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Gotham's beloved street party is back with SEVEN days of sweet music, dance & euphoric revelry. YOU ARE INVITED!
Gotham's beloved street party is back with SEVEN days of sweet music, dance & euphoric revelry. YOU ARE INVITED!
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Polish Your Dancing Shoes. Dust Off Your Party Hat. Join Our Creative Community.

NYC's 9th Annual Convergence of Street Bands & Spectacle Makers kicks off October 12-18, just three weeks away!

HONK NYC! is an independent arts festival celebrating contemporary street band spectacle & culture. The multi-day event presents free and affordably priced performances in clubs, schools, parks, gardens, galleries & other public spaces across the New York City region for one fantastic week each October.

Les Muses Tanguent in Tompkins Square Park, HONK NYC! 2014
Les Muses Tanguent in Tompkins Square Park, HONK NYC! 2014

HONK NYC! is a spin-off the decade strong, Boston-area HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands, the founding fest of a now multi-city network of HONKs in the U.S., Brazil & Australia. Fun, revelry, audience participation & inclusivity are the hallmarks of the street band movement - the HONK! movement. Onlookers are implored to become directly engaged. Rusty musicians are encouraged to play music. “Closeted” performers are empowered to reveal themselves. All beginners are welcome. The d.i.y. credo that revolutionized music, fashion & the arts in the late 1970s has a new look: marching band.

Street bands are the PUNK OF NOW!

Chaotic Noise in Tompkins Square Park, HONK NYC! 2014
Chaotic Noise in Tompkins Square Park, HONK NYC! 2014

HONK NYC! grew from a dinner party 8 years ago for Brooklyn's Hungry March Band & Rome's Pink Puffers Brass Band. HONK NYC! is now a week-long celebration with the participation of nearly 25 performance groups. From school visits to outdoor concerts & late-night parades, HONK NYC! presents two shows daily (sometimes more!) throughout the week.

7 Days + 300 Artists + 20 Concerts + School Programs = HONK NYC!

This year we are thrilled to be adding a handful of bands to the roster who've never played HONK NYC! before, including beloved local heroes, Brooklyn United Marching Band, subway superstars Drumadics, and the newest "alt" marching band in town, Funkrust Brass Band.

From Paris, for their premiere in NYC, we've got funky French fanfare, Les Vilains Chicot.

And...we're bringing two acts from New Orleans up to the fest for their NYC debuts!!! Straight from Treme, we’re pleased to bring all ten members of the fantastic younger group New Creations Brass Band from the Big Easy to the Big Apple. In addition, we are super-excited that living legend Big Chief Alfred Doucette will be coming with several of his exquisite hand-stitched Mardi Gras Indian costumes, which we will exhibit in a roaming gallery.

Visit our website for our complete schedule & additions.

How do your contributions to our campaign help HONK NYC!?

HONK NYC! began as an artists-run endeavor & remains as such, even as the number of festival coordinators has swelled from just a handful to fifteen people in the past eight years. We started raising money via crowdfunding in 2013. That year, we had one Excel spreadsheet at the end of the four-day fest with two simple columns: “Band Name,” & “Amount Paid.” Thanks to donors like you, HONK NYC! has grown exponentially into a one-week festival with two or more events each day. Each year, we present more bands at more free & affordable events across the city. We are now serving a greater number of audience members, partnering with new organizations & attracting the attention of media from around the globe.

In 2015, Kickstarter funds are earmarked to underwrite:

  • Travel fees including airfare for far-out-of-town bands, bus rental for bands coming from Providence, and ground transportation to get those tubas and bass drums from one event to another.
  • Venue fees for the brasstastic blowouts at Littlefield and two other locations TBA, featuring six or seven sensational sonic ensembles.
  • Publicity including a press agent and postcard printing so everyone knows the where, when, and who of HONK! NYC
  • Permit fees for pageants in public spaces and late-night parades.

An average of 52% of the festival’s costs was covered by Kickstarter donations in 2013 and 2014. The more we raise, the more we will be able to do: the more musicians we can serve & support, the greater numbers of audiences we can reach & recruit, the bigger & better we can be while minimizing the risk, loss and cost of the festival itself.

Support and Become Involved with our Most Ambitious project yet!

Street band members love to play music for the people. They transform spaces into lively, active zones of pleasure & enjoyment. Our goal is to provide our artists with as many opportunities as possible to encounter the best audiences in the world & make magic together. HONK NYC! wants to facilitate the connection between these artists & you

We're collaborating with over ten arts organizations, community groups, presenting partners, elementary schools & university think-tanks in 2015 to make this city-wide party for 3,500 people!

Join our Creative Community. Meet us on the streets of New York City October 12 - 18, 2015 for HONK NYC!

A local resident joins Moscow's PaKaVa It' in Tompkins Square Park, HONK NYC! 2014
A local resident joins Moscow's PaKaVa It' in Tompkins Square Park, HONK NYC! 2014
How to Make A Marching Band by Samantha Tsistinas
How to Make A Marching Band by Samantha Tsistinas
HONK NYC! Logo 2015 by Samantha Tsistinas w/ Jenn Eakin
HONK NYC! Logo 2015 by Samantha Tsistinas w/ Jenn Eakin
Hungry March Band Uniform Treasures!!!!
Hungry March Band Uniform Treasures!!!!

Risks and challenges

Our festival's growth happened by accident: folks from out-of-town bands informed us they were coming to NYC after Boston HONK! "Please get us gigs," they implored, which we did. As a result, the next year, our visitors stayed a bit longer. We added more gigs to meet their desire & from this, a festival emerged.

This is a happy accident, to be sure! And herein lies the risks and challenges we face each year.

We've encountered a ton of logistical problems in recent years: snafus with transportation, hidden venue fees, & hospitality being the most formidable. We've also dealt with inclement weather, promised donations that never arrived, housing situations that turned out to be more stormy than sunny, & misunderstandings around gigs and scheduling.

How have we handled all this? We've pulled together. We've worked on our communication. We've borrowed money. We've bartered for services. We've talked with our artists, co-presenters, fellow Honk producers, & benefactors about how to navigate these inevitable problems. We've reached out to seasoned production experts who've offered guidance & brought them onto our team. We've even become friends with the local NYPD precinct's head of Community Affairs, who endorses us 100%.

And through it all, our supporters, backers, volunteers, audience members & presenting partners have helped us to make this accidental festival flourish. The tremendous response we've received in the past has enabled us to provide a great foundation upon which we continue to build our organization.

Please support HONK NYC. Check out our great rewards: from tickets to shows to our classic Tees to march band memorabilia and *deals* on performances, we have something for everyone! Your contributions help us to create an arts organization that is truly “by the people, for the people,” in the greatest city in the world.

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    Get your pre-sale ticket to our 4th annual Friday Night Gala!

    Friday, October 16
    Doors at 7pm / Show at 8pm.
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    With Gato Loco, Hungry March Band, BatalaNYC, Environmental Encroachment, Drumadics, Les Vilains Chicot, New Creations Brass Band, & more TBA.

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    Get a digital download of Spanglish Fly's new CD, "New York Boogaloo."

    "What Sharon Jones did for oldschool soul, what Antibalas did for Afrobeat & what Chicha Libre is doing for chicha, Spanglish Fly is doing for bugalu."

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    Sxip Shirey's "Sonic New York," -- mp3 download. If you don't yet know Sxip, you should. "Sxip Shirey is a composer & performer who lives in New York City. His music is beautiful, surprising, deep and will twist your head right around. Ecstatic melody, unimaginable sounds & deep sexy beats played by Industrial Flutes, Bullhorn Harmonicas, Regurgitated Music Box, Triple Extended Pennywhistles, Miniature Hand Bell Choir, Obnoxiophone, Glass Bowls With Red Marbles, human beat box & a clutch of curious objects."

    Catch him & his JANK band at our Brasstasstic Blowout on Saturday, October 18.

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    Get your pre-sale ticket to our Brass-Tastic Blowout, presented with RUBULAD.

    Saturday, October 17 at The Wick
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    With BatalaNYC & guest Marcus Santos, Environmental Encroachment, Drumadics, Les Vilains Chicot, New Creations Brass Band, Sxip Shirey & His JaNK Band and Underground Horns.

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    Hungry March Band Treasure:
    Specialized Chef Hats by Evelyn Fugate

    HMB Dancer Evelyn Fugate tricked out simple paper chef hats for HMB's 2007 European tour. Only four remain. Wear HMB's iconic fork-knife-n-ear logo on your head when you make a meal.

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    More Gardens! CD, featuring Hungry March Band, Antibalas, Pete Seegar & many others.

    The More Gardens! Coalition is a group of community people, community gardeners, & environmental & social justice activists, rooted in arts, promoting the development and preservation of community gardens as well as the cultivation of fallow land in New York City.

    This CD is a expression in musical form of the alchemy the group performs on land. HONK NYC! is proud to partner with More Gardens! on our annual day of parades in the East Village, which will be October 17 this year.

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    Scull-n-Drum Sticks Patch

    From Hungry March Band's Treasure, an original patch made by Julie Hair in 2007. Only one left.

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    "How To Make A Marching Band" poster by Samantha Tsistinas of Hungry March Band

    HONK NYC! Fest founder Samantha Tsistinas illustrated a how-to on making a marching band for our award-winning 2015 World Maker Fest presentation. Get your own printed copy of her whimsical, inimitable artwork.

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    French Fanfare Music - 2 CDs from Marseille: Samenakoa & Pompier Pony Club.

    Samenakoa, a brass band from Marseille, was a powerful force in the French fanfare scene of the last decade, re-imagining what fanfare music could sound & look like under the influences of hip-hop, jazz & a sultry female singer. The band formed on a hot Mediterranean summer night & spent a decade together writing incredible original music they brought to the streets of their home city & at brass band festivals across France. We have 2 copies available of their CD, The March, which they toured with in NYC in 2008.

    Le Pompier Poney Club, created in 2012 in Marseille, is an international fanfare, with members from across France, Belgium, Rome & New York. On their first CD, recorded in 2014, you will find a variety of musical influences, with songs such as "Belsunce Breakdown," a famous hip hop song from Marseille's own Booga, B52's "Rock Lobster," Dalida's "Mourir sur Scene/I want to die on stage," Streetlight Manifesto's "When we Fall," & "Ghost Town," from The Specials.

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    Get your hands on a limited edition Spanglish Fly vinyl 7" 45rpm single: "Me Gusta Mi Bicicleta" b/w "The Po-Po"!

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    A Bounty from Batala NYC!

    Carry a bit of Batala NYC with you in your very own BNYC logo bag stuffed with a Batala T, a CD & other assorted swag from NYC's only all-female, Afro-Brazilian samba reggae ensemble.

    www.batala.nyc

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    HONK NYC! commemorative hoodie! The temperature is dropping. Nothing like a classic black hoodie to beef up your winter jam.

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    "Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture and Creativity"

    Get your very own signed copy of Oriana Leckert's book. Published in 2015, Brooklyn spaces profiles the community of creative space makers in Brooklyn who've transformed the borough over the past two decades into one of the most outrageously creative cities in the world. Read about the beautiful & the bizarre, the intricate and the slapdash, the upcycled, hacked, and remade.

    The book features HONK NYC! artists Les Muses Tanguent on its cover, in performance at our 2014 Brasstasstic Blowout with Rubulad.

    More info here:
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    Sponsor a BatalaNYC drum! Your name will appear on the drum for one year, & the drummer will send you a personalized video card thank you! In addition, you will receive a Batala CD.

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    Hungry March Band Treasure:
    One-of-a-kind costume skirt by Miggipyn

    Up-cycled designer Miggipyn created unique costume Ts and Skirts for HMB members for their 2009 European tour. Only one skirt remains: with the HMB skull wearing a marching band hat, surrounded by flames. Medium.

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    Big Bag O' Music & Stuff! CDs & swag from your favorite honkin' bands. Includes past festival posters & other surprises!

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    Are you in need of a fanfare? Perhaps "Reveille" to wake up in the morning or "Taps" to wind down at night? Would you like to serenade someone with a trumpet-gram? Would your softball game only be complete with a rousing rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner?" How about a surprise "Happy Birthday" for your sweetheart? Hungry March Band's trumpeters Jenny Harder & John Waters are at your service to provide the very best brass flourish for any occasion.

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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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    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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    One-of-a-kind mermaid headpiece from the upcoming production of SPLISH, happening in New Orleans in late October, by Alita Edgar of Charm School Design, costumer to the Hungry March Band!

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    Hungry March Band Treasure:
    HMB 2005 New Orleans Mardi Gras Tour Jacket

    Hungry March Band played New Orleans during Mardi Gras in February 2005. Required for the first time in their career to wear "uniforms," band members modified red chef jackets for the tour.

    One smaller sized jacket is available. HMB's original logo is silkscreened on the back; the skull-n-cross-drumstick logo patch is sewn on the shoulder; with a fitted waist.

    The jacket was worn for a week-long of parades, parties & shows, & is one-of-a-kind, as each member altered jackets for the tour.

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    Stand in front of the most powerful drum line in NYC! Conduct Batala NYC. Bandleader Stacy Kovacs will show how it's done in real time & assist you in directing a samba reggae set of your very own.

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    Hungry March Band Treasure:
    Samantha Pantha's Cymbals

    HMB's original cymbalist Samantha Pantha is one of the best-known players in the alt-marching band scene. Her unique style of playing & "cymbal acrobatics" have attracted the attention of audiences across the states & in Europe, inspiring many. Her original cymbal equipment can be yours - complete with cracks, tour stickers, & the blood sweat & tears of over a decade of playing with Hungry March Band.

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    Performance artist Pat Oleszko will present her original piece of parade theatre, "Hello Folly: The Floes & Cons of Arctic Drilling," at this year's fest on Saturday, October 17. She's donated one of her hand-made, specially crafted polar bear heads featured in "Hello Folly" to our campaign. It's called the "Bi Polar Bare" headpiece. This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of work from one the most influential contemporary performance artists of our time.

    Read here to learn more about Pat Oleszko:
    http://current.nyfa.org/post/129153892243/fellows-at-30-interview-with-pat-oleszko

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    Batala NYC drum explosion! New York City's all-female Afro-Brazilian samba reggae ensemble -- a force to be reckoned with -- will descend on your party with the power of the drums for a 45 minute set!!

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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 availability. (Note: no festivals; promoters are ineligible.)

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