The Mariposa County Arts Council kicks off the 28th season of its free Music on the Green summer concert series with The Foothill Billies on Friday, June 1, and Steve Johnson & Those BobTones on Saturday, June 2.
All performances begin at 7 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) at the Mariposa County Art Park on Highway 140 between 4th and 5th streets in downtown Mariposa. Free parking is available on 5th Street along the Creek Walkway to the Park, also providing handicapped access.
Th arts council describes the opening-weekend artists:
The Foothill Billies’ style is like an old-time radio show, the musicians gathering around a single condenser microphone to play a roots style of Old Timey/Americana music. The trio was a hit at last year’s Butterfly Festival.
Those BobTones assembled in Merced in the late 1970s gaining instant popularity in the area, with some members going on to success on the broader music scene. Original member/guitarist Steve “Mouse” Johnson moved to the New York City area where he enjoyed success for over 30 years. Johnson won Guitar Player Magazine’s 1992 competition as “Best Blues Guitarist,” was in groups twice voted “Best Blues Band” by the New York Jazz & Blues Society, recorded numerous CDs and toured internationally.
Johnson and his Merced-area bandmates gather for a reunion several times a year (made easier by Johnson’s return to California in 2016) and have performed at Music on the Green/Mariposa Evenings eight out of the last 16 seasons, often breaking attendance and tip records. This year’s performance will again include a horn section featuring Tim White and Julie Sax.
The shows are free to the public – the arts council says tips for the performers will be solicited, encouraged and appreciated.
Details: www.mariposaartscouncil.org for the complete 2018 season lineup and more.