CHAUTAUQUA – Rolling Hills Radio’s 3rd Annual Summer Special is set to take place Sunday, Aug. 2 at Chautauqua Institution’s historic Chautauqua Amphitheater.
Performing this year will be Rusted Root’s Michael Glabicki of Pittsburgh, along with a return performance by Michigan-based guitar virtuoso Elden Kelly.
The show is free and open to the public and begins at 2 p.m. It will be hosted by Rolling Hills Radio host and Jamestown-based musician Ken Hardley. The program will also be recorded and replayed on radio station WRFA 107.9 FM Jamestown.
Rusted Root, the multi-platinum sextet out of Pittsburgh, evolved around front-man Michael Glabicki’s distinct sound and grew into a musical entity that has thrived in a non-genre specific category all its own. Rusted Root built their career around dramatic performances; their polyrhythmic, multicultural rock-and-soul picked up fans like a junkyard magnet as they swept across the nation on tour. Having just released their 8th studio album, The Movement, Rusted Root continues to maintain a strong foothold in the world/jam/rock world.
In addition to the two decades with Rusted Root, Glabicki is exploring new sounds and opening new doors with his solo carrer. He has started touring nationally as a duo act, and explains that although he has his roots with Rusted Root, the sound is very different. Glabicki has always invited the audience to participate in the creation of Rusted Root’s music. He frequently tests new songs on the road to see the fan reaction.
Constantly writing new material, Glabicki finds that some of it fits his solo sound better than Rusted Root. Glabicki currently routes his solo tours around the Rusted Root schedule, and has multiple performances throughout the year. He is also working on a brand new solo album that is scheduled for release in 2015. His solo tour dates and new music are extensions of his creative talent, and will inspire all those who participate.
Elden Kelly impresses audiences with his ability to combine jazz with a broad range of music traditions. In addition to guitar, he has developed his own syncretic style on various instruments suc as the Arabic oud, the Turkish cumbus and the Glissentar, an 11-string fretless guitar.
In a single live show, Kelly’s music ranges from fiery to honest heartfelt, expressive songs, to sounds reminiscent of Indian scat mixed with an Arabic-style call to prayer.
Next after the Summer Show, the 2015-2016 Rolling Hills Radio season is going to get underway on Thursday, September 24.
The open act will be a CD Release party for host Ken Hardley’s new album, “Ken Hardley and the Moose Club.” Playing on that show will be Steve Piper on guitar, Jay Peterson on bass, Dan Vanderzyden on drums and more.
More details on the complete 2015-2016 Rolling Hills Radio season will be posted soon.