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5 Days 12 Bands 20 Concerts 150 Musicians HONK NYC! Festival 2013
5 Days 12 Bands 20 Concerts 150 Musicians HONK NYC! Festival 2013
5 Days 12 Bands 20 Concerts 150 Musicians HONK NYC! Festival 2013
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HONK NYC! Festival 2013

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October 15 - October 19, 2013

It's time for HONK NYC!

HONK NYC! is THE after-party to Somerville, MA's unprecedented HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands.

A five-day musical explosion, the 2013 HONK NYC! Festival will showcase over 12 groups from New York, Chicago, Austin, London and Rio de Janeiro.

HONK NYC! celebrates the music of the global street. Performances will be presented in NYC streets, parks, on the Staten Island Ferry, in public schools, concert halls, art galleries and museums.

An international convergence of musicians and dancers, HONK NYC! has been introducing New York City audiences to artists from across the U.S. and Europe annually since 2007.

This year, the festival expands its reach to receive two acts playing in New York FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER: London, England's Perhaps Contraption, and Os Siderais, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

HONK NYC! welcomes back two national favorites of the marching band scene in 2013: Chicago's Environmental Encroachment and Austin's Minor Mishap Marching Band.

Our new T-shirts are here. Get yours first by donating to our campaign!

Little Chris Models HONK NYC! T
Little Chris Models HONK NYC! T

New York-based artists playing HONK NYC! include Frank London, PitchBlak Brass Band, Underground Horns, Veveritse, Batala NYC, Rude Mechanical Orchestra and Hungry March Band.

Perhaps Contraption
Perhaps Contraption

FESTIVAL PROGRAM

More than twenty performances will be given during the festival. Artists will appear nightly, at art spaces such as Littlefield and Gowanus Ballroom, in Brooklyn, and popular East Village venue Drom. The 2nd Annual Cavalcade of Pomp, HONK NYC!'s night of five simultaneous and convergent parades, returns again in 2013, a mobile pageant of music and spectacle on Manhattan's Lower East Side. 

HONK NYC! is proud to include a new component to the festival this year: HONK NYC! in the Schools and KIDS HONK! at HONK NYC! 

Working in conjunction with local educators, HONK NYC! will send bands into four partner elementary and pre-schools in Brooklyn and Staten Island, where the educational initiative made its debut last year at the Staten Island Community Charter School.

Environmental Encroachment at the Staten Island Community Charter School, October 2012
Environmental Encroachment at the Staten Island Community Charter School, October 2012

On Saturday, October 19, the festival closes with a kids instrument building workshop, "Instrument Petting Zoo" and performance at Children's Museum of the Arts in lower Manhattan.

For full schedule and other details, visit the festival website and FB page

Why Kickstart for HONK NYC!?

In previous years, HONK NYC! has taken all monies earned through door entry fees and divided it equally amongst the number of musicians/acts playing the festival: anywhere from five to ten bands with 10 to 15 members each. In 2009, this averaged $12 per person, per set. Participating artists used these very modest amounts to cover travel expenses getting to the main HONK! Fest in Somerville and then onward to NYC. 

This year, HONK NYC! aspires to offer real assistance to visiting artists, to ensure they have a great experience playing in New York City. Funds raised through this campaign will go towards the following expenses: travel costs, hospitality, visas fees, housing.

Another vital element of HONK NYC! is the audience. HONK NYC! is dedicated to offering festival attendees a spectacular show. No matter where the location inside or out, HONK NYC! provides a unique opportunity for New Yorkers to hear some of the most exciting, accessible music made today: hands can't stop clapping, feet can't stop moving, smiles can't hide. In order to bring New Yorkers the best event possible, HONK NYC! Kickstarter earnings will be utilized to cover production costs such as marketing, permitting, and equipment rental, to ensure our artists sound and look great in front of substantial crowds. 

Lastly, HONK NYC! is dedicated to compensating local acts with a small stipend during the festival, as local musicians incur travel and production expenses of their own participating in HONK NYC! In past years, NYC bands have often donated their own door take to visiting bands, eating their own costs to play the festival.

The 2013 HONK NYC! Kickstarter campaign aims to enable some budgetary breathing room so that everyone can be sure they have a ride home at the end of the gig.

Hungry March Band at HONK NYC! 2012 by Ro Mo
Hungry March Band at HONK NYC! 2012 by Ro Mo
 

About HONK NYC!

HONK NYC! is one of four spin-offs of the Boston-area HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands, a summit of more than thirty such ensembles taking place annually over Columbus Day weekend.

Founded in 2007 by members of Hungry March Band, HONK NYC!, like its sister festivals, honors the creative movement of politically active, socially minded, and musically diverse professional and community-based street bands working in the United States, Europe and South America today.

Risks and challenges

Presenting a multi-day arts festival in NYC is no small endeavor.

HONK NYC!'s resilience over the past six years is due as much to the passion of its producers as it is to the power of the community of artists, activists, and neighbors supporting it. They are the backbone of this festival, and have committed to working as hard in 2013 as they have in years' past to make the dream of HONK NYC! a reality.

In 2013, HONK NYC! desires to grow. This can happen with your support.

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    From our own lovely Sxip Shirey - an mp3 download of his album, Sonic New York!! If you don't know Sxip yet - you should.

    "Sxip Shirey is a composer and performer who lives in New York City. His music is beautiful, surprising, deep and will twist your head right around. Ecstatic melody, unimaginable sounds and deep sexy beats played Industrial Flutes, Bullhorn Harmonicas, Regurgitated Music Box, Triple Extended Pennywhistls, Miniature Hand Bell Choir, Obnoxiophone, Glass Bowls With Red Marbles, human beat box and a clutch of curious objects."

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    A sweet CD from our friends at Veveritse! "The most thrilling Balkan brass band this side of Vranjski Banja, Veveritse brings you the dramatic soaring melodies and insistent dance beats of Serbian-style brass and drums, all in the powerful delivery of 11 fearless... SQUIRRELS!"

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    Collect them all! HONK NYC! Posters from 2009 (when it was called BONK! The Brooklyn HONK Festival) to 2013, plus a website mention, and a high five.

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    Pair of tickets (and two drinks) to Rubulad's Halloween Blowout! Hurry, we only have three of these! Thanks to Rubulad for all their support & love.

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    Trombone Telegram! Sebastian Isler, of NYC's Hungry March Band, offers the following: "Your grandparent, parent, lover, brother, sister, significant other, friend or partner can have a beautiful birthday song played over the phone on the magnificent trombone. Live and in the style of your choice. Sebastian will call, play and deliver your message. Requests accepted."

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    Dance, dance dance! Enjoy a private dance class with the lovely ladies of the Hungry March Band Pleasure Society. Learn all the moves to get you groovin' at gigs and be inspired to choreograph one of your own - they'll help! (Delivery subject to scheduling.)

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    A night out, times three! - Ticket Package: A pair of tickets (so, six in all) to each of these great comedy nights at Littlefield, a proud sponsor of Honk NYC:
    - Night Train with Wyatt Cenac
    (weekly comedy show)
    - Point Break Live!
    (monthly live theatre event/ audience participation event)
    - Running Late with Scott Rogowsky
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    Circus Shenanigans! Professional Circus Instructor Tanya Solomon offers your choice of a juggling lesson, or handstand/headstand lesson. Learn from the bestest. The clown is down. Local to NYC only!

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    Learn to fly with Kae Burke of The House of Yes. Kae will teach you and a friend how to climb, pose, twirl and fly on aerial fabric. This one, 1-hour private class open to first-timers, beginners and intermediates.

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    Unlimited 2013 pass to shows at DROM!!

    You +1, on the guestlist for any and all shows for the rest of the year. We only have one of these available! Thanks very much to DROM, one of our participating venue sponsors.

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    "Ladies and Gentlemen!" Emcee the HONK NYC! opening night party at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan, Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

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    "May I have your attention, please?" Emcee the HONK NYC! closing night party at Gowanus Ballroom in Brooklyn, Friday, October 18, 2013.

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    Host HONK NYC! at Drom. Wednesday, October 16, 10pm 'til the wee hours.

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    Your very own personalized entrance theme! Sxip Shirey will compose your own theme music, for when you make your grand entrance. Think Audrey Horne's sultry Twin Peaks riff. Except Sxip-a-matized and totally unique.

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    Blacksmith Class - Learn the basics of blacksmithing at Serett Metalworks in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

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    Parade Marshal! Walk at the head of one HONK NYC!'s Cavalcade of Pomp processionals. HONK NYC! will provide the umbrella and a guide.

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    Three song hit! Environmental Encroachment will play three songs at your event, birthday party, job, home or on a street corner, if you like. Just for you! (Note: delivery in NYC Oct 15 - 20, 2013 or in the Chicago area, subject to band's schedule.)

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    Three song wonder! Minor Mishap Marching Band will play three songs at your picnic, backyard BBQ, birthday party, event or job! (Note: Austin area only, subject to the band's availability.)

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    Hungry March Band, at your service! A full 45 minutes of the HMB experience at your private event in New York City, subject to band schedule and availabilty. (Note: no festivals; promoters are ineligible.)

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