The Activist Street Bands of HONK!

by Emma Dessau
Davis Square Somerville, MA
October 9-11, 2009

ARMED WITH BRASS - The Honk! Festival is a gathering of rowdy anarchist DIY street bands galavanting around with horns, drums and cymbals. These bands seek to "enliven and embolden their audience," "protest a world of violence and oppression" and "celebrate the causes and institutions they support," according to the fest's program. On a clear Sunday afternoon in Somerville, they entertained and entranced us. Here are some photos of one of the many street bands present for Honk! Fest, which took over Davis Square in Somerville from October 9 to 11: Providence's What Cheer? Brigade.

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Honk! in Somerville (10-10-09)

If you missed out on this free, 3 day extravaganza, which culminated in a Sunday night blowout at the Somerville Theater, keep an eye out next year. For now, Honk! will venture to Providence, New York City and Western Mass.


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