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Saturday, October 31, 2009
Pink Puffers + Halloween
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Pink Puffers on parade. From TPapi's HONK Festival 2009 Flickr photo set.
The Pink Puffers brass band regularly fills the streets, squares and historical sites of Rome with their buoyant brand of funk, soul, jazz and New Orleans inspired originals and covers, not to mention the occasional Italian 70s film soundtrack. The rambunctious Romans hit our shores earlier this month at the invitation of the fabulous HONK Festival, a grand gathering of activist street bands held annually in the Boston area.
HONK festival bands are known for their vaudevillian antics - stilt walking, juggling etc. - and outrageous costumes. The Pink Puffer's own trademark bright pink outfits are more carnivalesque than scary perhaps - but their Vespa-throttling volume is definitely not for the timid. The thirteen Puffers squeezed into FMU Studio B for a blood-curdling, spine-tingling live session.
The HONK festival is a blast, with bands playing on the streets of Boston, Harvard Square in Cambridge, and a full day on multiple stages in Davis Square, Somerville. There is also a parade, and a big concert finale. Usually the festival is held on Columbus Day Weekend.
Some two dozen bands traveled from around the country - and two from Italy - to participate this year. And in keeping with the participatory spirit of the event and the activist band movement, this year you could sign up to play in a one-off pickup band and march in the parade even if you didn't come with a band. See http://www.honkfest.org for images and video from the festival and to learn more.
Also on this show: Somewhat scary internationally-flavored songs and tarantellas for Halloween.
Special thanks to our illustrious assistant engineer Bil Bowen - inventor of the revolutionary frame drum mic, the Pandeiro Microphone!
This Week's Playlist:
Dracula Cha Cha
Malaysian, curiously enough. Thanks to WMBR's The Intercontinental, Jesse Kaminsky's show Wednesdays 6-8 pm on WMBR, Cambridge MA. We heard this song on Jesse's terrifying Halloween special earlier this week (playlist and archive here).
Sat. 10/31/09 6:23pm
Great start to Hallowe'en Rob!
Sat. 10/31/09 7:34pm
Ken From Hyde Park:
Thanks for hosting a live show tonight. It's excellent!
Sat. 10/31/09 7:38pm
Sat. 10/31/09 7:40pm
Sat. 10/31/09 7:47pm
Hooray!! Pink Puffers!!!!