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!
Happy Birthday to our Mother Spiritual, Laura Nyro!!! October 18,1947
Laura Nyro influenced more songwriters, and successful songwriters, than probably any other songwriter before her.
- Elton John
- 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 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 and the Highline Ballroom, and most recently, Celtic Connections Music Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. We hope you'll take a tour of our 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.
STONED SOUL PICNIC AND THE CELTIC CONNECTIONS FESTIVAL IN GLASGOW SCOTLAND: The Stoned Soul Band played to a great audience at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland on January 20th. 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