BABAM – the Boston Area Brigade of Activist Musicians – connects street musicians with activist 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. Anyone can participate, and anyone can lead!
BABAM! doesn’t have a regular practice schedule or exact crew, so we march with the army that shows up, and bend the playlist accordingly. Don’t be shy about coming even if you don’t know the songs listed – we’re very flexible, and “chant support” is a big part of what we do as well.
While BABAM! members tend to have a large overlap in social and political leanings, musical or chant support at any given event does not represent an official endorsement or unanimous opinion of all the group’s members. Group members are empowered to propose “gigs”, and then individual members are welcome to attend, or not, as their leanings, enthusiasms, and time resources allow.
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