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Got Junk Rock? ‘Cruise Radio’ Says Recycled Percussion Wows on HAL

Doug Parker, host of Cruise Radio, recently took an Alaska cruise aboard Westerdam and shared his thoughts on the beautiful and rugged frontier. Today, Parker shares the Recycled Percussion entertainment experience.

Recycled Percussion was the highest-placed non-singing act on “America’s Got Talent” and has enjoyed extended runs at both the MGM Grand and Tropicana in Las Vegas. Their fast-paced, highly interactive, audience-participation and family-friendly shows involve lots of drumming on objects ranging from 12-foot-tall ladders to low-tech drum kits suspended upside-down at center stage, as well as sounds produced by household appliances (vacuum cleaners, fans) and power tools (circular saws, drills). Performances are available on select Holland America Line cruises. Without further adieu, Cruise Radio’s Doug Parker explains why this group will “wow” you.

The Recycled Percussion Experience at Sea is fun for all.

The Recycled Percussion Experience at Sea is fun for all.

Got Junk Rock? Holland America Line does. Created by the group Recycled Percussion back in 1994, the band creates music with whatever they can get their hands – or rather, drumsticks – on, including buckets, power tools and ladders.

Recently, they wowed audiences on Holland America Line’s Westerdam in Alaska. And here’s 6 reasons why we think they’ll wow you too:

1. See them LIVE!

Things are always better live and in person – concerts, sporting events, sunsets. You saw Recycled Percussion on TV – they came in 3rd on “America’s Got Talent” and now’s your chance to see them on your cruise ship. They performed live across the country at colleges, NBA halftimes and NFL halftimes. They even play shows in Vegas too, but wouldn’t you rather go on a cruise at the same time? Gives a whole new meaning to ‘If the ship’s a-rocking…’. The Recycled Percussion franchise is now performing on select Holland America ships.

2. You get to play too.

When you enter the ship’s lounge to catch the show, you become part of the show. You’ll get a drumstick and special instrument to join in on the fun.

Ladders, buckets, power tools and electric guitars. Oh my. What won’t this group create music with?

Ladders, buckets, power tools and electric guitars. Oh my. What won’t this group create music with?

3. New Hampshire.

That’s where the four members of the band are from: the Granite State. Ok, that doesn’t really have anything to do with you, but don’t the nice folks from the northeast deserve some warm sunshine on a cruise? They’ve got really tough winters. Founded and still led by Justin Spencer (the world’s fastest drummer), the group also includes Ryan Vezina, Matt Bowman and Jason Davies.

4. It’s all about the equipment.

Ladders, buckets, power tools and electric guitars. Oh my. The real question here – is what won’t this group create music with? Some other objects you might see incorporated in their act: vacuum cleaners, fans and drills.

Holland America Line installed a staging set-up just to accommodate this highly interactive and fun show.

Holland America Line installed a staging set-up just to accommodate this highly interactive and fun show.

5. The stage.

Holland America installed a staging set-up just to accommodate this highly interactive and fun show. It’s called the ‘Great Wall of Percussion’ and is a suspended 3,000 pound set with 4 drum kits. Not your average drum kit, they’re made from cans and recycled buckets. The four band members strap into the drum kits and the wall rotates all the way around during the show – including upside down!

6. Genre.

You’ll hear hits from yesterday and today in whole new ways. There’s not a genre this group hasn’t mastered and you’ll hear them all during the show.

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Have you seen Recycled Percussion perform onboard? Tell us about the experience and send your photos to info@hollandamericablog.com and you might be featured on social media.

2 Comments
  • Nancy Kelly

    We saw the show last week and it was incredible. We were given drum sticks when we went in and had such fun keeping time. Outstanding!! everyone was having so much fun. We were also given ear plugs because it was loud but who cared?

  • Emily

    It was the best show ever! my fave parts were when this lady accitdently hit someone on the head while trying to give the red drummer a new stick/having totally random cookie time.

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