Touring band holding free, all ages concert at Detroit Mountain
Album release party on Aug. 20 includes three bands
DETROIT LAKES — A free, all-ages concert at Detroit Mountain is set for Saturday, Aug. 20, starting at 2 p.m.
The first band to take the stage will be Foxby, followed by Pat Lenertz at 3:30 p.m. and the Detroit Lakes-based headliner, Rootz Within , at 4:30 p.m.
The event is a CD release party for “Incrementum,” the newest album from Rootz Within, which offers 13 original songs.
Rootz Within has been actively touring much of this year. The stop in Detroit Lakes is a brief visit before they head out to perform more than 20 shows before October’s end.
Ryan Enberg (bass guitarist and lyricist) said concert-goers can expect a summer island vibe at the Detroit Mountain concert. In addition to the proven catalog of crowd-pleasing tracks from past work, songs from the new album will be played.
“Incrementum” was created by Engberg, Jonah Bowe (singer and songwriter), Tyler Renney (vocalist and guitarist), Scott Thompson (drummer) and Anita Cargiuolo (percussion, djembe and vocalist).
The music has reggae undertones that are mixed with a variety of other styles that give the album a familiar, yet unique presence.
Lyrically, the 27-year-old son of Nathan and Teresa Bowe of Detroit Lakes, said his favorite song on the new album is called, “ Down the Rabbit Hole .”
“It’s about going through the toughest times that I’ve ever gone through in my life,” he said. “I had massive health issues.”
Before falling ill and having to battle infections, severe allergic reactions to medications and immobility, Rootz Within was booking upwards of 80 shows annually. Bowe was cut-off from touring and performing as he recovered. During that time he focused on writing lyrics.
When Bowe was healthy and the band returned to full-force, the songs began to flow.
Engberg noted “ Babylon is Burning ” took maybe 30 minutes to write. After playing a bass line, it was quickly matched with a guitar and melody.
“We were exploring ideas and that song fell together really quick,” he said.
When the band had a dozen or so songs to pick from, they scheduled a recording session at the famed Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. The studio has produced dozens of hit albums and provides a house on-site for the band.
“The studio is set up in the woods with a flowing river,” Bowe said. “It’s beautiful.”
Being close to the Twin Cities also opened opportunities for collaborations with friends in the metropolitan area, some of which stopped by for guest spots on “Incrementum.”
The studio had its house engineer, Nick Tveitbakk, work with the band’s engineer, Sam Licari of Mankato, Minnesota, to mix each song to create the most robust version for the album.
Bowe said the band is “very proud” of their work and are eager to provide a great concert for their hometown crowd.