[act-ma] HONK! Fest Eleven w/ 26 bands (!) confirmed -- October 7-9, 2016

Mary Curtin marycurtin at comcast.net
Sat Oct 1 16:10:33 PDT 2016


HONK! FESTIVAL

11TH ANNUAL

FESTIVAL OF 
ACTIVIST STREET BANDS,
THIS YEAR TOTALLING 26 

October 7 through 9, 2016

a wide variety of musical/socio-political events
planned in Somerville, Cambridge, & Boston

FREE AND OPEN TO ALL



For eleven years now, the HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands
<http://honkfest.org/>  has been altering the outdoor musicscape of
Somerville and surrounding areas, by celebrating the sound and spectacle of
brass and percussion in the service of participatory culture and social
justice.

The energy surrounding the HONK! Festival has been positively infectious, so
much so that HONK!, which originated in Somerville, has spawned related
festivals in Providence, New York City, Seattle, Eugene, Austin, Pittsburgh,
and Detroit, not to mention Wollongong, Australia, and Rio de Janeiro.
Participants, including the audience, have reported peak musical moments and
life-changing experiences. There is even a Somerville-based School of HONK
that carries on the spirit of the Festival all year round. Needless to say,
it is thrilling that HONK! has generated the creative energy and unbridled
enthusiasm that propels the original HONK! into its second decade of playing
music that matters.

There will indeed be more than enough music to please everyone, with over
two dozen bands performing this year. Some will be the usual suspects, from
all over the US and Canada, who may be familiar, but who always sound fresh.
In addition, HONK! has made arrangements to present two new bands from
France, La Fanfare Invisible from Paris and Le Pompier Poney Club from
Marseille. And as part of HONK!'s continuing commitment to pay tribute to
the music and culture of New Orleans, HONK! has invited back by popular
demand the The Original Pinettes Brass Band.

This year, the 26 participatory bands, travelling from far and near, are:
aNova Brazil (Somerville, MA); Boycott (Somerville, MA); Brass Messengers
(Minneapolis, MN); The Brass Balagan (Burlington, VT); The Bread and Puppet
Circus Band (Glover, VT); Caka!ak Thunder (Greensboro, NC); Chaotic
Insurrection Ensemble (Montreal, QC); Detroit Party Marching Band (Detroit,
MI); Dirty Water Brass Band (Boston, MA); Emperor Norton's Stationary
Marching Band  (Somerville, MA); Environmental Encroachment (Chicago, IL);
Expandable Brass Band (Northampton, MA); Extraordinary Rendition Band
(Providence, RI); La Fanfare Invisible (Paris, France); Forward! Marching
Band (Madison, WI); Hartford Hot Several (Hartford, CT); Leftist Marching
Band (Portsmouth, NH); Mayday Marching Band (Pittsburgh, PA); The Original
Pinettes Brass Band (New Orleans); The Party Band (Lowell, MA); Le Pompier
Poney Club (Marseille, France); Rude Mechanical Orchestra (New York City,
NY); School of HONK (Somerville, MA); Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure
Society Brass Band (Somerville, MA); What Cheer? Brigade (Providence, RI);
and Yes Ma'am Brass Band (Austin, TX).
Further information on each band can be found at
www.honkfest.org/2016-festival/bands-2016
<http://honkfest.org/2016-festival/bands-2016/> .

The Festival will include all the HONK! traditional features that have
compelled thousands of participants to return year after year, with
family-friendly Lantern Parades through the neighborhoods of Somerville;
nine hours of continuous free performances by dozens of HONK! bands in Davis
Square; the massive and overwhelming energetic HONK! Parade that makes its
way down Massachusetts Avenue to "Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and
Feet," followed by a full afternoon of HONK! performances at Oktoberfest in
Harvard Square. HONK! organizers are planning to expand the HONK! Day of
Action to incorporate more political themes and performances throughout the
Festival, while never losing sight of pairing those undertakings with
irresistible music, outrageous costumes, and dancing in the streets. Updates
for the Festival will be posted at
www.honkfest.org/2016-festival/schedule-2016
<http://honkfest.org/2016-festival/schedule-2016/> .

For complete information and continuous updates on the HONK! Festival, visit
www.honkfest.org <http://www.honkfest.org/> , www.facebook.com/honkfestival
<https://www.facebook.com/honkfestival/> , and www.twitter.com/honkfest
<https://twitter.com/honkfest> . 

Basic information:

HONK! Festival
Festival of activist street bands.
October 7-9, 2016
Various neighborhoods throughout Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston.
Rain or shine; free and open to all.
For further information: www.honkfest.org <http://www.honkfest.org/> ,
617-383-HONK (4665).



 

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