Honk! Fest West

How do you feel about marching bands? In their absolute uniformity of dress and step, do they strike you as a tad, well, militaristic—dare one say, fascist? The organizers of Honk! Fest West like the idea of walking around playing loud instruments, but have scrapped pretty much every other manifestation of conformity for their second annual “radical marching band festival” (through Sun.), gathering over a dozen bands from up and down this coast to raucously terrorize Ballard (Friday) and Georgetown (Saturday). Under musical and sartorial influences from Carnival to klezmer—and playing Sousa only ironically, if at all—the bands include the Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline, the brand-new Seattle Sounders’ Sound Wave, and local troupes Orkestar Zirkonium and the Yellow Hat Band. Info: www.honkfestwest.com. GAVIN BORCHERT

Fri., April 10, 7 p.m., 2009

 
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