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Your rundown for the HONK! Festival in the ‘ville

Oct 05 12:15 pm

The HONK! Festival - Celebrating 5 Years of Awesome

As we mentioned earlier, we are really excited about the HONK! Festival this weekend in Somerville and beyond.  We love what HONK! stands for:  Music. Community. Justice. Diversity.  That’s a values line up that’s tough to beat.

From their About Us section on their website:

“Just as important, (The Street Bands) honk their horns because it’s the best way they know to protest a world of violence and oppression.”

Who wouldn’t love that?!?

For more info on HONK!, here’s a great mini-documentary produced at Tufts University.

Louder Than Words from Tufts Film Works on Vimeo.

So if you’re looking for something to support this weekend, HONK! is a great option.  Here’s a rundown of what’s happening from their Schedule page

Friday, Oct 8, 1 – 5 pm

HONK! in the Neighborhoods: Visiting bands will play for students at local Boys & Girls Clubs, and alongside local community bands in East Somerville, East Boston, Cambridge and Boston.

Saturday, Oct 9, Noon – 9 pm

HONK! on Davis Square: 25 activist street bands, from around the country, perform outdoors for free. Opening Ceremony at 12:00noon at 7 Hills Park in Davis Square.

Sunday, Oct 10, Noon – 2 pm

HONK! Parade to “Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet” featuring all the bands plus Bread & Puppet Theater and many local arts and community organizations, from Davis Square to Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest celebration. The parade leaves Davis Square at 12 noon, travels down Elm Street, then Beech Street onto Massachusetts Ave to Harvard Square. We need 123 volunteers for this parade–contact [email protected] if you are interested!

Sunday, Oct 10, 2 – 6 pm

HONK! bands perform at Harvard Square Oktoberfest.

Sunday, Oct 10, 8 pm-midnight

Blow-out final show at Somerville Theatre in Davis Square!
All-ages, general admission – 20 brass bands in 4 hours, for only $10!
Tickets available online, at the Theatre box office in Davis Square — or pick them up at a HONK! table during the festival weekend! Saturday at Statue Park in Davis Square, and Sunday at Brattle and Mt. Auburn Streets in Harvard Square. (additional theater fees apply if purchased online or at the box office)

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  1. Correction from one of the organizers of the Friday Honk in the Neighborhoods:

    Somerville’s Friday Honk is on Union Square Plaza, not East Somerville, 3-5 PM. The invited Honk band is San Francisco’s Rude Mechanical Orchestra, playing with Somerville High’s World Music Ensemble, Marching Band and Drum Line. Bring the kids!

    Comment by Deborah Pacini — October 5, 2010 @4:49 pm

  2. Honk is one of the reasons I love Somerville. And for the record, I plan to attend BOTH Harvest Fest and Honk - the parade on Sunday is NOT to be missed!

    Comment by Maggie — October 5, 2010 @5:13 pm

  3. Ooops, I caught another mistake, this time my own! Rude Mechanical Orchestra is from New York, not San Francisco!

    Comment by Deborah Pacini — October 7, 2010 @3:42 pm

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