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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rusted Root

Tonight @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, Summerfest, 10 p.m.

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Part of a crop of positive, feel-good jam bands to crossover to mainstream radio in the ’90s, when the current jam scene was just beginning to emerge, Rusted Root melded Grateful Dead-styled folk and Paul Simon’s ear for world music on their crossover hit “Send Me On My Way.” In a sense, the band peaked too soon, and was unable to capitalize on the current jam scene, which allows bands to make a killing touring to a dedicated cult following, but Rusted Root has done alright for themselves on the general-audience festival circuit, where their up-tempo hit remains a favorite.