Vocal Trash returning to 'Pops'

It's a return engagement five years in the making.A little bit of “Glee,” a bit of “Stomp” and a lot of high-octane energy will return to Big Spring's annual Pops in the Park celebration when Vocal Trash performs here for the first time since 2008.The group has been described as “Glee meets Stomp,” but its shows defy easy descriptions, even to group members. Mixing a capella vocals, the occasional guitar or trumpet and high-tempo percussion playing on trash cans and whatever else is handy, the group is understandably difficult to label.Trash cans and water bottles are just some of the items that become makeshift drum sets in the hands of the band members, who mix rapid-fire jokes and choreography into their shows. The group's mix of high-energy antics and family friendly fare are an equally big hit with both children and adults.Vocal Trash promises to be a high-energy kickoff to the annual Independence Day celebration, which will be held at Comanche Trail Park amphitheater beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday.The amphitheater will open to the public at 5 p.m. More than 20 vendors have been confirmed for the event, supplying food and much-needed drink to help people deal with expected high temperatures.Vocal Trash is scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m..After the group's performance, there will be an intermission before the evening portion of the celebration begins at 7:45 p.m., highlighted by the annual flag ceremony and a fly-over by Commemorative Air Force planes based out of Midland.Following that, the symphony, under the baton of Dr. Keith Graumann will take the stage to perform a selection of popular and patriotic tunes before a video tribute to Howard County military personnel and veterans is shown at 9 p.m.The highlight of the night, a $20,000 fireworks display conducted by Terry Hurt of Odessa, is scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m. The display will be synced to a performance of patriotic tunes by the symphony.The celebration is free to the public, although donations will be gladly accepted.