Make Music Winter, Friday, Dec. 21st

Radiant Revelry

All are welcome to participate and celebrate in this first-annual winter rite brought to you by the team behind HONK NYC, which brings street band music and spectacle to audiences everywhere across NYC – especially the streets. Join HONK NYC’s pop up parade as ferries to Staten Island for a march down Bay Street, switching bands, instruments, transportation methods and vibes along the way. Come revel in the glorious sounds made by the talented and passionate musicians of our city!

Participants should meet at 6:30 PM in the Staten Island Ferry Terminal Bar at South Ferry Plaza, 4 South Street, in Manhattan. Take the R/W train to Whitehall or 4/5 to Bowling Green. The parade will travel by ferry to the St. Geroge Ferry Terminal in Staten Island and then march down Bay Street to Every Thing Goes Book Cafe and Neighborhood Stage at 208 Bay Street. The After Party takes place at Staten Island MakerSpace!

Interested participants  should please send an email with the subject line “HONK NYC” to so that we can follow up with additional directions.


HONK NYC brings the tradition of global street band music & spectacle to audiences everywhere — in parks, at clubs, in schools, and especially out in the streets. Connect with us at, and @honknyc.

JB: Sara, we have had the pleasure of working with you on many HONK NYC music celebrations over years, but “Radiant Revelry” will be your first foray into our Make Music Winter festivities this December 21st. Can you tell our fans about the mission of HONK NYC and what inspired you to organize a winter solstice program?

SV: HONK NYC strives to bring street band music and spectacle culture to audiences everywhere, especially out in the streets. Parades are our natural habitat! We’re co-presenting Radiant Revelry with the ETG Book Cafe, a long-standing venue in Staten Island that is a real hub for art and culture. Their winter solstice celebration is a joyous community celebration, so we were pleased to have the chance to tie in with their tradition and with Make Music Winter.

JB: You have mapped out a fun route focused in Staten Island, and we are thrilled to musically activate the borough with you!  What are your ties with Staten Island and is your motivation to work in the borough?

SV: I’ve lived on Staten Island for 16 years have been collaborating with ETG on Staten Island HONK NYC showings since 2008. We’ve also been partnering with different institutions out here for some time and we organize a HONK Kids Camp every year at the Staten Island Children’s Museum. It’s very gratifying to make work in my own backyard, to bring the wonder of HONK to my neighbors, who are so appreciative and hungry for this type of multi-disciplinary performance. “#Staten Island Splendor” is my favorite hashtag ­– contributing a little to what makes this island so magical is an honor.

JB: How can Make Music Winter fans participate in and take in Radiant Revelry and what should they expect?

SV: The event has 3 parts: The Voyage, The Processional, The Elevation. Meet us at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at Whitehall in Manhattan at 6:30pm. We’ll be riding on the 7:00pm boat over to S.I. Once we dock, we’ll move our “processional of light” – we’re making lanterns for participants to carry – down Bay Street to the ETG Cafe, at 208 Bay St. At ETG, there will be marching band hat-making activities for kids, a live performance by Viva Voce, a local chamber music ensemble, as well as DJs from Staten Island’s Maker Park Radio. When the parade arrives to the cafe around 8:00pm, there will be a set from Hungry March Band, and the elevation of the cafe’s Star of Wonder, a bright light that will shine on Bay Street for the rest of the holiday season. Folks can expect a lot of music, movement and merriment.

JB: What is your greatest challenge in preparing for the parade and what are you most looking forward to?

SV: Logistics are the biggest challenge, ranging from scheduling artists and spectacle partners to timing to permission to… the more enjoyable challenges like “What type of lanterns should we make?” (We’ve decided on two plastic cups taped together at the mouth, making a nice lantern shape, with LED lights inside.) I’m most looking forward to the parade, of course!

Illustration by Kyle Lambert of Callout Creative