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Junk Rock will be drumming up fun at the fair

“Lots of great drumming and a really fun and energetic time.”

That's what Josh Lawrence says fairgoers can expect from the musical act, Junk Rock, which will be performing at the Oklahoma State Fair for the first time.

“We play on really unusual instruments,” said Lawrence, a member of the group and production manager. We do some trash can drums and buckets and oil drums and other kinds of unique sounds.

“We are just a very high energy group. We try to get the audience involved multiple times throughout the show.

The group is based in West Chester, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia. It's a three-drummer act, but the group has 15 to 20 active members.

“Nobody is full time,” Lawrence said. “It's like whoever is available and we go from there.”

Fairs and street festivals are the group's normal venue. They mostly play in the Northeast region of the country. The Oklahoma State Fair will be the first time the group has traveled south.

“It will be one of the biggest fairs we have ever gone to,” Lawrence said.

Junk Rock has been together for five years and performs 80 times per year. Most of the members have some kind of musical training, Lawrence said.

“Most of them have gone to school for music in one way or another, but not necessarily all of them,” he said. “A lot of people can still be great drummers without having studied it as long as they have a passion for it.”

Junk Rock will be just one of many kinds of entertainment fairgoers will find Sept. 15-25 at State Fair Park.

Junk Rock will be sharing a stage with magician Kid Davie, who makes an annual appearance at the fair.

Other shows that are returning to the fair will be the Farmyard Follies, The Rubber Chicken Show, the Oklahoma Frontier Experience, Martial Arts Live!, and the Extreme Raptors Show.

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›

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