Party. Let that combination of words sink in for a second. All-Night Balkan Dance Party. Maybe that sounds more quirky than exciting, but trust us, it’s the latter. This glorious event is happening tonight at the Underground Arts as the wild West Philadelphia Orchestra plays three sets in celebration of the release of their new CD Live at Tritone. Don’t let their name fool you; though “West Philadelphia Orchestra” suggests suits, padded seating, and monocles, the WPO are far from stuffy. They’re an energetic ruckus, a collective of classical musicians playing Eastern European grooves so tight that after an evening of them, you might start waxing nostalgic about “the old country." Get to Underground Arts and jig, baby. Underground Arts, 340 N. 12th St., 9pm, $5 - Adam Downer

WPO’s Philly Beer Week Balkan Dance Party Takeover at JB’s June 8

Bands can take your mind to many places. West Philadelphia Orchestra brings you on a welcomed journey to the old country of some Eastern European town with their Balkan-inspired tunes that are bursting with energy and in their own words “tinged with punk rock, soul, and cheesesteaks.” The massive gang is performing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, and will be joined by like-minded Brooklyn outfit Raya Brass Band. WPO can roll in 13 performers deep with various musical backgrounds. It’s always interesting to see how many people they can fit on JB’s stage. Both bands will be delivering two rollicking sets with Raya Brass Band starting off the festivities and alternating with WPO who will close out the evening. Expect people gettin’ down Balkan styley for the Yards-presented Philly Beer Week event. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $10, 21+ (Photo by Jen Kertis-Veit) - Maura Filoromo


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