Plugged Into The Sun!

Eco musician Jon Sherman has been a climate activist since 1987 when he wrote "January's June",
a song about the greenhouse effect, and started performing it publicly.  
In 1989, "January's June" became
the first track on Jon's first published cassette.  (Remember those?)  Below is the J-card insert
for that cassette, which shows the song titles and publishing date:


Earthdance






Performing his song "January's June" motivated Jon to "walk his talk" and in 1991 he and his brother Mike built a portable solar generator to power his sound system.  Jon has been pioneering the use of solar for sound systems ever since, sharing it with many environmental events over the years.  On April 20th, 1991, Jon brought his solar powered sound system (through his production company Dreamtime Productions) along with the portable stage he had built at Descanso Gardens, over to the Arroyo Seco Earth Festival in Pasadena, CA.  That concert was publicly promoted as "The First Ever Solar Powered Concert".   Here is the mailer for that event:









 Below is
a 1991 article from Roland Users Group magazine
about Jon's pioneering use of solar to power his keyboards and sound system.

 
"Sherman's solar powered musical innovation is truly on the cutting edge
of ecologically conscious adaptations that will become increasingly necessary
if we hope to safeguard our fragile planet into the next century."











In July of 2003, Jon was interviewed by Toni Guinyard in this segment of KCET's "Life & Times".  Note: the solar generator demonstrated in this video was built for concert size, staged events, to power more than a single, busking musician, much more power than needed for simply playing at a farmers market.  But Jon brought it out for several weeks onto the streets of Glendale, CA to help raise environmental awareness, to protest the Gulf War (fought for the control of oil) and to advocate for
 "Energy Independence":   






In 2006 Jon brought his solar sound system (and flutes) to the steps of
Los Angeles City Hall for Earth Day LA's "Rally to Stop Global Warming".








May 23-24, 2006, Jon brought out his solar sound system to help Save the South Central Farm in Los Angeles.  
Pictured are his solar generator under the big walnut tree there. And Julia Butterfly
tree sitting in that walnut tree, speaking through Jon's solar powered microphone.  

   
                                                                      Julia Butterfly Hill speaking through Jon Sherman's
                                                                         solar powered microphone.





Jon playing under the oaks at Descanso Gardens
(on the wooden stage he built there)
for the release of his CD "Under The Oaks". 







Jon and Sabine playing their branch flutes
at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium's Earth Day Celebration.






For the past 13 years, Jon has shared his solar powered sound system with
the Native American Celebration of Protection and Preservation at Panhe.





In March of 2018, Jon and Sabine provided their solar powered sound system
for the People's Climate March that occurred in Oceanside, CA.








After 32 years, Jon is still singing his song about the greenhouse effect, now in musical partnership with
his wife Sabine. "January's June" is one of the nine original songs they sing in their theatrical show
"Dryad ~ An Eco Folk Musical In One Magical Act!"  
Through their show and their music, Jon and Sabine continue to be climate activists,
helping to raise awareness and inspire creative action to help solve the
climate and ecological crisis impacting all life within our fragile biosphere.

 






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