Touring stalwarts Rusted Root will make a stop at Oneonta’s Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center on March 8 as the band celebrates its 20th anniversary and the release of its latest album, “The Movement.”
From its 1992 release, “Cruel Sun,” Pittsburgh-based Rusted Root has defied categorization, blending acoustic, rock, and bluegrass music with influences from around the globe. Band members Michael Glabicki, Liz Berlin, Patrick Norman, Colter Harper, Preach Freedom and Dirk Miller have toured prolifically, performing alongside The Grateful Dead, Santana, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band and on the Jimmy Page/Robert Plant reunion tour. The band has also become a staple of the festival circuit, earning it the nickname “the quintessential live band.” The song “Send Me On My Way” was featured in the movie “Ice Age”; the band’s music has been featured in numerous other films and television shows.
“‘The Movement’ transports listeners though an array of emotional and musical terrain, creating one seamless journey,” a media release on the band’s website says. “The pulsating, cathartic and uninhibited ‘Monkey Pants’ opens the CD. ‘I have these little dance moves I do on stage every night,’ confesses Liz. ‘I almost feel like a monkey puppet on a string when we play this song, it’s like the groove pulls my body in very specific ways.’ Glabicki adds, ‘The song embraces our unique human animal- focusing on our ability to spiritualize, sexualize, and dream our own existence.’”
Produced and engineered by Glabicki, “The Movement” was crowdsourced through Rusted Root’s website, where fans (known as “Fortunate Freaks”) could buy sponsorship packages in return for perks such as private online shows, signed memorabilia or one-on-one live performances.
Tickets for Rusted Root’s Oneonta performances are $18 for “silver” seats, and $25 for “gold.” For information, call 431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org.