Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield

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Lark Theatre Sun, Oct 13, 2013 4:45 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:57
Director:Bob Sarles
Producer:Christina Keating
Screenwriter:Mike Bloomfield
Cinematographer:Ted Leyhe
Cast:Mike Bloomfield
Al Kooper
Charlie Musselwhite
Elvin Bishop
Barry Goldberg
Nick Gravenites
Print Source:Ravin' Films


“You know, I like sweet blues. . . . I want to be singing. I want to be sweet,” said music legend Mike Bloomfield of his swampy vibe and searing, lyrical guitar playing. His awesome instrumental prowess is on full display in this raucous documentary celebrating the legacy of a hard-living, finger-fretting renegade. Described by fellow icon Al Kooper as “not just another white boy [but] someone who truly knew what the blues were about,” Bloomfield drew on African American tradition while burnishing his licks with a radical compositional approach reflecting the social and cultural upheaval of the 1960s. Dogged by heroin addiction, Bloomfield passed away in 1981, but his sterling musicality as the embodiment of Chicago blues lives on through the work of acolytes such as Carlos Santana, B.B. King and Charlie Musselwhite, all of whom testify to the master’s enduring influence in Bob Sarles’ lovingly crafted film. Sweet, indeed.


—Steven Jenkins


Friday, October 11, 8:00 pm
Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave. Mill Valley
Tickets: $67 Visit: http://sweetwatermusichall.inticketing.com/events/348390 (not available through MVFF; Festival badges not valid)

Mike Bloomfield, Bob Sarles and Christina Keating’s raucous documentary on the groundbreaking blues guitarist and onetime Marin denizen features rare performance footage of Bloomfield wailing on his Les Paul as well as interviews with B.B. King, Bob Weir, Carlos Santana, Al Kooper, Charlie Musselwhite and other music legends. This tribute concert features musicians from the film alongside special guests, including musical director/guitarist Jimmy Vivino (The Conan O’Brien Show) and producer/keyboardist Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag), who together will lead an all-star band and jam featuring guitarist Nick Gravenites (Electric Flag) and award-winning vocalist Maria Muldaur. Just added: guitar masters Elvin Bishop and Harvey Mandel.

Produced for MVFF by Steep Productions, Inc. in association with Famous4.  



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San Francisco filmmaker Bob Sarles has directed films that are on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the EMP Museum in Seattle, and the Stax Museum in Memphis. He has produced and edited over twenty artist tribute films for the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Sarles was a producer and editor on VH1's Behind The Music television series, and directed and edited DVD films for Jefferson Airplane, John Lee Hooker and Phil Lesh & Friends. He produced and nine DVD box set Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live! for Time Life.