Mary Lorson

performer, composer, writer



  • 2018

  • Upcoming:

October 10, 2018: The Cherry Arts, Ithaca, New York. Billy Cote, Matt Saccuccimorano, and I will be accompanying writer Jon Frankel and others.

November 3, Boston, MA: Piano Karaoke! Tanya Donelly, Chris Toppin, Elizabeth Steen, and I will be performing piano-based duets of cover tunes. Watch this space for details.

November 10, 2018: The Barn at Egremont Inn. Solo gig in this beautiful place!

  • Archive

    July, 2018: Fanzine! Part 3 of my 2018 Music and Words Residency at Casita del Polaris, Ithaca, New York. Special guests: J. Robert Lennon, Bob Proehl, Park Doing, Billy Cote, John Lynch, and Melanie Bush. 7:30-9:30 p.m.

July 20, 2018: Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival of Music and Dance. A full-band gig in the Cabaret Tent at this venerable festival. 4:30 p.m. set

July 21-22, 2018: The Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, New York. The One Minute Play Festival. I contributed two short (one-minute) plays to this collective theater project.

May 3, 2018: Seven Minutes in Heaven: a spin-the-bottle of the arts. This first installment of my words-and-music residency became a first-night event for this year's Spring Writes Literary Festival. Seven writers, seven musicians, seven actors, for seven minutes. It was a pretty great night. Video to follow.

June 7, 2018: Show and Tell: what I'm working on. A smaller affair, this was my second installment of the words-and-music residency. This time, I shared some soundscapes and short prose pieces, fiction, essay, and poetry, with the help of my stalwarts Billy Cote and Park Doing.

April 26, 2018: Cosmic Joke Collective, at Lot 10, Ithaca, NY. I'll be performing with Billy Cote, Brian Dozoretz, and Steve Gollnick. Band name forthcoming.

May 3, 2018, Casita del Polaris, Ithaca, NY. "Seven Minutes in Heaven: a spin-the-bottle of the arts." I'll be hosting this event as part of the Spring Writes Literary Festival. Seven writers, seven musicians, seven actors, seven minutes each. Let's see what happens.

July, 2018: The Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance. My band and I will bring new and old tunes to Grassroots! Time and venue TBD.

8:00 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2017, Casita del Polaris, Ithaca, New York. Join us! We'll be celebrating the release of our long-gestated CD, "Themes From Whatever." Special guests will surprise and delight. Hurray!

December 21, 2017, the 12th Annual IMOP (Ithaca Musicians Office Party) will be a'happening at The Haunt in Ithaca.

January 6, 2018, Rockwood Music Hall Room 3, 8:30 p.m., with special guests, including Eszter Balint, and more.

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7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017, The Owl Music Parlor, 497 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn, with Eszter Balint. I'll collaborate with the so-talented Ms. Balint, and my new album, "Themes From Whatever," will be on hand!

October 21, 2017, The Cosmic Joke Collective, Lot 10, Ithaca, New York.

7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 18, Sid Gold's Request Room, 165 West 26th Street, NYC. I'll play a solo piano show at this fabulous nightspot. Do join.

May 2017, The Cosmic Joke Collective, details TBA.

My appearance on WSKG-FM's "Out of Bounds," hosted by Tish Pearlman:

7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11, Kitchen Theatre Company, 417 West State Street, Ithaca, NY. "Signals: a memoir," by Mary Lorson. Directed by Emily Jackson, lighting design by Tyler M. Perry. Featuring Mary Lorson, Anna Coogan, Walt Lorenzut, Zaun Marshburn, Michael Stark, and Beverly Stokes. Everyone's family is interesting. Buy tickets here:

Friday, 7/08/16: The American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, New York, NY. Part of the Free Music Fridays program. 6:05-6:35 p.m. Joined by percussionist Bill Gerstel, I'll be playing a hush-hush acoustic set in this gorgeous temple of creativity.

Saturday 7/23/16: The Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance. My full band (and then some) will roll out tunes from the catalog, including and especially the entirety of our upcoming album. 7:15 p.m at the Cabaret Tent.

Our Indiegogo campaign to fund the new record "Themes From Whatever" was a success! Thanks to all who supported this effort. We begin tracking at the end of January, and are aiming for an early June release.

2/05/16, Eye Gallery, Ithaca, NY. From 5:30-7:30 p.m., I'll be serenading the beguiling art of Jim Garmhausen. If you happen to get in the way, so be it.

2/19/16, The Haunt, Ithaca, NY. Benefit for Ithaca Underground. This organization affords young people opportunities to perform and attend new music. An excellent excuse to roll out the new Madder Rose tunes Billy Cote and I have scribbled. Walt Lorenzut and Brian Dudla on rhythm!

2/20/16, PACE University, NYC. Solo show, 2-4 p.m., One Pace Plaza.

3/25/16, House Concert, Los Angeles, California. Join me and LA band Justin Asher, Bill Gerstel, Jake Gideon, Rosa Pullman, and Kirk Swan as we channel les films noir, high above the City of Angels. Email for details.

3/31/16, The Red Room at Cafe 939, Boston, MA. Join me and Eszter Balint for two sets of serious fun.

5/14/16, The Red Room at Cafe 939, Boston, MA. The Ever-forward Monstresses of 90's Indie Rock! Join me, Chris Toppin, Hilken Mancini, and Tanya Donelly, as we show you what we still do.

More performances in NYC, Los Angeles, and Boston being scheduled for 2016. Watch this space for details; contact me if you have any venue suggestions.

12/20/15, 4:00 p.m., The Ithaca Musicians Office Party 2015, The Rongovian Embassy, Trumansburg, NY. 9th Annual Event benefiting local musicians.

1/10/16, 7-9 p.m. p.m., The Westy, Ithaca, NY. Solo Show.

8/ 1/15, 4:00 p.m., Avery Schreiber Playhouse, Los Angeles. Signals: a performance memoir.

8/ 2/15, 7:00 p.m., House Party, LA (email or for info)

8/ 9/15, 12-6:00 p.m., Benefit for Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Rongovian Embassy, Trumansburg, NY

8/30/15, 7-9:00 p.m.Felicia's Atomic Lounge, 7-9 p.m., solo show####7/16-19 2015, The Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival, Trumansburg, NY

5/ 2/15, 5:00 p.m. Cinemapolis, Ithaca, NY. "Signals" performance

5/ 2/15, 10:00 p.m. The Chapter House, Ithaca, NY. (Cancelled due to the fire that closed the venue.)

5/1/15, Time TBD. Wharton Studio Museum Annual Fundraiser, Enfield NY####4/ 1/15, 8:00 p.m. Room 5, Los Angeles, songwriter set with LA combo!

4/18/15 Time TBD. Wisteriahurst, Holyoke, MA: Eva Tanguay reading w/ Andrew Erdman####4/ 3/15, 8:00 p.m. Besant Lodge, Los Angeles. West Coast Lorson group (Justin Asher, Bill Gerstel, Kirk Swan, Jake Gideon and Rosa Pullman) presents the performance memoir "Signals." With Park Doing's video and music piece, "Woody Guthrie Meets the Sun."

1/24/15, The Rongovian Embassy, Trumansburg, NY: full band, with Wingnut

2/7/15, Rockwood Music Hall, NYC: 6 p.m. songwriter set

2/20/15, Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, NY: full band "Signals" performance

2/21/15, The Living Room, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, w/The Sharp Things

12/13/14, The Haunt, Ithaca, NY w/Rockwood Ferry

12/14/14, The Ithaca Musicians Office Party, Felicia's Atomic Lounge, Ithaca, NY

1/10/15, Lot 10, Solo works-in-progress show, 6-8 p.m.####8/23/14 Listen to "Under My Umbrella," Mary's fortnightly radio show, 2-4 p.m. on 88.1 WRFI-FM and online at

10/25/14, The Dock, Ithaca, NY, w/Starry Mountain Sweetheart Band

11/8/14, Rockwood Music Hall, NYC

7/17/14, 8:45 p.m., Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Art, Trumansburg, NY.

Second Wind tour, promoting Bill Thomas' book by that name, March 30-April 5, as one of six faculty members. See for more details. ####3/9/14 Argos Inn, Ithaca, NY, full band show.

2/23/14, 7-9 p.m., Felicia's Atomic Lounge, Ithaca, NY, solo debut of "Signals" performance memoir.

1/11/14, 9 p.m., The Chapter House, with Wingnut (a Saint Low reunion)

12/15/13, 7-9:00 p.m., Felicia's Atomic Lounge, Ithaca NY, The IMOP

11/23/13, 7-10 p.m., The Gates, Ithaca, NY. Full band show.

7/19/13, 8:00 p.m., Cabaret Stage, The Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival, Trumansburg, NY.

10/06/13, 7-9:00 p.m., Felicia's Atomic Lounge, Ithaca NY

3/6/13, 8:00 p.m., The Haunt, Ithaca. Solo performance supporting James McMurtry.

3/9/13, 6:00 p.m. - Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, NY. I'll provide musical accompaniment while Andrew L. Erdman and I read selections from "Queen of Vaudeville," his definitive biography of Eva Tanguay.

3/28/13, 7:00 p.m. - Book Soup, Los Angeles, 8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA (310) 659-3110. I'll be accompanying Andrew L. Erdman as he and I read selections from "Queen of Vaudeville," his definitive biography of Eva Tanguay.

3/29/13, 11:00 p.m. - WitZend Live, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291. (310) 305-4792. Join the full band for a late-Friday set of songs from the whole catalog.

3/30/13, 9:00 p.m. - Room 5 Lounge, 143 North La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 938-2504.

5/5/13, 7 p.m., Felicia's Atomic Lounge, Ithaca, NY.

5/18/13, 9:15 p.m., Zirzamen, 90 W. Houston Street, NYC.

10/6/12, 7:00 p.m. - Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, CA.

10/19/12, 8:00 p.m. - Nyuorican Poets Cafe, 236 East 3rd Street New York, NY 10009 (212) 780-9386. I'll be accompanying Andrew L. Erdman as he reads selections from "Queen of Vaudeville," his definitive biography of Eva Tanguay.

9/22/12, 11 a.m., Cornell University Flex Theater, The Ithaca Motion Picture Project presents "The Romance of Elaine," with live musical accompaniment by Mary Lorson. Part of Cornell University's Homecoming Weekend celebration.

6/21/12, 5:00 p.m., Cabaret Stage, The Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival, Trumansburg, NY.

6/2/12, 1:00 p.m., Wine Stage, The Ithaca Festival, Ithaca NY.

6/3/12, 7:00 p.m., Felicia's Atomic Lounge - "Lately" video release party!

6/28/12, 8:00 p.m., Kreutzberg CA, 685 Higuera St. San Luis Obispo, CA (805) 439-2060.

6/30/12, 8:00 p.m., Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo CA 805-547-0278.

7/7/12, 7:00 p.m. Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles. Promoting "BurnBabyBurn."

4/7/12 PA's Lounge, Somerville, MA

5/4/12, Lot 10, Ithaca NY

Poetry and music collaboration w/ Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, part of Spring Writes Series

5/5/12, Rockwood Music Hall, NYC, 6pm set on Rockwood's lovely piano!

5/6/12 1:00 p.m., The Picture House, Pelham, New York. Mary & the Soubrettes will play songs from "BurnBabyBurn" and Mary's old songbook and present elements from "FreakBaby and the Kill Thought."

3/30/12, Schwartz Center Flex Theater, Cornell University, 8 p.m. Poetry/music collaboration w/ Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon.

3/22/12 Boston, MA - Cafe 939 at Berklee, 939 Boylston Street, Boston. 8:00 p.m. show w/Megan Reilly

3/24/12 8:00 p.m., The Living Room, NYC

#### 3/18/12 Works-in-Progress Reading, Buffalo Books, Ithaca, NY. Mary read from recent work. #### 2/11/12 The Kitchen Theater, 417 West Martin Luther King, Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY. Mary and the Soubrettes appear at Becky Lane's Gala Fundraiser and Screening. See for time and details. #### 2/25/11 The Chapter House, 400 Stewart Avenue, Ithaca, NY. 10 p.m. Double Sister Happiness Night! Mary Lorson & the Soubrettes with Jennie Lowe Stearns and the Fire Choir #### 10/22/11 Mary Lorson & The Soubrettes @ The Living Room, Stanton Street, NYC, 7 pm. Part of the CMJ Music Marathon. #### Mary Lorson & the Soubrettes CD Release show @Felicia's Atomic Lounge, 508 W. State Street, Ithaca, NY 7-9 p.m.

#### 7/22/11 Mary Lorson and the Soubrettes at the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival, 2:30 PM, Cabaret Stage, Trumansburg, NY

#### 7/15/11 Mary Lorson & the Soubrettes supporting Emmylou Harris, Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Virgil, NY, 7 p.m.

#### 6/11/11 Mary Lorson and the Soubrettes at the Morgan Opera House, Aurora, NY. Time 7 p.m.

#### 5/7/11 Songwriting Workshop with Mary Lorson. Part of Spring Writes Literary Festival.

#### 5/14/11 Mary Lorson and the Soubrettes at The Living Room, NYC, 8:00 PM

6/4/11 - Mary Lorson and the Soubrettes at the Ithaca Festival, 3:30 PM, Wine Garden Stage.