[act-ma] 10/8-10/10: HONK! Festival 2010: schedule now set

Mary Curtin marycurtin at comcast.net
Mon Sep 13 07:49:46 PDT 2010


HONK! FESTIVAL 2010

FIFTH ANNUAL

this year featuring
[subject to revision]

~ What Cheer? Brigade (Providence, RI) ~
~ Veveritse (Brooklyn, NY) ~
~ Titanium Sporkestra (Seattle, WA) ~
~ Springville All Star Marching Band (Springville, NY) ~
~ Seed and Feed Marching Abominables (Atlanta, GA) ~
~ Rude Mechanical Orchestra (Brooklyn, NY) ~
~ Minor Mishap Marching Band (Austin, TX) ~
~ Leftist Marching Band (Portsmouth, NH) ~
~ Himalayas (NY, NY) ~
~ Extraordinary Rendition Band (Providence, RI) ~
~ Environmental Encroachment (Chicago, IL) ~
~ DJA-Rara (Brooklyn, NY) ~
~ Detroit Party Marching Band (Detroit, MI) ~
~ Bread and Puppet Circus Band (Glover, VT) ~
~ Brass Liberation Orchestra (Oakland, CA) ~
~ Black Bear Combo (Chicago, IL) ~
~ Barrage Band Orchestra (Baltimore, MD) ~

with locals
[subject to revision]

~ AfroBrazil ~
 ~ AMP (Activist Music for the People) Radical Marching Band ~
~ Bahamas Junkanoo Jumpers ~
~ Dirty Water Brass Band ~
~ Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band ~
~ Expandable Brass Band ~
~ Factory Seconds ~
and
~ Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band ~

October 8-10

based
in
Davis Square, Somerville
&
Harvard Square, Cambridge

ALL 
[EXCEPT FOR ONE VERY AFFORDABLE EVENT] 
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL


(Somerville & Cambridge, MA)  Born out of a need for street bands to
celebrate their social activist side, the increasingly popular HONK!
Festival is back for a 5th year with opportunities galore for participants
and festival goers to enjoy themselves immensely.  Rain or shine on Columbus
Day weekend, October 8-10, the streets primarily in and around Davis Sq. and
spilling out into Harvard Square will be teeming with bands raising a good
time ruckus.

The confirmed HONK! band count is currently at 25, with one to two new ones
being added weekly.  But when the final count is in, this year up to 30,
there'll still be no stopping individuals who suddenly feel the need to jump
in at the last minute.  In today's parlance, HONK! 2010 already has an app
for that!  Opportunities abound not only for festival invitees but for the
spur of the moment merry maker, including a chance to play music with the
October 10th impromptu "community band" made up of individual musicians, who
are not affiliated with any of this year's HONK! bands, but are interested
in participating in the gigantic HONK! Parade to Reclaim the Streets for
Horns, Bikes and Feet.

Festival updates can be found at www.honkfest.org <http://www.honkfest.org/>
, twitter.com/honkfest/, and www.facebook.com/honkfestival, or by calling
617-383-HONK (4665).  Listed below is the festival schedule as it now
stands:


2010 WEEKEND SCHEDULE:


Friday, October 8, 1-5 pm
HONK! In The Neighborhoods
Visiting HONK! bands will team up with their local counterparts to perform
and interact at several Boston-area Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as at
other non-profit venues or gatherings. At this writing the following clubs
and organizations who will be participating are:
Yawkey Club of Roxbury, 115 Warren St., Roxbury; Charlestown Club, 15 Green
Street, Charlestown; Blue Hill Club, 15 Talbot Ave., Dorchester; South
Boston Club, 230 West Sixth Street, South Boston; Union Square Main Streets,
Union Square, Somerville; Zumix, 260 Summer St., East Boston; and the Food
Not Bombs gathering at Park St. on the Boston Common.
Many of these events are free and open to all.
For information: 617-383-HONK (4665), info at honkfest.org

Saturday, October 9, 12:30 pm-9 pm
HONK! On Davis Square
Up to 30 activist street bands, from near and far, will perform outdoors for
free.  An Opening Ceremony to be held at 12:30 pm in 7 Hills Park, Davis
Square, Somerville.  At this writing the following bands will be
participating, listed in alphabetical order: AfroBrazil, AMP (Activist Music
for the People) Radical Marching Band, Bahamas Junkanoo Jumpers, Barrage
Band Orchestra, Black Bear Combo, Brass Liberation Orchestra, Bread and
Puppet Circus Band, Detroit Party Marching Band, Dirty Water Brass Band,
DJA-Rara, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, Environmental
Encroachment, Expandable Brass Band, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Factory
Seconds, Himalayas, Leftist Marching Band, Minor Mishap Marching Band, Rude
Mechanical Orchestra, Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band,
Seed and Feed Marching Abominables, Springville All Star Marching Band,
Titanium Sporkestra, Veveritse, and What Cheer? Brigade.
Davis Square, Somerville
[Conveniently located near the Davis Square stop on the Red Line and several
MBTA bus connections.]
Free and open to all; rain or shine.
For information: 617-383-HONK (4665), info at honkfest.org

Sunday, October 10, noon-2 pm
HONK! Parade to Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet 
Led by the Mayors of Somerville and Cambridge, the parade will feature all
the HONK! bands, plus the Bread & Puppet Theater, the impromptu "community
band," and many local arts and community organizations, such as Green
Streets Initiative, Bikes Not Bombs, 350.org, Open Air Circus, Puppeteers
Cooperative, Livable Streets, and Sprout.  The parade assembles at 11 am,
and the route starts in Davis Square, Somerville, at noon, making its way to
Harvard Square's Oktoberfest celebration in Cambridge.  To participate in
the parade or to volunteer as a parade facilitator, contact
parade at honkfest.org.
[Conveniently located near the Davis, Porter, and Harvard Square stops on
the Red Line and several MBTA bus connections.]
Free and open to all; rain or shine.
For information: 617-383-HONK (4665), info at honkfest.org

Sunday, October 10, 2-6 pm
HONK! at Oktoberfest
Several HONK! bands will be featured in Harvard Square's Oktoberfest.
[Conveniently located near the Harvard Square stop on the Red Line and
several MBTA bus connections.]
Free and open to all; rain or shine.
For information, visit www.harvardsquare.com <http://www.harvardsquare.com/>
, 617-491-3434, hsba at harvardsquare.com

Sunday, October 10, 8 pm-midnight
HONK! Blow-Out
Featuring all the HONK! bands, performing up to 10 minute sets each.  At
this writing the following bands will be participating, listed in
alphabetical order: AfroBrazil, AMP (Activist Music for the People) Radical
Marching Band, Bahamas Junkanoo Jumpers, Barrage Band Orchestra, Black Bear
Combo, Brass Liberation Orchestra, Bread and Puppet Circus Band, Detroit
Party Marching Band, Dirty Water Brass Band, DJA-Rara, Emperor Norton's
Stationary Marching Band, Environmental Encroachment, Expandable Brass Band,
Extraordinary Rendition Band, Factory Seconds, Himalayas, Leftist Marching
Band, Minor Mishap Marching Band, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Second Line
Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band, Seed and Feed Marching
Abominables, Springville All Star Marching Band, Titanium Sporkestra,
Veveritse, and What Cheer? Brigade.
Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square, Somerville
[Conveniently located near the Davis Square stop on the Red Line and several
MBTA bus connections.]
Ticket: $10 general admission.
For tickets and information:  (617) 625-5700,
http://feitheatres.com/somerville-theatre/

Leading up to this year's Columbus Day weekend events, there are several
preliminary events worth noting:

Through Thursday, September 30, 2010:
HONK! Photo Exhibit
Features 7 photographers: Greg Cook, Tiffany Knight, Mark Dannenhauer, Jesse
Edsell-Vetter, Benjamin Greenberg, Chris Yeager & Akos Szilvasi. Their
photos are inspired by HONK! Festival 2009.
The Inside-Outside Gallery (aka the CVS windows)
CVS Pharmacy
1 Davis Square, Somerville
[Conveniently located near the Davis Square stop on the Red Line and several
MBTA bus connections.]
Free and open to all.
For more information, photoshow at honkfest.org.

Monday, September 13, 7-8:30 pm:
We Love HONK! Volunteers Meeting
Sign-up gathering to help in all the ways that make HONK! possible.
Individuals and groups interested in participating in the parade, to be held
from noon-2 pm on October 10th, are also encouraged to attend.  Fun is
guaranteed!
Somerville Public Library (West Branch)
40 College Ave., Somerville
[Conveniently located near the Davis Square stop on the Red Line and several
MBTA bus connections.]
For more information, contact volunteers at honkfest.org.

Tuesday, September 21, 10 am-11 pm:
Flatbread Pizza For HONK! Benefit
All day, with a special 7:30 pm performance by the Second Line Social Aid &
Pleasure Society Brass Band.  Flatbread in Somerville is donating a portion
of the cost of every pizza pie purchased during the day to the HONK!
Festival.
Flatbread Company
45 Day Street, Somerville
[Conveniently located near the Davis Square stop on the Red Line and several
MBTA bus connections.]
For more information, contact benefit at honkfest.org.

The HONK! Festival is a good idea coming to fruition.  A need had been
identified, not only on the part of musicians - of a particular persuasion -
who have a penchant for gathering to raise a awareness about issues that
need attention.  But also a need is there on the part of the audience - not
necessarily of any persuasion - to bask in the glow of this unusual
phenomenon.

As often as bands congregate to HONK in protest, they also perform to
celebrate the causes and institutions they support: multicultural festivals,
peace conferences, social forums, artists' collectives, community gardens,
block parties, neighborhood fundraisers, relief benefits and homeless
shelters.  In every case, the HONKers' ultimate goal is to have fun, to
relish the art of making fun as a form of individual and collective
transcendence, and to encourage others to see and do the same.

The HONK! Festival Committee would like to give special thanks to the
following for their support of this year's HONK! Festival: City of
Somerville, the Somerville Arts Council, RESIST, Harvard Square Business
Association, Davis Square businesses, and last but not least, the local
Davis Square community, whose support in terms of in-kind donations of food
and public services, housing for upwards of 300 musicians, and cash
contributions, is vital to keeping the HONK! effort going.

 



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