Rusted Root, Jam Band with Cross-Over Appeal, On its Way to Lake George
Rusted Root, the Pittsburgh-based powerhouse ensemble that rose from the jam band movement with songs that became commercial hits (much to the surprise of its fans) will perform at King Neptunes in Lake George Village on February 14.
Tickets are $20 at the doors, which open at 5 pm. The British band Alvarez Kings will open for Rusted Root at 6 pm; Rusted Root will take the stage at 9 pm. Because space is limited, the number of tickets sold will likewise be limited. They can be pre-purchased at King Neptune’s.
“It’s the first time that we’re selling tickets to a performance,” said King Neptune’s owner Sean Quirk. “We’re very excited to have Rusted Root come and play in Lake George. We’re pleased that we’ve been able to book a national act that can fit into a club that’s smaller in size than their usual venues, and which will also appeal to local audiences. I’m always looking for acts like this.”
Quirk said that he’s been a fan of Rusted Root since the 1990s, and when he heard the band was touring in the northeast, he leapt at the chance to book the group for his club.
Led by songwriter, singer and guitarist Michael Glabicki, Rusted Root has sold more than three million records. Its music has been featured in films like Ice Age, Twister and Matilda, TV shows like New Girl, Ally McBeal, Charmed and Chuck and in national television commercials.
Quirk describes Rusted Root’s music “as a unique fusion of acoustic and rock, with a strong percussion section that draws from African, Latin and Native American influences.”
For an alternative rock jam band, its music is infectious and highly accessible, he said.
Alvarez Kings, which has been featured at the South by Southwest festival in Austin and the CMJ Music Marathon in New York, is a self-described “progressive pop band.”
While its sets will complement the performance of Rusted Root, Alvarez Kings’ appearance in Lake George is also an opportunity to see a band for which the music press in its native UK predicts international stardom.