Saturday, December 30, 2017

Recycled Percussion

Recycled Percussion has become one of my favorite groups, as much for their compassion and love for their fellow man, as for their musical ability and showmanship.

I first saw this group on "America's Got Talent" and really loved them.  They hale from NH, right up the road in Goffstown, which made them the 'act to watch' for me.  They came in third place and made a name for themselves nationally.  It wasn't long before they were putting on shows in Vegas.

A couple of years ago, one of my children gave me tickets to see their show at the Palace Theater in Manchester and I was blown away!   Their show is amazing and hilariously funny.   From there I started following them on FB.   

This year, they decided to dedicate themselves to thanking the State of NH for helping them in their beginning.   They created a  show called "Chaos and Kindness" where the band members go around the state, creating chaos in their own unique way and doing many, many acts of kindnesss.  It has endeared them to many New Hampshire folks, including myself.  

Most recently, they broke the Guiness Book of World Records by doing a concert in all 50 states in 12 days!  The reason they did it was to raise money for their foundation.  They were trying to raise 50K and raised 70K instead!  The money was used to purchase Christmas gifts for needy families.  The really cool thing about this group is they do everything themselves....from purchasing the toys to distributing them.  And they call out to their fans to come and donate their time as well, thus spreading the kindness.

Anyway.....Hubby and I got tickets to see this year's show at the Palace, and it did not disappoint.

We started our night at the restaurant right next door to the Palace Theater.  It's actually two restaurants side-by-side, and you can order off either restaurant's menu no matter which restaurant you are sitting in!

I got the same seats as last time.  In the balcony along the side of the theater.  The balcony there is only two seats wide, and we are almost on top of the stage which is wonderful because you can see everything!  I do always feel like I am one of the old guys in the balcony at the Muppet Show!  LOL

They set up the stage for the Christmas season with more Christmas lights than have ever been on a stage before!!   They started out doing some of their amazing drumming.

Interspersed with the drumming were some very funny comedy skits.  Here Justin and Ryan were having a drum-off.  Ryan had to copy every move Justin made.   When Justin blew a bubble with is gum, Ryan couldn't follow because he had no gum.  So Justin gave him his.   And after blowing his bubble, Ryan offered it back if Justin would take it directly out of his mouth!  And Justin did!!

Ryan amazed us all by playing percussion on his body.  This lends credence to Hubby's "belly slapping" that he is actually using as percussion on our CD!

Ryan on the drums.  He is amazing.  I love his "drum set"....with plastic barrels and pots and pans.

Justin goes crazy on the drums!

Then they did the part of the show I liked the best.  They took nostalgic toys and created musical rhythm with them using the sounds the toys made.  Balls, bicycle bells, Hungry Hungry Hippoes, Operation...etc.  The creativity and precision to pull this off is amazing!

And Ryan was awesome on the Romper Stompers!

Then they did their iconic routine on the ladders!

Ryan was so high, he was at level with us in the balcony!

And then he jumped from the top of the ladders!

They closed out the show by playing to the top ten Rock and Roll songs of the 80's.

A little dancing

And a salute goodbye.

After the show you could meet the band and get some of their swag autographed.  I tried to take a selfie with them, but like a dummy I had the phone flipped the wrong way, and by the time I figured it out they were telling me no selfies because it held up the line!   Damn it!  

It was a fun-filled night and just a thrill to see them perform in person.  I will definitely get tickets again next time they come around!

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