(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) — Folk-rock jam band Rusted Root kicks off the summer season at the Mahaiwe with a Memorial Day concert on Monday, May 29, at 7pm. The Pittsburgh, Penn.-based group is known for its sincere, spiritual 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.
After nearly three decades together and with eight albums under their belt, over three million records sold worldwide, and countless nights on the road, Rusted Root has a diverse following. Their music has been featured in films like Ice Age, Twister, and Matilda, on TV shows like New Girl, Ally McBeal, Charmed, and Chuck, as well as an Enterprise-Rent-a-Car campaign.
The band has toured with such like-minded outfits as Santana, Dave Matthews Band, the Allman Brothers Band, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page’s reunion tour, and others; most recently Toad The Wet Sprocket in 2016.
In 1992 Rusted Root released Cruel Sun independently and two years later, while signed to Mercury, they released their platinum-selling breakthrough, When I Woke, which spawned the Top 40 hit “Send Me On My Way,” which went on to chart on Billboard’s Hot 100.
With follow-up albums Remember (’96), Rusted Root (’98), and Welcome To My Party (’02), the band had plenty of material to fill the double album Rusted Root Live released in 2004 on their own Touchy Pegg label, following the re-release of the newly re-mastered Cruel Sun in 2003.
Rusted Root continued to tour relentlessly between the release of Cruel Sun and the 2009 release of Stereo Rodeo. 2014 saw the release of their latest studio album The Movement, which is an energized and poetic collection of originals that capture the Pittsburgh-based unit at their best.
The past few years have found Rusted Root on a never-ending tour. A major career highlight in the Springtime of 2014 and 2015 was touring with the Wailers. Michael Glabicki says, “The Wailers are what music in its spiritual form is about, and I feel it was an honor to play with them.” And bassist Patrick Norman effuses “They’re legends, they’re icons, it’s rock and roll. It brings back memories of being five years old listening to I Shot The Sherriff.”
Tickets are $35 to $40. The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6:00pm and three hours before show times. For tickets and information, visit the Mahaiwe or call 413.528.0100.
About the Mahaiwe
Located in downtown Great Barrington, Mass., the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the year-round presenter of world-class music, dance, theater, classic films, Live in HD broadcasts, and arts education programs for the southern Berkshires and neighboring regions. The intimate jewel box of a theater opened in 1905. Since 2005, the performing arts center has hosted over 1,000 events and welcomed almost half a million people through its doors. The Mahaiwe has now welcomed over 16,000 students from 57 different schools for its school-time performances and residencies.