Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orchestra

January 6
9:30 p.m.

Pandemic is back in action this Friday night to kick off 2017 and provide the perfect antidote to the gloomy month of January.


For its next installment, the monthly global-infused dance party is bringing the acclaimed Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orchestra to Pittsburgh. Heating up Brillobox, the ensemble’s infectious sound will blend the rich roots of traditional Latin American cumbia with modern tropical, dancehall, psychedelic, and funk soundscapes.

Based in Chicago, the prolific quartet features Peter Vale (congas, bongos), Alex Chavez (vocals, guitar, organ), Daniel Villarreal-Carrillo (drums), Jaime Garza (bass) and Nathan Karagianis (guitar, vocals).

Expect a visceral performance of raw and reverb-drenched dance music showcasing shimmering guitars, gritty organ riffs, deep grooves, and spirited percussion—all guaranteed to make you move. That means it’s time to hit the dance floor, close your eyes, and be transported to the Andean Mountain regions of Peru.

After releasing their critically-acclaimed, self-titled debut album in March 2015, Dos Santos has appeared at high-profile international festivals and toured internationally. The band is currently working on a new EP with producer Beto Martínez, known for his work with the Grammy Award-winning Latin funk orchestra, Grupo Fantasma.

Opening up the night of transcendent sounds will be the event’s creator, DJ Pandemic Pete, who co-founded the popular monthly series in 2005.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.