Written by Ronnie Sweeting —
MARIPOSA — It’s the last weekend of the 2016 season of Music on the Green, the free summer concert series brought to you by The Mariposa County Arts Council and its many fine sponsors.
This weekend at The Art Park in historic downtown Mariposa the series will feature two of the best we’ve ever presented: the Little Fuller Band on Friday, Aug. 26, and the Roger Perry Band on Saturday, Aug. 27.
From Sonora, the Little Fuller Band is a highly energetic and refreshing change of pace from the usual folk/string band. Self described as California Folk, these young performers have a sound that combines influences of Americana, bluegrass, country, folk, gypsy, punk, and rock & roll, with a focus on the heavily rhythmic use of tradition stringed instruments.
Every song breathes with it’s own unique dynamic velocity, compounded by their natural magnetism and presence on stage. The powerful lyrics of their original songwriting features the strong vocals of Kelly Jane, a passionately seasoned singer. Since their debut in 2014 on the Art Park Stage, the group has been breaking nationally and internationally, playing prominent festivals and concert venues across the U.S. and Europe. For more information and to sample their latest recording, go to their Facebook page and/or web-site.
Being influenced by disparate musical styles including 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 and Johnny Cash – makes Fresno music icon Roger Perry difficult to easily categorize, and extremely entertaining nonetheless.
With a singing voice that’s been likened to Roy Orbison and the guitar playing skills of Chet Atkins, Perry is a formidable talent on his own. When surrounded by the experienced professionals – known regionally, nationally, and internationally – that fill out his band, it makes for an even more powerhouse performance. Learn more about this award winning Central Valley/Coast artist at www.rogerperrymusic.com or his Facebook music page.
All performances begin at 7 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) at the Mariposa County Art Park, located on Hwy. 140, between 4th and 5th Streets. 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 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 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.