marycurtin (marycurtin) wrote in davis_square,

HONK! Festival 2011, Sept. 30-Oct.3

Sixth Annual Festival of Activist Street Bands.

Almost all events are free and open to everyone. The Friday night Kickoff is $10 per person and the Sunday night Boat Cruise is $15 each.

HONK!: the activist musical craze sweeping the nation – from Boston to Providence to Brooklyn to Austin to Seattle -- and every Fall back to Boston, with HONK! bands migrating from far and near, descending upon the HONK! epicenter, where festival participants (including the audience) can gaggle, gander, and generate the gregarious racket that signifies the HONK! experience. Up to 30 bands, with many concerts, a huge parade, several workshops and a boat cruise.

Festival updates can be found at,, and, or by calling 617-383-HONK (4665).

The HONK! phenomenon was born 6 years ago in Davis Square spurred on by a need of a certain species of street band to congregate and celebrate their social activist side. HONK! lets the good times roll while being ever mindful that some bad times need fixing. HONK! believes that street-wise music can be the agent of change for the better. HONK! is the universal tongue for hey-wake-up-and-pay-attention!

This year there will be honk-like opportunities galore with outdoor band concerts in Davis, spilling over into Harvard Square and surrounding neighborhoods, and for the first time ever, splashing out into the Boston Harbor. Rain or shine from September 30 through October 3, HONK! will release its clarion call throughout the Boston-area – a call to wage peace, harmony, and just plain fun.

With the following bands: AfroBrazil, Brass Balagan, Brass Messengers, Bread and Puppet Theater Circus Band, Caka!ak Thunder, Carnival Band, Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble, 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, Forward! and The Milwaukee Molotov Marchers, Hungry March Band, Leftist Marching Band, Minor Mishap Marching Band, Open Hand Orchestra, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band, Seed and Feed Marching Abominable, Springville All Star Marching Band, Titanium Sporkestra, What Cheer? Brigade, and Young Fellaz.
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