The tour behind Rusted Root’s last studio album, 2009’s "Stereo Rodeo," threatened to become like the one Bob Dylan has been on for, oh, what, 20-odd years now? Dylan’s "Never-Ending Tour" has been interrupted by album releases from time to time, of course, but Pittsburgh roots-jam-world music party orchestra Rusted Root has decided to keep touring, drumming up enthusiasm and financial support for the forthcoming follow-up to "Stereo Rodeo" along the way.
Like an in-the-flesh version of the Kickstarter Campaign, which allows fans to become investors in the creation of an artist’s work, Michael Glabicki and Co. want to reach their fans directly, play them some of the new music, and offer them the opportunity to become directly involved in the music’s journey from conception to realization. Dubbed "The Fortunate Freaks Campaign," the fundraising journey offers amazing perks for interested fans -- ranging from signed merchandise to private living room performances by the band. Learn more about the campaign through www.rustedroot.com.
In the meantime, experience Rusted Root with Big Leg Emma in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 26) in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Tickets are $22.50 advance, $25 at the door (box office, www.rapidstheatre.com, www.Ticketmaster.com).
-- Jeff Miers