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Rusted Root at Niagara River Rocks

Rusted Root

Sunday, Aug 25

1268Last year marked the 20th anniversary of Rusted Root’s major label debut, When I Woke. To celebrate, the band released their seventh studio album, The Movement, which features more primal sounds and experimentation than past albums. From songs like, “In Our Sun” featuring a melodic combination of acoustic guitar and drone drums, to the emotional ballad, “Fossil Man,” this album certainly maintains Rusted Root’s versatile reputation. Rusted Root is known for their electric fusion of invigorating bass lines, acoustic and electric guitar amplifications, and vast vocal range. Their tribal and drum infused songs give them an earthly sound that diversifies their style and distinguishes Rusted Root from other 1990’s era bands. Each member of the sextet adds a different and unique flavor to their sound: Michael Glabicki’s unique and powerful voice, Colter Harper and Dirk Miller’s rapid guitar licks, and Liz Berlin’s primal percussion sounds, to name a few. Although the core of their music is acoustic and electric guitar, bass, and drums, they’ve been known to incorporate a variety of different instruments into their songs, like the enchanting flute in “Cruel Sun.” Their studio albums are impressive, but their live sets, which typically include up to sixty different instruments, truly epitomizes the bands’ raw talent. Whether they’re playing chart topping hits like “Send Me On My Way” or African infused experimental pieces like “Drum Trip,” they play with unparalleled conviction. Rusted Root will play a free concert at Gratwick Waterfront Park in North Tonawanda on Sunday (Aug 25) as the final show in the Niagara River Rocks concert series. —kellie powell

5pm Gratwick Waterfront Park, North Tonawanda (Niagarariverocks.com) free