Vocal Trash returns to First Night Tri-Cities this New Year's Eve with some new music and a new member of the troupe, who not only makes cool music but also can break dance while banging on garbage cans.
This is the sixth year the Texas-based group has put in an appearance at First Night, which starts at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 at Columbia Basin College.
Steve Linder, creator and front man for Vocal Trash, told the Herald his group of landfill-inspired musicians draw their energy from the audience they play to.
"No one (inspires us) with honesty and conviction better than a hyped fan or audience member," Linder said.
Vocal Trash has been compared to Stomp and Blue Man Group with their lively and humorous way of making music, but what makes Trash even more musically creative is their instruments are mostly found items from landfills or garbage dumps.
"We take advantage of numerous opportunities throughout the show to point out various recycled instruments," he said. "Once the attention is drawn to those, we elaborate on the importance of eco-friendly living and remind the listeners to the role of the group. Sort of like music with a conscience."
Each year, Linder or a member of his band find something new in recycled trash that they can make music with. This year, the new instrument is another unusual piece of metal.
"We have a tool metal box guitar that is new to this year's show," he said.
The new guy this year is Danny Ramirez, who joins Linder, Larry Parish, Greg Dugan, Pablo Barracuda and Kelsey Ray, who Linder describes as the real star of the show next to the instruments.
He also says because of the group's eco-friendly conscious outlook, Vocal Trash is much bigger than any one musician within its ranks.
"When we first put the idea together, it was conceived strictly as a vehicle to present a unique and entertaining show," Linder said. "It wasn't until countless fans approached us about the awareness factor and educational possibilities that we realized the potential of what we had. Ultimately, this made us aware and more conscious of the environment and recycling endeavors."
Vocal Trash performs two shows at 6 and and 9 p.m. in the CBC gym. Also coheadlining the evening will be a performance by Eclectic Approach pop/rock band at 10 p.m., The Gothard Sisters Celtic variety show at 5 p.m., and Brad Upton's comedy show at 7:15 p.m., all in the CBC gym.
There will be a plethora of other music happening throughout the evening as well at various locations on CBC's Pasco campus. For a complete schedule of events, go to www.firstnighttricities.com.
Tickets to the family-friendly event are $8 in advance for ages 13 and older and $5 for kids 6 to 12 with ages 5 and younger free. Admission will be $10 on the day of the event for ages 13 and older.
Admission buttons are available at Tri-City Yoke's Fresh Market stores, the Richland Community Center and Pasco City Hall.
First Night Schedule
4:30 p.m. -- VIP meet and greet with Vocal Trash, The Gothard Sisters and Brad Upton
5 p.m. -- The Gothard Sisters, a Celtic and vocal variety show
6 p.m. -- Vocal Trash, variety act using recycled items
7:15 p.m. -- Brad Upton, standup comedy
8 p.m. -- The Gothard Sisters, a Celtic and vocal variety show
9 p.m. -- Vocal Trash, variety act using recycled items
10 p.m. -- VIP meet and greet with Eclectic Approach
10:30 p.m. -- Eclectic Approach, alternative band
6 p.m. -- Ron Pasma's Tri-City Jazz band
7 p.m. -- Miki Harvey, jazz vocalist
8 p.m. -- Skweez the Weezle, Celtic band
9 p.m. -- The Allen Johnson Project, vocal and acoustic jazz
10 p.m. -- Skweez the Weezle, Celtic band
11 p.m. -- Corrin Evans and Noah Hunt, variety
Byron Gjerde Center
3:15 p.m. -- Keith Ramsay's Fired Up Magic Show
4:30 p.m. -- Youth karate demonstration
5:30 p.m. -- The Dance Connection
6:30 p.m. -- Bram Brata and OK2Botay, steel drum bands
7:45 p.m. -- Kamiakin High School Dance Team
8 p.m. -- Jerry Harris, master hypnotist comedy show
9:15 p.m. -- Brad Upton, standup comedy
10:15 p.m. -- The Jeff Raines Band
11 p.m. -- Jerry Harris, master hypnotist comedy show
Library lecture hall L-102
7 p.m. -- Ten Cent Treasure, a one-man play by Jay Frank
Hawk Union Building (HUB)
3:15 p.m. -- Big Top the Clown
4 p.m. -- Bill Barr and Rachel Leshikar, Arete Juggling Show
5 p.m. -- Wiggle Like a Fish, music for kids
6 p.m. -- Keith Ramsay's Fired Up Magic Show
7 p.m. -- Jeff Raines Band, Shine the Spotlight on Me talent showcase winners
7:45 p.m. -- Ernhel Tatunay, vocalist
8:05 p.m. -- Hannah Nicholas, Piano and vocals
8:25 p.m. -- Jeff Mellor, Vocalist
8:45 p.m. -- Payton Airoldi, guitar and vocals
9 p.m. -- Teen Dance with DJ Raffa
Senate room in the HUB
7-10 p.m. -- Dance Heads, interactive karaoke
7-11 p.m. -- Video gaming contests on Wii and XBox 360
All night -- Inflatable toys and games for children and teens
Roving performers in Gjerde Center
3:30-4:30 p.m. -- Big Top the Clown
3:30-6:30 p.m. -- The Balloon Dude
End of evening
11:55 p.m. -- Closing ceremonies
Midnight -- Fireworks show
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org