Niagara Gazette

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January 18, 2012

The ‘Root’ returns with show at Rapids Theatre

NIAGARA FALLS — The quintessential live band, Pittsburgh’s Rusted Root will perform a show at the Rapids Theatre on Main Street on Jan. 26.

Big Leg Emma opens the show.

Rusted Root has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide. Formed in Pittsburgh by singer/guitarist Michael Glabicki in the early ’90s, Rusted Root’s worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots music and world rock. The band released the 1994 platinum-selling breakthrough When I Woke, which featured the hit songs “Send Me On My Way,” “Ecstasy” and “Martyr.”

The band is known for its fusion of bluegrass and rock as well as their inspired use of percussion that is drawn from African, Latin America, Native American and Middle Eastern influences and defies categorization. Over the last several years they have sold more than 3 million albums worldwide and they have toured the world and the U.S. with Toad the Wet Sprocket, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, played the HORDE Festival and, perhaps most notably, were in the highly coveted support role on the landmark Jimmy Page/Robert Plant reunion tour. The band has played many shows in Western New York throughout the years.

Rusted Root has been on the road supporting their current release Stereo Rodeo for the past few years.

They’re recently decided that they would record a new album this winter and decided it only made sense to reach out their community. Michael Glabicki, founder and frontman of Rusted Root best explains the Fortunate Freaks Unite! campaign.

“Rusted Root is a state of mind shared and explored by many people — we are a community that supports one another. The fans are as much a part of this as anyone. It is an interesting time in history and fan funding is a great way to point out the obvious; we are a band that relies on the energy of our fans,” he said.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Rusted Root

WHEN: 8 p.m. Jan. 26

WHERE: Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls

TICKETS: $22.50 presale, $25 day of show. Tickets available at all Ticketmaster locations, Rapids box office and Terrapin Station

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