Diana Lawrence


Storytime 2020

Wow. I cannot remember the last time I put up a blog post on this site. Guess it’s been a year and a half. Seems like another lifetime. But now is now, and here I am. Here we all are.

This year started with subletting my beloved Chicago apartment and in turn subletting an apartment in Harlem, a block from the Hudson River, dirty and noisy and wonderful. In February, I miraculously got the chance to audition for a Broadway music director, and was offered the job of playing keyboard for the first national tour of a Broadway show, which would have taken me on the road constantly for a full year, so I thought really hard about it, and turned it down. Literally minutes later, I was offered the chance to play piano for the world premiere run of a show at the Public Theatre. Then it was March, and the world started to shut down, and just before everything in New York City closed, my husband and I packed all the things we could into a rental car and drove for two days to my family’s house in Michigan. We thought we’d be there for three weeks. We were there for three months. When our Chicago subletter left, we brought ourselves and all our things right back to Chicago.

It’s good to be back, for now. It’s strange that I can’t be in a room with you and sing and play music for you. It’s strange to not know where I’m going next. But we’ve all gotten used to not knowing anything about what the next day will bring. And that means growth and change.

This website is going to grow and change too, a lot. By January or so, it should have a whole new, exciting look, and represent more of who I’m becoming as an artist. I’m excited about what’s ahead. I’m exhausted. But excited for how we’re all going to emerge from this cocoon. For 2021, for you, I’m hoping for butterflies. For all of us.

Mill Girls at the O’Neill Theater Center!

Mill Girls, the musical I’ve been writing in collaboration with Jess McLeod and Samantha Beach, was granted an Incubator workshop at the O’Neill Theater Center this past spring! All four of the Incubator projects were invited back last week to present songs from their shows on a concert to kick off the National Musical Theater Conference, and boy was it a blast. I hope we can be back at that wonderful place again soon!

Pics posted from the Chicago Public Radio’s New Years show!

Diana & the Dishes had such a blast ringing in the new year at WBEZ New Year’s Party. Those public radio fans sure can dance the night away! It was a very special evening, and about the best way to kick off a new year with a band I’m lucky to call my own. Check out some pics from the night on our Facebook page!

Glowing review of Nellie McKay show!

Gapers Block posted a nice review of the show where I opened for Nellie McKay… the icing on the cake of a great night…. check it out!


Featured interview in the Chicago Tribune and Red Eye!

The Trib interviewed me in connection with the Dishes’ upcoming show benefit show at Schubas… how cool, right? Not only that, but they stuck it both in the Tribune AND in the free daily paper, the Red Eye. Click here to check it out!

December 8th at Schubas: The Second Annual Women Power Holiday Show!

For the second year in a row, Diana & the Dishes is hosting a holiday-time show of kickass female-fronted bands, with the goal of using our kick-ass powers to raise money for a fantastic local non-profit that supports women in Chicago.

This year, we will be joined by two incredible compatriots:
Liza Day (lizaday.com)
Lady Laura (ladylauramusic.com)

And we will be raising money for Deborah’s Place:
Deborah’s Place breaks the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago. Through a continuum of housing options, comprehensive support services, and opportunties for change, women succeed in achieving their goals.

Do your part for your city around the holidays, WHILE having a great time with great bands at a great venue!

Get yer advance tickets HERE!

Check out the event of Facebook HERE!


Halloween 2013: the Dishes do THRILLER!

Get those zombie dance moves ready: On Halloween night at Martyrs’ in Chicago, Diana & the Dishes will be covering the full Michael Jackson “Thriller” album, in our own quirky, charming, and (obviously) scary-silly-Halloween way. The Lincoln Squares open with the full Nirvana Nevermind album (worth the price of admission right there), and Terrible Spaceship headlines with their unique multimedia show. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW so you’ll be sure not to miss this wild, crazy, spooky night of fantastic live music!

Diana to play on showcase at Double Door 6/21!

Diana will be playing a solo set on a showcase at Double Door! Definitely reserve your tickets in advance: it’s cheaper ($7 in advance, $10 at the door) and ALL of the money from presales goes to the artists (sales at the door almost entirely to Double Door).
Click HERE to get those tickets!

The ticket site is run by Rabbl, which is really set up for shows where the venue nor exact date are confirmed. But this show’s date and venue ARE confirmed. So ignore the “if” language on the site… this thing is happening.

Diana in the Chicago Tribune!

Hey folks! There’s a feature article in the Trib this week about the upcoming show at Music Theater Company on Monday, May 13th.

Next show: Diana and Joe! 3/22 @ Subterranean

Joe is in from LA! The last time he was in Chicago was two years ago, so it might be another two years before you can see a show like this again. So you better come. Obviously.
There will be some special guest joining us on our set, plus great performers before and after us.
Get a ticket