Sprouted from New York’s fertile Hudson Valley, Rootbrew was formed by Benjy Bruno and Ryan Reutershan with the purpose of exploring their shared appreciation for the uplifting and positive sounds of different world music that they had each grown up listening to and developed further interest in throughout their adult lives. Their songwriting reflects influences that clearly focus on their American roots, while also drawing heavily from some of their musical heroes from West and South Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Roger LaRochelle is the locked in drummer that is needed to hold down the groove that this music requires, and Meg Riebesell is the powerful and harmonically gifted voice needed to deliver wide ranging lyrical messages with the true beauty that the songs deserve.
With a recently recorded album available, and recent opening performances for bands such as Lakou Mizik (Haiti) and Mamadou Kelly (Mali), it is an exciting time for the band. Together, this group can write, play, and sing, and creates a sound that will make the audience want to sing along, dance along, shout, jump, listen, discuss, and dream.