Rusted Root to Perform at Alfred State College

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Rusted RootAlfred State College is ready to rock into its second century by presenting a Rusted Root concert as part of Homecoming/Family Weekend, Friday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. in the Orvis Activities Center. Tickets are $5 for ASC students, ASC alumni, and family members of ASC students. General admission is $10. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Rusted Root, a band from Pittsburgh, PA, is known for its fusion of Grateful Dead-style bluegrass rock with a strong percussion section that draws from African, Latin American, Native American, and Middle Eastern influences.

Rusted Root formed in 1990 and made its indie record debut in 1992 with Cruel Sun, which was re-released in 2002. The band's major-label debut album was 1994's When I Woke, a hit on college radio and a platinum record. The album hit the top 40 in early 1995, peaking at #33. Along with its increasingly well-known live shows, Rusted Root began working on contributions to the movies Twister and Home for the Holidays. The next studio album was Remember (1996), followed by Rusted Root (1998) and Welcome to My Party (2002). Remember reached the Top 40 in the US, while Rusted Root found its sale buoyed by the use of the band's cover of The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" on an episode of Ally McBeal. A live double album followed in 2004. A greatest hits album was released in 2005 by 20th Century Masters Collection. The band has released three EPs: Evil Ways, Airplane, and Live, which came packaged with a documentary video cassette.

Rusted Root's Send Me on My Way, which hit #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995 is its most commercially popular song. It was used on the soundtracks of Matilda, Ice Age, the 1996 film Pie in the Sky, YTV Canada's Are We There Yet? World Adventure, and the Boy Scouts of America, Order of the Arrow Philmont Trail Crew promotional video that was released in the late '90s. Their music has also appeared on the television shows Party of Five and Homicide.

Current members include Michael Glabicki lead vocals, guitar, harmonica; Liz Berlin-percussion, backing vocals; Patrick Norman-bass guitar, backing vocals, percussion; Jason Miller-drums, percussion; Colter Harper-guitar, backing vocals; Preach Freedom-percussion, backing vocals; and Dirk Miller- guitar, backing vocals. (per Wikipedia)

Round Black Ghosts will open for Rusted Root. This band's sound is a meld of alternative, indie and rock influences, yet still manages uniqueness. Its live shows possess a high level of energy to compliment the dynamics of the songs. Band members include Martin Kantorzyk-various instruments; Keith Kleinhampl-various instruments; Richard Condon-various instruments; Aaron Shafer-various instruments; and Geoffrey Zalice-various instruments.