Twenty years into a career that might serve as a useful example of the paradigm shift from major label to indie artist during that same period, Pittsburgh-born folk-jam-world beat outfit Rusted Root remains one of the most reliable live bands on the jam-based scene. The group’s torrid blend of African and Latin percussion grooves with pop tropes and danceable rhythms predates the similar path pursued by indie-rock darlings Arcade Fire by more than a decade, and remains instantly recognizable, as does leader Michael Glabicki’s singular vocal phrasing and tendency for ebullient chorus hooks.
Currently touring behind its most recent release “The Movement,” Rusted Root – Glabicki, vocalist/percussionist Liz Berlin, bassist/vocalist Patrick Norman, guitarist Dirk Miller and percussionist Preach Freedom – performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.). Tickets are $22.50 (www.ticketfly.com).
– Jeff Miers