Recycled Percussion to perform at Park Theatre Nov. 20

  • The band Recycled Percussion is scheduled to perform at The Park Theatre in Jaffrey Nov. 20, as part of a fundraiser for Jaffrey's 250th anniversary celebrations. Courtesy photo

  • Recycled Percussion is known for its third-place win on the show “America’s Got Talent,” their New England Emmy-award winning television show “Chaos & Kindness” and their Chaos & Kindness store locations. Courtesy photo

  • The Nov. 20 Recycled Percussion performance at The Park Theatre is anticipated to be the first sold-out performance at the venue. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/3/2021 8:45:20 PM

Bang the drum – or in this case the bucket – because Recycled Percussion is coming to The Park Theatre in Jaffrey for what is anticipated to be the first sold-out performance at the venue.

Recycled Percussion is scheduled to rock the new Park Theatre performing arts center Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the show will benefit the theater and the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, and also kick off the major fundraising season for Jaffrey’s 250th Jubilee celebrations in 2023.

As the name suggests, Recycled Percussion is a rock band that uses recycled material like buckets to create their rhythm section and a show that mixes music with audience interaction and comedy.

Justin Spencer founded the Lanconia-based band in 1995, as an entry in a school talent show, taking inspiration from street artists that often use buckets or other improvised instruments. The band went on its first national tour in 2001, and became nationally known for their third-place win on the show “America’s Got Talent,” their New England Emmy-award winning television show “Chaos & Kindness” and their Chaos & Kindness store locations.

Steve Jackson, CEO of the Park Theatre, said as of Tuesday, there were less than 10 seats left in the 333-seat auditorium for the show, and that the majority of tickets sold within the first 72 hours of going on sale.

“That just tells you the power of these performers,” Jackson said. “On the list of folks we were hoping to eventually be on this stage, they have been on that list for a long time. When the opportunity came to get them here, we were overjoyed.”

That opportunity came through Steve Pelkey, CEO of Atlas Pyrovision Entertainment and a member of the Jaffrey 250th Planning Committee.

Atlas, which sells fireworks and produces displays, has worked with Recycled Percussion to do displays for several of their grand openings for the Chaos & Kindness brand stores, and has a business relationship with them, Pelkey said. When the fundraising for Jaffrey’s upcoming 250th anniversary was ready to kick off in earnest, he knew Recycled Percussion would be able to start things off with a bang.

“They’re extremely popular,” Pelkey said. “We pretty much sold out within the first four days. The whole team is very energetic, fun to watch, and they’re just kind-hearted people. They do so much for so many people. I’ve gotten to know them personally, and their heart is in the right place, and that’s something that’s been a great benefit to the State of New Hampshire, and now, fortunately, for Jaffrey.”

The funds raised by the concert will go, in part, to funding activities throughout 2023, including the official commemoration event marking the actual anniversary of the formation of Jaffrey in 1773, which is scheduled for Aug. 17, 2023.

Several of the events planned are specifically to commemorate the anniversary, including a fireworks display, forums on Jaffrey history and a parade, along with a veterans’ event for Flag Day, but Pelkey said the committee is also dedicated to putting extra oomph into other yearly events, such as the town’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, Riverfest, the Winter Carnival and Scarecrows on the Common. 

Remaining tickets are $30. They can be purchased at theparktheatre.org or by calling the box office at 603-532-8888.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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