Bagby Station and Richfield take the stage this weekend at Mariposa's Arts Park.
All summer long, free outdoor concerts are held on Friday and Saturday evenings at the park, entertaining local and visiting music lovers. Northern and Central California bands bring sounds ranging from classic rock, bluegrass, country, folk and Americana to reggae, gypsy, blues and jazz.
Bagby Station is scheduled for tonight, and Richfield on Saturday.
Denise Ludington provides guitar lead and vocals in Bagby Station. Accompanied by Tom Couse on percussions, the band plays originals and popular covers with its upbeat acoustic folk music.
Richfield's unique style is best described as California country. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ted Nunes leads the group. Completing the sound are Kyle Oakes on bass; Daniel Burt with vocals and drums; Mark Feaver on organ, piano and keyboard; and Jordan Rosen with pedal steel and vocals.
On Sept. 13, The Skylights will perform alternative rock. On Sept. 14, the Well's melodic jam band will play Saturday night.
The Redding Bros., with their classic rock covers, are scheduled for Sept.20. The Little Fuller Band performs its energetic combination of folk, bluegrass, gypsy, punk and rock and roll on Sept. 21.
Montage opens Sept. 27 with its smooth jazz. On Sept. 28, Moon in Leo performs its alternative rock, indie and psychedelic sounds.
Cousin Jack's Mariposa Evenings concert series wraps on Oct. 4 and 5. Steve Johnson and Those Bobtones play Friday. Johnson's group was the 2011 winner of the New York New Jersey Jazz and Blues Society's Battle of the Bands.
And for the final performance, The Hagar Brothers Blues Electric brings its powerful electric blues to the stage on Oct. 5.
Ronnie Sweeting organizes this event through the Mariposa County Arts Council. Concerts start at 7 each night. Admission and parking are free, but tips are appreciated.
Concert-goers should bring their own seating. The Arts Park is at the corner of Highway 140 and Fourth Street on the south end of Mariposa.
For more information, call (800) 903-9936 or visit www.mariposaartscouncil.org.
Gospel tunes in Oakhurst
Tim Johnson and the Sierra Riders Cowboy Band perform in Oakhurst on Sunday afternoons from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The western-gospel concert is held at Oakhurst Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road.
This event is free and open to all faiths. Johnson's Riders is a full band with professional performers. Donations are accepted.
The audience participates in sing-along style; booklets with cowboy songs and gospel songs are provided. Old favorites include Tumbleweed, Ghost Riders, Happy Trails, Cool Clear Water and Orange Blossom Special.
Johnson's music takes listeners back to the days when Bob Wills, Gene Autry and Roy Rodgers sang their songs on the silver screen and across radio waves as families gathered in the living room for an evening together.
"It's music that's gentle to the soul and good to the spirit," Johnson says.
Keith Johnson, Sonny Coelho and Johnny Salatino complete the Riders' band.
Their newest CD, "American Cowboy Swing: Next Generation," features Johnson's soothing vocals and expert fiddling with Texas-flavored swing tunes. Renowned musicians Bobby Black, Billy Sandford and Rich Seversen also contributed their talents to the project.
For details, visit www.sierracowboyriders.com.
Debbie Croft writes about life in the foothill communities. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.