Rusted Root jams out in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID Everyone seemed to be more than happy with Tuesday night’s Rusted Root concert, which police estimated more than 1,000 people attended.

Mid’s Park was packed with people dancing and swaying as the Pittsburgh-based band played as part of the Songs at Mirror Lake Music Series.

They played a mix of songs from their new album, “The Movement,” and tunes from their albums “When I Woke” and “Remember,” both of which placed high on the charts in the mid 1990s, as well as a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” The 90-minute set culminated with the band’s biggest hit, “Send Me on My Way,” and encored with a 15-minute jam of another popular song duo, “Drum Trip” into “Ecstasy.”

The band’s lead singer, Michael Glabicki, told the Enterprise after the show that he enjoyed playing in Lake Placid.

“It was actually very surprising the crowd was willing to go as deep into the music as they did,” Glabicki told the Enterprise after the show. “I loved it, and I would come back every Tuesday if I could.”

Singer and percussionist Liz Berlin told the crowd during the concert that they were a great audience.

“This is a great spot,” Berlin said. “Thank you so much for having us here.”

The crowd was happy with what they saw as well. Saranac Laker Theresa Hartford said she loved the drumming during the encore.

“It was fantastic,” Hartford said. “It was the best show I’ve seen all year.”

Hilary Smith, who lives in Saranac Lake now, said it was cool to see a band from her hometown of Pittsburgh in her new home.

“It was a fantastic show, and it brought back great memories,” Smith said.

A number of Tupper Lakers and Saranac Lakers ventured to Lake Placid for the concert, but people were also came from beyond the Tri-Lakes. Kurtis Countryman, of Malone, came down with his fiancee and friends and said he thought the concert was unbelievable. He tried to talk Glabicki into playing his wedding after the concert as band members talked with fans at the merchandise booth.

Police made sure to have a strong presence, and village police Sgt. Chuck Dobson said he believes that was a big reason there were few problems with the crowd. Sgt. Francis Strack said it also helped that the attendees were a good mix of families and followers of the band.

There were no arrests directly related to the show, and only two in the village much later in the evening. There was a disorderly conduct arrest and a ticket for having an open container of alcohol, both after 1 a.m. The concert ended around 9 p.m.

Village police had help from state police, the state Department of Environmental Conservation police and forest rangers, and the local fire department manned a boat on Mirror Lake with a police officer on it. Dobson said police thought it was a good idea to have an officer on the water in case there were any problems there.

A number of concertgoers watched the show from the water, and their boats ranged from a whitewater raft to a Golden Arrow boat to a dock towed over by a kayak. One man even wowed the crowd with firebreathing as he stood on a floating dock.

Organizers were excited about the concert and said they were thrilled that threatening rain storms held off until the show was done. Sprinkles wet down the lawn an hour or two before the 7 p.m. start time, but storms forecasted during the show didn’t happen.

“I’m glad to see so many people here because this has been a dream of ours, to have a concert like this in this park,” lead organizer Bill Billerman said as he introduced the band.

Billerman noted that the group is working on getting a new band shell for the park, and he told the crowd donations made for that purpose to the Adirondack Community Trust will be matched 50 percent by the Uihlein Foundation.