[act-ma] HONK! Fest surge w/27+ Bands, Kickstarter Countdown, & Volunteer Recruiting ... Fest runs Oct. 6-8, 2017

Mary Curtin marycurtin at comcast.net
Wed Sep 20 13:13:58 PDT 2017




October 6 through 8, 2017

a wide variety of musical / sociopolitical events
planned in Somerville, Cambridge, & Boston


(Somerville, MA) For twelve years now, the HONK! Festival of Activist Street
Bands <http://honkfest.org/>  has been rocking out any outdoor complacency
in Somerville and surrounding areas, with a rousing brass and percussive
spectacle that's impossible to ignore. HONK! is all about building
community, celebrating participatory culture, and standing up for social
justice. Boisterous music, energetic dancing, flamboyant costumes, and
eye-catching visual art prove to be the perfect combo for raising awareness
about sociopolitical issues, all while putting a broad smile on the faces of
everyone who participates. HONK! empowers all to take positive action and do
it with gusto.

This year's HONK! will include all the features that have compelled
thousands of participants to return year after year - family friendly
Lantern Parades through the neighborhoods of Somerville; continuous free
performances by dozens of HONK! bands all day in Davis Square; the venerable
HONK! Parade 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.

There will be way more than enough music for everyone. This year the HONK!
bands total 27+, featuring many of the usual suspects, who come from all
over the US. In addition, there will be many new bands, including two new
all-women bands, Damas de Ferro from Rio de Janeiro and Seattle's Filthy

The complete list of 27+ HONK! bands (with band links at
<http://honkfest.org/2017-festival/bands-2017/> ): 

aNova Brazil (Somerville, MA); Black Sheep Ensemble (Atlanta, GA); Boycott
(Somerville, MA); The Brass Balagan (Burlington, VT); Brass Liberation
Orchestra (San Francisco, CA); The Bread and Puppet Circus Band (Glover,
VT); Caka!ak Thunder (Greensboro, NC); Chaotic Noise Marching Corps
(Seattle, WA); Damas de Ferro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil); Dead Music Capital
Band (Austin, TX); Dirty Water Brass Band (Boston, MA); Emperor Norton's
Stationary Marching Band (Somerville, MA); Expandable Brass Band
(Northampton, MA); Extraordinary Rendition Band (Providence, RI); The Filthy
FemCorps (Seattle, WA); Forward! Marching Band (Madison, WI); Hartford Hot
Several (Hartford, CT); Hungry March Band (Brooklyn, NY); Leftist Marching
Band (Portsmouth, NH); New Creations Brass Band (New Orleans, LA); The Party
Band (Lowell, MA); Rara Bel Poze (Boston, MA); 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). Plus Banda de Paz
(Boston, MA) will be joining the HONK! Parade down Massachusetts Ave.

HONK! is a non-profit, with a very limited budget. The annual Kickstarter
fundraiser is now in full swing: www.h <http://www.honkfest.org/kickstarter>
onkfest.org/kickstarter, with a deadline of September 29th to reach its goal
of $15,000. No donation is too small, or too large! Visit honkfest.org/help
<http://honkfest.org/help/>  for more information on tax-deductible

HONK! is also an all-volunteer organization, where many hands lighten the
impressive list of festival to-dos. All who are interested in experiencing
the strong sense of camaraderie that HONK! generates, can email
volunteer at honkfest.org plus housing at honkfest.org. Visit honkfest.org/help
<http://honkfest.org/help/>  for more information on volunteer

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 6-8, 2017
Various neighborhoods throughout Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston.
Rain or shine; free and open to all.
For further information:  <http://www.honkfest.org/> www.honkfest.org,
617-383-HONK (4665).
--submitted by marycurtinproductions [on behalf of the HONK! Festival]
c/o Mary Curtin
PO Box 290703, Charlestown, MA 02129
617-470-5867 (cell),  <mailto:marycurtin at comcast.net> marycurtin at comcast.net
"dedicated to staging insightful entertainment, particularly in
non-traditional venues"
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