The 16th Annual HONK NYC! The festival returns October 11-19 to celebrate the city’s resilience in the face of COVID-19 with music, dance and art that showcase New York culture.
HONKNYC! produces an annual week-long festival each October, partners with local business improvement districts and cultural institutions for immersive concerts, events and activations that reclaim, reuse and redefine public space, celebrating the power and vitality of street performance. Funded in part by the New York Department of Transportation, Staten Island Arts and Maker Park Radio, the nine-day festival crosses Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island with live street bands, New York-based artists and interactive experiences that encourage viewers to become honorary members of the party band.
This year, HONK eagerly presents the New York premiere of Banda Rim Ram Bum, from Santiago, Chile, fusing the indigenous Andean sounds of Tinku and Diablada with cumbia, Afro-Latin rhythms, carnival and salsa in a celebration of latin culture. Another band making their New York premiere is the Young Fellaz Brass Band, from New Orleans, Louisiana, with their authentic New Orleans Second Line experience. In addition to these outside groups, HONK NYC! 2022 will feature New York-based artists whose work focuses on preserving, interpreting and reinventing street music traditions from the cultural expressions of the BIPOC diaspora.
An overview of the festival events:
Tuesday, October 11 – Park Slope
6:00 p.m. to midnight – Opening in Barbès with Young Fellaz Brass Band and Slavic Soul Party, the leader of the Balkan Funk Brass Band of NYC
Wednesday, October 12 – Prospect Heights
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Happy Hour at Underhill Open Streets with Banda Rim Ram Bum and Young Fellaz Brass Band
Thursday, October 13 – Harlem
5-8:30 p.m. Marcus meets Malcolm with Banda Rim Bam Bum, Young Fellaz Brass Band and Elijah J. Thomas’ Hellfighters 2
Friday, October 14 – Staten Island
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Maker Park Radio show with Spanglish Fly, the first bugalú latin revival band
Saturday October 15 – East Village / Bushwick
12 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Parades and events in the East Village at Avenue B Open Streets, FAB Open Streets and several community gardens with Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars (“The mystical High Priest of New Wave Jazz Avant-Klez”), COBU (Japanese All-Female Taiko Drummers), musician and composer Melvin Gibbs, and others.
8 p.m. – HONK NYC! 9th Annual Brasstastic Blowout at Rubulad featuring Funkrust Brass Band, a 20-piece post-apocalyptic disco-punk brass band playing all original music and Dancing Divas Brass Band, a new gay-led ensemble commissioned by HONK NYC!
Sunday October 16 – Park Slope
10 p.m. – HONK NYC! returns to Barbés with the Brass Queens, an all-female brass band of 8 musicians inspired by the musical traditions of New Orleans
Tuesday, October 18 – Jackson Heights
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Parade performances on the open streets of 34th Avenue with Banda Rim Bam Bum and Young Fellaz Brass Band
Wednesday, October 19 – Sunset Park
7 p.m. – Closing jam party at JAMbalaya, with the Young Fellaz Brass Band
For more information and updates, the HONK NYC website is www.honknyc.com