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About Junkyard Band

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Junkyard band began in 1980 as a group of kids playing in a lot with plastic buckets, soda cans and other found objects, emulating the sounds of some of their favorite go-go bands who performed in their Southeast, DC neighborhood Barry Farms also known as "the projects". The band began to play talent shows and street performances throughout DC, taking audiences by storm - playing from the grounds of the Smithsonian and Washington Monument, to the streets of Georgetown.

The band became a novelty act across the District, Maryland and Virginia areas (DMV). Their popularity led to a TV commercial with one of the area's most popular retailers - Cavaliers Men’s Clothing Store. Shortly thereafter in 1983, the band landed an appearance in the movie "D.C. Cab" because it had quickly become a tourist attraction and Washington, DC institution.

Def Jam record labelIn 1985, Junkyard caught the attention of Def Jam Records and was signed that same year to a multi-year recording deal. The band worked closely with producer Rick Rubin, recording and releasing the national hit "Sardines" and an underground favorite "The WORD". After release of the songs, Junkyard began to tour in the United States and played major venues such as Capital Centre, Richmond Coliseum and the Apollo Theater. The tour included dates with a variety of groups such as Slayer, Fishbone and the Beastie Boys. Following that, in 1986 Junkyard appeared in the Def Jam produced movie "Tougher Than Leather" alongside Run-DMC.

Official proclamation letter by Washington, DC Mayor Muriel BowserBecause of the unique beginnings of the band, it has performed on all types of stages, in all types of situations from street corners, to clubs, to weddings, to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The band has opened for and performed with/backed-up numerous artists such as Tupac, Ice Cube, Salt-N-Pepa, Doug E. Fresh, Lauryn Hill, Chuck Brown and so many others. As the band started when the members were pre-teens, Junkyard has been going strong for more than three decades.

Adding to the band's many accomplishments, special honors, awards, and accolades, Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington, D.C., proclaimed January 15, 2018 as Junkyard Band Day!

Tour Dates

  • 16
    Jan
    2022
    MGM National Harbor
    Oxon Hill, MD 20745
    8PM - 1AM
    24
    Nov
    2021
    Hampton Conference Center
    Capitol Heights, MD 20743
    9PM - 2AM
    11
    Apr
    2020
    City Winery
    Washington, D.C.
    8:30PM - 12AM
    19
    Jan
    2020
    MGM National Harbor
    Oxon Hill, MD 20745
    8:30PM - 1:30AM
  • 14
    Dec
    2019
    Bliss
    Washington, DC 20018
    10PM - 3AM
    27
    Nov
    2019
    Fast Eddie's
    Camp Springs, MD
    9PM - 2AM
    24
    Nov
    2019
    City Winery DC
    Washington, DC
    29
    Sep
    2019
    Black & White Affair
    MGM Grand Ballroom National Harbor
    6PM - 10PM
  • 24
    Aug
    2019
    JYB Live @ Baltimore Soundstage
    Baltimore, MD
    7PM
    17
    Aug
    2019
    Howard Theatre
    Washington, DC
    10PM
    25
    May
    2019
    The Filmore
    Silver Spring, MD
    8PM
    7
    Jan
    2019
    U Street Music Hall
    Washington, DC

Gallery

Video

Watch Junkyard Band's Buggs 50th Birthday Celebraton PROMO Video.

Music

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    Howard Theatre - 12/29/13

    The Junkyard Band
    Live at Howard Theatre