Perry, Gottlieb to perform at Pure Life Saturday

Published 5:51 pm Thursday, February 22, 2018

Violinist, vocalist Diane Perry will be performing with guitarist Rick Gottlieb at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Pure Life Studios.

When Perry performs a familiar tune, you never know what to expect — a visceral straight-to-the heart rendition or a complete “derangement,” as she likes to call it. While her original compositions span the breadth of her background: classical-crossover, Latin, swing, jazz, folk and gospel, you are as likely to shed a tear as you are to laugh with delight.

“You could say I ‘Carmen Mirandized’ it,” Perry said.

A Perry original, “Cocilu,” was written for her mother, who is fond of Cuban music, and the number indeed has a traditional Cubano feel.

“I met Diane at a music conference in Montreal last year. I feel in love with her music immediately. She is highly entertaining and so amazingly talented,” said Maggie McDonald, the owner and operator of Pure Life Studios. “My intention was to listen to the many artists that were at the conference that week. Instead I followed Diane and her guitarist around all week. I just could get enough.”

Diane Perry has performed in orchestras, swing band Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, The DMP Big Band, Broadway pits, rock bands and even for a circus. Her violin graces the cast album of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” She has written music for the stage, for jingles, co-produced albums and is embraced by the North Jersey folk scene.

The concert will be held at Pure Life Studios, an acoustic listening room, located at 206 Clark St. in the Hillside Community of LaGrange. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music starts at 7:30 p.m. The concert costs $20. Seating is limited, and it is highly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance. Once you get to the venue it is cash only and there is no guarantee of a seat without advance tickets.

The event is brown bag approved, and coolers are welcome. To purchase a seat or for more information about this and upcoming events, visit