One of the things I absolutely love about the HONK! world is its musical eclecticism. The predominant unifying factor is the general timbre, which emanates from the use of brass instruments, saxophones and percussion (other woodwinds and mobile instruments like accordion are also common – I even saw one musician playing electric bass with an amp on a little trailer!)
However, in terms of musical idioms or the kinds music played, pretty much anything goes. According to the HONK! Fest website:
“bands draw inspiration from sources as diverse as Klezmer, Balkan and Romani music, Brazilian Samba, Afrobeat and Highlife, Punk, Funk, and Hip Hop, as well as the New Orleans second line tradition, and deliver it with all the passion and spirit of Mardi Gras and Carnival.” [honkfest.org]
That’s a lot of fun music right there. If you go to the HONK! website and check out the bands that have been involved, you can follow links to their sites to hear samples of what they play.
Now go hear some HONK! [Band List]