As many of you know by now, Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals headlines the inaugural the Mill Valley Music Festival, a one-day, multi-faceted, all-ages outdoor arts and culture event, presented by the Mill Valley Chamber, and held on Friends Field behind the Mill Valley Community Center on Saturday, May 7, from 12-7pm. We’ll continue to work feverishly to make MVMF something the community can be proud of, with a full day of amazing music but also world-class food and drink and activities and art and games and entertainers and much, much more.
Since his debut with Welcome to the Cruel World in 1994, Harper’s career has been steeped in both breadth and depth, recording both as a solo performer and with the Innocent Criminals, Fistful of Mercy, Relentless7 and Charlie Musselwhite. And at 52, he’s making it clear that he’s taking a long view of the road ahead.
In an interview late last year with Relix, Harper discussed his decision to launch Mad Bunny Records in April 2020 with Beautiful Day Media’s Elizabeth Freund, “who has worked as a publicist, producer and manager over the course of a career that began in the late ‘80s—her recent press campaigns include Ringo Starr, Paul Simon and Joe Walsh,” Dean Budnick writes.
“I had been thinking about starting a label off and on for years,” Harper told Relix. “As the landscape shifted and shape-shifted, which it’s still doing now, it became more and more apparent that it was something I wanted to do. Timing is everything, and the timing seemed right for Elizabeth and myself to jump in and give it a shot. Thanks to Elizabeth’s savviness when it comes to the music industry, coupled with who I am and what I’ve done in the business, it’s been an exciting prospect to see what this label can be.”