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Earth Friendly: Vocal Trash is coming to town

By By Kate Garcia
Oct. 10, 2013 at 5:10 a.m.

Kate Garcia

Lately a good portion of my time has been spent working on promotional materials for our next big event for Texas Recycle Day this November.

I can honestly say it's difficult for me to write this column without stopping to sing along with Kelsey Rae, lead singer of Vocal Trash, "Gotta make a stand all across the land. Recycle. Recycle. We're going green if you know what I mean. Recycle. Recycle."

All the while I am hoping the director doesn't walk in and find me "busting a move". do they even say that anymore?

Anyway, moving on. I thought I would write a little teaser column about the Vocal Trash event Nov. 7-8. The city of Victoria Environmental Services, with co-host Keep Victoria Beautiful, is bringing back Vocal Trash to the Victoria Fine Arts Center.

We first met Vocal Trash at a State of Texas Alliance for Recycling conference in Austin three years ago. Darryl and I were sitting in the cafe area of the hotel waiting while this group set up. We watched them drag over beat up trash cans, big 50-gallon plastic drums, these crazy looking guitars and, finally, a DJ booth. I was thinking, "Please let this be good; I just paid $4 for this tiny coffee."

Before we could change our minds to get out of there early, we heard one of the guys absolutely shred on this guitar thing that looks as if it were made in their garage. Who knew a tool box with strings could sound so good? Our eyes got big and both our lightbulbs lit up.

These guys were awesome. Everyone was on their feet, and I was on a chair trying to get a video. Darryl and I had these goofy are-you-thinking-what-I'm-thinking expressions on our faces and were in complete agreement. We were going to do whatever we needed to do to bring Vocal Trash to Victoria.

How could we resist? Their entire show was about reducing, reusing and recycling. They not only sang about sustainability but also lived it. Just about all of their instruments were made out of something recycled. They were proof recycling was not only possible but also incredibly cool.

After two years of planning and gathering sponsorships, we were proud to partner with Keep Victoria Beautiful and the Main Street Program in 2012 to bring such a well-packaged, musical message to Victoria students and families. Everyone loved it.

This year, they're back and bigger than before. We've moved into the Victoria Fine Arts Center, where we'll host two private performances for students and one ticketed evening performance at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 for everyone else.

Tickets are only $7 for adults, $3 for children, and kids 6 years or younger and seniors 60 years and older get in free. Tickets can be purchased at the Keep Victoria Beautiful office at 3003 North Vine St. The office can be reached at 361-571-0582 and information can also be found by calling Environmental Services at 361-485-3230.

Until November, rock on, Victoria.

Kate Garcia is the programs coordinator for the city of Victoria, Environmental Services.

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