Rusted Root to headline Gothic Theatre

Band tours behind its seventh studio album

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Celebrating more than two decades of music and touting its 2012 release, “The Movement,” Rusted Root is bringing its hard-touring act to Englewood.

The Pittsburgh-based outfit, which broke onto the scene in the early 1990s with its second album “When I Woke” — highlighted by the songs “Send Me on My Way,” “Back to the Earth,” “Ecstasy,” and “Beautiful People” — will take the stage Oct. 18 at The Gothic Theatre in Englewood, along with supporting acts Rob Drabkin and Goodnight, Texas.

A popular act throughout the mid-to-late 1990s, Rusted Root, known for its unique blend of experimental world beat folk fusion, has never ceased touring relentlessly, and after taking a seven-year break from recording between 2002 and 2009, is calling “The Movement,” its seventh studio release, “a career album.”

“I think this one kind of puts it all together for us, and for some people, it finally says, ‘This band is going to be there for the long haul,’” said Michael Glabicki, the group’s lead vocalist and primary songwriter.

From the rootsy, danceable “Monkey Pants” to the darker, drum-driven title track to the introspective “Something on My Mind,” Rusted Root has come full circle, tying together years of work and experimentation, Glabicki says.

“I think we are at that point where you kind of say, ‘Wow, there’s a lot to work with in what we have already become accustomed to and sort of mastered. Then when we put it all together, it becomes very expressive, natural-sounding and fun,” he said.

Whether in the studio or on the stage, Glabicki said he is having more fun now than at any point in Rusted Root’s 21-year career together.

One of three original members still in the band, along with percussionist Liz Berlin and bassist Patrick Norman, Glabicki says the band has at last found its drummer in Preach Freedom, and guitarist Dirk Miller has been a fantastic addition to the group, since replacing guitarist Colter Harper six months ago.

The group is averaging about 160 shows a year, and in addition to performing, is currently working on a rockumentary and beginning to write for an eighth studio album. Glabicki’s first solo release is also due out sometime next summer, which he says will be a very intimate collection of songs performed with a core trio he has been working with for the past two years.

“It’s going to be a whole lot more of me,” he said. “I’m stripping it down to more sparse acoustic songs, while part of the record will be a lot more rocking.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.RustedRoot.com or www.gothictheatre.com. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. Showtime is 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at The Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway in Englewood.