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HONK! Festival, Oct. 10-13

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  October 7, 2013 01:27 PM

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They're loud, they're proud, and they're coming to Somerville.


Leonardo March

Activist street bands from around the world converge on Davis Square for the annual HONK! Festival. This year's line-up of 26 bands includes the Young Fellaz Brass Band from New Orleans, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra from Brooklyn, Perhaps Contraption from London, and Os Siderais from Rio De Janeiro. Those and other visiting ensembles will be joining locals AfroBrazil, Dirty Water Brass Band, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, and the Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band.

The New Orleans spirit of taking music to the streets is an inspiration for the HONK! movement, so it's appropriate that the 2013 edition of the festival parade will be led by New Orleans's Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club, a group that staged a redo of their Mother's Day parade after gunmen opened fire on the event last May.

Information on the full schedule of marching, singing, dancing, and general revelry follows.

Thursday, October 10, 7 p.m.:
Pre-HONK! Musical Showcase For Visiting HONK! bands takes place throughout Union Square, Somerville

Friday, October 11, 3-5 p.m.:
HONK! bands play for and with community and after-school groups throughout the greater Boston area.

Friday, October 11, 7-9 p.m.:
Lantern Parades, sidewalk HONK! processions, take place around Davis Square, Somerville, accompanied by bike lights, paper lanterns, flashlights, and other forms of DIY lighting. Open community lantern-making workshops from 4-6 p.m. are held prior to the lantern parades which begin and end in Hodgkins-Curtin Park near Davis Square.
Rain or shine.

Friday, October 11, 8 p.m.-12:45 a.m.:
HONK! kick-off concert features a HONK! Jam with reps from each HONK! band, conducted by Ken Field of the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble; the Perhaps Contraption; Young Fellaz Brass Band; Os Siderais. At Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square.

Saturday, October 12, noon-9 p.m.:
HONK! Opening Ceremonies at 7 Hills Park, Davis Square at noon. Free Outdoor concerts featuring 26 bands in and around Davis Square. Rain or shine.

Sunday, October 13, noon-2 p.m.:
HONK! Parade to "Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet" from Davis Square to Harvard Square features HONK! bands plus 24 community organizations, visual artists, and performers. Parade winds up at the Harvard Square Oktoberfest celebration. Rain or shine.

Sunday, October 13, 2:15-6 p.m.:
HONK! All-Band Blowout Concert at Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest. Rain or shine.

All events free. Festival information at 617-383-4665,

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.

Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.


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