Across the country and around the world, a new type of street band is
emerging. Acoustic and mobile, borrowing repertoire and inspiration from
a diverse set of folk music traditions – New Orleans second line brass
bands, European Klezmer, Balkan and Romani (Gypsy) music, Brazilian Afro
Bloc and Frevo traditions, as well as the passion and spirit of Mardi
Gras and Carnivale – these “honkers” all share a commitment to several
core principles. Metaphorically speaking, they honk their horns for the
same reasons motorists honk theirs: to arouse fellow travelers, to warn
of danger, to celebrate milestones, and to just plain have fun.
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We enjoyed this year's Honk! Festival in Somerville, MA on October 11, 2008.
My personal favorite was The Rude Mechanical Orchestra. Twenty four bands participated this year.
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