October 10-15, free - $15
The eleventh annual international street band extravaganza known as the HONK NYC Festival runs October 10-15, a yearly celebration of grassroots brass and percussion music, focusing on fun and revelry. The festivities kick off October 10 with a free party at the City Reliquary in Brooklyn, with the Nevermind Orchestra, the L Train Brass Band, and New Creations Brass Band. On October 11, it’s off to Staten Island for the free HONK! for Healing in Tompkinsville Park and the Everything Goes Book Cafe, with Damas de Ferro, Kenny Wollesen and Wollesonic Lab’s Sonic Massage, and New Creations Brass Band. On October 12, HONK! heads to Jersey with the Hungry March Band, Veveritse Brass Band, Pussy Grabs Back: the Band, Damas de Ferro, and New Creations Brass Band for a parade beginning at the Newark Pavilion, followed by a 7:00 gig at WFMU’s Montgomery Hall ($10). On Friday the Thirteenth, the festival moves uptown for HONK Harlem at the Shrine with Damas de Ferro and New Creations Brass Band ($10, 9:30). There will be several shows on October 14, starting with a HONK Pop Up at the NY Transit Museum at 1:30 with the L Train Brass Band and at Anita’s Way at 3:30, with the Brasstastic Blow Out! taking place at Rubulad from 8:30 pm to 3:30 am ($12 in advance, $15 at the door), with Raya Brass Band, Funkrust Brass Band, Nation Beat, Plezi Rara, de Ferro, DJ Ryan Midnight, DJ Baby K, projections by the Sperm Whale NYC, Norm Francouer’s Light Circus extraordinaire, and more. On Sunday, October 15, the HONK for More Gardens! Parade will march through the Lower East Side and the East Village from 1:00 to 5:00, followed by the closing party at DROM (5:00 - 10:00, $10) with William Parker and the Artists for a Free World Marching Band, Frank London, the Three Million Majority Marching Band, and Damas de Ferro.