PRONK Festival

(10.14) It’s time for the annual invasion of tubas, trumpets, and drums as we end the long weekend on a high note with the PRONK Festival. Roving, strutting, blaring bands will arrive from across the country to lead locals in a second line of wild abandon. The out-of-towners will be joining local favorites the What Cheer Brigade, the Extraordinary Rendition Band, the Black Out Drum Squad, TAPA Dance Company, and the Scruffy Aristocrats.

PRONK! (the Providence HONK! Festival) presents a heartfelt antidote to mainstream culture by inviting people from all walks of life to come together for a day set aside for the celebration of music.

We are a cacophonous street celebration with out of town brass bands! We are a street intervention like no other, with outfits and misfits from Rhode Island and beyond – musicians, artists, activists, makers, and groups from around Providence – taking over South Water Street as part of the Providence HONK Parade.

This year the celebration stretches from the Amphitheater Stage at the Hurricane Barrier on the south end, up along Bridge Street to the Hot Club Stage. The party continues across Point Street over to South Water Street and the Dome Stage. Special this year will be the inclusion of the new Pedestrian Bridge. (A celebration of the Pedestrian Bridge (6pm to 7pm) has been integrated into the whole mishegas. I don’t think the politicians will be allowed to ramble on.)

There is no schedule posted at the time of this writing, but you don’t really need one. Our experience in the past has been that as the evening progresses, the party takes over the  Hot Club area and under the I-Way at the Hurricane Barrier. But the Pedestrian Bridge is bound to become a new focal point this year. Just head down there. You will hear it.

Rain or shine. (Facebook event.)

Free, 2pm to 10pm, Monday, October 14, South Water Street, (directions)

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