Music Scene: Rusted Root, Donna the Buffalo, The Machine

By Matthew Godbey  Special to The Post and Courier   – Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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Rusted Root released its seventh studio album, "The Movement," last fall.

Rusted Root

For nearly a quarter of a century, Pittsburgh-based sextet Rusted Root has recorded and toured almost constantly atop the support of a small but dedicated underground fan base.

The band became known for its collaboration of world and rock music in the early '90s, thanks in large part to the 1994 hit "Send Me on My Way" from its sophomore album, "When I Woke."

The band's uncommon mingling of flutes, percussions, overt bass lines and traditional rock and folk instrumentation combined with the unique vocal style of Michael Glabicki have established Rusted Root as an unmistakable sound within an often-repetitious jam-band arena.

Rusted Root celebrated the release of its seventh studio album, "The Movement," last fall.

Rusted Root will perform Wednesday with Donna the Buffalo at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $17.50 in advance, $20 the day of the show, and are available at Ticketfly.com, the Music Farm box office or at the door.

Call 577-6989 or go to www.musicfarm.com.

Donna the Buffalo

And speaking of Donna the Buffalo ...

It doesn't happen very often. A band surviving the cruel, unforgiving music business machine for more than a few years is a feat in itself, but to survive for two decades is relatively unheard of.

Donna the Buffalo is one of those mythical survivors: a band that has flown under the radar, as well as above it, and exists as much as a storied ghost as it does an accessible legend.

The original band was formed nearly 20 years ago and has since sold more than 100,000 records, played close to 100 shows per year and released record after record of the folk style of zydeco, rock and country.

Over the years, the band has developed a cult-like devotion from its fans that has carried them to such great heights as opening for the Grateful Dead at Alpine Valley in 2002.

Donna the Buffalo will perform Wednesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Rusted Root.

The Machine

It seems strange to think that the Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine has been together nearly as long as the original Pink Floyd was, 25 years and 30 years, respectively. But that's a testament to the strength of Pink Floyd's songs, as they outlast their creators and continue to find acceptance from new generations.

The Machine found its beginnings in 1988, covering Pink Floyd songs in bars around its native New York. As the quartet's technical proficiency grew, The Machine began gaining the attention of publications like Spin and Rolling Stone for its ability to re-create a nearly flawless Pink Floyd live experience.

The Machine has since gone on to be hailed as the most respected and acclaimed Pink Floyd tribute band in the country, having performed its 16-album repertoire at Bonnaroo, Riverbend, Gathering of the Vibes, Buffalo's Artpark and Germany's Rock of Ages.

The Machine will perform Monday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $20 at the door or online at StrangerTickets.com. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 571-4343 or go to www.charlestonpourhouse.com.