The Jespersons are one of Mariposa’s favorite bands and have had an instant musical connection since they first met. Now married for many years, the husband and wife folk duo have a rare chemistry only family bands seem to posses. Their music is lush with vocal harmonies and inspirational instrumentation. Kaye Jespersons, who grew up singing and playing guitar in Australia with her mother and sisters, is the lead vocal and has a strong sultry voice reminiscent of Janis Joplin, but more on the jazzy side. Kaye is a multi-instrumentalist playing cello (mostly in a pizzicato style) and guitar.
Jared Jespersons is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing mandolin and guitar. Jared migrated to Mariposa from Orange County, California, where he was heavily involved in the jam music scene. His various bands opened for many big name acts, and were considered a staple on the SoCal club circuit. Over the years Jared has honed his Mando and guitar skills and is considered one of the finest players in the Mariposa and Sierra Nevada music scene.
People viewing will be able to tip The Jespersons directly (and generously!) from a link in the stream. Artists and arts organizations, especially performing artists, have been hit particularly hard by the long closure. The Arts Council hopes Music on the Screen’s concerts will offer the community a chance to both support the working musicians who have enriched Mariposa’s music scene for years, as well as enjoy a live music experience from the comfort of their own home.
All previous concerts may be viewed at www.mariposaartscouncil.org/music-on-the-green.
Mariposa County Arts Council’s Music on the Screen program is sponsored by Carol Johnson, the Mariposa History Museum, and Sue Overstreet. Thank you for your continued support! The Arts Council, an incorporated not-for-profit organization, was created to promote and support all forms of the cultural arts, for all ages, throughout Mariposa County and is supported in part by the County of Mariposa, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.