Rusted Root to play iAm benefitWritten by Jeff McGinnis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Glabicki and other members of the band Rusted Root, best known for their hit song “Send Me On My Way,” will perform in a benefit for Project iAm at The Village Idiot in Maumee on Oct. 11.
All proceeds from the event will go to Project iAm, a nonprofit organization that distributes funds to local families to help with the diagnosis and treatment of Autism.
“I’ve done a benefit for [Project iAm] before,” said Glabicki in an Oct. 7 telephone interview. “And I just felt like I really wanted to do it again. It was a great time last time.”
The benefit will begin at 8 p.m. with a performance by Arctic Clam, followed by Glabicki and Rusted Root at about 9:30 p.m.
Glabicki and his bandmates were a late addition to the event; they found the scheduling worked out perfectly to help a good cause.
“I had some shows out in the Midwest, and I live in Pittsburgh,” Glabicki said. “I saw that I’d be coming through, and I wanted to do a show and do something good for the kids.”
For Glabicki and his bandmates, the gig represents not just a return to help Project iAm, but also a return to the Toledo area and to the Village Idiot, where they have performed before.
“Any time I go by Toledo, I always check if I can do a show there,” Glabicki said. “Especially The Village Idiot. It’s such a great bar, and there’s so many great friends and people there.”
The event will continue a busy season for the iAm organization in its efforts to raise autism awareness.
“We just got done with another huge benefit a few weeks ago, which is why this event was the furthest thing from my mind,” said Nicole Khoury, executive director of Project iAm, “until I got the phone call [from Glabicki] yesterday.”
Khoury will also perform Oct. 11 as a member of show openers Arctic Clam.
Rusted Root has performed in benefit gigs before, including a recent concert in Pittsburgh before about 25,000 fans.
“When I’m on a stage with 25,000 people, it becomes a little more aetheric. I tend to deal with the energy as opposed to individual people,” Glabicki said. “When you’re dealing with a small crowd, it’s about dealing with just a few people, people you can hear.”
Khoury said she is excited for the performance, not only because of the cause it will benefit, but also because of what a dynamic performer Glabicki is.
“When Michael plays by himself, people just stand there with their mouths open because you would not believe the sounds you’re getting out of one guitar,” she said. “He puts on such a great show, even by himself, so I am really excited to see him play with three people.”
Tickets for the event will be $10, and are available at the Village Idiot bar in Maumee. To check availability, contact the bar at (419) 893-7281. For more information about Project iAm, visit the Web site at www.aboutprojectiam.com.