Vocal Trash

The group Vocal Trash performs at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Payson High School Auditorium as part of the Tonto Community Concert Association’s 40th anniversary season.

The Tonto Community Concert Association brings a different style of entertainment to the Rim Country with its next performance. Vocal Trash performs at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

Recycling to make a cleaner, healthier planet for future generations has been the mission of Vocal Trash since its inception. It is an urban-themed, Broadway-style production that reconnects us with our planet.

Best described as “entertainment with a conscience,” Vocal Trash is a seven-member, green-minded troupe; it rescues items from landfills to create a meaningful experience unlike any other. Toolbox guitars, a milk-urn bass and numerous repurposed industrial percussion props accompany singing, breakdancing, and comedy, leaving the audience not only entertained, but inspired to spread peace, love and recycling.

Vocal Trash fuses world-class entertainment with world saving awareness. This mantra may very well be the reason this Texas-based group is garnering worldwide attention from not only newfound followers (affectionately known as “Trash-Heads,”) but also the green industry. With their seemingly endless energy and one of a kind concept, these world-class entertainers have toured extensively, made guest appearances on morning shows, been the subject of countless news articles and earned a substantial grassroots fan base from New York to Seattle and abroad.

Their shows raise awareness and make a positive impact all around the country and abroad. The group’s lead singer, Kelsey Rae, takes their recycling and repurposing message a step further in her unique children’s book, “THINK … Before You Throw It Away.” Featured on the Hallmark Channel, the book, written in the whimsical style of Dr. Seuss, tells the story of Claire, a 10-year-old girl who finds adventure in a city landfill, of all places. Together with some new and unusual friends, she discovers that through better choices we can help save our planet. Claire’s newly created musical group, Vocal Trash, inspires kids to learn how they can make a difference by reusing, recycling and thinking ... before they throw it away!

Children and students under the age of 18 are admitted at no charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult. A limited number of single performance tickets are available a half-hour before doors open for $25 each. For more information visit the TCCA website at www.tccarim.org or call 928-472-2423 or 303-903-2895.

Scheduled to perform over the balance of the season:

• SAXsational, The Next Generation, 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 13: Arizona State University School of Music graduate and founder of the Disney jazz band, the Side Street Strutters, Rob Verdi, returns to Payson for his third concert featuring the saxophone. He explores a variety of musical styles, including popular jazz standards of the swing era, iconic rhythm and blues selections and trendy, contemporary pop hits. The concert will also feature a performance by the Payson High School band of music prepared in collaboration with the artist.

• Cadence, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 7: Canadian vocal group, Cadence, produces the powerful, rich sounds of a full band using only four voices. This a cappella ensemble brings an infectious energy and uncanny verve to every song it sings with a hypnotic blend of complex harmonies, intricate arrangements, vocal dexterity, and just plain fun.

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