With its rowdy mix of street-style percussion and repurposed objects, Recycled Percussion, the band that shot to fame on NBC's America's Got Talent and has gone on to sold-out shows in Las Vegas, is set to perform at Smothers Theatre, Malibu, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22.
Justin Spencer formed Recycled Percussion in 1995, taking inspiration from New York street percussion. Looking for a way to be as creative as possible, Spencer took the idea of playing recycled objects, blended in different instruments, created his own spin, and developed a style of music now known as "junk rock."
Recycled Percussion was featured on the cover of USA Today for its unique ability to combine recycled instruments into the show. In 2001 it began touring widely, performing over 250 shows a year and spanning 15 countries. Appearing at colleges, NBA and NFL halftime shows, and corporate events all over the world, the group gained international recognition.
In 2009 Recycled Percussion became a smash hit on the popular TV show America's Got Talent, where it finished in third place -- making it the highest placing non-singing act to compete in the show's history at that time.
After the show concluded, the band signed its own headlining act on the Las Vegas strip at the Tropicana Hotel, where it resided for two years. After a six-week special appearance in the America's Got Talent Live show at the Venetian Hotel and a celebrity performance run on Holland America, the band moved to its new home on the strip, the newly renovated Quad Resort and Casino.
For its new show, the band elevated the energy level, created new performance elements, and now brings junk rock to life nightly with a combination of extreme percussion, engaging humor, and extraordinary athleticism.
Also on Sunday, Sept. 22, the Center for the Arts will present Family Art Day from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Family Art Day, which is free and open to the public, will feature special art projects in the Gregg G. Juarez Palm Courtyard and tours of the Weisman Museum of Art.
Recycled Percussion will also present a free performance for area schoolchildren as part of Pepperdine's ARTSReach program on Monday, Sept. 23.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Center for the Arts Web site.