Every Friday and Saturday evening during the summer months (in 2016, June 3 – August 27) the Mariposa County Arts Council hosts Music on the Green Summer Concert Series in downtown Mariposa’s outdoor Art Park. These free concerts begin at 7pm and feature folk, bluegrass, rock, jazz, reggae, country, and world music bands hailing from the Sierra Nevada, Central Valley, and San Francisco Bay Area, bringing together both local and visiting concertgoers of all ages. This program is produced by Ronnie Sweeting.
The Art Park is located at the intersection of Highway 140 and 4th Street.
A blanket or low lounge chair are the best seating options for performances. Ample parking is available on 5th Street. A short stroll along the Mariposa Creek walkway also provides handicapped access.
For more information, and to see the 2016 Music on the Green Line Up, visit Music on the Green page: http://www.mariposaartscouncil.org/music-on-the-green/
2016 Music on the Green Lineup
For a printable version of this year’s lineup, please click here.
|Friday||June 3||Soul Galaxy||Blues & Jazz featuring NoCal guitar legend Tim Hagar, L.A. drummer Jon Kidd w/pro guests.|
|Saturday||June 4||Steve Johnson & Those BobTones||International Blues guitar star (voted best Blues Guitarist by the editors of Guitar Player Magazine in their 25th Anniversary Edition) & recording artist Steve ‘Mouse’ Johnson has returned to his home-state of California after over 30 years based in NYC. Mouse & the Bobs – the Merced band he started out with 36 years ago – have graced the Art Park Stage many times since 2004, each time thrilling the audience (often in record breaking numbers) with their world class, hard driving sound. This performance will feature special guests, including NY horn playing phenomena, Julie Sax.|
|Friday||June 10||Green Machine||California’s premier Reggae/Jam Band combined w/light show.|
|Saturday||June 11||Pathetic Honey||Playing extensively around the Peninsula & S.F., Pathetic Honey’s performances & recordings reflects the Bay Area music scene of years past; their psychedelic Rock & Folk/Country Rock song-craft, echoing the 60’s San Francisco sound in their own unique, fun way. Their debut this year follows many attempts at presenting this in demand band in previous years, & we welcome the enjoyment they’ll bring.|
|Friday||June 17||Baraka Moon||An exciting amalgam of the rhythms, vocalizing & instrumentation of 4th World Music w/roots in the eastern hemisphere. Spiritual & soul stirring, the debut of this amazing San Francisco group last year was much talked about, & unlike any concert ever presented in Mariposa. We anticipate the same, wonderful experience on their return.|
|Saturday||June 18||Mike Hammar & The Nails||Electric Blues recording artists fronted by homegrown Native American singer/songwriter.|
|Friday||June 24||Mountain Men Collective||Old Timey string/vocal band w/members from several popular Sierra Foothill groups.|
|Saturday||June 25||Bodie 601||Named after the historic ghost town, the debut of this popular, Eastern Sierra based, progressive New Grass band, features Amy Grahek’s electric fiddle & three women harmony vocals. Grahek’s processed EFX driven electric violin & dynamic stage presence wowed audiences 3 years ago, when she appeared with her band The Core Shots. Expect more of the same from Bodie 601.|
|Friday||July 1||DeWitt & Franklin||Electric Folk/Rock group led by two sons of historic, local music impresarios.|
|Saturday||July 2||Mariposa Symphony Orchestra||Concert at the Mariposa County Amphitheater – No concert at the Art Park.|
|Friday||July 8||Blue Skies Trio||Regional collective of seasoned professionals playing instrumental Jazz standards, featuring guest vocalist.|
|Saturday||July 9||Danny Millsap Band||Madera County’s premier ‘old-school’ Country Western group w/the sweet sound of the pedal steel guitar, making their Music on the Green debut.|
|Friday||July 15||Cottonwood Creek||This dynamic local Americana duo has played CMT, Nashville, Texas & venues countrywide.|
|Saturday||July 16||Deja Blues||The debut of this stalwart Fresno Blues band, veterans – for decades now – of festivals, conventions, concerts, and juke joints all over California. Playing Originals with some traditional Blues covers mixed in, this group is a fine example of a true American art-form.|
|Friday||July 22||The Trespassers||The pride of the Sierras playing original Gypsy/Bluegrass/Cali-Folk music.|
|Saturday||July 23||The GrassKickers||Traditional, Contemporary & Original Bluegrass group from Fresno returns after a long absence from the Art Park Stage. A stand-out of several Music on the Green concerts, past audiences have delighted in this band’s tight vocal harmonies, instrumental prowess, & keen sense of humor.|
|Friday||July 29||B Natural||Debut of local Acoustic String/Vocal Ensemble – featuring a member of the lauded Mariposa Symphony Orchestra – performing eclectic Folk covers & Originals in an intimate format.|
|Saturday||July 30||The Skylights||Alternative Rock group from Merced playing Originals written for loud guitars & powerful female vocals. Made a strong showing at their debut in the 2014 summer concert series.|
|Friday||August 5||Colorado Road||Neo-Folk group w/rhythm section led by host of annual Songwriter’s Workshop.|
|Saturday||August 6||Bootstrap Circus||Adam Burns’ popular super-group playing their original Rock & Ska w/E. Euro influences.|
|Friday||August 12||The Jespersons||Indie-Folk duo/multi-instrumentalist married couple featuring their original material, in a special, full band performance.|
|Saturday||August 13||Redding Bros. Band||Blue-collar workingman’s band w/deep local heritage playing hits from the ’60s and ’70s.|
|Friday||August 19||J.J. Rymer||Singer/Songwriter in the Mellencamp/Springsteen vein, backed by partners from Orange Co.|
|Saturday||August 20||Good Medicine||California’s premier Folk-A-Delic performance/recording artists in full band, quintet mode – the full dose. Fresh from this year’s Strawberry Music Festival appearance, this perennial favorite will be performing Originals written by the core duo (Frank & Deb Sipes) & deep cut covers, arranged & charged up by the bigger band’s organic, soulful style. A Music on the Green tradition for 25 years.|
|Friday||August 26||The Little Fuller Band||Cali-Folk Punk String band feat. powerful vocalist Kelly Jane; breaking nationally & in Europe.|
|Saturday||August 27||Roger Perry Group||A Fresno music scene icon, this singer/songwriter/interpreter has a voice like Roy Orbison and is a sublime guitarist.This gifted talent will be closing the 2016 concert season with intimate & supreme performance.|