When the Junkyard Band moves from its 19th and M streetside stage to perform at the 9:30 club Friday, the audience will still see the band perform at the street corner -- by video.
Robin Deutsch, executive producer of the video, "19th and M," remembers walking down M Street one Friday night and hearing a curious sound. She discovered a dozen Southeast Washington teen-agers making music with tin cans, garbage lids and several traditional musical instruments. What captivated Deutsch was the scene.
"I was so impressed with how the street came alive. The band turned the street around. People of all ages and backgrounds stopped to watch them. There was so much energy. The music pulled the audience together," Deutsch says. "I wanted to capture that feeling."
So one summer night last July, an all-volunteer crew of 20 with strobes and cameras filmed the scene until 3 a.m. What normally takes $20,000-$30,000 to produce, according to Deutsch, was completed for about $1,000 with volunteer help. "A lot of people in this town have artistic interests but work full-time production jobs in news or government and don't get a chance to do something fun and creative," Deutsch says. Deutsch and her coproducer, Randi Barrows, spent weekends and evenings for the next year editing seven hours down to 4 1/2 minutes. Although the band now gets bookings in New York clubs, its beginning at 19th and M is preserved in music video.