The annual Music on the Green Summer Concert Series at the Art Park in downtown Mariposa features a debut act this weekend.
Roots blues stomper Lance Canales & the Flood performs for the first time on the Art Park stage on Saturday, Aug. 4. Canales grew up in a San Joaquin Valley farmworker family and is now an internationally known musician. Canales has been active in erecting a memorial for the 28 braceros who died in a 1946 plane crash near Coalinga and were buried in unmarked graves. Canales’ version of the Woody Guthrie song “Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)” is an anthem to the memorial. On many renditions, poet Tim Z. Hernández reads the names of the 28 Mexican nationals and four Americans who perished at the same time 70 years ago.
The weekend begins Friday, Aug. 3 with the Blue Skies Trio with special guest vocalist Amy Duke. Sponsoring Mariposa County Arts Council says Blue Skies is inspired by the classic piano-bass-drum trios and small jazz combos of the ’40s to the present day. Duke earlier this year played the Mariposa Rotary Art & Wine Festival.
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.
Online: www.mariposa artscouncil.org.