Celebrating its 30th anniversary this weekend in Molson Park in Barrie, Ont., northeast of Toronto, the annual Mariposa Festival has dropped the word "folk" from its name for good reason. Though it still includes a wealth of acoustic and traditional performers, its focus has broadened considerably.
The results can be seen in its main-stage concerts. Tonight's lineup includes '60s folkie Buffy St. Marie and '80s new wavers the Violent Femmes. Saturday night bills Daniel Lanois, producer of Bob Dylan and the rock group U2, with the Buddy Guy Chicago Blues Band. Sunday night sees country star Emmylou Harris and former Hamburg singer-songwriter Peter Case.
Afternoons are just as eclectic. Saturday brings together American gospel singers the Dixie Hummingbirds and the pioneering South African group Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens. On Sunday, rocker Jonathan Richman will be paired with the country duo the O'Kanes.