Same place. Same time. Some new toe-tapping tunes.
Frederick Road Fridays free concert series kicks off 6:30 p.m. on June 15 with a schedule that includes many of the favorite groups that performed on the Mellor Avenue outdoor stage last year.
But this summer's lineup also includes four bands who didn't play last year, including two that will provide sounds not often heard in the four previous summers.
The Klassix, One Flight Up and The Players Band will all make their Frederick Road Fridays debuts in 2012.
High Strung will return for the first time since the first season of the concert series in 2008.
The series, which ends Aug. 31, is hosted and presented by the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to the soul and classic and modern rock familiar to the concerts, the event will feature a ska-reggae band and a bluegrass band during its 12-week season.
"We just wanted to appeal to a larger group of people," said Ryan Greer, the first-year chairman of the concert committee. "We're just trying to mix it up."
The Players Band will provide the ska horns and reggae beats and High Strung will serenade with its quick banjo playing.
The ska horns and bluegrass banjo strums fit the theme of the concert series because they perform crowd-pleasing ditties that people can dance to, Greer said.
Even with the additions, Greer said Frederick Road Fridays still uses bands with ties to the local areas.
Catonsville native Andy Schneider, 33, plays the drums for The Players Band, which has most of its gigs at venues in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore.
Schneider said he looks forward to wrapping up the concert series with a performance on Aug. 31 because the band's style of music matches the setting where they will play.
"Our music is especially suited toward outdoor festivals given the island feel of our music," the Ellicott City resident said. "It tends to work real well outdoors, especially if the weather works out."
The success of the 13-year-old band, Schneider said, comes from the diverse backgrounds of the eight to nine musicians they bring to the stage.
Instead of becoming to reliant on one style or sound, The Players Band strives to use influences from each performer, Schneider said.
"We like to think of ourselves as ambassadors for ska music," Schneider said. "What makes it exciting is the fact that people don't get the exposure to ska music at least locally just because there really aren't any other ska bands to think of in the direct Baltimore area."
His brother, Dan Schneider, a Halethorpe resident, provides the vocals and plays guitar for The Players Band and The Pietasters, a ska and soul band from Washington D.C.
"It's always exciting for us to try a new venue, a new crowd," Andy Schneider said. "I hope we end up seeing a lot of friendly faces in the area."