International street band festival ready to hit NYC in week-long celebration - Metro US

International street band festival ready to hit NYC in week-long celebration

Bandleaders, drum liners, musicians, artists and dancers from all around the world will stir up the streets across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Jersey City in a week-long celebration that starts on Monday.

Now in its ninth year, HONK NYC! 2015 will run from Oct. 12 through Oct. 18.

This annual convergence of international street bands has a full lineup of contemporary and cultural events that will get people moving to the beat of the drum.

Originating from a dinner party eight years ago for Brooklyn’s Hungry March Band and Rome’s Pink Puffers Brass Band, it then grew to now a seven-day long celebration.

A grass-roots festival and organization, this year’s HONK NYC! celebration brings over 300 musicians and artists together to fill the sounds of 12 venues with up to two shows daily.

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It is expected that 3,500 audience members will be in attendance next week, including 2,000 school children in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan, according to organizers.

Highlighted performances include world-renowned trumpeter Frank London and his Klezmer Brass All-Stars, and The Himalayas featuring percussionist and bandleader Kenny Wollesen, which will perform at the High Line on Tuesday.

The festival kicks off Monday at 6 p.m. in One Penn Plaza with a free event by Haitian folk music group, DJA-RaRa.

Other features include free and low-cost events, such as a potluck on Tuesday with a performance, a dance party in Brooklyn, a night themed “Paris & New Orleans Take Over Harlem,” and a drum workshop that will also have performances by Brooklyn United Drumline.

Visit honknyc.com for the full schedule.

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