This weekend was supposed to usher in HonkFest West, an annual street party of brass bands, marching groups, drums, weirdos, and freaks. We may have to keep our weirdness at home (note: the fest is postponed, but not officially cancelled), but we can still march and dance to great music.
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June 19-22 sees brass bands from near and far invading the fair streets of Seattle for HonkFest West ( http://honkfestwest.com ). We kick things off with global brass tunes from Serbia, New Orleans, Ghana, Belgium, and many spots in between.
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This week’s show, inspired by this weekend’s HonkFest West, provides an invigorating blast of brass, drum, and marching band music the likes of which you’ll experience in the streets of Seattle this weekend. If you dare!
Also, a slew of new releases in hour 2. And congrats to the winners of the ticket giveaway for the OMO Africa show. Perhaps I’ll see you at one of these events. Whatever you are up to, remember to live locally and groove globally!
Horns. If you can’t hear them, you’re not paying attention. And I don’t mean the polite horn section of some soft soul hit. I’m talking big brash in-your-face horns marching down your street to take your lawn ornaments hostage. This weekend Seattle will be full of such windbag miscreants (and I mean that in the nicest way) as HonkFest West (http://honkfestwest.com/) returns. Spin The Globe celebrates their seasonal migration — think Canada geese with megaphones and drum sections — with its own blast of global brass, from Bollywood to Brazilian to Balkan to New Orleans, and wherever else great global brass music is made. Can you handle it?
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Mahala Rai Banda – Kolo Baro – Ghetto Blasters
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Alyo – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Gangbe Brass Band – Tagbavo – Togbe
Dejan Petrović – El Chumbachero – Bands Play Serbian & World Music Hits
Bollywood Brass Band – Ramta Jogi – Rahmania
Boom Pam – Bulgarock – Alakazam
Samy El Bably – Asrar El Ein – Sahara Groove
Pitsicato Brass Band – Balkan Kan Muvi – Pitsicato Brass Band
The Haggis Horns – The Traveller Part One – Hot Damn!
The Sway Machinery w/ Khaira Arby – Skin to Skin – House of Friendly Ghosts Vol. 1
Tubaluba – St. James Infirmary – advance single
March Fourth Marching Band – Ah Ya Bibi – March Fourth Marching Band
Fanfare Vagabontu – Bubamara – Rabbids Go Home (OST)
Schael Sick Brass Band – Kostadin – Kesh Mesh
Jambalaya Brass Band – Jambalaya Got Fire – It’s A Jungle Out There
Balkan Beat Box – Sunday Arak feat. Dana Leong – Balkan Beat Box
Va Fan Fahre – Ethiopian Gypsy – Zet Je Maar
Boban Markovic Orkestar feat. Marko Markovic – The Train – The Promise
Haïdouti Orkestar – Pesma – Tek Tek
Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra – Basalaja feat. Marko Markovic – I Lumia Mo Kher
The Haggis Horns – The Traveller Part Two – Hot Damn!
Skatalites – Freedom Sounds – From Paris With Love
Femi Kuti – Fight To Win feat. Jaguar Wright – Fight to Win
Samite – Nalubale – Embalassa