Press Release


HONK! Fest West’s 10th Anniversary: Surprises + Fun For All

Seattle, WA

Contact: Mike*Antares, President and Committee Chair  || || 206-954-7913

WHAT: HONK! Fest West 2017
WHEN: June 2—4, 2017
WHERE: Georgetown, Pioneer Square & Seattle Waterfront, Columbia City

HONK! Fest West is rapidly approaching its hallmark celebration of 10 years of free street brass and samba groups in Seattle neighborhoods.  This year’s festivities will mark a return to Georgetown, our first visit to Pioneer Square (Occidental Park), Waterfront Park, and Columbia City. This year features 30+ bands participating, ten of whom are debuting performances at HONK! Fest West, including the first-ever band from Japan participating in any HONK!

Special events this year include a Samba drum and dance showcase, an all-band revue, an academic symposium, a procession through downtown, and our famous Friday night feature: the drum battle. We’ll also be hosting a Thursday night kickoff party to showcase and benefit some of the traveling bands (Details TBA).

As always, HONK! Fest West is FREE, ALL-AGES, and FAMILY FRIENDLY. All donations help with festival production and offsetting the travel and hospitality costs of visiting bands. Contributions can be to HONK! Fest West via Shunpike: visit

We will continue to update our list of attending bands. Keep an eye on our mailing list and Facebook for the latest.


HONK! Fest West 2017 is pleased to present the following bands for our 10th year:


Jinta-la-Mvta — Tokyo, Japan*
The Carnival Band — Vancouver, BC, Canada

Dead Music Capital Band — Austin, TX
Environmental Encroachment — Chicago, IL
Fighting Instruments of Karma — Pacific NW
Guerrilla Fanfare — Northern Colorado, CO
Hubbub Club — Sebastopol, CA
Hough Youth Escola de Samba — Portland, OR*
Jefferson St. Parade Band — Bloomington, IN*
Party Band — Lowell, MA*
Second Line Social Aid + Pleasure Society — Somerville, MA*
Samba Ja — Portland, OR

Puget Sound:
Artesian Rumble — Olympia, WA
Bainbridge HS — Bainbridge Island, WA*
Banda Vagos — Seattle, WA
Garfield HS — Seattle, WA
Chaotic Noise Marching Corps — Seattle, WA

Filthy FemCorps — Seattle, WA
Give Back Brass Band — Seattle, WA*
JazzED Youth Parade Band — Seattle, WA*
Neon Brass Party — Seattle, WA*
One Love — Seattle, WA
Rise Up Action Band — Seattle, WA*
Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline — Seattle, WA
Sounders FC Soundwave Band — Seattle, WA
Sousapalooza — Seattle, WA
Ten Man Brass Band — Seattle, WA
The m9 — Seattle, WA
VamoLá — Seattle, WA

Special Performances By:
HONK! All Stars
Queens of HONK!

denotes first HONK! Fest West appearance


Press highlights from previous years:

“The Stranger Suggests: HONK! Fest West

The Stranger – Paul Constant

You can keep your manicured summer music festivals with their huge acts—what I want is noisy chaos. Marching bands from around the country descend onto the streets and clubs around the intersection of 12th and Vale in Georgetown to blast their horns, punish their giant drums, and give hundreds of drunken revelers their marching orders. Street food abounds as all the usual food trucks set up shop, hoping to catch Honkers as they wander from sight to sight and beat to beat. It’s a total fucking loud mess of a party, and it is glorious.”

“HONK! Fest West marches into Seattle, with free fun

Seattle Times – Michael Upchurch

Not since the psychedelic heyday of 1960s San Francisco, with its Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service, have bands with a certain countercultural kinship come up with such enticing, evocative names for themselves.

The difference is that, rather than brandishing amplified guitars, these folks are all exuberantly drum-and-brass-centric. They’ll be putting that exuberance on display at “HONK! Fest West,” a three-day, mostly free, indoor-outdoor festival happening this weekend…”


HONK! Fest West 2017 Festival Schedule:

Thursday 6/1 — Brass Bonanza, Showcase of Traveling Bands (venue TBD)

Friday 6/2 — Georgetown Takeover and Friday Night Drum Battle, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Airport Way S. and S. Vale

Saturday 6/3 — Occidental Park all-band revue, Noon to 4 p.m., procession of artistic expression to the Seattle Waterfront, Waterfront Park sets 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday 6/4 — Columbia City Takeover, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Columbia Park and 37th Ave S.

Immediately following the festival, HONK! West Coast Tour III will commence. Participating bands are still being confirmed, but it will be a wild ride. 

Watch for a special HONK! Fest West showcase at Folklife!

HONK! Fest West is a free community music festival driven by the energetic performance of street bands in the public spaces of Seattle. Entirely volunteer-produced and staffed, this annual event promotes music education, public art, and the eliminaton of barriers to participation.

Additional details, events, and dates will be announced as we get closer. Please stay tuned to our Facebook and mailing list for the latest information.

HONK! Fest West is only made possible through continued community support. Our fiscal sponsor is Shunpike, a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the arts. Donations made to HONK! Fest West through Shunpike will be tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and may be eligible for employer matching. Volunteers provide housing, transportation, and their time and energy for the festival. You can learn more at