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Mike Hammar and the Nails 2016 - photo courtesy Mariposa County Arts Council

Blues And Honky-Tonk On Stage At The Mariposa Art Park

MARIPOSA – The next weekend of the free Summer Concert Series, “Music on the Green,” features the honky-tonk country music of The Danny Millsap Band on Friday, June 15; and the powerful electric blues of Mike Hammer & The Nails on Saturday, June 16.

Danny Millsap Band – photo courtesy Mariposa Co. Arts Council

Honky-tonk veterans, The Danny Millsap Band, made their Music on the Green debut in 2016, and wowed the crowd with their playing and singing real Country Western music (another true American art form), in the old school style of the genre. As opposed to the modern Pop heard on today’s Country radio format, Millsap and his band’s rootsy, good time rhythm and down-home outlaw singing, might just cause you to want to dance. That’s allowed at the Art Park, so come on out and enjoy.

The triumphant return every summer of world-class blues recording artists, Mike Hammar and The Nails, is one of the most anticipated shows. Native American Hammar – who grew up in Mariposa, and still maintains deep roots here – and his powerful electric blues band, The Nails, have become a staple of Mariposa Evenings. Every year they draw a huge crowd of locals and visitors for what we’ve come to call a “Blues Pow-Wow.”

Garnishing a reputation over the years as one of the most exciting, live blues bands performing in California – in 2009 and 2014, Mike and the band won the prestigious Monterey Bay Blues Festival’s Battle of the Bands – their recordings have had airplay on American Roots Music Radio (Norway, England, Germany, Belgium, Canada, and U.S. College radio circuit) and they are regularly featured on Sirius XM Radio’s B.B. King’s Bluesville station.

Mike Hammar and The Nails – photo courtesy Mariposa Co Arts Council

Mike’s song, “This Ain’t Goodbye,” from their second album, “Recipe for the Blues,” was nominated for an Independent Music Award.

The Nails still feature the glorious sound of the Hammond B3 organ played by renowned musician Allan “B3 Blues” Carroll, and the fiery guitar and soulful vocals of Hammar.

More on this great blues band can be found on their Facebook page or at

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All performances begin at 7 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) at the Mariposa County Art Park, located on Highway 140, between 4th and 5th Streets, in historic downtown Mariposa, CA. 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.

Music on the Green is brought to you by The Mariposa Co. Arts Council and its many fine sponsors.

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. 

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