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Crowdfunding Campaign: One-of-a-kind music festival gives voice to activist musicians

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Campaign — 2014 HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands

The HONK! Festival is a one-of-a-kind street spectacle of revolutionary proportions.

October 10th, 11th, and 12th, Somerville friends and neighbors will once again open their homes, their streets, and their hearts to celebrate the power and inspiration of activist street musicians from across the country and around the globe at the 9th annual HONK! Festival.

No stages or sound equipment, no high-priced tickets or big corporate sponsors, just musicians and friends, strangers and neighbors, crashing into each other’s outrageous costumes, irresistible music and commitment to dancing in the streets.

Together, the community transforms Davis Square into a raucous spectacle, a playground of sousaphones and saxophones, marching drums and slide trombones, stilt walkers and flag twirlers, gigantic puppets and tiny dancers, until everyone is smiling, clapping and boogieing to the grooves of a one-of-a-kind homegrown festival.

Along with the return of many familiar faces, the festival is excited to welcome new friends eager to come honk.

From Moscow to New Orleans, HONK participants come to this small Massachusetts town to strut their stuff.

HONK! is a non-profit, volunteer effort and community collaboration, all free and family friendly. Local businesses donate food, neighbors share their living rooms with visiting musicians, and graphic designers, photographers, parade marshals, community organizers and many, many others volunteer their time and effort all for free.

The same is true of the bands that come to HONK! — they don’t get paid to perform — they come and play because they love it. But most of them couldn’t afford to come without help to offset their travel costs, and that’s one of the biggest challenges.

To help these bands make the journey, $15,000 needs to be raised. The campaign ends September 15.

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