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Rusted Root

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Group Members: Liz Berlin, Jim DiSpirito

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Multi-instrumentalist group Rusted Root integrate the Grateful Dead's jam-heavy rock with percussion influences based on the music of Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. The six-piece formed in Pittsburgh in 1990 with Michael Glabicki (vocals, guitar), Liz Berlin (vocals, percussion), Patrick Norman (bass, vocals), and Jim Donovan (drums, percussion) as the initial lineup, though John Buynak (percussion, winds) and Jim DiSpirito (percussion) joined later that year. In 1992, Rusted Root released its debut independent album Cruel Sun. However, it was the band's 1994 sophomore album, When I Woke, that garnered the band national attention. With support from college radio and a good buzz from the band's entrancing live show, When I Woke became quite successful in alternative circles during 1995-1996, especially with singles such as "Send Me on My Way" and "Ecstasy." In mid-1996, Rusted Root released the Evil Ways EP, a compilation of live tracks with the band's contributions to the movies Twister and Home for the Holidays. The group's second album, Remember, followed in October. Produced by Jerry Harrison, it reached the Top 40 in its first week of release. A self-titled LP followed in 1998. After some time off, Rusted Root returned with Welcome to My Party in 2002 before leaving the world of major labels behind and releasing the 2004 album Rusted Root Live on their own indie imprint, Touchy Pegg. Breaking the seven-year wait for a new studio album, Stereo Rodeo landed in 2009. Following near constant touring for a couple of years, the band went into their studio and emerged with Movement in 2012.


Rusted Root is a band from Pittsburgh, PA, known for their unique fusion of acoustic, rock, world and other styles of music, with a strong percussion section that draws from African, Latin American, and Native American influences. Their lyrical content varies but often talks about Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Rusted Root has sold more than three million albums worldwide.

The band achieved fame in 1994 with its platinum-selling album When I Woke, which included hit single "Send Me On My Way." The song has been featured prominently in many films and commercials.

Rusted Root has over 40 tracks that only exist on rare bootlegs recorded between the years of 1991 and 1995.

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Current members[edit]

Michael Glabicki – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolinPatrick Norman – bass guitar, backing vocals, percussionLiz Berlin – percussion, backing vocalsPreach Freedom – percussion, backing vocalsDirk Miller – guitar, backing vocals

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Date Venue Location Tickets
05.31.15 Innsbrook After Hours at Snagajob Pavilion Glen Allen, VA US
05.31.15 Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen, VA US
06.02.15 Ukrainian Museum New Brunswick, NJ US
06.03.15 9:30 Club Washington, DC US
06.04.15 Hunter Mountain Hunter, NY US
06.04.15 Hunter Mountain Hunter, NY US
06.04.15 Santander Performing Arts Center Reading, PA US
06.05.15 The Paramount Huntington, NY US
06.11.15 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, NH US
06.12.15 Maine State Pier Portland, ME US