More from HONK Fest in West Seattle: Dancing (etc.) in the streets

April 11, 2010 at 11:10 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle video, WS culture/arts | 9 Comments

(Our first, as-it-happened HONK Fest West report can be seen here)

That photo shared by Eileen captures the brassy boisterousness of HONK Fest West, making its first West Seattle appearance, with bands spread along two blocks of The Junction in a five-hour-plus period this afternoon. So does this clip, in which we follow the Hubbub Club as its musicians “march” (more like danced, bounced, strode) their way from the designated performance area by the Junction Wells Fargo, to the SW Alaska sidewalk, then back:

And a serious dose of dancing-in-the-streets ensued in the raised crosswalk between Oregon and Alaska – where we found the Carnival Band during our 2nd HONK Fest visit, at midafternoon:

If you didn’t get a close-enough look at the Hubbub Club’s grinning tuba in our clip, Luckie‘s photo captures it for posterity:

And even the little ones were entranced by the splendor of the costumes as well as the music – witness Holli‘s photo of the Minor Mishap Marching Band (visiting from Austin, Texas):

So will this lovably loony street festival return next year? We’ve got the question out to organizers, though they may well be getting ready to recover after 3 days around town (Fremont on Friday, Georgetown on Saturday, then West Seattle today, plus a few bands’ performances in venues elsewhere tonight). Meantime, here’s the official festival website; here’s its Facebook page; and here’s a site where they’re encouraging people to upload photos. The whole thing runs on volunteer power and donations, as carts like this one reminded festivalgoers in The Junction today:

If you didn’t have any cash to throw in the kitty while you were enjoying the show(s), you can make an online donation here. P.S. Added Monday, one last shot from Colby – seems there wasn’t just dancing in the streets, there was a little bit of lying around in the streets too:

9 Comments

  1. what? no comments? this was amazing fun ! A great way to shake off the cobwebs and welcome in spring. I hope they do it again next year…and this time block off two blocks. :)

    Comment by JanS — 12:23 am April 12, 2010 #

  2. We had a few comments on the first report. Only just posted this a while ago because I didn’t want to lump the other material (from later in the day, and a couple WSB’er photos that came in tonight) in with the story posted much earlier … TR

    Comment by WSB — 12:30 am April 12, 2010 #

  3. Thanks for posting a wrap-up – what a blast it was! Hope everyone who attended did or does donate a little something to this all-volunteer effort.

    Comment by Keith — 6:59 am April 12, 2010 #

  4. please come back, honk fest. Our 21 month old had so much fun!

    Comment by lg — 7:57 am April 12, 2010 #

  5. Such fun! My kids had an absolute blast. “E E Magic Circus Band” from Chicago was a highlight. HONK!

    Comment by Jason — 9:24 am April 12, 2010 #

  6. The Honk Fest was amazing fun! My boyfriend and I were there pretty much the entire time and loved it. It was a fun day. Please come back next year!

    Comment by Dallas — 6:59 pm April 12, 2010 #

  7. Just wanted to post an hd video I shot of some of the bands on Sunday.

    http://vimeo.com/10880212

    Comment by Ian Page-Echols — 11:10 pm April 12, 2010 #

  8. It looks awesome! I wish I had known about it, I would have been out there shakin’ it with everyone!

    Comment by E — 11:39 am April 13, 2010 #

  9. This was so much fun – we did not get ther until late in the afternoon and it was a great time. Lookforward to them being here again next year.

    Comment by eileen — 12:42 pm April 13, 2010 #

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