January is filled with a variety of worthwhile concerts; here’s the first one you should see. Michael Glabicki, the frontman of Pittsburgh band Rusted Root will play a solo show at The Westcott Theater on Friday, January 11th at 8:00 p.m. The show promises to please as Glabicki brings his signature singer/songwriter sound, which crosses rock, acoustic music and jam band styles. If you’re a Rusted Root fan, it’s pretty obvious that you need to catch this show. It’s only $12!
Glabicki’s claim to fame, Rusted Root started up back in 1990 and remains together. Glabicki is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and harmonica player and he very much influenced the band’s overall sound. Rusted Root formed around his unique style, eventually branching out into so many sounds that they are in their own category. Rusted combines many things but tends to stick to the rock vibe. Embedded in this alternative rock foundation is a non-country specific “world” sound. The music has heavy percussion, which finds influence in Latin American, Native America, and African musical traditions. As you can probably guess, these details create and exhilarating, high energy show. The band has seven studio albums and over 40 tracks that only exist as bootleg recordings. With Glabicki’s musical leadership, the band earned triple platinum numbers worldwide.
Away from his band Glabicki’s sound is a little different. Over a decade with Rusted Root resulted in Glabicki’s search for alternative creative outlets. When he first began solo work, he actually played opener to Rusted Root. After highly positive responses he ended up headlining shows by himself. Going solo has allowed Glabicki to venture outside the songwriting box and evolve as a writer, vocalist, and guitarist all at once. You can expect a more intimate performance, which relies on the traditional singer/songwriter approach. He’s still backed up by a world music-based percussion and drum section but distances himself from Rusted Root by adopting the moniker “Michael Ki”. While Rusted Root is general very upbeat and jovial, “Michael Ki” brings a more subdued sound that really showcases his pure talent.
Don’t miss out, you can bet I’ll be making it to this one!
Michael Ki at The Westcott Theater
Friday, January 11th at 8:00 p.m.
The Westcott Theater
524 Westcott Street (Directions)
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