Outta the Blue plays at the start of last year's Frederick Road Fridays concert series. The band will kick off the 2015 season of free music in the parking lot off Mellor Avenue on Friday, June 12.
Outta the Blue plays at the start of last year's Frederick Road Fridays concert series. The band will kick off the 2015 season of free music in the parking lot off Mellor Avenue on Friday, June 12. (Photo by Nicole Munchel)

The Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce's annual Frederick Road Fridays concert series begins its eighth year on June 12 with Outta the Blue taking the stage at The Shops on Mellor on Mellor Avenue.

The four-member band plays a wide range of song styles, from Paul Simon to Peter Tosh, Tom Jones to Grateful Dead, Foo Fighters and The Meters to Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones, Sly Stone and Jimi Hendrix, with selections from Steely Dan, John Hiatt, Clash, Black Keys and Phish.

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The band, which has been together for five years, will be playing venues in Annapolis, Ocean City, Cape May and Frederick this summer, in addition to Catonsville.

"We love to play this street festival," wrote the band's Tom Sabia in an email. "The crowd is responsive and they tend to like the mix of songs they rarely hear bands play."

Friday's free show is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

In addition to the music, there will be activities for children and beverages for sale with proceeds to benefit the Comet Booster Club at Catonsville High School.

For complete schedule, go to http://www.catonsville.org

This weekend's offerings at the annual outdoor summer concert series at the Lurman Woodland Theatre features bluegrass on Saturday and a hard rocking, big band sound on Sunday.

Both shows are 6 to 8 p.m.

The Patuxent Partners Bluegrass Band will perform on June 13 in the natural amphitheater off Bloomsbury Avenue on the campus of Catonsville High School.

The band, which has been around since 1975, according to its website, features bandleader Tom Mindte on vocals and mandolin, lead singer Bryan Deere on rhythm guitar, John Brunschwyler on banjo fiddler Jack Leiderman and bassist Victoria McMullen.

After its performance in Catonsville, the band is scheduled to perform at a number of venues Ireland for much of July, according to its website.

On Sunday, June 14, Carey Ziegler's Expensive Hobby will take the stage in the Lurman wooded setting.

The band had been on the Lurman schedule for 2006, 2007 and 2008.

It disbanded in 2008, according to mdparty.com. and reformed in 2014.

The band covers material the Alan Parsons Project, Rod Stewart, Beatles, Chicago, Frank Zappa, Yes, Tower of Power and Supertramp, among others, according to the website.

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Fans are invited to bring chairs or blankets for the Saturday and Sunday concerts at the Lurman, which have been a staple of summer entertainment in Catonsville since 1992. Bench seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Food and drinks available for purchase. No alcoholic beverages, grills or pets.

For information on cancellations due to inclement weather, call 1-877-278-0961.

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