Energetic, powerful, beautiful, and even spiritual. These are, easily, a few words that describe Rusted Root’s performance this past Friday night at the Treasure Lake Ski Lodge in DuBois as part of the 2012 MusicFest.
Entering the stage with the well known, and always well received, “Martyr,” Rusted Root had the audience eating from their palms almost instantaneously as they jammed through a set full of well known favorites seasoned with new tunes. New songs featured in the set, such as “Monkey Pants” and “Cover Me Up,” are fast becoming staples in their live show, seemingly, as much as well-knowns like “Back To The Earth.” They lead the audience through chant and rhythmic convulsions of dance as the cruel sun of the day fell to its knees and bowed in respect as their music permeated all in its path. A perfect symbiotic balance – nature and true art in its audible form.
No matter what their set list consists of, Rusted Root’s music has an overwhelming effect on any/all in attendance at their performances and, from an on-looker’s perspective, would easily resemble the likings of a religious experience. All in all, they are a highly talented band with a refreshing and timeless, unique sound, strong presence, and an ability to seemingly speak to one’s soul.
I also have to give it up for the awesome blues from Kelly Richey and her talented band as well. Not only were they a strong opener, they were also a pleasure to watch. Look them up sometime, you may be surprised with what you hear.
To sum things up, if you haven’t attended a Rusted Root show, you are missing out in a large way and need to experience it at least once in your life. Amen.
Check out some shots from the show below (all photos courtesy of Mark Kolash).