College's Homegrown Astralyte To Open Show
A colorful and multifaceted band, Rusted Root has a winding history. Mike Glabicki (lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter) and Liz Berlin (vocalist, guitarist and songwriter) initially started working together in their college years. Jim Donovan (drums, percussion and background vocalist) and Patrick Norman (bassist, guitarist and background vocalist) joined in 1990, providing a uniquely driving rhythm section. They began performing together in their hometown of Pittsburgh and were later joined by multi-instrumentalist and visual artist John Bunyak who added the signature flute and pennywhistle melodies featured on the band's first hit single, "Send Me on My Way." The band has been rejoined for this tour by former member Jenn Wertz, along with percussionist and keyboardist John McDowell.Chestertown, MD, March 1, 2002 — Rusted Root will perform Friday, April 5, 2002, beginning at 8 p.m. in Washington College's Lifetime Fitness Center. Washington College's homegrown Astralyte will open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 each for Washington College students, faculty and staff, $25 for general admission, and available at the Washington College Campus Center Café and from Ticketmaster by calling 800-551-SEAT. Ticket sales begin March 18, 2002.
In response to a growing public enthusiasm, Rusted Root released its first independently produced full-length CD, Cruel Sun, in 1990, which attracted the attention of Mercury Records who subsequently signed them to a major label recording contract. In 1994 they released When I Woke, which spawned the hit, "Send Me On My Way," as well as other Rusted Root standards such as "Ecstasy," "Martyr" and "Drum Trip." When I Woke went certified platinum in 1996. A more introspective album, Remember, released in 1996, was recorded at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, CA, and the band's self-titled disc, Rusted Root, released in 1998, featured a spirited cover of the Rolling Stones' classic, "You Can't Always get What You Want." In addition to these recordings Rusted Root has released three EPs entitled "Evil Ways," "Live" and "Airplane," as well as a full-length live video. Their music has been used in several major motion picture films, such as Home for the Holidays, Race the Sun and Mathilda, and they have toured with some of the icons of rock music, including the Grateful Dead, Page and Plant, the Allman Brothers Band, Sting and the Dave Matthews Band.
Opening for Rusted Root will be Washington College's own homegrown band, Astralyte, which includes former members of Ghostbox. Comprising recent graduates Ted Knight '97, Andrew Stein '99, Greg Parent '00, Tim Parent '97, and Ross Dettmering '00, Astralyte's sound is a mix of organic jams, electronic rhythms, and spacey beats, influenced by such artists as Radiohead, The Disco Biscuits, Widespread Panic and Groove Armada. Knight, Stein, and the Parents were founding members of Ghostbox, a campus band that produced two CDs together, while Dettmering formerly played in another campus band, NRG.
The concert has been organized by the Washington College Student Events Board and Student Government Association.