The Honk Festival of 2016 was the best ever. I made it to three events, the opening night at Barbes on Tuesday, the Dance Party in the East Village the next night, and the More Gardens parade at Tompkins Square Park. My friends seemed to be everywhere. People I have reclaimed streets with, dancing among bouncing barricades, creating gardens, marching through earth celebrations through the years. Some years,we've occupied pipelines or community centers; others we've biked through the pulsing public spaces of New York. And we danced all afternoon long. Le Pompier Poney Club was there to merge jazz, funk, and soul with Le Jazz Hot! The band blew us away all week long. I fell in love with them every time i saw them. I think everyone did.
The fall afternoon sparkled.
At some point, one of the bands, i think the Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band pumped the Cantina Song from Star Wars. I looked around and it seemed like half the east village was jamming to the maniacal balkan punk energy. One of the saxophonists with Le Pompier Poney Club was wearing a horse head. Environmental Encroachment were dancing with members of More Gardens and Occupy the Pipeline. It was a glorious afternoon to be alive together.
|Le Pompier Poney Club and friends with HONK!|