Two bands from Santa Cruz highlight this weekend’s free Music on the Green Summer Concert Series at the Art Park in downtown Mariposa.
Urban Theory plays on Friday, July 20, and Watch Me Breathe plays on Saturday, July 21.
Sponsoring Mariposa County Arts Council says indie-alt rock Urban Theory formed in 2011 and its members have known each other since elementary school. The council says the band has “honed an energetic conviction in the performance of their original songs influenced by Young The Giant, Coldplay, The Beach Boys, The Strokes, Queens of The Stone Age and Beck. They’ve performed at many venerable Santa Cruz venues including The Crepe Place and the historic concert club, The Catalyst.”
Watch Me Breathe is described as a progressive pop-rock group that sprung up from what originally started as a self-produced solo project by singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Jake Ward. The band was formed in 2017 and released its debut album “The Lighter Side of Darkness” this year. “While you may hear Ward’s influences – Jimmy Eat World, Goo Goo Dolls, Paramore, Switchfoot, John Mayer, Peter Gabriel, among others – in his original songs and in their performance, what’s readily apparent is a keen skill and maturity in his songwriting that belie his young age,” the council says in its promotion.
All performances begin at 7 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) at the Mariposa County Art Park on Highway 140 between 4th and 5th streets. Free parking is 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, according to the council.