Rusted Root & Devon Allman | 11.06.16

“You know what they say about the young.” —Rusted Root


Old Rock House, St. Louis

The crowd at the Old Rock House was pretty unique: older, chill hippies and young festival attendees, each with weed and patchouli wafting off of them. There was a fair share of hipsters and ’70s rock fans, and those folks that you’re not sure about. Are they here because of the bands, or because they heard a song on a car commercial one time? Regardless of how they arrived, they got one hell of a show.

Devon Allman had the crowd with his first hello. I don’t think a lot of the audience members were familiar with his original songs, but they were all engaged. He asked for audience participation and he got it. He played some great originals and a Bob Marley cover, “No Woman No Cry,” which he made his own. The crowd was right there with him, even as he strode through the length of the venue playing his guitar. It was beautifully done. Also, whoever is handling the lights and the sound at the Old Rock House is doing an amazing job.

I talked with Allman after his gig and he said that his band has only been together for three years. I’ll admit, I was shocked. This band was tight. I soon found out why: They play 250 shows a year. He played this scene a decade ago and is coming back around, and it seems as if the crowd was waiting for him.

Rusted Root’s fans seemed to come out of the woodwork in the time between sets. One after another, girls with harem pants and beaded hair appeared and started moving to the front of the crowd. I’d like to say I watched the band make their magic the whole time, but the crowd-watching was too amazing. The fans were have clearly done this before. They would dance and move around almost as one unit. Rusted Roots exudes this cool, organic vibe, which belies the excellent musicianship and skills they possess. The harmonies alone that they bring forth speak of hard work, training, and lots and lots of rehearsal. This was a beautiful show, beautifully played, and it did my heart good to be there. | Melissa Cynova

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