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UMPI presents fantastic plastic show by Plastic Musik

The University of Maine at Presque Isle proudly presents the percussive performance group Plastic Musik for an exhilarating night of music in a way you’ve never heard it before on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium at Wieden Hall. As seen on Season 3 of America’s Got Talent, the group will put a fun twist on some of the greatest hits of our time using all kinds of plastic, including boomwhackers, buckets, and kiddie pools. This performance serves as the main event during the University’s Homecoming 2017: Family and Friends Weekend and is free and open to the public.

Established in 2002, Plastic Musik has taken its show all across the country, performing on television, appearing on The Daily Buzz, and playing at more than 300 college campuses.

Originally from Virginia, this all-male group explores many genres of music, including Classical, Motown, Hip-Hop, and 80’s Pop, and has even composed some original songs. Plastic Musik performs everything from Beethoven’s 5th Symphony to Poker Face to the Super Mario Brothers theme–to see examples of how they put a plastic twist on these songs, check out the videos on their website at www.plasticmusik.com.

The crew’s most popular instrument, the Boomwhacker, is a large plastic tube used to create loud and pulsating noises. Founder of the group, Jeremy Price, discovered the Boomwhacker and said he fell into complete fascination. He conducted a musical experiment by passing around the plastic sticks to his co-workers in the shop where he taught drum lessons. After playing a “cumbersome” version of Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train, he had the idea of creating a band that only used plastic as instruments. The theory eventually evolved into a successful group with a very unique way of making music: “The most amazing thing Iʼve ever seen anyone do with the tubes,” Craig Ramsell, inventor of Boomwhackers, said.

According to sonicbids.com, “Plastic Musik will bring a smile to your face and entertainment to your ears, all while giving the crowd a visually stimulating stage show.”

Join UMPI for this special performance on Oct. 6. For more information about Plastic Musik, visit their website at www.plasticmusik.com. For more information on their performance, contact Violet Washburn at violet.washburn@maine.edu or 207-768-9452.