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HonkNYC Street Music Fest Brings Funk to Fall


October is that last fleeting month in New York when you can enjoy weather that doesn’t make your extremities fall off. The autumn foliage frames the buildings and skyscrapers in a way that make you want to stroll about while you still can. The HonkNYC festival is looking to make these last weeks of a walk-friendly NYC palatable with a city-wide music festival of street performers from October 12 to 18, 2015. Shows are either free or less than $20 and include performances at the High Line, the Littlefield performance and art space in Brooklyn, and NYU’s Labowitz Theatre.

An offshoot of Boston's HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands, HonkNYC explores the tradition of folks musicians and street bands, from Klezmer to Carnivale.

Featured HONK NYC! artists include:

  • Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars
  • Sxip Shirey and his JANK Band
  • Marcus Santos
  • The Himalayas led by Kenny Wollesen
  • Hungry March Band,
  • Environmental Encroachment
  • Les Villains Chicot
  • New Creations Brass Band
  • Brooklyn United Drumline
  • Raya Brass Band, Gato Loco
  • Drumadics
  • Batala NYC
  • Spanglish Fly
  • DjaRARA
  • The Lower East Side Girls Club's Seriously Noisy Marching Band,
  • King County Pipers
  • Underground Horns

There will also be a special performance by avante garde artist Pat Oleszko with jazz performer Ken Field.

When the leaves start to drop, so does the beat.  

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October 12 - 18, 2015

Various Locations

Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party Sees Spoon Slay

Spirits were high in Capitol Hill this weekend, as was the ratio of space bar music to instrumental bands.

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The Clearwater Festival Lives On

Founded by the late folk music legend Pete Seeger 49 years ago, Clearwater Festival 2014, which takes place on June 21 and 22, on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY. The festival has been declared by Outside Magazine, "One of the Top four Festivals in the US." 

As the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, The Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater Festival) brings together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June.

90.7FM WFUV Radio will be broadcasting live from the festival this year.

Over 100 artists will perform over seven bio-diesel or solar powered stages including:

  • Lucinda Williams
  • The Mavericks
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Norah Jones' new project Puss N Boots (featuring Norah, Sasha Dobson & Catherine Popper)
  • moe.Acoustic
  • Richard Thompson
  • Martin Sexton,
  • Josh Ritter
  • David Bromberg Big Band
  • Lake Street Dive
  • Bettye LaVette
  • Jake Shimabukuro
  • Buckwheat Zydeco
  • The Klezmatics, Nicole Atkins Band
  • Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely
  • Laurie Berkner
  • Dan Bern
  • Dar Williams
  • Garland Jeffreys  

There is a Metro-North Festival Package which features a discounted rail fare from any Metro-North Station, plus a discounted Festival Pass. 

Get off at Croton-Harmon Station and jump on a free shuttle bus which takes you right to the festival entrance. Shuttle bus service runs all day. 

Be sure to get tickets before they go up in price over festival weekend. To purchase tickets, call 877-435-9849 or go to the website. Kids 12 & under get in for free.

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Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival (The Clearwater Festival)
June 21st - 22nd, 2014

Croton Point Park
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

SoundTrack Cologne Examines Music in Film & Games

It is fascinating to see what an impression video game music has made on people over the decades. You can talk to someone that claims to have no interest in videogames or knowledge of music, but they can instantly recognize the the jaunty theme from Super Mario Bros. A Russian folk-song, Korobeinki, is now forever associated with falling blocks. Not to mention there has been a rise in bands that emulate the music of video games from the 80’s and 90’s, and even an entire rock operas composed based on stories from games. So SoundTrack Cologne (November 21 - 24, 2013, various locations), now in its 10th installment, celebrates music in games and movies, which propel us ever forward to the controller or to the box office.

Along with assembling experts and professionals that compose music for the film industry, SoundTrack Cologne examines the importance of music in gaming. In the panel series Composing For Games, Jason Graves (Tomb Raider, Deadspace), Greg Edmonson (Uncharted) and Knut Avenstroup-Haugen (Age of Conan) discuss their careers and the challenges of composing music for games and digital media. Graves, Haugen, and Edmonson will also be running a series of workshops individually

Following the talks, the Kölner Philharmonie, the WDR Rundfunkorchester, along with the band Spark, will put on a concert featuring songs from games including The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Galaxy. For those of you in Cologne unable to get a ticket because it’s sold out, or those of you living in another country, the show will be broadcast on the WDR Livestream.

Besides celebrating music in games, Sountrack Cologne host the See the Sound Festival of Films about Music, and screen films including: The Punk Singer, Trains of Thought, and Kidd Life.

SoundTrack Cologne embodies the powerful sway that music can have in media. Whether it’s a catchy tune that motivates us to jump on another turtle, or a swelling orchestral score in a film.

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SoundTrack Cologne
November 21 - 24, 2013

Various Locations

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