A 3-day Community Street Band Festival that will feature the most original radical marching bands playing free in Austin in March 2011.
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WHAT IS HONK!TX?
HONK!TX is a 3-day Community Street Band Festival that will feature some of the most exciting, original, and talented radical marching bands playing absolutely free and in the streets all over Austin on the weekend of March 11 to 13th, 2011.
Inspired in the tradition of the original HONK! Festival in Somerville Massachusetts, HONK! Fest West in Seattle, and PRONK! in Providence, HONK!TX is a collaborative gathering of marching bands that defy simple categorizations.
The festival will bring music into Austin in an unprecedented fashion, transforming everyday spaces into organic stages where the line between performers and the crowd dissolves.
After extensive planning and feedback from community and city staff we're bringing HONK!TX to 4 locations throughout Austin over the course of 3 days. The following are being finalized and subject to change:
- Friday Night - East 6th Street at Medina Street
- Saturday Day -Hyde Park/Central Austin: Hemphill-Adams Park
- Saturday Night - Downtown: One Congress Plaza, 2nd Street District, City Hall
- Sunday Day - East Austin: A public park to-be-determined
- Sunday Night - A showcase performance of participating bands in a music venue or theater space
For the duration of the Festival, more than 200 musicians will be housed by generous neighbors and friends and local restaurants will generously provide food for the performers and volunteers. Scores of community members will donate hours of labor to make HONK!TX possible.
Most significantly, none of the bands will be earning any money for the festival, and most will have only some of their travel expenses covered.
The bands are inspired to travel great distances, at great personal expense, to joyously celebrate our hard work to reclaim public space—the world over—for all people.
WHY DO WE HONK?
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 music, Brazilian Afro Bloc and Frevo traditions, as well as the passion and spirit of Mardi Gras and Carnival– 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.
WHAT'S THE MONEY FOR?
HONK!TX is a grassroots, non-profit event that will be made possible by the financial and in-kind support of thousands of local residents and businesses and the donation of performances and self-funded bands who will be travelling from all parts of the country.
HONK!TX has an estimated budget of over $20,000 that includes the following and more:
- Street Closure Fees
- City Permit Costs
- Police Officer Wages
- Travel Stipends
- Marketing Costs
This $10,000 kickstarter goal is to bring in the Austin community and beyond at a high level to demonstrate their stake in making this engaging festival happen for the first time ever in Texas.
We are also generating support through local businesses. If you are the owner of a community-oriented business seeking outreach opportunities please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how to make a tax-deductible donation. We are umbrellaed under the Austin Community Foundation, a 501c3 entity.
SOME OF THE INTERESTED BANDS:
Help these unique bands get to Austin! Check out their websites and support their music.
- Minor Mishap Marching Band, Austin, TX
- Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, Boston, MA
- Carnival Band, Vancouver, BC
- Original Big 7, New Orleans, LA
- March Madness Marching Band, Lexington, KY
- Environmental Encroachment, Chicago, IL
- What Cheer Brigade, Providence, RI
- Seed and Feed Marching Abominable, Atlanta, GA
- Titanium Sporekstra, Seattle, WA
- Girls Rock Camp Marching Band, Austin, TX
- Black Bear Combo, Chicago, IL
- Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society, Boston, MA
- Scene of the Crime Rovers, Durham, NC
- Extraordinary Rendition Band, Providence, RI
- Brass Messengers, Minneapolis, MN
- AND MORE...
We are working hard to bring this ecstatic celebration of music, engagement, and community to Austin. Help us make it a reality by donating now and then joining us in March to share an experience like no other.
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