Written by Ronnie Sweeting —
MARIPOSA — Music on the Green rolls on into the last weekend of June leaning toward Bluegrass/Americana, presenting The Mountain Men Collective on Friday, June 24, and Bodie 601 on Saturday, June 25, at the Mariposa County Art Park stage.
Music on the Green is a free summer concert series brought to you by the Mariposa County Arts Council and its many fine sponsors.
Gathered around a single condenser microphone like an old time radio show, The Mountain Men Collective performs a Roots style of Bluegrass/Americana that’s pure as a mountain stream.
Singing and playing their traditional instruments (guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and now including cello), this group is a conglomeration of players assembled from several popular Sierra bands – The Trespassers, The Jespersons, Tarantula & The Turtle Doves and others – brought together by their mutual love of this distinct American style of music.
For more information on this roots music collective, who’ve already headlined The Great American Music Hall multiple times, visit their Facebook page.
Bodie 601 take their name from the ghost town in the Eastern Sierras where they are home-based. The debut of this self-described “bluegrass-ish” group will feature three- and four-part harmony vocals, as well as the high lonesome, western sound of Amy Grahek’s electric violin.
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.
A complete schedule of the talent performing throughout this summer season (along with a brief description of each) can be found 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, 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.
Ronnie Sweeting is the producer of Music on the Green.
The Mariposa Arts Council – including 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.