Sun 3/26 @ 8PM
Pittsburgh’s Rusted Root made a big splash with their second album When I Woke in 1994. Their breakout tracks, “Ecstasy” and “Send Me On My Way” detonated under the pressure of often-frenzied rhythms and reeling take-me-higher melodies.
One of their strongest assets was a percussive world music influence that they so totally transformed that you couldn’t always identify what part of the world it was from. Their communal, hippie vibe and open-ended songs attracted a following in the jam-band scene.
The group’s gone through more or less active periods since then (they didn’t do much during the ’00s) and of course they’ve had a few personnel changes surrounding the core of lead singer Michael Glabicki, percussionist vocalist Liz Berlin and bassist Patrick Norman. But they’ve hung in there. Their 2012 debut for Shanachie Records, The Movement, combined two of the band’s strongest assets: its deep spiritual core and the music’s boundless, sometimes almost trancelike sense of elation.
The group returns to Northeast Ohio to play at the Kent Stage. St. Paul, Minnesota singer/songwriter Nicholas David opens. Tickets are $28 in advance, $32 at the door.