BABAM! – the Boston Area Brigade of Activist Musicians – is a cross-band group (and open to people not with any band) to rally for events and causes in the Boston area and beyond – sometimes to enjoy the power of a massed group, sometimes to pull together a viable group at the last minute. The repertoire is simple, horn-friendly well-known stuff in the HONK! tradition.

To join in the fun, sign up for a free account on The Gig-O-Matic, the HONK! community’s favorite gig organizing tool. (Once you sign up, click on your name in the top right, then “My Profile”, then “Add Band”, then “Boston Area Brigade of Activist Musicians”. You can then receive notification of upcoming BABAM! gigs, and propose and manage new ones!) You can also see photos and updates on our Facebook page.  Questions:  contact us at babamadmin@googlegroups.com

Our music: We try to find protest-themed, energetic songs that many HONK! musicians know, and lean towards horn-friendly keys such as Bb, Eb, and F.  Here are some we have charts available for… our friends at JP Honk have also provided a Youtube Playlist of Playalong Videos for songs that we borrow from their usual set.

  • This Little Light Of Mine (Bb) – video
  • Mercy Mercy Mercy (Bb) – video
  • This Land is Your Land (F) – video
  • We Got That Fire (Eb) – video
  • Down by the Riverside (Bb) – video
  • Chameleon (Bb, ish) – video
  • Bella Ciao (F/Dm) – video
  • When the Saints Go Marching In (F or Bb) – video F / video Bb
  • Watermelon Man (F) – video
  • Second Line (Bb) – video
  • I’m Comin’ Home – video
  • Space Cadet (12 Bar Blues, Bb) – video

We will be looking to get charts here soon, for now many of them are written out at the music pages of our friends at JP Honk and School of Honk.

We are always open to trying new songs!  There are many to choose from…