Junk to rock Luhrs on Saturday

Recycled Percussion makes music with cast-off material

Recycled Percussion makes music with cast-off material

September 14, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Are you ready to "Rock Your Junk"?

Members of the junk rock group Recycled Percussion hope so.

With a gig at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University on Saturday. The concert is part of the group's "Rock Your Junk" tour, with more than 200 shows lined up at colleges nationwide and at sporting events - including NFL and NBA half-time shows - said the band's publicist, Scott Kassapis.

Recycled Percussion got its start 10 years ago at a talent show in New Hampshire, explained the group's founder, Justin Spencer. The teens used buckets, a kitchen sink, "anything our parents would let us use," Spencer said in a telephone interview.

The resulting sound is a bit of a rock hybrid, drummer Justin Spencer said.

"We got our inspiration from a kid playing a bucket in New York city," he said.

Recycled Percussion's tour comes to a head with the October release of the band's DVD/CD "Recycled Percussion: Live from Allegheny," a live taping of a show at Allegheny College in December 2005, Kassapis said.


The band played the Meadville, Pa., school in December 2005. While the DVD/CD has yet to hit stores, the band leaked a few clips from the DVD on its main Web page, The DVDs also will be for sale for $20 during the concert.

Junk rock is as it sounds: the transformation of things like plastic buckets, ladders, mortar casings and 50-gallon containers - junk - into musical instruments. Recycled Percussion is comprised of four 20-somethings - three drummers and a DJ.

"It's not just a young people thing. It's for anyone who loves percussion," said Luhrs Center Marketing Director Jeffrey Sommer. He said older generations might liken it to "Wipe Out," the percussion-heavy surf jam of the '60s.

Spencer, the band's founder, described the show a bit differently: "Dude, it's going to be a killer."

For those who are still unclear on the concept of junk rock, there is a video and an audio clip on There are also pictures, sounds and video (and fan reviews) on the band's MySpace page,

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were only 216 tickets left (the venue holds about 1,500 people). Sommer said he was confident that there would be enough tickets available.

For show and ticket information, contact the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717-477-SHOW or visit

If you go ...

WHAT: Recycled Percussion concert

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16

WHERE: H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, Pa.

ADMISSION: $15. Tickets are $5 for children 12 and younger and for Shippensburg students with valid ID. Students must purchase tickets in person at box office in order to receive the discount.

MORE: For ticket information, go to or call 717-477-SHOW. For band information, or

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