West Phila. Orchestra returning to Kennett

After a crowd-pleasing appearance this summer at Anson B. Nixon Park, West Philadelphia Orchestra is returning to the Kennett area.

West Philadelphia Orchestra will perform Friday, Oct. 7, at The Kennett Flash.

West Philadelphia Orchestra will perform Friday, Oct. 7, at The Kennett Flash.

On Friday, Oct. 7, West Philadelphia Orchestra will play its first-ever show at The Kennett Flash, according to a Flash press release.

West Philadelphia Orchestra began as neighborhood friends’ fiddling on porches and in parks, making noise at protests and outsider art gatherings, and dedicated to livening up their bohemian village. Over the years, WPO has become larger and louder, the parties wilder and more ecstatic, and the band developed a singular mash-up blend of Balkan brass traditions, American jazz and global beats, the release said.

The band’s new album, “Tour de Filli,” is a culmination of this evolution, marking the point at which they have transformed a foreign brass tradition into our own. With cutting brass, searing woodwinds, and some of the tightest beats around, West Philadelphia Orchestra invites audiences to lose themselves in earthy sounds that shake, break and roll, the release said.

"WPO's Balkan dance parties at the now-shuttered Tritone were legendary. Your wedding/bar mitzvah/birthday blowout will be, too, if you book their traditional brass klezmer band, a Jewish folk group that plays everything from Busta Rhymes to Neutral Milk Hotel," said a Philadelphia Magazine article.

Listen to a sampling of West Philadelphia Orchestra on National Public Radio’s World Cafe Live here.

Tickets – $15 in advance, $18 the day of the show – are available at www.kennettflash.org or www.ticketfly.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. show. BYOB is permitted for $4 at the door (beer and wine only), and dinner service is available from La Verona.

The Kennett Flash is located at 102 Sycamore Alley in Kennett Square. Call 484-732-8295 for more information.

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