Weekend update: New downtown fest debuts
This evening, the Champaign Park District will introduce the Mariposa Music Festival, with local and national acts. It's already calling Mariposa its newest signature event. "We've done a few different music festivals in downtown Champaign," said Chelsea Norton, marketing manager. "We really want to go bigger and better this year and reach a group we haven't reached that much — a younger crowd — although the festival is for everyone."
Here's the rundown:
1. The Mariposa from 6 p.m. to midnight will feature acts on two stages — just music and no children's activities or food. Norton said Mariposa is a rebirth of the festival the district did last July that featured cover bands, but with bands performing original acts this time around. The headline act: Braid, an emo-rock band that originated in C-U years ago and will soon release a new CD, their first in 16 years. Curses and Common Loon represent the local scene.
2: Here's the schedule for Stage 1 at Main and Neil: 6:15-7 p.m., Moonrise Nation, a Chicago-based trio of young women recently signed by Bobby Z (Prince's "The Revolution") and produced by David Z (Prince, Etta James, Jonny Lang); 7:30—8:15 p.m., Common Loon, Champaign-based duo that performs psychedelic rock; 8:45—10 p.m., Phox, six-piece indie pop band called Madison, Wisconsin's musical success story of 2013; Braid, 10:30 p.m.-midnight, see above.
3: Stage 2 at Walnut and Chester: 6—6:45 p.m., The Curses, local band plays Americana and old-school rock 'n' roll; 7:15—8:30 p.m., Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Milwaukee-based band that does original R&B, funk, soul and Latin; 9-10:15 p.m., Jessica Lea Mayfield, singer-songwriter from Kent, Ohio, with a minimalist style drawing on country and rock; 10:45-midnight, Cornmeal, Chicago-based band that performs progressive bluegrass and jam grass.
4. So what does Mariposa mean? It means butterfly in Spanish. "It was a name thrown around for the festival, and we all loved it and latched onto it immediately," Norton said. "It has no formal meaning but we thought it fit the meaning of the festival. And we do have butterfly elements in a lot of our promo materials for the festival." The Mariposa Music Festival is free of charge.