Dustbowl Revival Comes To The Soundry

To say that the Dustbowl Revival is a live band would be an understatement.  Coming in at more than 200 shows in the past 4 years, this band knows how to perform live.  Last Friday’s show at newly opened music venue in Columbia, MD, The Soundry, provided proof of their energetic stage performance!  The crew of 8 musicians lit up The Hamilton in D.C. the night before.  Fan in the area were treated to another night of music.

Dustbowl Revival performed in 2017 at both Hot August Music Festival and Charm City Bluegrass Festival winning over fans in the Baltimore-DC area.  Many of those who were there this evening also attended the show at The Hamilton demonstrating that this band has a devoted following.

The stage at The Soundry is only a few feet above the floor level.  This keeps the band close to the audience, creating a very intimate feel.  Every inch of the stage was covered with all 8 band members and an array of instruments.  They didn’t waste any time kicking off their set of traditional American style tunes.  After the first song, guitarist and vocalist, Zach Lupetin, said, “You guys look like a rowdy crowd so we’re gonna jump right in!”  This was an accurate observation!  The crowd filled the entire floor space in front of the stage and danced the entire evening.  Although The Soundry offers seating, very few of them were taken! 

The band performed songs off their most recent release, Dustbowl Revival, including “Good Egg” and “Call My Name”.  The sounds of horns, mandolins, fiddles, and bass filled the room while Lupetin and Liz Beebe offered vocals that made you feel as if you were watching this performance from a bar in New Orleans.  The band’s version of "John the Revelator" did a wonderful job of creating this nostalgic mood.  Everyone in the audience was smiling and dancing.  This was definitely a great way to enjoy a Friday evening!   

The Dustbowl Revival is Zach Lupetin (guitars, vocals), Liz Beebe (vocals, washboard, ukulele), Daniel Mark (mandolin), Connor Vance (fiddle), Matt Rubin (trumpet), Ulf Bjorlin (trombone), Josh Heffernan (drums), and James Klopfleisch (bass).

Opening for the evening was Lowland Hum, a husband and wife duo from Charlottesville, Virginia.  The quiet, mostly acoustic tunes were the perfect way for the audience to relax before a night of dancing!  Lauren and Daniel Goans performed beautifully together.  Their stage banter and jokes offered comic relief between their songs.  The highlight of their set was a “less electric” version of Weezer’s, “In the Garage” that was quite impressive! 

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Shantel Breen

Shantel (Mitchell) Breen has been photographing shows for various blogs and publications in the DC/Baltimore area since 2008. Music has always been a big part of her life and she always admits to being a lover of music before being a photographer. She enjoys going to smaller club shows and supporting local musicians. In addition to a degree in photography, Shantel has a Masters in Secondary Math Education and teaches for Baltimore County Schools.