Rusted Root and the Wailers and Adam Ezra Group

June 11 2015Michael Solo HB WMcrop

Hampton Beach Casino  Hampton Beach, NH

by John Collins


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On Thursday night, June 11th, the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom rocked with Live Music provided by three Touring Bands; Adam Ezra Group, Rusted Root, and The Wailers (of Bob Marley and The Wailers fame – RIP)!

Adam Ezra Group has been a familiar band on the east coast for a number of years and recent touring has brought them to the midwest and even out to Montana, Wyoming and California! Opening with the song “Steal Your Daughter,” Adam Ezra sparked up the crowd with lyrics tracing the relationship between a Jewish hippe musician, a girl, and her catholic parents. The song is admittedly biographical! Adam John Collins NH

AEG then roared thru their classic “14 Days” and “Burn Brightly,” among others, in their opening set. Adam dedicated the performance to percussionist, Jeff “Turtle” Goulart, who was not on the bill due to illness. AEG brings a strong musical presence with Josh Gold on keys, Francis Hickey on bass, Alex Lee Martin on drums, Jeff Turtle Goulart on percussion and Corinna Smith on fiddle. They write and perform great music, and are wonderful when heard “LIVE”!

Rusted Root was up next, and rocked the house for over an hour with original songs going back to their roots in the 90’s! Frontman and guitarist, Michael Glabicki, led the band through much of their catalog and had their fans rocking! I downloaded a few of their songs off i-Tunes, as I wasn’t terribly familiar with them despite their long career. I wasn’t able to really know which songs they played, but I got a good feel for the band. They are just super professional. Michael is really cool, and I could tell by his stage presence that his decades on stage have really allowed him to hone his craft. Ecstasy and Martyr were great, and of course they played their seminal classic “Send Me on My Way,” which gave me exactly what I sought out of their set.

Rusted Root are:  MICHAEL GLABICKI – lead vocals, guitar LIZ BERLIN – vocals, guitars, percussion PATRICK NORMAN – vocals, bass, guitar, percussion Dirk Miller – guitars Cory Caruso – percussion

And last but not least, The Wailers closed the show with some new music and many from their extensive catalog built over 40 years of writing and touring. The crowd sang along and danced to the great hits including “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Could This Be Love,” “Exodus” rusted rootand “Roots, Rock, Reggae!” Charged with living up to the legacy of their father both through the music and their stage presence, they were fully able to deliver. From the dreadlocks to the dancing style, they put on a great show.  I was also struck by the wonderful and beautiful female backing vocalist, who really enhanced the bands sound and sent me back to the days of Bob Marley and the Wailers. The band played almost all of their big hits and a number of new songs, so for a first time attendee of their show, it was phenomenal.

All three bands participated in the Soles 4 Souls drive where fans could donate used foot wear through Adam Ezra Group’s charity, Rally Sound. Throughout this tour, they were able to collect hundreds of pairs of shoes for needy folks.

These bands finished an early summer tour together on a high note! The show was a real treat, and I got to know a few bands that I didn’t know before this night. Support live music and check these bands out on iTunes!! You’ll be glad you did!

John has a gallery of photos up for the shots he took at this show, check them out:

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – ” Exodus ” from 2014

The Wailers with Rusted Root & The Adam Ezra Group

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