West Philadelphia Orchestra
Contact: Gregg Mervine
About: With a line-up of Philadelphia musicians whose influences range from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique live ensemble in today’s auto-tuned musical world. They began playing Romanian ballads, Macedonian folk-dance songs, Bulgarian wedding music, and Klezmer in late 2006, and have continued expanding their repertoire of Eastern European music. The band also plays original tunes which blend other sounds, like jazz and classical, together with traditional Balkan sounds. As much a community as a band, WPO’s performances are celebratory events. With blistering beats and walls of brass, they inspire audiences to hold hands, gyrate, howl, and otherwise slip the yoke of the homogenized culture industry.
Tel: (215) 962-1032
The Vincent James Band
Contact: Charles Interrante
About: Philadelphia’s #1 Rated LIVE Dance and Party Band & DJ, The Vincent James Band, has provided the most memorable and exciting entertainment for thousands of parties, wedding receptions and corporate events throughout Philadelphia’s Delaware Valley and from New England through New York, New Jersey and Delaware to Washington, D.C., and all along the East Coast. Featured articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, and word-of-mouth “Raves” from grateful clients and facilities, are just part of the reason for their great success.
The Vincent James Band is independent, not one from a pool of agency acts. Without paid advertising or performing to karaoke music tracks, this premier Philadelphia Party & Dance Band is one of the Delaware Valley’s busiest. Chosen by real brides and events professionals in nationwide polls, the Vincent James Band continues to receive the industry’s highest awards including “The Best of the East Coast” on The Knot, The Wedding Channel and Wedding Wire. Vincent James Band clients always remember their special event for years to come. Come party and dance the night away with your entertainment insurance policy – The Vincent James Band!
CTO Music Artists
About: CTO Bands range from a 6-10-piece party trains that blends black tie elegance and night club dazzle. Between the relentless rhythm section, the exquisite musicianship, and the soaring three-part harmonies, you are sure to find something to be floored by when CTO takes the stage.
Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band
Contact: Ed Goldberg
About: The Odessa Klezmer Band, under the direction of Ed Goldberg, brings the joyous dance music of the Klezmorim (Jewish folk musicians) to mainstream America. The band has been in existence playing Klezmer music since 1984 celebrating the great variety and wealth of music heritage of Eastern Europe, Ladino, and Middle Eastern music, including polka and czardas!
The OKB has played numerous fairs, festivals, weddings, bar mitzvahs, concerts, and dance dates throughout the NJ-NY-PA area, including Gracie Mansion and City Hall for NYC Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg, and a tour of Israel. They are regular performers at the Kutztown Folk Festival and the Lakewood Blue Claws minor league baseball FirstEnergy stadium.
In 2011, the OKB was honored to perform a number of combined concerts with the Amir Ensemble, a Persian group, to promote Peace through Music. They also performed for the production of Gypsy Fest, at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Long Branch, NJ.
The band received the 2009 Just Plain Folks second place award winner for Best Klezmer Album “Who Stole the Kishka?!”. JPF is a community of more than 51,500 songwriters, recording artists and music industry professionals that provides a network of cooperation and inclusion for musicians. JustPlainFolks.org’