Set in Akron and the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago, both programs feature The University of Akron Steel Drum Band. They are the first documentaries about steel drum music ever shot in high definition.
Documenting the compelling and conflict-torn history of steel drum music, Hammer on Steel: Bad Boys and Genius is a 30-minute documentary that explains the Trinidad-Akron connection and details the instrument’s early development in Trinidad.
The second program, Hammer on Steel: The Concert, captures the UA Steel Drum Band’s 30th-anniversary concert with Calypso singer Relator and percussionist Andy Narell at E.J. Thomas Hall on the UA campus.