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Weekend's free concerts feature saxophonists in the spotlight

The summer series of free outdoor concerts in Catonsville continues this weekend with several musical genres being offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

On June 19, One Flight Up takes the stage at The Shops on Mellor at Mellor Avenue as part of the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce's annual Frederick Road Fridays concert series, now in its eighth year.

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This seven-piece group specializes in brass-driven, upbeat dance music, covering multiple generations and genres. Its playlist ranges from The Temptations and Wilson Pickett to Van Morrison and Amy Winehouse, according to its website.

The band has been performing since 2006, when drummer Tommy Roland put it together, according to its website.

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The rhythm section of Calvin Clifton on bass guitar and Roland on drums backs Benn Denne on trombone, Matt Williams on trumpet and Charlie Shoemaker on saxophone with Angie Walker on keyboards and John Quinn on guitar. Walker, Quinn, Clifton and Williams provide the vocals.

The 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.

Proceeds from the sales at this week's concert benefit Soroptimist International.

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

At the Lurman

The weekend at the Lurman Woodland Theatres features Community Groove on Saturday and Deanna Bogart on Sunday.

Both shows are 6 to 8 p.m.

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Community Groove, which also appears monthly at the Cat's Eye Pub in Fells Point, according to its Facebook site, will perform on June 20 in the natural amphitheater off Bloomsbury Avenue on the campus of Catonsville High School.

The band's funky jazz and blues sound is created by Gary Gilpin on keyboards, Dave Fairhall on sax and Rob Thorworth on guitar with Jay Dulaney on bass and Rodney Dunton on drums. Dunton, Gilpin and Thorworth provide vocals, according to the band's Facebook site.

On June 21, the legendary Deanna Bogart returns to Lurman's wooded setting.

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Bogart is an award-winning multifaceted musician who combines boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country and jazz into "blusion," according to her website.

A bandleader/singer/songwriter/producer who plays piano and saxophone, Bogart was named Blues Music Awards' Horn Instrumentalist of the Year for 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the website.

Bogart's schedule includes performances in Kansas City, Mo., Winter Park, Co., and France in the weeks after her Lurman appearance.

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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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