Written by Ronnie Sweeting —
MARIPOSA — Music on the Green – the free summer concert series brought to you by the Mariposa County Arts Council and it’s many fine sponsors – rolls on into the last three weekends of the 2017 season presenting the return of Bodi 601 on Friday, Aug. 11, and on Saturday Aug. 12, the debut of Cloudship at the Mariposa County Art Park stage.
Back by popular demand, Bodie 601 takes their name from the ghost town in the Eastern Sierra where they are home-based.
The debut last year of this self-described “bluegrass-ish” group playing original songs featuring three- and four-part harmony vocals, as well as the high lonesome, western sound of Amy Grahek’s electric violin, really impressed the crowd.
Grahek wowed the audience at the Art Park several years ago – fronting her former band, The Coreshots – with her fiddling finesse and dynamic stage presence, and we can expect more of the same Saturday. More on this wonderful quartet (three women, one man) can be found on their Facebook page.
Since forming in the summer of 2013, Cloudship has self-released three projects (two EPs and an acoustic LP), sold thousands of units, and played hundreds of shows throughout the state, easily making them one of the hardest working indie duos in California.
Now, poised to release their first all-out LP, they have found and perfected a sound that toes the line between roots-rock and modern rock.
Heavily influenced by grunge, alternative, and prog-rock, Cloudship use multitasking and fluid songwriting to create a sonic experience that you would expect from twice as many members. The dynamic duo’s debut at the Art Park stage will be their last show before embarking on a national tour.
To find out more about Cloudship and sample their eclectic music, go to their Facebook page.
You can find a complete schedule of artists performing – every Friday and Saturday evening, June 2 through Aug. 26 – this season at www.mariposaartscouncil.org.
All performances begin at 7 p.m. at the Mariposa County Art Park, located on Highway 140, between 4th and 5th Streets, in historic downtown Mariposa. Free parking on 5th Street along the Creek Walkway to the Park, also providing handicapped access.
The shows are free to the public – tips for the performers will be solicited, encouraged and appreciated.
The Mariposa Arts Council, sponsor of Cousin Jack’s Music on the Green, is funded in part by Mariposa County, the California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The MARIPOSA COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL, INC. is an incorporated not-for-profit organization, created to promote and support all forms of the cultural arts, for all ages, throughout Mariposa County.