Taking 61 North to Rusted Root to Dance!
Photos of 61 North and Rusted Root by Louise Uznanski and Richard Uznanski.
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61 North: Bob Comfort: bass guitar, vocals; Brian LaPlann: vocals, guitar ; Joe Bross: drums; Ryan Nelson: slide guitar, vocals.
The show was originally scheduled at the newly renovated Levoy Theater in Millville, New Jersey. Because the renovation ran into problems weeks earlier, the show had to be held at another facility. The New Jersey Motorsports Park is a relatively new race track set among the pines of the outskirts of Millville that does not have an indoor theater.
The stage was set up behind the park clubhouse with chairs and the soundboard resting in the lawn in front of the makeshift stage. The concert could not have had a better scene. The night was clear despite an earlier cloudburst that soaked the lawn just hours before the show. The crowd built for the local band, 61 North. Their set was original and bluesy and they performed to an enthusiastic crowd for the 45 minutes that came just as the sun was setting. The band just returned from playing with the Allman Brothers at the Peach Festival in PA.
From 61 North Myspace Page. 61 North is a high-energy rock band based out of southern New Jersey. Their unique sound is derived from a variety of influences including blues, classic rock, jazz, funk, and modern jam music. The band takes pride in an ever-growing arsenal of potent original song that is the driving force of their art. Tasteful improvisation and musicianship combined with powerful stage presence are what make 61 North an incredible live experience.
Rusted Root: Patrick Norman: bass, vocals, percussion; Michael Glabicki: vocals, guitar; Liz Berlin: percussion, vocals; Colter Harper guitar.
Rusted Root came out to the stage to an audience who had already set up camp at the stage. Breaking into their first number the rest of the audience jumped from their chairs and so began the dance party that would last through the 95 minute set. Performing one of their most familiar tunes, Send Me On My Way, the audience broke into wild dancing with anyone who was standing and looked like they needed a part or two. It was a clear, dark night full of the African and Roots-infused sound of the band. The trio in front has been together since 1990 spreading their infectious music at festivals and headlining venues like the Infinity Music Hall in Connecticut.
What could have turned out to be a piece-meal concert that had to make do with a grassy field behind a motor sport clubhouse turned into a most entertaining and joy-filled evening of music, friends and yes, a little dancing.
Rusted Root has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide. Formed in Pittsburgh by singer/guitarist Glabicki in the early ‘90s, Rusted Root’s worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots music and world rock. After debuting in 1992 with the self released Cruel Sun, Rusted Root signed with Mercury Records and released the 1994 platinum selling breakthrough When I Woke, which featured the hit songs Send Me On My Way, Ecstasy and Martyr. Not long after, the band scored on tours with Toad the Wet Sprocket, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, HORDE Festival and, perhaps most notably, the highly coveted support role on the landmark Jimmy Page/Robert Plant reunion tour.