Walking on stage and seeing the crowd at City Winery NYC last week was nothing short of astonishing. A packed room filled with people who had all come to celebrate the extraordinary genius of Laura Nyro and her music. We opened the show with Laura's live arrangement of "Sweet Blindness" and glided through the rest of the afternoon sharing her music with all our friends and fans. Our two special guest artists, Bette Sussman and Robbie Kondor did Laura's music proud. Bette, better known as a brilliant keyboard player, stepped out from behind the keys and showed the crowd her soulful voice as she sang a duet of "Emmie" with Diane. A little later on Robbie put his signature style on one of our most favorite Laura tunes, "Mother's Spiritual." We were so honored to have both of them perform with us. The afternoon went by too quickly, but when it was all over we felt elated by the warm reception and standing ovation from the wonderful people in the audience. We will never forget that great afternoon. Thank you everyone who came to the show. And thanks also to the City Winery and staff. We can't imagine a better place to celebrate the art and soul of Laura Nyro ... and we hope to be back to do it again soon!
“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 Confession, New York Tendaberry, Christmas and the Beads of Sweat, and Gonna Take a Miracle. Stoned 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