Somewhere, Maine: A Marijuana Musical

January 10, Somewhere, ME – Cow Pasture Productions is pleased to announce the opening night gala for “Somewhere, Maine: The Marijuana Musical”; a dramatic look at one year on a marijuana farm in the hills of Western Maine, and home to outlaw country music singer, Johnny Crashed.

Johnny battles with reality as he deals with the loss of his two children who were taken from him for the crime of being a pot farmer. The musical features a host of characters including: Jezebel, a newly arrived home schooled Christian girl who is seeking souls to save through song and dance; Redneck, a long time hell raiser and drug dealer seeking a unique kind of revenge; Mother Mary Jane, a local sensuous "healer" who operates a Smoke Easy in Normal, Maine, and Joe Oliver, a returning veteran who is battling his demons, along with many more.

The stage production features the original music and lyrics of Johnny Crashed with choreography by the Nevaeh Dance Company, and the debut of The Openly High Choir. The musical will feature many of Maine's best bluegrass/country musicians as Johnny's backup band "The Rednecks" --including Cliff Randal on mandolin, Jack Jolie on guitar, Colin Thompkins on bass, Mike Topich on drums, and Eric Grenier on harmonica.

The play was written by Jonathan Leavitt, former director for the Maine Marijuana Policy Project, which led the successful 2009 Medical Marijuana ballot initiative. Leavitt then founded the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine (MMCM), which has steered the course of marijuana related policy in Maine since 2010.

The opening for this groundbreaking event will be on April 20th (4/20) at the Port City Music Hall. In addition to the musical, the gala will feature music from the Azzland Family Band, Tricky Britches, and Skosh.

Check out the website!

More To Come in 2014!

2013 was a busy and creative year here at CPP, and we'd like thank our hard-working staff, all the bands who entertained us this year, and the fans & guests who supported & partied with us this year!

We won't be having any public events until Spring 2014, as we are in the process of renovating Open Sky Farm and molding it into an even better and more functional space. 

Stay tuned for a very exciting announcement after the New Year. We're planning something very special for you guys this Spring! 

Happy Holidays from everyone at Cow Pasture Productions!

Event Highlights: Open Sky Farm Fest

Open Sky Farm's first overnight event was a great success, with an un-precedented amount of guests and campers coming to enjoy ongoing music, dancing, body art, swimming and more. Guests were encouraged to attend a hula-hoop workshop courtesy of Tess Einstein, hula hoop expert, and perform during the first set of live music, when Trailer Trash shared their unique, up-beat, redneck-flavored blend of music. Following Trailer Trash, the mood turned psychedelic thanks to Chrome Ashtray (a fusion of some of the most talented local artists, including Tom Zicarelli and Jack D. Jolie) opened our minds with a 90-minute all-improv jam that set the mood for a psychedelic experience. Johnny Crashed & The Rednecks were just about to begin their outdoor set when the skies darkened and everyone scrambled inside before a righteous thunderstorm (thanks to all who helped carry the music equipment in promptly!) The rest of the evening took place in The Barn, with Rusty Wiljter's Percussion Ensemble and NEVAEH Dance Company inviting everyone to feel the rhythm and dance! Finally, local legends Skosh and Lazzlo Family Band ended the night on a [very] high note, after treating late-night guests to some really enjoyable and funky music that had everyone dancing until the early hours of the morning. Following a bonfire jam and a night of camping under the beautiful, clear skies, guests were treated to a complimentary brunch by Rasta's Redneck Cafe, and an energizing yoga session with Macky Page, RYT. We were all left feeling blissed-out by this wonderful experience with good vibes and great friends!

Event Review

"A Very Merry Un-Birthday!" Saturday, May 25th, 2013

This event started off at 4pm with Alice tearin' up River Road and arriving on her motorcycle. Also present were the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, the Smoking (and beer-drinking) Caterpillar, some playing Cards, Malice (Alice's evil twin sister), and all the singing flowers. Unfortunately, the Mad Hatter was unable to attend due to an adverse reaction to some wild mushrooms.
The party guests arrived in elaborate and beautiful costumes, bringing more good vibes and laughter to Open Sky Farm. Rasta Cafe was busy all night, serving delicious foods native to the Carribbean Islands. Between the dancing and the herbal haze, our guests were hungry!
The first band to perform was local legends Trailer Trash who got us all moving and shaking to the "Trailer Trash Boogie." Jordan Kaulback entertained us with his funky guitar/drum machine ensemble just before Johnny Crashed & The Rednecks lifted our souls and our minds with their unique gospel-Americana-bluegrass sound. NEVAEH Dance Company really got the crowd going with their exotic belly-dancing and an amazing performance to the classic rock song "Go Ask Alice."  Finally, Lazzlo Family Band and headliners Skosh had us dancing til the 'wee hours of the morning with their super psychedelic and upbeat performances. It was a truly special and unique night, and one of our biggest turn-outs yet. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!