Frostburg Arion Band Performing Friday, Shades of Blues Saturday Evening at Canal Place

Celebrate Heritage Days Weekend on Friday and Saturday nights with free concerts at Canal Place as part of Cumberland Comes Alive concert series presented by Burgmeier’s Hauling.

Frostburg Arion Band will take the Stage at Canal Place on Friday, June 9 at 6:30 pm. Then, on Saturday evening June 10, The Shades of Blues, will perform at Canal Place at 8 pm. Saturday night’s performance is sponsored by Scarpelli Funeral Home P.A.

The Frostburg Arion Band is among the oldest community bands in the nation, established in 1877.

The band is named for a legendary Corinthian musician and poet, Arion, who was noted for musical and theatrical inventions during the seventh century. According to Greek legend, Arion was kidnapped by pirates and was thrown overboard. His life was spared when, according to legend, he was saved by dolphins. Arion was a popular name for choral societies during the 19th century. The band was known as the German Arion Band for many years, and later became known as the Frostburg Arion Band.

On Saturday night, The Shades of Blues will take the stage at Canal Place at 8 PM.  The Shades of Blues is an 11-member Rhythm and Blues Band playing in the style of the famous Blues Brothers with hits by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding and Ray Charles.

Band members include professional musicians, music educators, and talented members of tri-state area bands such as Queen City Funk and Soul, Surrender Dorothy, Public Menace, and The Stack o’ Blues. The Shades of Blues has performed throughout the Tri-State area at venues such as the Landes Arts Center in Petersburg, WV, the Church McKee Arts Center in Keyser, WV, Larenim Ampitheater in Burlington, WV, the Mon River Blues Fest in Fairmont, WV and on the Morguen Toole Stage in Meyersdale, PA. The ensemble consists of Suzanne Nelson, Emily Schadt, Lynn Nelson, and Fred Sullivan on vocals; Josh Lantz on guitar, Ken Nolan on bass, Bart Lay on drums, Steve Raschella on keyboard, Bill Green on saxophone, Tom Simpson on trumpet, and Brian Plitnik on trombone.

Both performances are free of charge, but seating is limited, so don’t forget your folding lawn chair.

Cumberland Comes Alive is Western Maryland’s premier outdoor concert series. It is presented by Burgmeiers Hauling Inc. and is produced by the City of Cumberland’s Downtown Development Commission and Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority.

For more information, contact Canal Place at 301-724-3655 or visit

By | 2017-06-07T09:10:22+00:00 June 7th, 2017|News|