Tonawanda News — In recent years, Rusted Root has been a frequent visitor to Western New York. The Pittsburgh-based band opened the Lockport Canal Series for two consecutive years, in 2009 and 2010, and drew huge crowds.
Tonight, the band closes out the free series in North Tonawanda at Gratwick Riverside Park. One never knows what to expect at a Rusted Root concert, as the band is one that changes their set each show, giving their fans a unique show every night.
“We write the set list right before the show. We check out what kind energy is in the crowd and then check and see what we played the last time we were in town and try and change it up from that,” Rusted Root front man and founding member Michael Glabicki said during a recent phone interview.
Rusted Root’s commercial breakthrough came in 1994 with the album “When I Woke,” which dominated college radio with songs like “Ecstasy,” “Martyr” and “Send Me on My Way,” a song that had second life in the movie “Ice Age.”
Their latest album, “The Movement,” was fan-funded by the group’s loyal followers known as “fortunate freaks.”
“We have always had a strong connection with our fans; some of our first shows were done by renting out a warehouse, having a public dinner and then playing a show afterwards. Any kind of connection with our fans is good creatively and musically.”
The result is one of the group’s strongest albums filled with songs that the fan base has embraced and newer fans will certainly enjoy.
“On this album I was really focused on what was going to enhance our live set.”
Rusted Root’s unique sound defies description. They have been categorized as everything from world beat to alternative rock. Perhaps the best way to understand their sound is to explore the music that inspired Glabicki.