Written by Ronnie Sweeting —
MARIPOSA –– The last weekend of Music on the Green – the free summer concert series brought to you by The Mariposa County Arts Council and its many fine sponsors – at The Art Park in historic, downtown Mariposa, Calif., will feature two of the best: Good Medicine on Friday, Aug. 26, and The Roger Perry Band on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Good Medicine was a favorite band of Cousin Jack (the late minstrel/impresario to whom Music on the Green is dedicated) and have played 25 of the 26 seasons of Music on the Green; their appearances an annual tradition.
Their music, described as “folk-a-delic,” has a distinct California sound, mixing original songs with select, deep cut covers, and entertaining audiences from the foothills to the coast for more than twenty-six years.
Frank and Deb Sipes (the core duo) each have an impressive musical pedigree (more on their Facebook and Reverbnation pages) as performers and recording artists, and will be performing with their full band.
This performance will include “The Full Dose” — Kevin McHatten on drums, Jeffrey Hallock on amplified harmonica and Music on the Green producer Ronnie Sweeting on guitar, adding more electrified dynamics and extended improvisation to the group’s eclectic repertoire. All this topped with Deb’s famous rendition of “Amazing Grace” in the Cherokee language.
Influenced by disparate music styles such as, rock, blues, real country, reggae, poly-rhythmic jazz and folk, and by various artists – from Leonard Cohen to John Coltrane, Miles Davis to Frank Zappa, and including Elvis, Johnny Cash and Mike Nesmith – Fresno music icon, Roger Perry, is difficult to categorize, but wildly entertaining nonetheless.
With a moving singing voice likened to Roy Orbison and the natural guitar playing skills of Glen Campbell, Perry is a formidable talent on his own, performing solo.
Being surrounded by the experienced professionals – known regionally, nationally and internationally – who fill out his band, makes for an even more powerhouse performance.
Learn more about this award winning Central Valley/ Coastal artist on his Facebook page.
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. 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.
(Ronnie Sweeting is the producer of Music on the Green)