A rare Friday night blues concert is set for Sept. 10 when Moreland & Arbuckle return to the city to play the Time Out Pub,  275 Main St. The Kansas band, which appeared during July’s North Atlantic Blues Festival, will begin playing at 7 p.m. Admission will be $15. On Sept. 13, the weekly Monday night blues series will feature Joe Moss from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission will be $10.

Moreland & Arbuckle

Steeped in the blues and unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll, Moreland & Arbuckle are traditionalists and innovators at the same time, merging old school Chicago and Delta blues with garage rock sensibilities. The rootsy, hard-driving group released its potent brand of gritty, stripped down blues-rock on this year’s debut album, “Flood.”

Ever since guitarist Aaron Moreland first met singer/harpist Dustin Arbuckle at an open mic jam in Wichita in 2001, Moreland & Arbuckle have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Along with Brad Horner on drums, the group features Moreland playing everything from National steel to a cigarbox guitar; and Arbuckle singing and playing harmonica.

While Arbuckle was mostly influenced by the Mississippi blues, traditional country music and bluegrass, Moreland grew up listening to everyone from Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath to Charlie Patton and Muddy Waters.  Unconfined by convention, Moreland attributes the group’s growing popularity to their unique sound and instrumentation.

Joe Moss

Chicago-based guitarist/bandleader Moss is one of the hardest-working performers on the Windy City circuit and his sound, a winning mix of blues and R&B flavors paired with original songwriting vision, can be heard blasting out of Chicago venues like Buddy Guy’s Legends and House of Blues on a regular basis. A guitarist since age 15, Moss was given his passport into the blues world by Buddy Scott, who noticed Moss at a jam session at Rosa’s Blues Lounge on Chicago’s west side; soon, Moss was playing seven nights a week as a member of Scott’s Rib Tip band. In 1992, Moss toured Spain with Scott and also recorded “Bad Ave.” with him as well.

Moss’ guitar skills quickly became notorious on the Chicago scene and made him an in-demand sideman. Not merely a local hotshot, Moss also has backed major artists in places like Canada, Turkey, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, France and Germany. Not content to remain on the side, he formed the Joe Moss Band to do things his way and express the music he has been writing. His band features some of Chicago’s finest blues musicians and Moss himself is a consistent and entertaining performer. Upcoming performers in the Monday night series are Smokin’ Joe Kubec and Bnois King, Sept. 20; Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials, Sept. 27; John Primer, Oct. 4; JoAnne Shaw Taylor, Oct. 11; Deb Callahan, Oct. 18; and James Armstrong, Oct. 25. Schedule is subject to change.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.