BLUE ROSE FOUNDATION PRESENTS
John Oates, Jackie Greene, Nicki Bluhm, Elliott Peck, Jason Crosby, David Luning
Thursday, October 20th, 2016 8:00 PM (6:30 PM Doors)
Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St., New York, NY
$80.00 (plus a $20.00 food & beverage minimum is encouraged)
100% of proceeds will go to the Blue Rose Foundation.
Honoring the Spirit of the Troubadour in the Memory of Steven Paul Mark
Discovered at an open-mike night when Dig Music's owner happened to be there, singer/songwriter Jackie Greene is a captivating performer who works well in simple, sparse environments. Signing to the label almost immediately, the California native worked countless clubs and bars before his discovery, a fact made more interesting when considering that he was a teenager at the time. A multi-instrumentalist, Greene played most of the instruments on his debut record, Gone Wanderin'. A soulful bit of roots music, the album brought him to a national audience and sprung him into a college tour during the fall of 2002. Rusty Nails, a collection of self-produced material from 2001, was released by Dig in 2003, followed by the live-in-the-studio DVD video Broken Hearts Dusty Roads in 2004. Sweet Somewhere Bound appeared on Dig later that same year, and was licensed to Verve, which reissued it in 2005. Produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, his first proper album for Verve, American Myth, appeared in 2006. In 2008, Greene released Giving Up the Ghost, his first album for 429 Records. The pop-infused but still heartfelt Til the Light Comes followed in 2010. Taking time out to perform with supergroups Trigger Hippy (with Joan Osborne and the Black Crowes' Steve Gorman), acoustic trio WRG (with Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson), and Phil Lesh & Friends, and joining the Black Crowes from 2013 until they disbanded in 2015, Greene returned to the studio to record his seventh album, again with Berlin in the producer's chair. The life cycle-themed Back to Birth was released in August 2015 on Yep Roc.
Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers
Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers' much-anticipated sophomore album, Loved Wild Lost, arrives Tuesday, April 21st. The band teamed with producer Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse, Josh Ritter) on Loved Wild Lost and it’s their first time working with an outside collaborator. The result is their most compelling collection of songs to date. The richly layered sound forms the ideal foundation for Bluhm’s soaring vocals and increasingly powerful songcraft. Further color comes from San Francisco’s Magik*Magik Orchestra (Death Cab for Cutie, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Walkmen), whose complex arrangements serve to amplify the indelibly universal themes of Loved Wild Lost. “Loved Wild Lost is a sincere and sophisticated collection of songs steeped in tradition, but of its own time,” says Nicki Bluhm. “After three solid years of playing as a band across the country, we have had time to learn, reflect and grow. This album displays a departure into the deeper and more contemplative themes of people in transition and the struggle to retain the energy and optimism of youth as life becomes more complex.” “The longer something moves away from its inception point, the more it takes on a life and a narrative of its own,” adds Nicki’s husband and the band’s musical director, Tim Bluhm. “In these songs, I think you can clearly hear that happening; idealism and optimism losing control to the forces of inertia and a life of constant traveling. Happiness becomes an intention and love becomes a long-term study of oneself and of one another.”
Internationally acclaimed American musician Nicole Atkins is a rare artist whose timeless songwriting and raw, emotional voice spans the ages. The miasma of faded glamour and nostalgic pop noir of her critically lauded début album, Neptune City (2007), secured her place in Rolling Stone’s "Top 10 Artists To Watch," where they praised her "voice full of longing and Loretta Lynn elegance." Her second album, the blues-oriented Mondo Amore (2011), was an unflinchingly honest album reflecting on a time of great personal turmoil for Nicole.
Slow Phaser, Nicole’s much anticipated third album, sees her reunited with Neptune City producer Tore Johansson (The Cardigans, Franz Ferdinand, Saint Etienne, New Order) and features a number of songs co-written with the legendary musician/producer Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds/Grinderman/The Cramps/Sonic Youth).
Nicole’s television appearances have included “The Late Show with David Letterman”, “Conan”, and “Later… with Jools Holland”, and she has been featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers, ranging from the New York Times to The Guardian (UK) to Time magazine. She has toured internationally throughout the US and Europe, both headlining and also touring with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Primal Scream, Mercury Rev, the Avett Brothers and JD McPherson.
Nicole is also a radio host on Sirius XM's Spectrum channel on Saturdays and Sundays from 6:00am – noon eastern.
Jason Crosby had an auspicious musical beginning at the age of 2 when he started playing the violin, and as a young boy, immersed himself in classical music, playing piano at a professional level. He took on the guitar, viola, French horn and trumpet and pursued those instruments with equal vigor for many years. A multi-instrumentalist with extensive and varied musical pursuits, Crosby has been a member of such bands as Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Susan Tedeschi Band, and has played on dozens of albums and toured with members of the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, and the Meters. Crosby has also toured with Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Pete Seeger, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Dave Mathews.
SECOND ANNUAL BLUE ROSE BALL
THE FIRST BLUE ROSE BALL
On June 14, 2014 several musicians came together for a magical night of music, memories, fun and festivities. Headlining the event was Steve Forbert with Dead On Live, Josh Joplin, Mark Karan, Jason Crosby, Kelly Fitzgerald, Drew Harrison, and Bobby Strickland.
The night was to honor our good friend Joe Capone who lost his fight with cancer earlier in the year, and to remember all those that have inspired, mentored, and taught us throughout our lives. We partnered up with the Old Adobe School in Sonoma, CA, and with the proceeds from the first Blue Rose Ball, were able to establish the Joe Capone Memorial Scholarship to allow 5 children to attend preschool at Old Adobe School.