Laura Nyro was the first person, songwriting-wise, where there were no rules. She influenced more songwriters that came out—and successful songwriters—than probably anyone who came before her.”

— Elton John

Stoned Soul Picnic is a concert-style celebration of the art and soul of the late, great singer-songwriter, and 2012 Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame honoree, Laura Nyro. Lead vocalist Diane Garisto toured and recorded with Ms. Nyro in the mid-90's as a member of her celebrated Harmony Group. Diane and friends have put together a live show dedicated to the memory of this musical icon. Along with some of New York City's best players and singers, Stoned Soul Picnic features faithful arrangements from all of Nyro's most popular recordings such as Eli and the 13th ConfessionNew York TendaberryChristmas and the Beads of Sweat, and Gonna Take a MiracleStoned Soul Picnic has already sold out venues, large and small, including the popular City Winery NYC, Highline Ballroom, and Celtic Connections Music Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, where they were honored to have Shawn Colvin as their special guest.  We hope you'll take a tour of the site and enjoy the offerings of music, videos, photos, and writings that are dedicated to our Mother Spiritual, Laura Nyro.  And please sign up for our mailing list if you want more information about upcoming Stoned Soul Picnic shows.  Thank you.

The Stoned Soul Band played to a great audience at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland on January 20th, 2018.  It was our first time taking the wonderful music of Laura Nyro across the pond.  We played to a packed house at the Old Fruitmarket and got a standing ovation!  And our special guests Shawn Colvin and Karen Matheson did Laura proud.  We can’t imagine having had a better time.  Thank you Glasgow, thank you Scotland, thank you, Celtic Connections.  We hope to see you all again soon!

The Stoned Soul Band with Shawn Colvin

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Previous events

Stoned Soul Picnic: The Laura Nyro Project

The Cutting Room NYC, 44 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 1001

An evening celebrating the art & soul of Laura Nyro. Joining us will be the wonderful singer/songwriter, Janie Barnett, who will be debuting her new project Cole Porter's Fiddle, an Americana take on the great composer, Cole Porter. Two terrific bands, two iconic songwriters, one fun night of music!

Stoned Soul Picnic: A Laura Nyro Songbook

Old Fruit Market, Glasgow, Scotland

An evening dedicated to the art and soul of Laura Nyro, Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer. Diane and her band will be joined by some stellar special guests to be announced.

Stoned Soul Picnic: A Laura Nyro Songbook

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City Winery , 155 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013

The Stoned Soul Picnic Band fronted by Diane Garisto, former member of Laura Nyro's Harmony Group, is back at The City Winery after several acclaimed shows to share Laura's unique and timeless music. Tickets on sale now.


Stoned Soul Picnic: A Laura Nyro Songbook

Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th St., New York, NY10011


Stoned Soul Picnic: A Laura Nyro Songbook

Cafe Wha?, 115 Macdougal St., New York, NY 10012