Pittsburgh-based fusion rock band Rusted Root will take the outdoor stage at Sawyer’s on Thursday, May 26.
Michael Glabicki, Rusted Root’s frontman, said that playing in Harrisburg has always felt like they are playing in front of a hometown crowd that knows what they want from their music.
“Being from Pittsburgh and coming to Harrisburg on tour has always felt like we are still at home,” said Glabicki in a recent phone interview. “The last time we played this venue I remember the crowd being really into it.”
The band, who is best known for their early ’90s top 40 hit “Send Me On My Way,” has been playing in Harrisburg at least once a year since its formation in 1993.
In the past, they have often played at The Abbey Bar, but the outdoor setting at Sawyer’s will be perfect for the band’s feel-good music — and that’s what the band wants people to experience.
7 p.m., Thursday May, 26
“Our concert experience is different with every show we play,” said Glabicki. “Our music creates a soulful, ritualistic experience that incorporates the audience’s energy to give everyone a different concert every night.”
Although their concerts do change on a nightly basis, Glabicki said that people can expect to hear their favorites plus a few new songs that will be on their upcoming studio album.
The band has spanned more than two decades and have played with the likes of Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers and Jimmy Paige. Glabicki said the the best experience, however, was when they joined rock and roll icon Santana onstage.
“Santana really gave us some of the best experience we could ask for,” said Glabicki. “This one time he just left me on the stage to play a guitar solo alone. He trusted that me and the band could finish out the song without him there.”
Glabicki said that was one of the moments on tour he will always remember and that Santana was key to his personal success as a band leader. Rusted Root have released seven studio albums including their newest album, “The Movement,” which is a perfect representation of what the band has been playing for fans over the past 26 years.
“The Movement was really a fan experience,” said Glabicki. “We brought in fans to the recording studio to record some background vocals and music. We also had fans come on stage at some concerts to make videos to use in our music videos.”
After playing in Harrisburg, Rusted Root will continue their tour around the country and internationally in places like Japan, Australia and around Europe. Glabicki said that playing in front of their fans every night is what keeps them going strong after 26 years.