Legendary jam band Rusted Root to perform at North Lake Tahoe
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Some songs are so iconic, so deeply sewn into the fabric of pop culture, that when heard in a public setting, listeners raise both eyebrows in a hey-I-know-this-song fashion just seconds into the tune.
Rusted Root’s 1995 hit single “Send Me On My Way,” is one of those songs.
The moment that bright C chord rings in and plucks away, everyone knows the syncopated, baritone chant “On my way … on my way” is soon to follow — setting the tone for the dance-inducing jam that helped put the acoustic/world music band from Pittsburgh on the map.
“Send Me On My Way” — which peaked at No. 72 on the Billboard charts, and has been featured on a slew of TV shows (like “New Girl”) and movies (like “Ice Age”) — and more upbeat songs from Rusted Root’s expansive catalogue can be heard live at North Lake Tahoe on Friday.
Rusted Root performs at 9 p.m. Friday at the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room.
With eight studio albums and more than 3 million records sold worldwide, Rusted Root has toured with legendary artists such as Santana, Dave Matthews Band and The Allman Brothers.
Rusted Root’s most recent album was 2012’s “The Movement.” Frontman Michael Glabicki has said that the LP encapsulated the band’s ethos and all that they’ve learned through their 25-year run.
“‘The Movement’ means a new work ethic to me,” Glabicki said in the band’s online biography. “It’s going from the industrial age to the individual spiritual age. I feel everyone should devote all their actions to all that is love, healing and pragmatic.
“‘The Movement’ is an extremely joyous recording with seriously deep undertones. It is a culmination of everything we have learned, or have tried to learn, over our entire career. It truly is a career record for us.”
And although “Send Me On My Way,” off of their sophomore album “When I Woke,” is widely considered Rusted Root’s most popular song, Glabicki has said that it takes more than one song to keep plugging along as a band.
“I mean, bands that have hit singles are playing shows the same size as us, and then they’ll be gone next year,” he told Westword, an alternative weekly out of Denver, Colo. “What we do is really about evolution and sustainability and not the quick hit.”
Read more about Rusted Root at rustedroot.com.