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HONK NYC!'s International Street Band Explosion Celebrates 10 Years in 2016
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    Tip HONK NYC!'s Virtual Hat

    Every dollar counts. Your tip to our bucket is very much appreciated. Plus, we send you a big, TUBA-sized shout out on our website & social media.

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    Digital Wallpaper by John Holmstrom

    Legendary underground cartoonist John Holmstrom (Punk Magazine, Ramones' albums cover art) is the illustrator behind our 2016 festival poster. Get a piece of John's distinct fabulousness for yourself. We'll send you one John's HONK NYC! characters for your digital wallpaper.

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    10 Year Benefit Album

    A 10-track ‘splosion of brasstastic tunes from ten quintessentially class acts spanning a decade of HONK NYC!

    Choice tracks from: Chaotic Noise Marching Corps (Seattle), Hungry March Band (Brooklyn), Les Vilains Chicots (Paris), Minor Mishap Marching Band (Austin), Os Siderais (Rio de Janeiro), Pakava It’ (Moscow), Perhaps Contraption (London), Pink Puffers (Rome), Raya Brass Band (Brooklyn) & Titubanda (Rome).

    Limited to digital download, get it here first. Your funds will help fuel this year’s brass-gasm throughout the boroughs.

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    Pre-sale Ticket to Brasstastic Blowout

    One ticket to HONK NYC! & Rubulad's 3rd annual Brasstastic Blowout on Saturday, October 15, featuring sets by Hungry March Band, Maracatu NY, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, Environmental Encroachment & Le Pompier Poney Club.

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    The Nevermind Orchestra EP download

    This is The Nevermind Orchestra's debut EP, which contains 6 of your favorite Nirvana songs, done up as only a brass band can.

    The Nevermind Orchestra is a frenetic, psycho-jazz-grunge ensemble that reimagines the works of Nirvana through the lens of a modern brass band. Comprised of accomplished NYC musicians who have individually played with prestigious ensembles ranging from the Metropolitan Opera to the Commodores, the group has been leading grunge second-line marches on the stages, streets and subways of the northeast since 2012. Their debut EP contains 6 of your favorite Nirvana songs, treated with fresh but instantly recognizable overhauls ranging from funk-rock to blues to traditional second line – but each one delivered with the same raw emotion crafted by Kurt, Krist and Dave back in the day. As Time Out New York claims, 'There’s no shortage of Nirvana cover bands floating around but none are quite like the Nevermind Orchestra.'

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    Have Tuba, Will Travel Digital Download

    "Have Tuba, Will Travel - The Wonderful World of Brass Bands" is a treasure trove of screaming, squonking worldwide brass band mayhem. This DL is created by Rob Weisberg of WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise, and co-curator of HONK! NJ at WFMU's Monty Hall. Rob's the radio world's most trusted purveyor of global brass band music. We just love him, and you will love this music!

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    An Original HONK Poem Just For You

    Get a fancy postcard with a HONK! inspired poem written just for you!

    Helly O'Haint, HONK NYC! Committee Team member, drummer, comedienne, and dog walker, is a native Seattleite who moved to NYC last year to start anew! Her introduction to street band music in high school as lead snare instilled a lasting inspiration. Her first HONK! was 2009 at HONK! WEST "I'm ecstatic to facilitate HONK! in my new home of New York City!"

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    HONK NYC T

    Our classic HONK NYC! T is worn around the globe by musicians who've participated in our fest & backers like you who want to share their HONK! joy. Join their ranks! We LOVE photos of HONK Ts wearers in far-away places. Send us yours!

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    Special World Maker Faire NYC Reward

    HONK NYC! Classic T PLUS our "10 Year Benefit Album" digital DL. Available September 30 - October 2 ONLY.

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    Sxip Special: New Music, Plus More

    Get Sxip's new record, "A Bottle of Whiskey & and Handful of Bees."

    Sxip Shirey is a HONK NYC! Hero. He's been following the DIY marching band scene since his early days in NYC, when he encountered Hungry March Band. Sxip's traveled the world making music -- but always, when he returns to NY, he hangs with the brass bands, even making his own. His JANK played HNYC 2015 and was a huge hit.

    Sxip can't be with us this year because of his touring schedule, but he CAN share with us 10 downloads of his new, as-yet-to-be-released album, "A Bottle of Whiskey & A Handful of Bees."

    Your pledge gets you one digital DL of his new material, PLUS a DL of his "Sonic New York."

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    "How To Make A Marching Band" Poster

    Get your own copy of our illustrated how-to guide to make your very own band! Illustrated by Samantha Tsistinas of Hungry March Band & Le Pompier Poney Club for HONK NYC!'s 2015 presentation at the World Maker Faire.

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    Spanglish Fly "New York Boogaloo" 12"

    Spanglish Fly's masterful full-length record on beautiful 180 gram vinyl, with cover art designed by legendary Fania artist Izzy Sanabria.

    "This is a seriously wonderful record, full of spectacular, raucous musicianship – a very high quality of musicianship" – World Music Report

    "Spanglish Fly’s spot-on horns, incredibly tight percussion section and expert musicianship shine throughout." – New York City Jazz Record

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    John Holmstrom SIGNED Poster Art + DLs

    HONK NYC! 2016 festival poster SIGNED by John Holmstrom, plus digital wallpaper of one of John's HONK NYC! characters PLUS the "10 Year Benefit Album" download.

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    Two Pre-sale Tickets Plus a T-shirt

    Two pre-sale tickets to HONK NYC! & Rubulad's 3rd annual Brasstastic Blowout on Saturday, October 15, featuring sets by Hungry March Band, Maracatu NY, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, Environmental Encroachment & Le Pompier Poney Club. Get two tickets here, we'll throw in a classic HONK NYC! T!

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    Hungry March Band 7" + CD + Digital DL

    Get yourself a copy of the limited edition of Hungry March Band's 7" single "Mali Mali" on red vinyl, plus HMB's live CD from Sardinia containing unreleased material, *plus* a digital download of our 10 year benefit album!

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    HONK NYC! Classic Hoodie + Digital DL

    HONK NYC!'s hoodie is worn across the United States by many a musician. Sport one yourself this winter! We'll throw in a digital download of our 10 year benefit album!

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    "Brooklyn Spaces" Book & 10 Year CD DL

    "Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture & Creativity"

    Get your very own signed copy of Oriana Leckert's compendium of art and culture in Brooklyn. Published in 2015, "Brooklyn Spaces" profiles the community of makers, performers, and doers who have transformed the borough over the past two decades into one of the most outrageously creative cities in the world. Read about the beautiful and the bizarre, the intricate and the slapdash, the upcycled, hacked, and remade spaces where NYC's creative class lives and works.

    The book features HONK NYC! musicians Les Muses Tanguent on its cover, in performance at our 2014 Brasstastic Blowout with Rubulad. We'll throw in a digital download of our 10 year benefit album!

    More info here: http://www.monacellipress.com/book/?isbn=9781580934282

    Oriana is a writer, editor, and cultural hipstorian [sic] who is kind of obsessed with Brooklyn. She is the author of "Brooklyn Spaces: 50 Hubs of Culture & Creativity" (Monacelli, 2015) and creatrix of the website of the same name. She is the events editor for both Brokelyn and Greenpointers, and her writing has appeared on Slate, Atlas Obscura, New York Post, Matador, Hyperallergic, Gothamist, Curbed, Brooklyn Magazine, Brooklyn Based, and more. Follow her at @orianabklyn.

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    Dance Lesson with HMB Pleasure Society

    Learn all the fancy moves the Hungry March Band dancers do at shows! You'll learn a bunch of new steps & discover how to make your very own insta-choreography. Plus we'll throw in a HONK NYC! T.

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    Big Bag o' Swag

    Receive a box of goodies from HONK NYC! - CDs, stickers, posters, beads & other swag beg, stolen, borrowed, caught & received from our global travels through the HONK! universe.

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    Trumpet-O-Gram

    Jenny Harder, Hungry March Band trumpeter & HONK NYC! committee member, is at your service! Send a "Happy Birthday" call to your mom, featuring Jenny's fine styling. Play a sweet fanfare over the phone to your beloved - as only Jenny can do!

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    Tuba Gram from Sousaphone Joe

    Give your sweetie some big boomy LOVE for the birthday; entice your date with a smooth, sultry bass line, or...send a big blast when it's time to make a statement.

    Sousaphone Joe is a HONK! original. Born and raised in Somerville, MA, birthplace of the HONK! Festival, he's traveled the world with his sousaphone, playing at HONK OZ!, all the U.S. HONK!s, and touring Europe with other ensembles. He's in New York now, working on HONK NYC! and playing with Hungry March Band. He's ready for you!

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    Custom Headpiece by Pinkitrix

    A custom headpiece by Partywear by Pinkitrix, the crafty collaboration between EditrixAbby and Pinky.

    Pick your color scheme, sparkly or goth, battery operated or low-tech, princess/fairy or space vixen. The two crown and tiara wizards will whip up a one-of-a-kind creation just for you!

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    City Winery Tour for 2

    Explore City Winery and sample the latest wine fresh from the barrel!

    Visit the winery where the grapes are brought in and processed, the barrel room where mixing and aging take place, and enjoy a taste of an unfinished wine from the barrel.

    Finish the tour with a tasting flight of 3 of the wines on tap paired with a cheese plate.

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    Tax Prep with Sara Valentine

    HONK NYC! festival steward Sara Valentine moonlights as a tax preparer in the winter months. She specializes in artists & small-business returns. Get your 2016 1040 prepped by Sara! It's always a good time at her desk - chances are she'll play brass band videos for you on the internet & discuss Game of Thrones at length. :) This is a bargain rate for folks who are self-employed.

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    Kenny Wollesen's Hand Built Ectar

    Kenny Wollesen is the Mad Genius instrument and music maker behind Wollesonic Labs & the Sonic Massage. He's generously offered a piece he created for a performance at MassMoca.

    The "Ectar" is a one-stringed instrument made from bamboo and an oatmeal can.

    Make it yours! Play the Ectar.

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    Sara Valentine Plans YOUR Event

    Sara Valentine, HONK NYC! Festival Steward, has been throwing big-ass happenings in NYC for 20+ years! Her themes are legendary - "Vulvapalooza," a women's arts festival in 1994 - "Little Miss Big Mouth" - her talk show - plus years working - and playing - various events on the streets, in the parks and at favored venues around town.

    Let her make your party! Expect mad-cap performers, brass bands, last-minute delightful additions and so much more! Client is responsible for artists payment and event expenses.

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    My Gift Is Someone Else's Song

    & It's For You!

    Gretchen Poole, drummer & HONK NYC! committee member, has a degree in music and years of musical improv and sketch comedy experience in the NYC comedy scene. Got a special occasion coming up and can't find the perfect gift? Give Gretchen details about that occasion/person and she'll re-write the lyrics to the pop song of your choice, then sing it & record it for you.

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    Send A Band to a NYC School

    Become a direct sponsor of our educational initiative. We are sending our artists to six schools this season: PS 10, MS 839 & Maple Street School in Brooklyn; Central Park East II in Harlem, PS 153 in The Bronx & to a Staten Island charter school, TBA. Your pledge covers artists fees & transportation costs. We'll honor your contribution with a mention on our website that you're one of our "HONK NYC! Champions."

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