Music on the Green

Maggie Lane + Scott Patrick perform, 2018

Back with a full season for 2022!

Every Friday and Saturday evening during the summer, 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 Andy Roberts.

2022 Line Up

June 3The Jespersons
June 4The Trespassers
June 10Chris Doud
June 11Mike Hammar and the Nails
June 17Yosemite Songwriter Retreat Showcase
June 18Scott Little
June 24Tractor Boy
June 25 Nicholas Lefler
July 1High Country Chimes
July 2Soul Galaxy
July 8Clan Dyken
July 9Night Wolf
July 15Tom V and the Creekers
July 16Nathan Ignacio
July 22Blue Skies Trio
July 23Adam Burns Solo and Little Tiger
July 29Kidd Hollar
July 30Steve Johnson and Those No Tones
Aug 5Candice Lamb
Aug 6Ted Nunes and Richfield
Aug 12Gail Dreifus Duo
Aug 13Tarantula and the Turtle Doves
Aug 19Songwriters in the Round (Hank Lamar, Cheyenne Hernandez, Tony Morrow, Kay Jeperson)
Aug 20Dirty Red Barn
Aug 26 Good Medicine
Aug 27Roger Perry

Special Thanks to Our 2021 Sponsors

Performances are made possible by support from Mariposa County, the California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and the following loyal sponsors:

James WhittkopfCarol Johnson

Saralynn Nusbaum & Don Melcher
Ladybug Embroidery & Garment Printing

Meadow Creek Ranch Bed & Breakfast

Dog Grooming by Tess

Dave and Terry Rozelle

Restful Nest Bed & Breakfast

Sue Overstreet

Foster Ace Hardware

Program Origin & Cousin Jack


Known as a “One Man Happiness Festival”, Cousin Jack Franklin was a minstrel, street musician, promoter, “tuistinairist” and beloved by the community. Music on the Green was originally called “Cousin Jack’s Music on the Green” in honor of Cousin Jack’s efforts establishing the Mariposa Art Park and his dedication to Mariposa’s creative music community . . .

Dancing to the music. Photo by Jeanine Andre
Photo by Jeannine Andre

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.”