Saturday in Davis Square

Saturday HONK! in Davis Square

Saturday, October 8, 2016

12:00PM, Opening Ceremony in 7 Hills Park

Come celebrate the official beginning of HONK! with the first horn blast, the HONK! Cantastoria, and the buzz and energy of over 25 brass bands converging on 7 Hills Park in Davis Square.

1:00PM – 9:00PM, Bands play all around Davis Square

Over 25 brass bands from around the world will fill the nooks and crannies of Davis Square.

Time7 Hills ParkChester StreetDavis Sq PlazaVFW Dilboy HallKenney ParkStatue ParkElm @ Grove
1:00pSecond Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band Hartford Hot SeveralMayday Marching Band Expandable Brass Band Leftist Marching Band
2:00pBoycott Dirty Water Brass Band Yes Ma’am Brass Band Forward! Marching Band Le Pompier Poney Club The Brass Balagan
3:00pSchool of HONK Open Rehearsal Set (more info) Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble Extraordinary Rendition Band The Party Band Environmental Encroachment aNova Brazil What Cheer? Brigade
4:00pOriginal Pinettes Brass Band The Bread & Puppet Circus Band Detroit Party Marching Band La Fanfare Invisible Rude Mechanical Orchestra Forward! Marching Band
5:00p Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band Leftist Marching Band Hartford Hot Several Expandable Brass Band The Brass Balagan The Party Band
6:00pLe Pompier Poney ClubBrass MessengersSchool of HONK Performance Set Chaotic Insurrection EnsembleYes Ma’am Brass Band The Bread & Puppet Circus Band
7:00pEnvironmental Encroachment Extraordinary Rendition Band Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band Dirty Water Brass Band Mayday Marching Band Detroit Party Marching Band
8:00pLa Fanfare InvisibleOriginal Pinettes Brass Band Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band Rude Mechanical Orchestra Brass Messengers What Cheer? Brigade

Please don’t miss the HONK exhibits which are scattered around Davis Square and the surrounding area:

Honk In Four
Designed and created by Patrick Johnson with the support of the Somerville Arts Council
Inside-Out Gallery, CVS storefront windows, 1 Davis Square

This piece attempts to capture the spectacle, energy, and beauty of the HONK! Festival. As a participant of the festival, everywhere you look there is something stunning and unique; a colorful costume that required hundreds of hours of work to produce, a crowd dancing and surging with the energy of brass music, a band with incredible choreography, and community groups marching in service of important causes. I found a single viewpoint was not enough to convey the overwhelming beauty of the experience, so I employed four screens to express the intensity of the festival. I could not be happier to exhibit this in the heart of Davis Square. Just as the Honk Festival aims to reclaim public space, it was important to display this work in a public space and provide a small taste of the Honk experience.

The installation was created by Patrick Johnson, a Somerville resident, and features imagery captured by Gabe Bornstein, Diego Perez, Geoffrey Cook, and Patrick Johnson. Many thanks to Heather Balchunas and the Somerville Arts Council.

HONK! at the Nave Gallery Annex
HONK! supporters from the Nave Gallery Annex, located at 53 Chester St. in Somerville, have sent out a “call for entries” (deadline September 17th) soliciting photographs taken during HONK!s past, to be included in their upcoming HONK! Deconstruction of Joy. The exhibit runs from October 6-31, with an art opening on Thursday October 6th from 6-8 pm. The exhibit is being organized by Leonardo March, a photojournalist hailing from Puerto Rico, who is now based in Boston. For further information:



Photo by Peter Lee