HONK! Takes Fun and Activism to the Streets

Fall is festival season and next up in Somerville is HONK!, a four-day event highlighting bands from around the world as they take to our city’s streets. This inclusive festival, where the lines between performer and audience are often blurred, is a celebration of music played for fun as well as to bring attention to important issues.

The 2014 festival kicks off on Thursday night with a pre-HONK! gathering of four bands in Union Square from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. A jam parade will then proceed to Aeronaut Brewing (14 Tyler St.) for more music until midnight.

HONK Leonardo March Image courtesy of Leonardo March.

On Friday, HONK! takes place in three parts. During the day, activist brass bands from around the U.S. will take to the streets of downtown Boston for a Day of Action in the effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. You can join them in Downtown Crossing (corner of Washington and Winter Streets) from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Back in Somerville, the HONK! festivities continue on Friday evening with events at Hodgkins-Curtin Park (Holland Street near Davis Square). The community is invited to make lanterns from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., which will be used in a parade around the neighborhood after a concert in the park at 7 p.m. After the parade, five HONK! bands will take to the stage at Johnny D’s (17 Holland St.) starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are free and will be available on a first come, first served basis on the night of the show for this 21-plus event.

HONK Jesse Edsell-Vetter Image courtesy of Jesse Edsell-Vetter.

The official HONK! kick-off is on Saturday at Seven Hills Park in Davis Square and will feature 25 bands playing throughout the afternoon and evening. The music will be happening at seven locations in Davis from 1 p.m.-9 p.m. and a full schedule is available here so you can plan your day.

On Sunday, the HONK! fun continues with a parade from noon-2 p.m. that winds from Davis Square to Harvard Square. More than 60 bands and community groups will participate in the parade to “Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet.” Once the bands arrive in Harvard, they’ll fan out to play on the main stage at Oktoberfest and at various other locations in the square.

All of the HONK! events are free and open to everyone, so come join these great bands as they take to Somerville’s streets for four days of fun and action.

Cover image courtesy of Benjamin Greenberg.

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