During the summer of 2012 the program was videotaped at a live performance at The Riley Center for Performing Arts at Burr & Burton Academy. The show is a multi-media extravaganza for families featuring The Junkman performing his Junk Music on over 500 recycled materials, on a three-tiered stage with 20 different stations - each with its own unique materials and music.
Materials used in the performance include, paper, rocks, wind chimes, packaging materials, styrofoam, hoses, auto parts, scrap wood, metal, glass and plastic - even a real New York City subway sign. The concert ends with a Junkjam, where audience members grab a provided stick and junk object and everyone jams out. TV viewers are encouraged to grab a spoon and a pot or pan and join in the music-making.
In addition to the "Beat it!" special performance, the Junkman hosts a regular series for Children and Families on GNAT-TV.
The Junk Music with The Junkman series features The Junkman and his Junk Music Posse exploring an environmental topic each episode through music and science.
The program features multiple segments including environmental prevention messages, the exploration of science through music, the Junk Music Instrument of the Day, a performance featuring the Junk Music Posse, a Quote of the Day and a Final Junkjam in which the rhythms are all based upon messages about actions that can be taken in daily life to improve the environment.
The season two Junk Music Posse consists of students from the Arlington Middle School, Dorset Elementary School, Fisher Elementary School and Manchester Elementary Middle School. The Jam also includes choreography and a guest appearance by Allyson Hoffman. The premiere episode features Air as the central topic.
"Beat it!" airs through February. Junk Music with The Junkman season two begins airing in early March on GNAT Channels 16 and Channel 8 (in Weston/Londonderry) at 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and on Saturdays at 9 a.m. In addition to the Comcast cable television broadcasts, GNAT-TV programs are available at gnat-tv.org.
For more information about GNAT-TV or the project contact Producer, Don Knaack at 802-236-0088.or GNAT-TV at 802-362-7070.