Rusted Root to Play at Upland Brewing Co.

Upland Brewing Company is bringing international touring act Rusted Root to Bloomington, IN on September 2nd, 2011 for an outdoor concert to benefit Sycamore Land Trust.

Additionally, local favorite TV Mike and the Scarecrows, composed mostly of Bloomington natives currently making a run at Oakland, California’s music scene, will be returning to their hometown to play in the concert, and Bobbie Lancaster will be opening the show. Doors open at 5pm, and music starts at 6.

The Rusted Root concert is part of Upland’s Hillbilly Haiku Americana Music Series: an annual celebration of music, community, the natural beauty of southern Indiana, and craft beer. 100% of profits from the concerts go to Sycamore Land Trust, an organization that works with private land owners to preserve southern Indiana’s natural landscape and provide environmental education. Past concerts have been headlined by Todd Snider and Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band and have raised more than $10,000 for SLT.

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. In 1994, they released the platinum selling breakthrough When I Woke, which featured the hit songs “Send Me On My Way,” “Ecstasy,” and touring around globe and releasing new albums periodically. Their most recent album, Stereo Rodeo was released in 2009 to great acclaim. News Pop music critic Jeff Miers writes “Rusted Root… knows how to take the singer/songwriter guy’s songs and pump them full of fire and life… These were strong lines with supporting chord

progressions penned by Glabicki, and given abundant support by the [band]…in essence, this was a dance party…the new songs, Stereo Rodeo and Weary Bones, were standouts… Crucible Glow (was) among the most visceral…Glabicki appears these days as an elder statesman of ‘world music’-based rock.”

Tickets for the Rusted Root concert go on sale August 2nd. They are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the show, and are available at Upland’s Bloomington Brew Pub and Indy Tasting Room, as well as the Buskirk Chumley Box Office, and online at

We had a chance to chat with Charles Stanley, Strategic Projects Manager for Upland Brewing Company..

Mojo: How long have you been doing Hillbilly Haiku Benefit Concert Series?

Charles: This is the 4th annual concert we’ve done to benefit SLT.

Mojo: Why did you choose the Sycamore Land Trust?

Charles: One of Upland’s core philosophies is environmental sustainability. Hosting a fun event that raises money and awareness for a local organization that helps preserve our natural landscape and provides environmental educational seemed, well, natural.

Mojo: Approximately how much have you raised since starting it?

Charles: We’ve raised over $10,000 for SLT over the last three years, and are striving to make each concert more successful than the last.

Mojo: What can people expect if this is their first time at Hillbilly Haiku?

Charles: People coming to the concert can expect good music, good beer, good food, and good friends. We try to keep it simple. The concerts we host to benefit SLT are all about bringing the local community and visitors from afar together to celebrate a good cause and have a great time. It’s an opportunity to enjoy good music, food, and beer with friends. The lineup we have this year is positive and upbeat and we expect to see a lot of dancing this year.

Mojo: What type of food and drink can people expect?

Charles: We’ll have several styles of fresh beer brewed right on site to choose from, as well as menu consisting of locally sourced food to choose from. Vegetarian options will be available.

Mojo: Any other things that first timers should know?

Charles: Come prepared to eat, drink, and have a good time. If you can’t do at least one of those, this probably isn’t the concert for you.

We’ll have a number of comfortable straw bales available for seating, but feel bring your own camping chairs.

Mojo: This sounds like an amazing time! See you there!