Sonoma Mt. Variety Show
The Sonoma Mt. Variety Show is a community-based performance at a farm above the town of Petaluma. We seek to create meaningful events that bring together people from across the spectrum of performance--from acclaimed touring musicians to local favorites. Look below for details on our upcoming shows. Contact us at if you are interested in performing, or want to know more details.
Five Springs Farm
4497 Old Adobe Road, Petaluma, CA
Featuring Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Join us to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd at 2 pm with a documentary film fundraiser and Variety Show up in our restored redwood barn.
It will feature the legendary Ramblin' Jack Elliott, as well as cowboy poetry, California songwriting, and a screening of the 11 minute short version of the film.
Mule: Living on the Outside was just featured in the Sonoma International Film Festival, so don't miss your chance to see a great short film, along with a performance by locals legends. More information about the film and Ramblin' Jack is below.
The film is about John Sears, aka Mule, has been roaming the western United States with his three mules for thirty years, trying to find balance between the man‐made 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 Mule’s nomadic lifestyle and applaud his courage, he’s 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 multi‐use trails, individual freedom of movement and access to public land, and the system’s treatment of people living outside society’s norms
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Nobody I know—and I mean nobody—has 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.
His tone of voice is sharp, focused and piercing. All that and he plays the guitar effortlessly in a fluid flat-picking perfected style. He was a brilliant entertainer.... Most folk musicians waited for you to come to them. Jack went out and grabbed you..... Jack was King of the Folksingers. Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume One
Past Variety Shows
We're excited to be collaborating with Amanda Mann of Mann Family Farm in Bolinas to help put on other events! Our last event in another beautiful Northern California Barn--keep your eyes peeled for other events.