High Strung is no stranger to the Catonsville music scene, having played at the annual Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival the past two years.

"We love playing in Catonsville," said Paul Schiminger, the band's banjo player. "There's a really good music community, especially a bluegrass one."

The five-person band plays mostly covers of traditional bluegrass songs such as "Fox on the Run" by Country Gentlemen, and classic rock songs like "Friend of the Devil" by The Grateful Dead, Schiminger said.

One of Schiminger's favorite parts about performing, and something he expects when he takes the stage at Frederick Road Fridays on Aug. 3, is when parents bring their kids and they enjoy the music, too.


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"We play music we find fun and interesting for us," the Timonium resident said of the eight-year-old band. "We find if we enjoy the rhythms and melodies, the audience will enjoy them, too."

With the addition of the new sounds and simply as word of Frederick Road Fridays has spread, Greer predicted this year's series would be bigger than ever.

"Being our fifth year, we're going to expect larger crowds," Greer said. "Each year, it seems to get bigger and bigger."

The concerts' large crowds has helped the sponsors for the event grow from 18 last year to 24, Greer said.

"We're very appreciative of our sponsors," Greer said. "The whole point of this event originally was to promote the businesses on Frederick Road."

While promoting the downtown businesses, the concert series also made Catonsville a more close-knit community, Greer said.

"Catonsville is the music hub of Maryland," Greer said. "I like the fact that music can bring the community together in our own little town and our own little event."