Mill Valley Film Festival’s proud partnership with the Sweetwater Music Hall continues, this year featuring four nights of live music celebrating festival films.

All films are screening at the CinéArts Sequoia (25 Throckmorton Ave. Mill Valley) and music shows take place at the Sweetwater Music Hall (19 Corte Madera Ave. Mill Valley).

The Sweetwater requires proof of vaccination for entry.

MONOPHONICS

Saturday October 9
Film 4:30pm | Doors 8:00pm | Show 9:00pm

To salute the anticipated California Premiere of Chris J. Russo’s Lady Buds, Monophonics supplies their special brand of psychedelic soul: heartfelt music with old-school vibes.

21 & OVER

Film only: $14 Members | $16.50 General

Show only: $25 Members | $30 General

Film + Music: $35 Members | $40 General

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LIKE A ROLLING STONE: BEN FONG-TORRES

Sunday October 10
Film 5:00pm | Doors 7:00pm | Show 8:00pm

Elton John, Carlos Santana, Quincy Jones, Bob Weir and Steve Martin are all part of Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres, the new film based on his life and career.

They can’t make it to the post-screening bash at the Sweetwater Music Hall. But there’ll be plenty to see and hear, as Austin de Lone and his house band – The FT’s! – featuring Kevin Hayes, Steve Evans, David Noble, and Todd Swenson, back up some of Ben’s favorite musician friends, including Annie Sampson, David Freiberg, Maria Muldaur, Paul Robinson, Glenn Walters, Scott Mathews, Kimberlye Gold, Kurt Huget, Sweetwater fave Roger McNamee, and the Soul Delights. They will do songs reflecting the documentary and Fong-Torres’ fabled career. Ben himself will do his almost infamous Elvis and Dylan impressions. We’ll party like it’s 1969!

21 & OVER

Film only: $14 Members | $16.50 General

Show only: $40 Members | $45 General

Film + Music: $50 Members | $55 General

JIMMY VIVINO & FRIENDS, CHICAGO BLUES CELEBRATION FEATURING ROB STONE, NICK GRAVENITES, MARIA MULDAUR & MORE

Monday October 11
Film 6:30pm | Doors 8:00pm | Show 9:00pm

The Sweetwater Music Hall, in association with the Mill Valley Film Festival, presents a musical in-concert tribute to the documentary film Born in Chicago, a Ravin’ Film directed by Bob Sarles and John Anderson, which will have its North American premiere at the Festival the same evening. The concert’s Musical Co-Director Jimmy Vivino (lead guitar) will perform with famed blues harmonica player Rob Stone. Together with special guests, they will present an incredible night of Chicago Blues and music from the film’s soundtrack.

Barry Goldberg along with longtime Conan O’Brien bandleader Jimmy Vivino, composed and performed the original score for Born in Chicago. Out of those recording sessions, the band anchoring this concert was formed. Barry is a producer on the film but will not be attending, instead, the musical tribute will feature Born in Chicago Musical Co-Director Jimmy Vivino performing with famed blues harmonica player Rob Stone, Nick Gravenites, Pete Sears and surprise guests, sure to be a night to remember!

21 & OVER

Film only: $14 Members | $16.50 General

Show only: $40 Members | $45 General

Film + Music: $50 Members | $55 General

BENEFIT: Cesar Chavez Foundation, California Film Institute & Sweetwater Music Hall Arts Fund

Friday October 15
Film 6:30pm | Doors 8:00pm | Show 9:00pm

As tribute to the legacy of Cesar Chavez, the farmworker movement, and the world premiere of Song for Cesar, an all-star group of extraordinary VIP guest musicians featured in this riveting documentary will perform an exceptional one-time Latin fueled rock concert.

Song for Cesar is part of MVFF’s ¡Viva el cine! initiative, a showcase of Latin American, Latinx, and Spanish-language stories, connecting audiences with a diversity of cultures, identities, and histories explored through the magic of cinema.

Entitled: “BRINGING FORTH SONG AND CELEBRATION OF LIFE,” group leader Abel Sanchez and eight of the Song for Cesar project musicians will perform music from the movie and more. The music is drawn from the original 2004 vision that inspired Abel (an original Fantasy Records label mate of CCR) and Jorge Santana (founder and guitarist of the band Malo) to write the lyrics and the music to Song for Cesar as a tribute to the legacy of Cesar Chavez, the farmworker movement, the United Farm Workers Union, and most of all the farmworkers and their families. Fans of San Francisco’s early 1970’s energetic Latin-soul-rock-powered music are going to be enthralled.

Proceeds will benefit Cesar Chavez Foundation, Sweetwater Music Hall Arts Fund, and the California Film Institute.

ALL AGES

Film only: $14 Members | $16.50 General

Show only: $55

Film + Music: $65