For over two decades Calaveras Arts Council has hosted free summer concerts. Music in the Parks 2014 will be another great music series.
The “first day of summer” starts a week earlier in Calaveras County. On Wednesday, June 11, the Calaveras Arts Council begins its 23nd year of providing free music in the county parks from Copperopolis to Arnold, and Valley Springs to West Point. This fun fill musical road show is called Music in the Parks. Residents and visitors pack up their favorite picnic treats, pull together their lawn chairs and blankets, and set out for ten weeks of great music, family friendly environments, and kick back to savor the experience. MIP performers hail from the foothills, Stockton, Alameda County, Oregon, Texas, and as far away as Paradise. We have brought back favorites and first timers will soon become favorites as well.
The Calaveras Arts Council’s mission is to support, awaken, and nourish the arts in our community. This is done because of the financial support we get throughout the year from our membership, advertisers, and fund raisers. Without financial support free events would not happen so during MIP arts council volunteers dance throughout the parks with colorful buckets welcoming audience donations as well. The donations help pay for the bands, the hospitality, and for the all around good time. This summer’s musical road trip starts June 11 in Copperopolis, Town Square with Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players. They sing folk Americana bluegrass, soul and old time music.
On June 18 Delta Wires comes to Angels Camp, Utica Park. The town will ring out with horns and harmonica, guitar, drums and keyboard their very own expression of rhythm and blues.
To change the tunes a bit, Men of Worth, a Celtic duo entertain us at Angels Camp, Greenhorn Creek’s CAMPS Restaurant outdoor grassy area on June 25. Sit back and enjoy the sounds and humor of Ireland and Scotland.
The Hot Dark (pictured below) bring us post, new-wave sax, rock music at West Point on July 2. This six member band will turn up the heat when they perform and get us ready for fireworks. They like to say, their music is a little bit indie rock mashed with 1960’s TV sound.
Foothill favorites, JoAnn Ebbett and Don Barker make up a super, secret rock and roll band called Suprecret. You may not be able to pronounce their name but you’ll be familiar with their music when they play on July 9 at Valley Springs Ball Field. They play it all.
Summer kicks into mid season with Murphys musician Grover Anderson appearing on July 16 at Mokelumne Hill’s Shutter Tree Park. Grover will get us dancing and swinging to his original folk and rock.
Moving right along through the summer heat but in a cool environment, Soughdough Slim and his side kick, Robert Armstrong, return to us on July 23 at Arnold’s Cedar Center. You will laugh with this entertaining cowboy duo and yodel till the cows come home.
Newcomer, The Lemon Hammer play their own sound adaptation of the blues and rock on July 30 at Mountain Ranch Community Park. Folks coming to this lovely park always take a turn or two on the dance floor so be prepared to kick up your heels and groove to the tunes.
Rounding out the full music genres of rock and roll, folk and the blues, on August 6 at Turner Park, Pipp Gillette comes back to MIP with his cowboy stories and song. He truly is one of our favorite cowboy minstrels.
We say good bye to summer in Murphys at the Community Park on August 13. Local favorites, Black Irish, will take us to Italy, Ireland and back home to America with their music, talk, and tales.
For a downloadable schedule of Music in the Parks, artist links, art and music classes, and other events presented by the Calaveras Arts Council, log on to www.calaverasarts.org or call (209) 754-1774.