Honk! has returned.
This time it is in Seattle.
We will find out whether what Jim Morrison said is actually true: "The West is the best."
I look forward to playing trumpet with ethnomusicologist Charles Keil
and all the wild brass bands on March 21-22.
This event will also mark the conclusion of the 2008 Cultural Diversity in Music Education conference.
Here are links to relevant websites:
HONK! FEST WEST, a convocation of 15 activist street bands from the PNW and around the country, will be activating Seattle on Easter weekend, Friday through Sunday, March 21-23. (See www.honkfestwest.com for details)
The bands will be honking their hearts out to energize the masses, embolden public discourse, and to bring a critical mass of energy and creativity to the streets and clubs of Ballard and Georgetown. People will be dancing, music will fill the streets, and everyone will be smiling. From noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, the bands will converge on Ballard Skate Park and Ballard Sunday Market to acknowledge the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq.
Honk! bands know how to have a good time because they provide the punchy soundtrack for progressive events in their communities---peace rallies, relief benefits, and community celebrations.
Bands are coming from across the country (Chicago, New York, Santa Cruz, Eugene, Seattle) and around the world (Canada) to make this inaugural West Coast Honk! event a honking huge success. Come join the fun!
Put this on your calendar, friends. You won't want to miss it! Check out the website for up-to-the-minute details: www.honkfestwest.com
Friday, March 21, 8 p.m. to midnight
Ballard venues: Ballard Jam House, Conor Byrne’s Pub, Mr. Spot’s Chai House, New York Fashion Academy Joint cover for all events with recommended donation of $10 – 20. (No one turned away due to lack of funds.)
Saturday, March 22, 9 p.m. to midnight
Georgetown venues: Calamity Jane’s, Jules Maes Saloon, Smarty Pants Patio Joint cover for all events with recommended donation of $10 – 20. (No one turned away due to lack of funds.)
Sunday, March 23, noon to 3 p.m.
Convergence on Ballard Skate Park and Ballard Sunday Market to recognize the fifth anniversary of the War in Iraq.
Band Participants for Honk! Fest West:
Anti-Fascist Marching Band (Seattle)
Carnival Band (Vancouver)
La Banda Gozona (Cascadia)
Samba OlyWa (Olympia)
Environmental Encroachment (Chicago)
Black Bear Combo (Chicago)
Hungry March Band (New York)
Muskrat Rabble (Seattle)
Samba Ja (Eugene)
Sammamish Sublimation Band (Cascadia)
Santa Cruz Trash Orchestra (Santa Cruz, CA)
Weapons of Marching Destruction (Seattle)
Yellow Hat Band (Seattle)
Peace Bandits (Olympia)
Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band (Seattle)
Raging Grannies (Seattle) and more!
For New Englanders, here is an important message from popular music scholar Reebee Garofalo about a Honk! fundraising event:
We are organizing the third annual HONK! festival of activist street bands. We need your help to make it happen. read on and join us at
HELP US HONK!
a honk-style fundraiser party
Sunday March 30th, 6-9pm
The Dante Club
3 Dante Terrace
(entrance off Craigie St, between Somerville Ave & Summer St)
Advance tickets available online (now) at
Did you LOVE HONKfest last year? Or the year before?
Do you agree with the NPR program producer who told us that it was the best event he'd experienced in the Boston area in 10 years?
Do you want another unforgettable honk in 2008?
Well now's the time to help us fund this street festival of socially and politically activist brass bands from around the world, to be held Columbus Day weekend, October 10-12, 2008.
The HONK! Festival is a non-profit, grassroots event, and although we are actively seeking grant money from various organizations, we depend primarily on donations to pay our expenses.
On Sunday March 30th, 6-9 PM, we will throw a fundraising party at the Dante Club, an awesome, little-known space in Somerville, featuring:
* the raucous, NOLA sounds of the Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band, and a chance to win them for a future party of your choice
* the uplifting, dance-inducing, ethnogroove music of Debo band
* the new film by Olivier Asselin, Honk You Very Much, based on last year's festival
* a showing of the 3-DVD set Return of HONK! by our friends at SCAT TV
* opportunities to support HONK! through the purchase of very very cool, unique and collectible HONK! buttons
* delicious food donated by fine local restaurants
* possible special appearance by comedian and political satirist Jimmy Tingle
Come join our party, and help us do what it takes to make this unique and inspiring event return again in 2008!