HONK!TX: 2016

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Community street bands from across the US—plus one from Russia—gathered in Austin last weekend for the sixth annual HONK!TX. Over 25 bands participated in the three-day festival. I watched the Saturday afternoon performances centered in and around Hemphill Park, including stages at the nearby Spider House Cafe and Ballroom and Wheatsville Co-op.

I suspect most of the musicians are former high school band nerds. Perhaps it’s my imagination, but the groups seem to be getting better each year. While I remain a big fan of Austin’s own Minor Mishap Marching Band, I also loved this year’s shows by Moon Tower Brass Band and Detroit Party Marching Band.

Here’s my photo diary, including two video clips (look for the ever-present meditating yogi)…

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Environmental Encroachment (Chicago, IL)

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Bucharest Drinking Team (Seattle, WA)

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Maracatu Texas (Austin)

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Austiner Klezmer Bund Orchestra (Austin)

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Moon Tower Brass Band (Austin)

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The m9 (Seattle, WA)

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Gora Gora Orkestar (Boulder, CO)

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Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band (Somerville, MA)

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Biohazard Brass Band (Fort Sam Houston, TX)

Dead Music Capital Band (Austin)

Detroit Party Marching Band (Detroit, MI)

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PaKaVa It’ (Moscow, Russia)

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Bayou City Blues (Houston, TX)

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Partizani Brass Band (Santa Fe, NM)

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Interrobang (Austin)

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Wino Vino (Austin)

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Big Wy’s Brass Band (Austin)

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Minor Mishap Marching Band (Austin)

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