Blue Raven Entertainment is an all-encompassing entertainment agency, handling every aspect of an artist’s career to include artist management, booking, marketing, and promotion. We also provide booking services for theatres, festivals, and outdoor events, utilizing our industry relationships and overall knowledge of the business to secure the best entertainment at fair and reasonable pricing. Often times, we are able to find that “needle in the haystack” booking that is sure to create a magical night.
We specialize in finding quality entertainment and venues alike, using our knowledge and expertise to marry the two into a profitable situation for everyone involved. We work to not only do what is best for the artist but for the overall show itself, which is truly important in developing a successful career in this business.
Our goal is to create long-term relationships with all of our clients, both artists, and buyers, maintaining a level of professionalism the whole way through and hopefully creating friendships along the way.
Sean D. Gilday
Sean D. Gilday has been an entrepreneur for close to 25 years starting his first company in 1994. That company was one of the most successful merchandising companies in New Jersey providing custom printed merchandise to many of the biggest companies in the world. In 2003, He started Blue Raven Entertainment to combine his love of sales and music, creating a company that works with National Acts, Tribute Acts as well as local and regional original acts. In 2017, Sean, along with Partners Jonathan Peirce and Tony Pallagrosi, started Fly On The Wall Concerts, a company dedicated to promoting great shows all over the east coast.
Sean is a veteran of the Armed Services serving 4 years in the U.S. Army as a Crew Chief on fixed winged aircraft. He is a graduate of William Paterson University, was the Senior Class President and a highlight of his college career was giving the commencement speech for the graduating class of 1992. For the last 14 years Sean and his staff have worked hard to build one of the fastest growing music agencies in the United States.
Quote: “I am extremely proud to help bring to the stage some of the most talented musical acts to stages all over the United States and beyond.”
Fun Facts: I have eaten Jelly fish and have travelled to Thailand, Hong Kong and China many times.
Rachel L. Hill
Rachel L. Hill is a graduate of William Paterson University year 2011. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Management. She is a classically trained pianist who began taking lessons at the age of 5. A Pennsylvania country girl native, she aspired for life in the big city. She started in the business as a PR intern for Road Runner Records followed by a Promotions Intern at Jive Records / Sony Music Entertainment in NYC. Out of her Music Management graduating class, she was chosen for an opportunity in WP’s career shadowing program where former alumni’s and current students are partnered together for business opportunities. There she met Sean and was introduced to his company Blue Raven Entertainment. She began as an intern, eventually was hired to a part-time position, built that into a full-time position, and since 2017 has become part owner.
Adam “Rocky” Rodriguez
Adam Rodriguez has over 30 years of design and marketing experience in the Apparel Industry working for some of the most prestigious and desired brands in the world. His experience in merchandising, advertising, and product development handling multimillion-dollar fashion brands from Nike to Levi’s has given him a wealth of experience that translates easily in creating cool merch and exciting graphics for Blue Raven’s extensive roster of amazing bands. “Rocky” has lent his talents to Sean Gilday’s business efforts for as long as he’s been a professional designer, making posters, tees and all types of promotional materials for Blue Raven’s Bands and their own marketing needs. He’s been working full-time at Blue Raven to help make it into one of the most well-known and respected boutique agencies in the music industry since 2019, and He’s looking forward to continued success with them at their new location in Frenchtown NJ.
After over a decade in the music industry, Shaun Hague has carved quite a path on all sides. Hague has played the part of Touring Sideman (Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Waite), Writer (Acoustic Guitar, Fretboard Journal), Talent Buyer (Saint Rocke) and the agency world (Monterey International, Supreme Entertainment Artists). Hague is the RA for such legendary acts as John Waite, Stephen Bishop and Mike Campbell.
Lorrisa is a New Jersey native, born and raised in the Hunterdon County area. She joined forces with Blue Raven Entertainment in 2021. She will be working as our contracts manager, handling all administrative duties for upcoming shows as well as ticket counts. In her free time, Lorrisa is a mother to two wonderful children, and enjoys being our office DJ.
Fun fact: “I like turtles”
Anne Sturm is Blue Raven Entertainment’s Ticket & Onsale Manager. Anne has been booking and managing venues and festivals for over 10 years including the SteelStacks arts & cultural campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for the previous 5 years. Aside from talent buying and concert management, Anne has led programming strategy and fundraising efforts for three nonprofit organizations who were all levered into self-sustaining operations. When not collecting and analyzing the ticket sales data to help ensure the positive outcome of the venue, artist(s), and audience experience, Anne is likely outdoors with her husband and three dogs taking in all the sweet sounds of nature.
After 23 years in executive search and recruiting, Harlan Halper turned his passion for comedy into a reality and opened Comix Comedy Nightclub in New York’s Meatpacking District with a 350-seat showroom, 50-seat lounge, 2 bars, and a full restaurant kitchen. With a star-studded Opening Night and weekend, the club was a haven for what became known as “alternative comedy” and provided artists like John Oliver, Aziz Ansari, John Mulaney, Jo Koy, Donald Glover, Iliza Shlesinger, and Anjelah Johnson – just to name a few – with their first NYC comedy club headline weekend.
Harlan expanded Comix to Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut and went on to found Downstage Entertainment to book, promote, and present live entertainment – including comedy, music, and stage productions – in theaters and performing arts centers around the country. He served as Tour Manager for the Undateable Comedy Tour, a 17-city live performance tour to promote Seasons One and Two of NBC-TV’s sitcom, Undateable, co-created by Bill Lawrence (Ted Lasso, Scrubs, Spin City, Cougar Town). Additionally, Harlan was VP of Programming for the Mahaffey Theater and Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, FL where he booked a full performing arts calendar of live events including music, comedy, stage productions, dance, speakers and specialty programming.
Now Downstage Entertainment brings its relationships and its roster of talent that it manages and represents to the Blue Raven Entertainment family. Harlan and the staff at Downstage Entertainment look forward to continuing to service the live entertainment requirements of buyers in the Casino, Theater, PAC, Fair/Festival, Club, and Event markets under the Blue Raven umbrella!
Marlina Halper possesses quite a diverse background which includes a Masters Degree in Special Education. After teaching on Long Island for several years, she moved into NYC and began a new career in the Fashion Industry merchandising and selling for major fashion companies. After taking time off to be a stay-at-home Mom to raise her son (which included years of volunteering at a diverse array of school events), Marlina went back to the fashion industry to continue her career. When the pandemic shut down most businesses, she made another change and started working in the Live Entertainment business with her husband Harlan, the founder of Downstage Entertainment. The major constant through all of her varied life experiences is that Marlina loves working with people – and is very excited to bring her enthusiasm, knowledge, and sales expertise to the Blue Raven family!
A graduate of New York’s renowned “Fame” school, Arlene knew that her future lie somewhere in the world of entertainment. Beginning her career in advertising at McCann-Erickson global advertising agency, she eventually moved into publishing at Oxford University Press as their Corporate Events Coordinator where she organized and managed major events, specifically extensive international calendar, travel & hospitality management, liaison with group entertainment, party planners and caterers. After spending over a decade in this position, Arlene was offered a position as an Agent at BiCoastal Productions where she served as Senior Vice President/Northeast Agent, eventually deciding to move on, joining the staff of Downstage Entertainment as Senior Agent. She is now happy to join the Blue Raven family where her extensive skills and experience will help Blue Raven Entertainment climb to even greater heights.
Scott Kelly is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded three software Companies in the 3D Modeling, Network Engineering and knowledge-based Data Analytics Industries. He has held roles ranging from CEO, VP of WW Sales, to Director of Global Alliances. Scott has traveled the globe extensively and has conducted business in 48 countries.
In 2010 he co-founded original recording artists “The Wizards of Winter” ® along with his wife Sharon. Over the years they have worked hard to build the group into an internationally recognized brand. In addition to managing the organization and playing keyboards, Scott is the primary composer and lyricist for the group. They have toured the US and Canada each Holiday season since their inception. Their music can be heard on Sirius XM and Pandora and has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo Music, and USA Today. The Wizards have performed on Fox, CBS and ABC affiliates several times.
Scott is excited to bring his 40+ years of sales expertise combined with over a decade of artist development experience that he gained while building The Wizards to the Blue Raven team in the Booking Agent role.
Sharon Kelly attended Tulsa College, majoring in Business Management. In her early career, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry in Contract Management. In the 90’s Sharon transitioned into Public Education where she spent 20 years working in the Finance
Administration Department. Giving back to her community and as an elected official, she dedicated 15 years as a member of the Regional High School Board of Education and held the position of Vice President.
Sharon also has an entrepreneurial spirit. In the mid-80’s she opened an Au Pair agency that she successfully ran for over a decade. Starting in 2010, she co-founded original recording artists “The Wizards of Winter” ® along with her husband Scott. Over the years
they have worked hard to build the group into an internationally recognized brand. Performing since childhood, Sharon is a classically trained vocalist. In “The Wizards of Winter” ® she is a Lead Vocalist in the ensemble in addition to playing the flute.
For the past several years she has also worked as an Independent Booking Agent and Manager, representing multiple regional and local artists, and assisting in their market development. Sharon looks forward to bringing her expertise and diverse skill set to Blue RavenEntertainment in her role as Booking Agent.