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Warming up to the blues at Cabin Fever Blues Bash

February 27, 2013|By JESSICA MANUEL | Special to The Herald-Mail
  • Submitted photo Blues duo Moreland & Arbuckle perform at the 2012 Western Maryland Blues Fest, above. The pair will perform Thursday, March 7, for Cabin Fever Blues Bash.
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Got the wintertime blues? Try curing them Thursday, March 7, with the 2013 Cabin Fever Blues Bash at The Maryland Theatre.

This year’s headliners, Moreland & Arbuckle, perform at 7 p.m.

“Blues Bash is to get people in the mood for (Western Maryland) Blues Fest,” said Karen Giffin, community affairs manager for Hagerstown and a member of the executive board for Blues Fest. “It’s a way to get warm entertainment for the cold days.”

Cabin Fever Blues Bash hypes the 2013 Western Maryland Blues Fest, which is Thursday, May 30, through Sunday, June 2. During the Bash, the lineup for Blues Fest will be introduced. There will also be T-shirt tosses, featuring this year’s logo designed by Erin Mettille, a senior at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

But most importantly, there will be music.

“Just like Joanne Shaw Taylor and the Bobby Parker Band the past two years, we’re giving people a preview of the coming Blues Fest and reminding them of last year’s event,” said Carl Disque, founder and event chair of the Western Maryland Blues Fest.

This year sees the return of Moreland & Arbuckle, who rocked the house at last year’s Blues Fest and is scheduled to return for this year’s event.

"We want to bring someone special who people don’t normally see in downtown Hagerstown in winter,” Disque said. “One of the most fun things is trying to spot that star on the edge of national or international fame. The one right on the cusp.”

Harpist-vocalist Dustin Arbuckle said he and guitarist Aaron Moreland bring a classic blues feel to the stage. Finding their musical roots heavily based in early Mississippi and Chicago blues, they have a stripped-down, raw feeling to their music.

Arbuckle said the band originated in Kansas, and the state influenced their lyrics as opposed to musical style.

“Surroundings are bound to influence your art,” Arbuckle said. “Kansas is an unpretentious state. It might be why we gravitated to traditional blues. It’s an unpretentious music if done right. It’s very real and heartfelt.”

The duo has written many of their lyrics about their experiences and lives growing up. Arbuckle said their sound originates from the Midwestern state’s character and its down-to-earth people.

Arbuckle said Moreland & Arbuckle will bring the same atmosphere and energy as they did last year, but they will perform new songs, including tracks off their upcoming CD, to be released this summer.

He said the duo are excited to return to Western Maryland Blues Fest.

“The event is very well rounded. The crowd was really into it and having a lot of fun. We were well taken care of,” he said.

Arbuckle said he and Moreland learned to work a crowd by watching great talents such as George Thorogood, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Los Lonely Boys, to name a few.

As pumped as they are to play Blues Bash, Arbuckle said he wouldn’t give anything away about the performance.

“It’s a secret,” he said with a laugh. “But come ready to rock and ready to party.”
 

If you go ...       

 WHAT: Cabin Fever Blues Bash

 WHEN: Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7

 WHERE: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

 COST: $10 per ticket

 CONTACT: Go to www.blues-fest.org or call 301-790-2000

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