For some reason, I’ve been writing about trash a lot lately, literally. Check out this previous post and you’ll see what I mean. For today’s blog about trash, I wanted to talk about a new performance group that will visit in May, but as talented as they are, it’s their instruments that may catch your attention.
Vocal Trash, which performs in the new Plaza at Wilderness Pass May 9-11 and May 16-24, is best described as “music with a message.” This environmentally-minded cast combines high-energy singers, drummers and dancers into a meaningful show you won’t soon forget.
Vocal Trash has played to crowds across the nation, presenting their own unique take on recycling and conservation through their “upcycled” musical instruments. The group’s instruments all come from items that most people would consider refuse. The Vocal Trash ensemble uses a tool box bass and an upright milk urn bass. Their percussion section consists of metal trash cans, PVC pipes, pots and pans, and water bottles and jugs, among other landfill-rescued items. The group combines breakdancing, singing, comedy and more to create an experience guests have never seen before.
Steve Linder, the group co-founder, was kind enough to answer some questions for me so I could write a press release about the band’s upcoming performance. I thought I would share some of his responses here so you could learn more about what makes this group tick.
What do you look forward to about coming to Dollywood?
“In a day and age where family entertainment is becoming more and more difficult to find, we feel Dollywood is the perfect opportunity to present a positive family-friendly experience for everyone. We are honored to be part of such an admirable brand for good, clean fun and have always considered Dolly herself to be a positive force for the community based on her history of giving back to those who need it.”
Why do feel so strongly about your message?
“When we first put the idea together, it was conceived as a vehicle to present a unique and entertaining show. In other words, it was a career move, a way to sustain a living through a unique and entertaining show. It wasn’t until countless fans approached us about the ‘green’ factor and educational possibilities, that we realized the potential of what we had. Ultimately, this made us aware and more conscience of the environment and recycling endeavors. So, once again, Vocal Trash the group raised awareness even for its own members. We’re now ‘musical environmentalists.’ What we are is bigger than who we are.”
What should guests expect from your shows?
“Exhilaration and jubilation… not a stretch as after every performance, each cast member gets an earful of spirited comments and praise from our new friends and fans. The show simply exudes a joyful energy. And, based on presenting iconic music, audiences take away warm fuzzy memories from a few moments where all cares are forgotten as we collectively celebrate through the universal language of music, what connects us all. This is apparent with the return rate of loyal fans and faithful followers at the shows.”