Laura Nyro influenced more songwriters, and successful songwriters, than probably any other songwriter before her.
- Elton John

About Stoned Soul Picnic

Stoned Soul Picnic is a celebration of the art and soul of the late, great singer-songwriter, and 2013 Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 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

Another great review of our December 2017 Stoned Soul Holiday Show at the City Winery in NYC:  ”Holding it’s own with my other Laura Nyro experiences, Diane Garisto’s performance last night at the City Winery, in tribute to Laura’s music, was one of the most magical performances I’ve ever attended.  Along with Diane, the group consisted of the finest musicians in the world who faithfully and accurately honored the original recordings, while making it their own with musicality, warmth, heart, and soul ... Diane Garisto totally knocked me out.  I suspect most everyone in the room came there with Laura Nyro’s voice etched in their heads, but Diane unquestionably rose to the occasion with power, heartfelt beauty, and technical proficiency amazingly nailing Laura’s dynamics, flourishes, phrasing, rhythm, intonation, and unique vocal acrobatics.  On top of all that, Diane still maintained her own voice, identity, and personality as a true artist in her own right.”  Terry Silverlight

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