25th Year of Music on the Green!
For a printable version of this year’s lineup, please click here.
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.
2016 Music on the Green Lineup
|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||Soul Galaxy Trio||Blues & Jazz featuring NoCal guitar legend Tim Hagar, L.A. drummer Jon Kidd w/pro guests.|
|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.|
Please see our online calendar for all of our upcoming events.
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
|Savoury’s||Don Melcher & Saralynn Nusbaum|
|Mariposa Lodge #39 IOOF||Foster Ace Hardware|
|Chris Hutcheson DC||Freeman & Seaman Land Surveyors|
|Starchman & Bryant Attorneys at Law||Restful Nest B & B|
Music on the Green and Cousin Jack
Known as a “One Man Happiness Festival”, Cousin Jack Franklin was a minstrel, street musician, promoter, “tuistinairist” and beloved by the community! Born in Iowa in 1929, Cousin Jack came to San Jose in the late 30’s. He played big band trumpet in the late 40’s and 50’s, owned the famous “Jack’s Record Cellar” in San Francisco, he was a long-time member of the “Marsh Flat Ramblers”, a folk singing group in the Bay Area, and a regular performer with the Harvest Festival for 15 years. In 1989 he opened Cousin Jacks Music/Dolls by Alinda in Mariposa.
Cousin Jack loved Mariposa, and loved making Mariposa visitors remember their trip-sharing samples of gold, coins from all over the world, balloon sculptors and spontaneous performances, Cousin Jack was instantly loved. In gratitude to Cousin Jack and Alinda, for being a positive representative of Mariposa, sharing their smiles, spirit, good cheer, support, energy and expertise so generously, Cousin Jack was named “Honorary Mayor” and Good Will Ambassador for Mariposa.
Cousin Jack’s birthday celebrations were a time of year to gather the community, play some music, have fun, and raise funds in support of organizations such as the SPCA. This free-spirited musician, who picked a 1920’s Montgomery Ward Parlor acoustic guitar, dulcimer, harmonica and that throwback banjo, played for anyone who would listen! Cousin Jack could play “Mary had a Little Lamb” on virtually any instrument for local youth. He spent many hours volunteering in the schools giving free music lessons to children, and supported many local organizations.
Cousin Jack and a group of business owners influenced the County to purchase vacant land on Hwy 140 and 4th Street to become an Art Park. Cousin Jack’s dream became a reality in 2004 with the new Mariposa County Art Park. It is a beautifully landscaped natural amphitheater with a small stage. For the 2005 celebration for Cousin Jack, the Mariposa County Arts Council was pleased to dedicate our Summer Music series in his honor. Music on the Green is well known as:
“Cousin Jack’s Music on the Green”