Sonoma Mt. Music Presents--Fundraiser for Documentary Mule: Living on the Outside, and Variety Show
Sonoma Mt. Music is presenting a screening and fundraiser for the documentary film, Mule: Living on the Outside, as well as a Variety Show! It will feature the legendary Ramblin' Jack Elliott, as well as other gifted local songwriters, and cowboy poets.
We will be showing the 11 minute short version of the film, which was just featured in the Sonoma International Film Festival. This event will be in our restored redwood barn up in the hills above Petaluma. Come and support our artists, and enjoy an afternoon at a Northern California farm!
Information on the film:
You spot a somewhat disheveled man with three fully loaded pack mules walking though your community. What the ?
This strange and, to many, awe inspiring sight has been experienced by thousands of people in small towns and large cities throughout the western United States. But who is he and what is he doing? Is he lost in the wrong century? Is he homeless? Is he on a mission?
John Sears, aka Mule, has been roaming the western United States with his three mules for thirty years, trying to find balance between the manmade and the natural worlds. The aged man and his animals sleep outside every day, moving from place to place as they please. While many appreciate Mules nomadic lifestyle and applaud his courage, hes not welcomed everywhere.
The feature length work in progress documentary takes an intimate look at an intriguing, but controversial character, his unique experiences and adventures, and his urgent message for contemporary society. Regardless of how we personally feel about Mule as an individual, the issues he raises concern all of us: preserving open space and connecting communities together by multiuse trails, individual freedom of movement and access to public land, and the systems treatment of people living outside society's norms.
Information on Ramblin' Jack Elliott:
Nobody I knowand I mean nobodyhas covered more ground and made more friends and sung more songs than the fellow you're about to meet right now. He's got a song and a friend for every mile behind him. Say hello to my good buddy, Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
Johnny Cash, The Johnny Cash Television Show, 1969.
One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin' Jack Elliott is considered one of the country's legendary foundations of folk music.
Long before every kid in America wanted to play guitar before Elvis, Dylan, the Beatles or Led Zeppelin Ramblin' Jack had picked it up and was passing it along. From Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, Beck to Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder to Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead to The Rolling Stones, they all pay homage to Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
In the tradition of roving troubadours Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next. They are timeless songs that outlast whatever current musical fashion strikes today's fancy.
****this event is all ages and open to the public****
Five Springs Farm (View)
4497 old adobe road
Petaluma, ca, CA 94954
|Minimum Age: 0|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|