The 2012 Grove City Summer Sizzle Concert Series features some old favorites as well as a number of brand new acts.

The 2012 Grove City Summer Sizzle Concert Series features some old favorites as well as a number of brand new acts.

The free series, which includes music from a variety of genres, begins June 8 with a concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and continues most Friday and Saturday evenings through August in the Grove City Town Center Plaza, at Park Street and Broadway.

"We try to provide something for everybody," city Recreation Superintendent Ed Merritt said.

The Grove City Parks and Recreation Department sponsors Summer Sizzle. On Fridays, concerts will include free family-oriented activities such as cornhole, sidewalk chalk and hula hoops. On those evenings a small section of Park Street, west of Broadway to the first entrance behind City Hall, 4035 Broadway, will be closed. Saturday performances will be hosted by Grove City Tomorrow.

"It's kind of what makes Grove City a special place," Merritt said of the series.

The Grove City Parks and Recreation Department, along with the parks board, City Council members and Grove City Tomorrow, chooses which bands perform, Merritt said. Typically 80 to 100 applications with music samples are provided. The music is broken into genres or categories to ensure the best variety.

"We have quite a few new bands," Merritt said. "We're mixing it up quite a bit."

Typically musicians are from central Ohio, though some groups do hail from elsewhere in the state, Merritt said. One group, Blend, comes from Chicago.

"They are a fan favorite," Merritt said.

Participants may remember regulars such as Kyote Canon Band, Agent 99 and Rob Adams, a Grove City High School graduate.

Genres include classic rock, smooth jazz, pop, swing, Americana, '50s and '60s a capella, ragtime, big band, alternative bluegrass, country, funk, soul, R&B, classical and doo-wop.

The full schedule for the 2012 Summer Sizzle Concert Series is:

Friday performances

June 8, Gas Pump Jockeys (classic rock, show)

June 15, Dwight Lenox (jazz, swing)

June 22, Coyote Canyon (rock, pop, classic, family favorites)

June 29, Blend ('50s and '60s A capella)

July 6, Dr. Tony's Original Ragtime Band (ragtime, jazz)

July 13, Agent 99 (pop '70s)

July 20, The Cyndi Black (big band)

Aug. 3, The Phantomz (classic rock)

Aug. 10, Soul Kitch'n (funk, soul, R&B)

Aug 17, The Mitchell Project (classic rock, blues)

Saturday performances

June 9, Norwin and Tommy B Group (smooth jazz, pop)

June 16, Living in the Grey (rock, mixed)

June 23, Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons (Americana)

July 7, White Rabbit (classic rock)

July 14, Gipson & Fitz (alternative bluegrass)

July 21, The Local Girls (swing, jazz vocal)

Aug. 4, The Lost River Band (country)

Aug. 11, Rob Adams (acoustic country, classic rock)

Aug. 18, A-Symmetry (a capella jazz, doo-wop)

A special concert is planned July 27 for the Homecoming Celebration to welcome Grove City High School alumni to town for the annual Alumni Softball Tournament.

This concert will feature Victory Highway and will conclude at 10 p.m.