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Blue Rose Ball
The Sebastiani Theatre
Sonoma, CA
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Blue Rose Ball
Blue Roses appear throughout history in art, literature and in one iconic 1978 concert poster, as a symbol of love, hope and faith. But, in real life blue roses don't actually exist. Genetically no one has managed to crack the code and produce a true blue rose, or have they?

On Febuary 8, 2014, our community lost a great friend in Joe Capone. For those of us lucky enough to have known Joe, we had an authentic blue rose in our midst. Joe was that guy that knew how good life was and reminded you often. Anytime you asked Joe how he was doing his answer was always, simply "living the dream". He knew how precious life was and he embraced it.

To honor Joe's life, incredibly well-lived and chock full of love and giving back, we're assembling some amazing musical talent for the first annual Blue Rose Ball where we'll rock and roll and celebrate Joe's passion for life and music. We'll also do some real good for the community and raise money to help give more children a chance to get a jump-start on a great education by introducing the Joseph Capone Scholarship Fund at the Old Adobe School in Sonoma, California.

The Old Adobe School is a Sonoma preschool focused on quality early childhood education with emphasis on diverse cultures and the arts.

We have gathered together an incredible line-up of world-class musicians who have embraced the message of the evening and the legendary artist Stanley Mouse, has grasiously agreed to produce one more blue rose concert poster in honor of the evening. Stanley produced many of the iconic images that symbolized an era and he has lent us his classic blue rose image that once graced the poster for the last show at Winterland on December 31, 1978. The featured acts that night were the Grateful Dead, the Blues Brothers and the New Riders of the Purple Sage.

Please join us at 8PM on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Sonoma's historic Sebastiani Theatre to celebrate life and to remember how lucky we all are to find some blue roses in our lives from time to time.

Click here for ticket information. If you're unable to attend, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Joseph Capone Scholarship Fund at the Old Adobe School in Sonoma.

Our current list of featured artists include:

Steve Forbert

At the age of 21, Great American singer/songwriter Steve Forbert left his small hometown in Mississippi for the New York City, where he practiced his rootsy American sound in Grand Central Station. His 1979 hit "Romeo's Tune" shot him into the spotlight, reaching No. 11 on the Billboard Top 100 list during a time when folk music was overshadowed by punk and new wave. Thirty years and countless albums and accolades later, Steve is still at it, touring all over the world to share his relatable stories in song about life so far and our shared human experience. One of the best of his kind with plenty still to share, Steve is a real living legend.

Mark Karan

Mark is best known for performing with the extended Grateful Dead family. Mark has played guitar and sung for a number of different artists, including Dave Mason, Heuy Lewis, Paul Carrack, Delaney, Sophie B. Hawkins, and The Rembrandts. From 1986-1989 he was the guitarist and co-producer for the band Slings & Arrows which included Daniel Levitin on bass.

In 1998 he was selected to fill Jerry Garcia's slot in The Other Ones, a band featuring former members of the Grateful Dead. He played with the Other Ones on their 1998 and 2000 tours, and recorded on their only album in 1999. He has also played with Mickey Hart's Planet Drum and Phil Lesh & Friends over the years. In 1998, Karan joined RatDog, a band led by Grateful Dead alumnus Bob Weir. Karan was part of the RatDog lineup for most of the next 13 years. He also records or composes a wide variety of music for film, television, and music libraries. His contributions to TV alone can currently be heard on over 15 networks and internationally in over 25 countries.

On June 30, 2009, Karan released his debut album Walk Through the Fire to critical acclaim.

Josh Joplin

Born and raised in the Northeast, Josh began his career at a young age when he dropped out in the 9th grade to pursue a career as a folk singer. After some years of traveling the country collaborating with other musicians, he found commercial success in 2000 with his single "Camera One" which was produced by Jerry Harrison (of Talking Heads), and was the first single ever from an independent label to reach No. 1 on Adult Album Alternative Radio. With the release of 2 more records and appearances on David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, The Late Late ShowJosh decided to take a break from touring and pursued writing instead. His forthcoming children's book will be released in late 2014.

Josh also founded the critically acclaimed folk-rock collective called "Among The Oak and Ash," on Verve Records, who's self-titled release was chosen as "Album Of The Year" by NPR's "New Sounds" host, John Scheafer. Performers from all over the musical spectrum have recorded and toured with Among the Oak & Ash, most notably; Garrison Starr. Lucy Wainright-Roche, Brian Harrison, Paleface, Marc Muller, and RiĀ¢hie have also all contributed. In 2012, Josh co-wrote the first radio single, "Blue Skies Again" for the major label debut of Jessica Lea Mayfield's, Tell Me, which was produced by Dan Auerbach (Black Keys). Josh lives with his wife and daughter in New York City.

Jason Crosby

A master on the keys, trumpet, violin and an expert in many other instruments, Jason's sophisticated writing and performance style defy definition. He has toured with some of the world's most popular artists like Santana, Eric Clapton and Dave Matthews and has played and recorded with members of the Allman Brothers, the Grateful Dead and the Meters. Crosby's talent and versatility are a rare gift, as he is capable of creating a one-of-a-kind melting pot of sound and form.

Kelly Fitzgerald

A lifelong artist who has shared the stage with some of today's top artists, Kelly still tours nationally and internationally, playing about 200 gigs a year. A smooth, gritty, honest vocalist, her style has been compared to that of Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow. Kelly's music blends folk, blues and rock and has a dedicated following all across the US.

Drew Harrison

Gifted with the rare ability to translate life into song, Drew fronts the successful bay area band "The Sun Kings" and also has a successful solo career for which he has toured internationally and opened for artists like Steve Miller and Lyle Lovett. Between gigs, Drew earned a degree from UC Berkeley and prefers to live life simply and consciously, giving back to his community.

Tim Gorman (Blue Rose Ball Co-Music Director)

Tim is an award-winning music producer, arranger, composer, keyboardist, and vocalist. In thirty years in the music and film Industry, Tim has worked with major artists including The Who, The Rolling Stones, Duane Eddy, John Hiatt and is a successful solo artist. Film scoring credits include James Cameron's "Titanic," and Columbia Pictures "No Small Affair." Gaming industry contributing works include Electronic Arts, The Sims, and Spore.

Marc Muller (Blue Rose Ball Co-Music Director)

Marc is an accomplished musician with expertise in electric and acoustic guitars, pedal steel guitar, banjo, mandolin, and organ.

As a touring musician, Marc spent 9 years with country music superstar Shania Twain. Marc then toured with southern rock royalty "Van Zant", opening Gretchen Wilson's Redneck Revolution tour, in support of their gold record "Get Right With The Man".

As a writer, producer, arranger, Marc co produced Steve Forbert's "Just Like There's Nothing To It" and "Strange Names and New Sensations", singer/songwriter, Dave Murphy's critically acclaimed release "Chasing Ghosts", PBS series "It's A Big Big World", Disney Channel's "Book Of Pooh" and "Bear In The Big Blue House", ABC-TV's Pepper Ann.

As a session musician, Marc recently recorded with and is featured on Bruce Springsteen's album, "Wrecking Ball". Marc also recorded for Laura Bell Bundy and is featured playing electric and acoustic guitars, dobro, banjo, mandolin and fiddle on her breakout hit single of 2010 "Giddy On Up" off Mercury/Nashville release "Achin and Shakin". Other artists Marc has recorded with are Branford Marsalis, Kelly Clarkson, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger, Victor Wooten, and Steve Swallow.

Marc is music director for Dead On Live.

Dead On Live www.deadonlive.com

Grateful Dead tribute band Dead On Live travels the country performing recreations of the Grateful Dead's classic recordings. Dead On Live is a celebration of the historic band featuring a cast of world-class musicians. In note-for-note and vocal entirety, the band performs recreations of classic Grateful Dead albums "American Beauty" and "Workingman's Dead" and many more classic Grateful Dead arrangements.


The Sebastiani Theatre
476 First Street East
Sonoma, CA 95476
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > Americana
Music > Rock

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Michele A.
On BPT Since: Mar 18, 2014
Blue Rose Ball

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