Diana & the Dishes

 Garnering comparisons to Regina Spektor, Ben Folds, Carole King, and Cole Porter, Chicago band DIANA & THE DISHES presents a unique, high-energy recipe of pop, soul, wit, tight musicianship and contagious fun. Since forming in 2008 around singer/songwriter/pianist, Diana Lawrence, the band has taken their city by storm, playing reputable rock venues such as the Schubas, Martyrs, Double Door and Subterranean, while also becoming favorites at listening rooms and creative events, including The Paper Machete and the Uptown Poetry Slam at The Green Mill. Throughout 2015 and 2016, the Diana & the Dishes played a monthly residency at the High Hat Club, a boutique music and comedy club on Chicago’s north side. The band’s debut release, “Take A Picture,” was listed in Music Connection Magazine’s Hot 100 for 2011, and a new album is currently in production. For each member of Diana & the Dishes, the band is a part of a full and varied life of professional music-making. Drummer Bob Parlier spent many years touring with the band, Strange Arrangement, and now gigs regularly in Chicago. Bassist Dan Thatcher runs the Ears and Eyes jazz series, while also gigging regularly around town. Guitarist Dave Saenger runs his own guitar studio and plays for countless professional musical theatre productions, and cellist David Keller is active in the contemporary classical music scene while also running the bands Origin of Animal and A Light Sleeper. When not writing music for the Dishes, Diana is writing music for Chicago theatre, including Steppenwolf Theatre and The Second City, while also gigging as a singer, pianist, and music director. When their powers combine, Diana & the Dishes has an uncanny ability to create a come-as-you-are, family-affair vibe for their audiences, all while delivering stunning musicianship, boundless energy and disarming honesty. Whether they're playing plugged-in and rock-your-socks-off or acoustic and intimate, you’re always guaranteed a night of smart, soulful pop that at once get you dancing and pierce your heart.  

Past Shows

  • Thu, Aug 12 - 9pm - $7
  • Mon, Jan 17 - 8:30pm - $7
  • Wed, Apr 27 - 8pm - $7
  • Mon, Feb 13 - 8pm - $10
  • Fri, Feb 15 - 8:30pm - $8
  • Thu, Oct 31 - 8pm - $10
  • Mon, Sep 8 - 8pm - $20
  • Mon, Nov 9 - 8pm - $20
  • Sun, Dec 8 - 7pm - $12