Schedule (2012)

Thursday, October 4th

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Pre-HONK! musical performances

NOTE: change of Pre-HONK! time and venue due to rain!

8:30 – 11:00pm, Union Square in the CrossFit Somerville gym
(35 Prospect St, Union Square)

8:30Chaotic Noise Marching Corps
9:00Dirty Water Brass Band
9:30Church Marching Band
10:00Emperor Norton
10:30Environmental Encroachment

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Friday, October 5th

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Bands play for community and after-school groups

Come make your own lantern in Hodgkins-Curtin Park, which can be used in the night time lantern parades. A great family event!

7:00 to 9:00p: LANTERN PARADES
Sidewalk processions around Davis Square accompanied by bike lights, paper lanterns, flashlights, and other forms of DIY lighting. Parades leave from Hodgkins-Curtin park.

7:30p to 1:00a: HONK! KICK-OFF
Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant & Music Club
17 Holland St, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144
Friday Oct 5, 7:30pm, $12 door, 21+

7:30Church Marching Band
8:30Brass Messengers
10:30Young Fellaz Brass Band
11:30Pink Puffers Brass Band
12:30jam with all of the above (and maybe others)

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Saturday, Oct 6th, 12:30 – 9:00p

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in 7 Hills Park (behind the Davis Sq. T stop)

More than 30 activist street bands, from around the world, perform outdoors for free.

Time7 Hills ParkChester StreetDavis Sq PlazaVFW Dilboy Hall
1:00Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass BandCaka!ak ThunderAfroBrazilForward! Marching Band
2:00Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching BandThe Bread & Puppet Circus BandLeftist Marching BandHungry March Band
3:00Minor Mishap Marching BandDirty Water Brass BandHimalayasWhat Cheer? Brigade
4:00The Carnival BandThe Brass BalaganLoyd Family PlayersThe Expandable Brass Band
5:00Extraordinary Rendition BandChurch Marching BandChaotic Insurrection EnsembleRude Mechanical Orchestra
6:00Detroit Party Marching BandHimalayasSecond Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass BandSeed & Feed Marching Abominable
7:00What Cheer? BrigadeEmperor Norton's Stationary Marching BandThe Bread & Puppet Circus BandExtraordinary Rendition Band
8:00Rude Mechanical OrchestraGora Gora OrkestarEnvironmental EncroachmentMinor Mishap Marching Band

TimeGrove StreetHighlandKenney ParkStatue ParkWinter Street
1:00Chaotic Insurrection EnsembleSeed & Feed Marching Abominable
2:00Chaotic Noise Marching CorpsBrass MessengersBrass Liberation Orchestra
3:00The Hill StompersVeveritsePink Puffers Brass BandDetroit Party Marching Bandtint(A)nar
4:00DJA-RaraPick Up Band RehearsalLungs Face FeetEnvironmental EncroachmentForward! Marching Band
5:00Gora Gora OrkestarChaotic Noise Marching CorpsYoung Fellaz Brass BandBrass MessengersLeftist Marching Band
6:00Dirty Water Brass BandThe Hill StompersCaka!ak ThunderHungry March BandBrass Liberation Orchestra
7:00Loyd Family PlayersThe Expandable Brass BandVeveritsePink Puffers Brass BandThe Carnival Band
8:00Church Marching BandLungs Face FeetDJA-RaraYoung Fellaz Brass BandThe Brass Balagan

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Sunday, Oct 7th

Noon – 2:00p: HONK! PARADE to “Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet”
featuring HONK! bands and community groups, from Davis Square to Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest celebration. The parade leaves Davis Square at 12 noon, travels down Elm Street, then Beech Street onto Massachusetts Ave to Harvard Square.

HONK! bands perform at the Harvard Square Oktoberfest (

TimeWinthrop ParkEliot TrianglePalmer Street AlleyCharlie's KitchenChurch & Mass Ave
and Main Stage
2:15VeveritseThe Carnival BandSeed & Feed Marching AbominableThe Hill Stompers
2:45HimalayasBrass Liberation OrchestraForward! Marching BandDirty Water Brass Band
3:15DJA-RaraChurch Marching BandThe Expandable Brass BandEmperor Norton's Stationary Marching BandThe Bread & Puppet Circus Band
3:45The Brass BalaganLoyd Family PlayersDetroit Party Marching BandExtraordinary Rendition BandHungry March Band
4:30Lungs Face FeetBrass MessengersMinor Mishap Marching BandRude Mechanical Orchestra
5:15The Primate FiascoYoung Fellaz Brass BandEnvironmental EncroachmentWhat Cheer? Brigade5-6PM Main Stage
Pink Puffers Brass Band

8:00p – 12:00a The HONK! Festival ALL-BAND BLOWOUT CONCERT
The final blowout concert will feature almost every band (over 30 of them!) raising sweet HONK! music up to the roof inside the spectacular Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square.

Location: Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 for students, available at the HONK! merchandise booth during the festival (cash only), and at the door (credit cards accepted).

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Harvard Box Office by calling 617.496.2222 (TTY 617.495.1642), online at, or in person at the Holyoke Center: 1350 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
[hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12:00-6:00 pm]

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Monday, October 8th 10:00a – 2:00p

HONK! Symposium
Harvard University School of Education, Gutman Library (lower level)
Appian Way – Cambridge, MA
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10:00 am – 12 noon: Plenary session “Inclusion and Quality: Contradictory or Complimentary?”
12:00 – 12:45: Lunch Break
12:45 – 2:00:  “HONK! in Today’s Classroom”
12:45 – 2:00: “What makes a HONK! band HONK?”
12:45 – 2:00: “The Nuts and Bolts of HONK! Organizing”