DIXON – Rusted Root, set to perform at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on the main stage along the Riverfront during the Petunia Festival, has been a band for nearly 25 years.
But the thrill of playing live definitely isn't gone.
"Right now, I'm the most happy and free I've ever been on stage and as a songwriter," the group's frontman, Michael Glabicki, said.
"Some things have and haven't worked out over the years," he said. "Now we know the magic is there. It's an exercise and a ritual every night."
The group is likely best known for a single, "Send Me On My Way," released in 1995. It reached No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has been featured in the movies "Matilda" and "Ice Age." It also has been used in national advertising campaigns.
But for the band, proud moments go beyond that song, Glabicki said.
"We're very proud to be able to record and produce on our own. It has been a big achievement," Glabicki said. "It's nice to be self-sufficient."
Glabicki also noted other proud moments for the band included being asked to play with the band's heroes like Carlos Santana and Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.
"There's a moment when you're playing with them and you just think to yourself, This is unreal," Glabicki said.
The group is on the road about 6 to 7 months a year.
"It's fun with the group of people we have," Glabicki said, adding with a laugh, "A lot of joking around, humor and pranks; mostly good, but sometimes a little too much."
Rusted Root has been touring theaters, clubs and festivals so far this year. Glabicki and the group also have been working on music for a new record.
"We've been arranging songs during soundchecks and playing them to the audience when they're ready," Glabicki said. "It's nice to get a feel for the crowd's reaction. That's what feeds our music."
The band is using Indigogo.com, a crowdfunding site used to fund a variety of projects, to pay for its next record.
"We offer different packages based on donations," Glabicki said. "We could even come play a barbecue in your backyard."
After touring through the rest of the year, Rusted Root will begin recording in December, Glabicki said. The band is aiming for a release in the spring or early summer of 2015.
Before all that? Rusted Root has plans to give Dixon "something they've never seen before," Glabicki said.
"It's going to be powerful and high-energy," he said. "Dixon can expect a lot of dancing and a lot of improvisation. It's going to be fun."