Saturday: “DANCE & SHOW” with WESLEY BRIGHT & THE HI-LITES + 4/5 BRILLOBOX + 4/12 THE DIRTY BALL

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Get ready Pittsburgh…

THIS Saturday, March 29th, TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party is stoked to be bringing Akron, Ohio’s #1 soul sensation, Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites to the Thunderbird Cafe for their  first show in Pittsburgh!

Wesley Bright & The Hi-Lites, an eight piece soul outfit from Akron, Ohio, has released two 45s and their current single “Tell Me” is available on iTunes.  They’re currently on tour and just wrapped up the recording of their first full-length record.  They have been regularly selling out shows in Cleveland and have been getting radio play and spins at top nights in Europe. They’ve got a great horn section and their frontman, Wesley Bright, has some serious pipes and a whole lot of energy.  If you’re into Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings or Charles Bradley, this show is for you.

For their first show in the Burgh, we’re doing a Title Town “Dance & Show”…think part live show, part soul dance party.  The band will perform 2 sets with DJs spinning 45s all night. The Thunderbird is also now entirely SMOKE FREE for live shows.

 
  •  Doors open and DJs start at 8 p.m.
  • The show is 21+ and tickets are only $7 at the door or at ShowClix.com
  • The band will will perform 2 sets.
  • 100% smoke free and plenty of room for dancing!

Title Town Soul & Funk Party - April 5th

SATURDAY, April 5th
TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party
brillobox (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh)
Doors/music at 9pm; 21+; $6

RSVP HERE

* TITLE TOWN temporarily moves to a FIRST SATURDAY this month! *

* DOORS OPEN EARLY AT 9 P.M. *

After last month’s killer party, TITLE TOWN is back at the Brillobox on Saturday, April 5th. Come get down to a unique blend of rare and classic soul, deep funk, vintage R&B, soulful disco, Latin boogalooo and more 45 RPM vinyl to make you move on the dance floor.

With the resurgence of soul and funk records new and old and artists like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley and Nick Waterhouse packing venues and filling dance floors around the world, TITLE TOWN keeps it real with your go-to night of classic and obscure dance music from the greatest decades of music.

The weather is finally warmin’ up, so get off the couch, shine your shoes and drop in. You’ll be glad you did.

TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party Live Mixes: http://www.mixcloud.com/titletownpgh

RSVP HERE

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Get up. Get down. The Dirty Ball 2014.

Save the date! One of the Burgh’s best parties, The Dirty Ball returns on April 12th! We’re gonna be spinning the tunes guaranteed to make you groove and move! Tickets on sale now! Get em’ here before they’re gone!

The Dirty Ball
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
Jane Street Warehouse
2120 Jane Street in the South Side
8:00 p.m. to Midnight
Ages 21 and over only.

Featuring Attack Theatre performances, beats by TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party, art installations, fashion throwdowns, libations and fare.

Shake it up and get down to get down. TITLE TOWN is back.

TITLE TOWN SOUL & FUNK PARTY
SATURDAY, March 8th
brillobox (4104 Penn Avenue)
Doors at 9:00, Dancefloor til 2 am
21+ | $6

RSVP on Facebook for the latest updates.

STAND UP!

TITLE TOWN SOUL & FUNK PARTY is back with what we do best. Top notch spinners J.MALLS & GORDY G spin FIVE HOURS of the stuff that makes your heart beat a little faster…an EXPLOSIVE mix of ‘60s and Northern SOUL, deep FUNK, soulful DISCO, rare BOOGIE and more to warm you up from the inside.

It’s a SATURDAY NIGHT showcase for our favorite dance floor in the city, best enjoyed with friends and a good cocktail in hand.

Shake it up and get down to get down.

Expect feel good tunes from soul and funk legends like BARBARA ACKLIN, JACKIE WILSON and GENE CHANDLER.

DANCE to hard-to-find and underplayed 45s from FAMILY OF EVE and THE AMBASSADORS. 

GROOVE to new releases from modern soul favorites like Nick WaterhouseE,Myron & E and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

100% VINYL.

No gimmicks. The message is always in the music.

See you on the dance floor Pittsburgh!

If you don’t know how to do it, we’ll show you how to do it. TITLE TOWN is back on February 8th.

Saturday night, middle of winter, Pittsburgh – TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party is back with your monthly dose of killer tunes for our favorite dance floor in the city. It’s a signature mix of four-on-the-floor soul, deep funk, vintage R&B, disco, Latin boogaloo and the rest of the best – all vinyl, all with a whole lotta soul.

Deep digging, driving drumbeats and tight grooves – it’s soul and funk music and it’s a formula we’ve been committed to since 2009. We’re not turnin’ back.

Right off the bat, we’ll dim the lights and pour you a stiff drink. We’re on our way and touching down in New Orleans, Memphis, Detroit and back to Pittsburgh, Pa. We’ll take you back to the good stuff – from Ike & Tina Turner and the Supremes to the back-alley soul of Toledo, Ohio and the sweaty, organ-soaked world of the Hurricane Club.

It’s cold outside. So why not warm up and get down with us at TITLE TOWN?

TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party
with DJ J.Malls & Gordy G.
SATURDAY, February 8th
brillobox (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh)
9pm – 2am; 21+; $6

RSVP on Facebook for the latest updates.

* As always, doors open early at 9 P.M. Limited capacity – early arrival is recommended.

Check out a few live recordings here: http://www.mixcloud.com/titletownpgh/

Brillobox: http://www.brillobox.net/

It was a very good year. TITLE TOWN is back on January 11th!

TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party
SATURDAY, January 11th
BRILLOBOX (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh)
9pm – 2am; 21+; $6

* DOORS OPEN EARLY AT 9 P.M. EARLY ARRIVAL IS RECOMMENDED.

“Voted one of Pittsburgh’s best dance parties of 2013 by Pittsburgh City Paper readers!”

Yes, folks, the holiday season is behind us and the Steel City’s wildest soul dance party returns to the Brillobox on Saturday, January 11th to kick off 2014.

TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party never fails to start the new year with a BANG – stiff drinks, stacks of wax and only the best grooves from the obscure to the vaults of Motown, Stax, Atlantic, Chess and more. The recipe is simple: Two turntables, all vinyl.

It’s a format that we’ve been dedicated to since 2009: Northern and ‘60s soul, deep funk, vintage R&B and everything in between…from mod jazz to disco to Latin boogaloo.

It’s sweaty, loud and just what you need. Get on the dance floor.

TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party live mixes: http://www.mixcloud.com/titletownpgh/

Brillobox: http://www.brillobox.net/

Brillobox is located at 4104 Penn Avenue and TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party is a 21+ event. Doors open promptly at 9p.m. Admission is $6 at the door. Early arrival is strongly encouraged.

Winter is here, let’s warm things up.

Title Town Soul & Funk Party - December 14, 2013

TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party – Holiday Edition
Saturday, December 14th
BRILLOBOX (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh)
9pm – 2am; $6; 21+
RSVP here 

* DOORS OPEN EARLY AT 9 P.M. EARLY ARRIVAL IS RECOMMENDED. *

“Voted one of Pittsburgh’s best dance parties of 2013 by Pittsburgh City Paper readers!”

It feels like winter, so we’re gonna warm it up. TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party returns to the Brillobox on Saturday, December 14th.

Riding high into our fourth year, we’re looking to up the game even further for our last party of 2013. The records are primed and ready – the funky, sultry, SOULFUL sounds of TITLE TOWN have been keeping the dance floor jampacked ‘til the very end.

Let’s shake off the winter chill with five hours of the good stuff – rare Northern and ‘60s soul, deep funk, wild rhythm & blues and a few not-so-silent holiday chestnuts to help you get your jollies on.

We’ve got full control of the one’s and two’s this month, so expect heaps of never before played tunes, a smattering of TITLE TOWN “classics” and of course Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Otis Redding spreadin’ that funky, holiday cheer – all at 45 r.pm.!

The Brillobox helps you out with the boozy comforts while you boogie, bop and boogaloo ‘til you’re on your merry way.

Thanks to all the wonderful people who make TITLE TOWN something we to look forward to every month.

“It was a very good year!”

TITLE TOWN returns on November 9th with Washington D.C.’s DJ Nitekrawler!

TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party
w/ guest DJ NITEKRAWLER (Moneytown, D.C. Soul Recordings)
Saturday, November 9th
BRILLOBOX (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh)
9pm – 2am; $6; 21+

RSVP on Facebook for prizes and updates!

DOORS OPEN EARLY AT 9 P.M. EARLY ARRIVAL IS RECOMMENDED.

“Voted one of Pittsburgh’s best dance parties of 2013 by Pittsburgh City Paper readers!”

We’re still reelin’ from having wrapped four successful years of TITLE TOWN, but Pittsburgh’s dance-centric soul party is turnin’ things up on November 9th with a special guest appearance from Washington D.C.’s DJ NITEKRAWLER – DJ, collector and driving force behind D.C. Soul Recordings and MONEYTOWN.

As any music fan knows, a steady diet of familiar, yet fresh sounds is the perfect recipe for a good dance party, so expect everything from obscure ‘60s & ‘70s soul, deep and classic funk, vintage rhythm & blues, Latin boogaloo, uptempo disco and anything (and everything) else that makes your Saturday night move – all at 45 revolutions per minute.

ABOUT DJ NITEKRAWLER

We gotta say, not many DJs in the game can throw down an all-45 set of downright obscure and forgotten 45s while maintaining a high level of feel-good party rocking craftsmanship. Kevin Coombe a.k.a DJ Nitekrawler has been honing his skills at H Street’s Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar for years. His MONEYTOWN party continues to be D.C.’s best outlet for a dance-friendly mix of funk, soul, boogaloo, breakbeats, Latin, and more.

The Washington Post writes, “DJ Nitekrawler has getting crowds to dance down to a science: wickedly funky drums. Deep, rubbery bass. Punching horns. Shaking tambourine. The unmistakable chicka-chicka shuffle of wah-wah guitar.” He’s not only a schooled DJ dropping mean grooves, but a catalyst behind the cataloging of records by legends and lesser-known artists of the Washington D.C. & Maryland funk, soul, & R&B era of the ’60s to the early ’90s (including all related sub-genres and descendants such as Go-Go and Disco). In 2010, DJ Nitekrawler was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition and is working on a book that delves deeper into the D.C. and Maryland music.

Don’t miss the one-two punch of DJ Nitekrawler and TITLE TOWN’s resident DJ Gordy G.

Discovering Old D.C. Soul (Washington Post)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/30/AR2009043001465.html

Funk On A 45: D.C. Soul Music Rediscovered (NPR)
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122080915

DJ Nitekrawler Promo Mixes
https://soundcloud.com/nitekrawler45

Brillobox is located at 4104 Penn Avenue and TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party is a 21+ event. Doors open promptly at 9 p.m. Admission is $6 at the door. Early arrival is strongly encouraged.

TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY with New York City’s MR. FINE WINE

TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party
4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY w/ guest DJ MR. FINE WINE (WFMU’s Downtown Soulville)
Saturday, October 12th
BRILLOBOX (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh)
9pm – 2am; $6; 21+
RSVP HERE 

On Saturday, October 12th, TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party will celebrate its four-year anniversary at the Brillobox. The party, founded by host DJs J.Malls and Gordy G., will continue its tradition of bringing some of the top DJs of the day to the Burgh with a special guest appearance from New York City’s MR. FINE WINE – DJ and radio host of WFMU’s Downtown Soulville.

In addition to Mr Fine Wine, New York City’s DJ ONE MINT JULEP will be in the house spinning her brand of wild R&B and soul.

ABOUT MR. FINE WINE

Mr. Fine Wine grew up in Detroit in the 1960s and ’70s, surrounded by music and by music-industry people. His schoolmates included the offspring of Motown stars like Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin; his uncle (believe it or not!) taught John Lee Hooker how to play guitar chords and owned a local label that put out jazz and soul records. An avid collector of soul 45s for more than 25 years now, Fine Wine took up DJ’ing soon after he relocated to New York City. His radio show, “Downtown Soulville” (www.wfmu.org/playlists/sv), has been converting casual listeners around the globe into soul freaks since 1994. TimeOut London magazine called it one of the best independent music podcasts in the world, and the Village Voice named it New York’s best radio show in 2011. In addition to presiding over many local dance parties through the years (including the Empire State Soul Club, Bumpshop, Horse River Social, and Thee Knights of the Round Tables), he has held down a weekly residency at Manhattan dive bar Botanica since 1996—perhaps the longest-running weekly soul-45 listening party anywhere, and one that has attracted visiting luminaries such as Keb Darge, Yo La Tengo, Cut Chemist, the Dap Kings, and the Dirtbombs. Fine Wine has spun his across-the-board mix of vintage R&B, soul, blues, and funk in Spain, Belgium, Turkey, Italy, Russia, Scotland, Finland, England, Canada, Norway, and Germany, and he has backed the likes of Sharon Jones, the Mighty Hannibal, the Gories, Brian Auger, Dee Dee Ramone, DJ Shadow, the Detroit Cobras, Cody Black, Rudy Ray Moore, and Nathaniel Mayer. He has also compiled and written liner notes for the collections “Vital Organs” (Grooovysounds Unltd.), “Crash of Thunder,” “Teach Me to Monkey,” “Scratch That Itch,” and “Just a Little Bit of the Jumpin’ Bean” (Vampisoul); he has two more Vampisoul compilations due out in 2014. Fine Wine and his friend the soul legend the Mighty Hannibal are the subjects of a feature-length documentary film, currently in production, called “Showtime.”

Downtown Soulville archives page: http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/sv

Above photo credit: Eilon Paz, Dust & Grooves

Oh Baby, Don’t You Weep: TITLE TOWN returns with guest DJ JUDDY!

TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party
w/ guest DJ JUDDY (Pittsburgh, UK)
SATURDAY, September 7th
BRILLOBOX (4104 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh)
9pm – 2am; $5

Oh Baby, Don’t You Weep because the Dream Team is BACK, September 7th at BRILLOBOX!

Attention: Pittsburgh – put on your red dress and your hi-heel sneakers because the dream team is back: The one-two punch that made you shake your head and get outta bed; the serious heavyweights, the greats of the stay-up-lates; the purveyors of Maximum R’n’B, spinners of platters what matters from time immemorial – back together again, Mssrs. GORDY G and JUDDY bringin’ down the TITLE TOWN!

While Gordy’s name is the one that makes all fliers get higher, you gotta ask your mama and your papa if you wanna know about Gentleman Juddy: Once sire of Pittsburgh’s soul shakin’ scene, since the dawn of the 21st Century, Juddy’s made a mess with a stack of rare-n-scratchy NORTHERN SOUL, NEW ORLEANS VIPERS, ’50s R&B & BLUES and ’60s BOOGALOOS as co-founder of influential nights like Soulcialism and Vipers Soul Club. And now he’s back from for ONE NIGHT ONLY all the way from London, England, to spill your drink and make ya think!

TITLE TOWN. It’s a hedonistic throwback to the days of Memphis juke joints and funky New Orleans soul, Pittsburgh record hops and Manchester’s Twisted Wheel club.  You can lose your cool and cure your dance fever to the soulful sounds of GENO WASHINGTON and THE 5 ROYALES, hear vintage club tracks from RALPH “SOUL” JACKSON and ERMA FRANKLIN and party ‘til the wee hours with disco and modern soul sounds of EDDIE KENDRICKS and LARRY MCGEE.

We need you. And you need it too.

Come out, shake it down, and help show Juddy the Burgh’ hasn’t skipped a beat.

Tell us you’re comin’: RSVP here.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Do the ¡SOUNDCRASH BOOGALOO!

SATURDAY, August 17th
2 sound systems enter and only 1 will leave…

TITLE TOWN SOUL & FUNK PARTY
VS.
PANDEMIC (GLOBAL SOUND SYSTEM)

SOUNDCRASH ¡BOOGALOO!

Can the old school soul take down the global glitch?

One night only! TITLE TOWN and PANDEMIC go head-to-head, beat for beat in an all-night “sound clash” style dance party of epic proportions.

TITLE TOWN’s Gordy G. packs quite a punch with his arsenal of rare groove Boogaloo, Funk, Soul, and Disco. While PANDEMIC Pete dishes out the Balkan Stompers, Eurotrash Ghettotech Chalga, and Tropixel Cumbias and Bassed out Bollywood.

Also, a very special guest will interrupt the night with a protest of sound to break up the battle. You may have seen them marching in a parade. Let’s just leave it at that.

at the BRILLOBOX (4104 Penn Ave.)
Doors @ 9:30pm; $6
RSVP here.