If the music of Rusted Root has any transformative powers, one may be to turn any environment into its own whirling outdoor music festival.
Its sound swaps out suit-appropriate tie shoes into Birkenstocks. Its rhythms can convert business casual professionals into twirling, tie-dyed dervishes; and its runaway percussion can transport a usually confined persona toward a bastion of sonic freedom.
It’s a joyous amalgamation of genres and cultures not easily contained by barroom walls, and is scheduled to serve as celebratory when the Pittsburgh quintet brings its open-field feel to Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.) at 9 p.m. Dec. 31. The show opens with reggae-rooted Buffalo collective, Funktional Flow.
Introduced to most listeners via its 1994 mainstream breakthrough, “When I Woke” — featuring the tribal “Ecstasy” and since-ubiquitous single “Send Me On My Way” — the Michael Glabicki-fronted Rusted Root has continued to drive and thrive on the strength of its live performances. Jamming and jubilant in the tradition of Dave Mathews Band, yet unpredictable in the vein of the live exploits of Santana, the band delights from the stage — all while instrumentally transporting fans to another place and, in this weekend’s case, year.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door (ticketfly.com).