The layered melodies and tones that made “Send Me on My Way” a hit, are revisited with Michael Glabicki’s latest project: Uprooted.
Glabicki is perhaps best known as the frontman of Rusted Root, the band that brought a world beat sound into the mainstream stratosphere. Formed in 1990, the band’s music has become part of the soundtrack of films like “Matilda” and “Ice Age,” among others.
Glabicki wasn’t always set on being a musician. Growing up, he played in a polka band with his dad, later picking up guitar and bass. It wasn’t until he got to college and was battling depression that he really began to turn to songwriting.
“I was depressed at that point in time. When I started writing music, the feeling of it was something that was connecting something in me. I started to feel a bit better from the depression and just slowly started writing more and more songs,” Glabicki said.
Shortly after that, he dropped out of college and turned his attention to music.
“Rusted Root was my first band. I had been playing with other musicians for about two years before, working on the music that eventually went to Rusted Root. I was working with a drummer who was a friend of mine from high school and a background singer that I had met through my drummer,” Glabicki said.
Influenced by Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon, the band’s sound is thick with woodwinds, penny whistles, guitars and lyrics that should be sometimes considered more for their sound than their meaning.
“It was a lot of layers to begin with. The landscape was pretty busy and over the years I think we’ve learned to pull some of that stuff apart and layer it in a more emotional way,” Glabicki said.
In the last few months as Rusted Root is on hiatus, Glabicki has focused on Uprooted and the new sound that’s come with the project.
“I really wanted to be in the moment with the music and it was getting tough to make changes to both the old music and the new music,” Glabicki said.
Uprooted still involves members of Rusted Root, including electric guitarist Dirk Miller, drummer Zil Fessler, bassist Bobby Schneck and Daisie Ghosts Flower singing backups. However, with Uprooted, Glabicki said he wants to focus on music that’s more spontaneous and influenced by the present. Though their material during live shows is mostly from Rusted Root, performing and listening to it is a different experience.
“It’s very different, it’s really in the moment. We really take the energy from the crowd and work it into how we adapt different versions of these songs,” Glabicki said, “On stage, I’m laughing and giggling because I’ve never heard some of the [sounds] before and it’s fun. I’m experiencing it just like the crowd is.”
Uprooted will be playing the Van Dyck on Saturday, mixing quintessential songs like “Martyr” and “Ecstacy” with newer songs like “Man Not a Machine.” Tickets are $15.
Rich Ortiz kicks off the show at 5 p.m. followed by Flannel Millennium. The show is part of Mad Jack's Brewing Company's ten-year anniversary celebration, during which brewers will reveal a special can release of their Ten Year Anniversary Ale.
The Van Dyck will also host live music throughout the week as part of the celebration. At 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. tonight Popa Chubby will perform. Tickets are $22. At 7 p.m. on Friday, Dueling Pianos will perform on the patio. There is a suggested donation of $10. For more info visit vandycklounge.com.