Mary B. Lorson, a favorite of the annual Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival in Trumansburg, will bring her band to Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday, March 24.
In addition to the concert by Mary B. Lorson and the Soubrettes, FLCC student David Charles Berger and alumna Marissa Longstreet, ’10, both of Clifton Springs, will perform a mix storytelling, theatrics and music.
The event begins at 7 p.m. at the FLCC Honors House, 4340 Lakeshore Drive at the corner with Routes 5 and 20. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Honors House.
Mary B. Lorson, a singer-songwriter and composer, is perhaps best known as the lead singer of the alternative pop group Madder Rose.
According to Lorson, her current ensemble, Mary B. Lorson and the Soubrettes, stems in part from her research into vaudeville performer Eva Tanguay and from the nature of the group’s instrumentation – standup bass, banjo, guitar, piano and vocals. Soubrettes were comic actresses during the days of vaudeville.
“I've been in different bands and musical situations my whole life and have written songs influenced by jazz and classical music – you might say my style is eclectic,” says Lorson, who lives in Ithaca and contributes to the vibrant music scene there.
“We're very excited she's coming with her ensemble to bring some of that Ithaca magic to our Honors House stage,” says Curt Nehring Bliss, Honors House director.