Our annual Mardi Gras dance party is coming up this Sunday, February 26, 2-6 pm, at the Community Art Center (119 Windsor St, Cambridge).
Our dance mentors are ready to teach some awesome moves, as we celebrate a venerable tradition of people’s music and spectacle. Mark your calendars, and invite your friends and neighbors to come join in our fun. We’ll perform in Clement Morgan Park around 4 pm. Mardi Gras beads, dance lessons, gumbo, and more!
We are hoping to raise $10,000 by midnight, Dec 31.
Check out Patrick Johnson’s short video, and help us spread the word.
As we come into a season reserved by many for reflection and thankfulness, we want to celebrate something we are all thankful for – our incredible and ever-growing SoH community! So we’re hosting a Friendsgiving potluck dinner after our session, at the Community Art Center.
Sunday Nov 20
You can sign up here to let us know what you’re bringing. All contributions must be nut-free.
Smaller groups are welcome to play music throughout the two hours as background entertainment! The sign up for performing is here. A couple notes: individuals can sign up with a maximum of two different groups. Groups can play up to three songs/~15 minutes, and of course they do not have to be in our SoH repertoire. Please, no open jams.
[Photo by Heather Martin]
School of HONK turns two years old, and we’re celebrating with a
Kids’ Halloween Dance Party and Blinky-Light Parade
Sunday, Oct 30, 3-6 pm
Cambridge Community Art Center (119 Windsor St, Cambridge)
Our dancers have some really easy, fun dance moves for kids to learn and master in no time at all, and then perform, in costume for the whole neighborhood. Free and open to kids of all ages and their families.
- 3:00 pm Dancers meet at Community Art Center to learn dance moves along side School of HONK band
- 4:15 pm Band and dancers make our way to Clement Morgan Park for a dazzling sunset show
- 5:15 pm Step off for blinky-lights parade around the neigborhood before returning to the Center
Don’t forget a costume, or polka dots, or blinky-lights, or whatever puts you in the spirit of the season.
To learn more about our School and see our dancers in action, check out Patrick Johnson’s video of our Mardi Gras Dance Party earlier this year.
Check out these photos from our open rehearsal and performance in Davis Square for HONK! 2016.
School of HONK invites everyone to join our band for the 11th Annual HONK! Festival, October 8 and 9.
Do you have a reed or brass instrument? Bring it along and play with us. All ages, 10 years and up, are welcome to perform with us.
Open Rehearsal: Saturday, 3-4 pm in Seven Hills Park
We’ll run through some basic parts for 4 songs: We Got That Fire, Let’s Go Get ‘Em, Funkytown and Ghostbusters. Feel free to browse our charts in advance if you want, but we will not be using sheet music at all — we will learn the basic parts by ear together on Saturday.
Performance: Saturday, 6-7 pm in Davis Square Plaza
We will meet in the parking lot on Herbert St at 5:45 pm, then parade up the stairs into the plaza at 6 pm sharp.
Parade: 12-1 pm, from Davis to Harvard Square
Call time is 11:30 am on Day St. (outside Flatbread Pizza). We will parade to Harvard Square. Leave cases at home or carry them with you as we will not be returning to Davis Square. We will also be playing a closing set on the Harvard Main Stage, call time of 5:15 pm behind the stage.
Bring your instrument and your friends, and wear some polka dots so you’ll fit right in!
(Photo by Joseph Maxwell)
This year’s Camp HONK was a special one. We learned more than a half dozen songs in two weeks, composed some of our own, and performed everyday of the week on parade. Check it out.
School of HONK will take the party to our friends across the river, July 9, 12-2 pm, at the Sam Adams Brewery.
(Photo by Steve Rogers Photography)
School of HONK returns to Somerville’s Porchfest this Saturday, May 21, 4-6 pm, in front of the VFW Dilboy Hall (corner of Cutter Ave and Summer St). Come join our musical party, and don’t forget your dancing shoes!
School of HONK is a free and open community music school, a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, looking for a (big) place to make loud, joyful music (a la HONK! Festival) every Sunday afternoon 2 – 6 pm — somewhere near a public/commercial neighborhood with a built-in audience. We have limited means but can pay a weekly rental rate if we find the right place. Please read on!
* close to some public / commercial / neighborhood spaces with built-in neighborhood audience nearby for parading/performing
* easy car and public transit access
* Sunday afternoon 2-6 pm
* no foreseeable noise issues with abutters for these hours
– preferably also available other weekday afternoons or evenings
* at least 100 person capacity
* at least 10 ft high ceiling
* storage (approximately 8’x8′, large closet or at least two large shelves); or proximity to Davis Square, where we currently have donated storage space
– prefer not too “live”/echoey a room
– prefer separate break-out rooms as well
– prefer ground floor, handicap access
– prefer outdoor option as well on / near premises for warmer weather practices
– prefer free/donated, but would consider up to $150/wk, depending on above