Founder, partner and touring musician with Rusted Root, Co-owner of Mr. Smalls Theatre, Recording and Mastering Studio, Founder/Director, Creative.Life.Support
Recognized as a founding member of multi-platinum selling group, Rusted Root, Liz Berlin's creativity has grown to be a viable force in any project she applies herself to.
Liz and Rusted Root have toured the country with Santana, The Allman Brothers, Joan Osbourne, Sting, Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow, Page and Plant, Jewel, and The Grateful Dead among others. They have appeared on numerous national television shows such as David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and VH-1’s Hard Rock Live. Their music has been featured in many films and TV Shows such as Ice Age, Twister, and various MTV programs. Rusted Root's large and loyal following has proven to be a significant draw on tour regardless of radio play, press or record sales. Their performances have come to be known as somewhat of a celebration. But that is only part of who she is.
Singing as a child with the Children’s Festival Chorus, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Opera was the beginning of Liz’s journey through the worlds of folk, pop, rock, and various ethnic influences, through which she has created her own unique artistic style. As a solo artist, Liz has performed at several festivals including the H.O.R.D.E. Festival, Lilith Fair, and The Great Blue Heron Festival. In addition to her work with Rusted Root, she is also a member of Drowning Clowns which is fast becoming a regional draw and gaining international attention, having had their music featured in numerous skateboard videos by band member and professional skateboarder Evan Smith. Most recently, Liz teamed up with one of Pittsburgh's favorite jazz divas, Phat Man Dee, on a new project, “Social Justice Disco: Songs to Fight Fascists By”.
Liz has put her experience and success to good use in her many other ventures as part owner of Mr. Small's Theatre and Mr. Smalls Recording and Mastering Studio in Pittsburgh, PA. National acts such as Interpol, Smashing Pumpkins, Dierks Bentley, Pierce The Veil, Manchester Orchestra, Arctic Monkeys, John Hiatt, My Chemical Romance, and Snoop Dogg have all drawn sold-out audiences to Mr. Smalls Theatre. And Mr. Smalls Recording Studio has hosted the likes of Roger Daltrey, Meatloaf, Anti-Flag, Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent/G-Unit, Keller Williams and Ryan Adams.
As the founder and director of Creative.Life.Support, the non-profit offshoot of Mr. Smalls, Liz received the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2013, which was created by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Samuel Beard to establish a Nobel Prize for public and community service. Creative.Life.Support, provides positive recreational activities for the youth culture of the Pittsburgh area by bringing advanced technologies & opportunities in media arts to aspiring artists, athletes & creative professionals. Among its activities are a non-profit record label, music camps, an on-going concert series, a college internship program, free recording classes for current and former foster kids, and associated artist programs.