Rooted in percussion Rusted Root returns to Sunday River in February. The band’s last concert sold out.

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NEWRY – Rusted Root, known for percussion-driven live shows, will return to Sunday River’s White Cap Lodge Saturday, Feb. 10, for a Bud Light Concert Series show. The concert will be the fourth stop on the band’s winter 2007 tour.

Latin, African, Eastern, soul, rock, and traditional American music are the influences and roots of the band’s uncommon sound.

Rusted Root has continuously evolved in its more than 17-year history. Recently, its members took a year off to explore other individual creative endeavors – only to regroup stronger than ever.

The band hails from the Pittsburgh area and was created in 1990 by a group pulled together by lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Mike Glabicki. Other original members included vocalist and songwriter Liz Berlin, percussionist Jim Donovan, and guitarist and bassist Patrick Norman.

Soon after, John Buynak, a visual artist and multi-instrumentalist, joined the fold and gave the group the flute melodies recognizable in Rusted Root’s music, in addition to developing the group’s unique artistic presence. Jenn Wertz then joined as a vocalist, followed by Jim DiSpirito, an ethnomusicologist and percussionist.

The band’s recent touring schedule included a show at Bonnaroo, a major music and arts festival. Rusted Root has also toured with such music greats as The Dave Matthews Band, The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, and Sting.

Rusted Root has recorded seven albums and three EPs, and its music has been featured in many TV shows and movies throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Their hit song “Send Me On My Way” alone is on the soundtrack to five movies, including “Matilda” and “Ice Age.”

Rusted Root’s first visit to Sunday River was in February 2004. The show sold out and received rave reviews from fans.

The concert is for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $27.50. Call 1-800-543-2SKI, or visit the guest services desk at South Ridge Lodge to buy tickets or book ski-and-stay packages for the weekend.

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