The first four letters in hootenanny spell hoot -- and The Seeger Sessions was fun -- with a purpose.
The hootenanny on political websites about the contest being up for grabs is shilling for advertising dollars.
"informal session of folk musicians," 1940, American English, earlier "a gadget" (1927), of unknown origin, perhaps a nonsense word.
Another device used by the professional car thief, and one recently developed to perfection, according to a large Chicago lock-testing laboratory, is a "hootenanny," so-called by the criminals using it. ["Popular Mechanics," February 1931]
The game of basketball: meet to play hoops at the Y