Rusted Root, Pennsylvania’s sensational rock and world music artists are bringing their signature sounds to the Saint Andrews Hall!
The band was formed in Pittsburgh in 1990 by Michael Glabicki (vocals, guitar), Liz Berlin (vocals, percussion), Patrick Norman (bass, vocals), and Jim Donovan (drums, percussion). Later that year they added John Buynak (percussion, winds) and Jim DiSpirito (percussion) to complete the line up. They were influenced by Grateful Dead's jam heavy rock with percussion based music of Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America and their lyrical themes would often include Christianity and Judaism. They released their debut album (Cruel Sun) in 1992 but it wasn’t until their second album (1994’s When I Woke) that they started to get mainstream recognition. Spurred by the success of one of its singles (Send Me On My Way), the album hit #51 on the US Billboard 200 chart and went on to achieve Platinum status. The band’s had a stellar career with 5 more studio albums, 1 live album, 1 compilation album, and 5 extended plays. It’s been through a few line up changes over the years and currently consists of Michael (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolin), Patrick (bass guitar, backing vocals, percussion), Liz (percussion, backing vocals), Cory Caruso (percussion, backing vocals), and Dirk Miller (guitar, backing vocals).
Don’t miss your chance to see the artists who started off as a quasi jam band and swiftly evolved into a highly listenable source of eclectic, percussion based world music styles!