HONK! Fest West Pulls In

Low Brass on the Rails
Today’s the day! After months of organizing (and some agonizing), we kick off at 6pm tonight in Georgetown. Come enjoy amazing bands, wonderful people, and what promises to be fabulous weather as the 4th Annual HONK! Fest West returns to Seattle.

Bring your horn, your drum, your kids, your friends, your enemies, your dancing shoes, a hula hoop, and a dollar for the hat, and we’ll greet you with the loudest of HONK!s and warmest of hugs.

Much love to you. We’ll see you in the streets.

Honking at Seattle Center

If you wonder what honking at the Seattle Center is like, here’s a little taste from last year, when various members of various bands converged on the Center for an impromptu jam after the festival had officially ended. Sometimes you just can’t stop!

This year we’ll be officially wrapping up HONK! Fest weekend at the Center with a show at the EMP, 2-3PM Sunday, followed by more informal and spontaneous fun throughout the Center grounds. Rain or shine!

HONK! Band of the Day: VamoLá!

VamoLá!
Through lively processions, parades, and stage performances, VamoLá brings to life the celebratory spirit of Brazilian carnival! While the emphasis is on samba—“the essence of the Brazilian musical soul”—VamoLá offers a rich array of other Brazilian music and dance styles as well, from the radical, hip-hop rhythms of samba-reggae to the elegant, powerful rhythms of maracatu. This exuberant drum and dance ensemble envelops the audience in driving rhythms, inviting the audience to join in and delighting viewers of all ages.

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HONK! Band of the Day: Tubaluba!

Tubaluba!
In a little more than a year, Tubaluba has made quite a name for itself while bringing the New Orleans Brass Band tradition to the streets and clubs of Seattle. Whether its leading second line parades at the Fremont Solstice Parade, U District Street Fair, Ballard SeaFoodfest, the West Seattle Street Fair, Fremont Lovefest, and Fremont’s Oktoberfest or tearing the roof off of local clubs like the Tractor Tavern, the Nectar Lounge, and the Croc, Tubaluba is just the grease you need to keep it movin’ all night long. Tubaluba brings vocals, piano, drums, and a mess of horns to the party, serving up New Orleans classics with second line-ified R&B tunes and booty shakin’ originals. Funk yeah!

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