Graham-a-Rama will relaunch as a cabaret, and become the name of a new record label.

Graham Sobelman is launching his own record label. And just like his popular Sacramento cabaret show of the same name (which will be revived later this year, he told SN&R), he’s calling it Graham-a-Rama. The veteran Sacramento musical director and musical-theater producer paired with another theater veteran and musician, Maggie Hollinbeck, for the label’s debut album, Another Shade of Blue

A cover of the entire 1971 Joni Mitchell album, Blue, it’s the first in a series of Graham-A-Rama record label releases; and it comes with a launch party next Sunday, May 11. Also on Another Shade: drummer Alfonso Portela; bassist Kellen Garcia; cellist Tim Stanley; vocalists Hannah Kile and Nanci Zoppi; and multi-instrumentalist Matt Baxter, who also handled the album’s recording, mixing and mastering.

Featuring live music and special guests, the release party starts at 7 p.m. at New Helvetia Theatre, 1028 R Street. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at

Here’s a little behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, with some additional background on how it came to be:

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