Junkyard Band started in 1980 when a group of kids living in the Barry Farms housing project in Washington, D.C., decided to play music inspired by the performances of go-go bands in their neighborhood. Lacking the resources to buy traditional instruments, the group crafted their own instruments from hubcaps, plastic buckets, crates, cans and old pots & pans.
The ingenuity of the group turned them into a tourist attraction as they performed on the street, which led to the band's appearances in a TV commercial and two movies - "D.C. Cab" with Mr. T and "Tougher Than Leather" with Run-DMC. The band's popularity led to a recording contract with Russell Simmons' Def Jam Records. Over 35 years later, they’re still packing rooms in DC and beyond.