Music Review

“Just when you thought smart folk-pop was dead, here comes Mara Levi with her folkster sounds and powerful messages.”

— Discovering Artists, Sept. 17

Mara Levi introduces a new category of rock and roll — smart pop. She performs catchy, original rock and roll that entertains as it weaves its way into your subconscious.

Levi, a Massachusetts native, began playing piano when she was 4. At 10 she added the trumpet and by 20 she had mastered bass and guitar as well. She studied voice and composition with several renowned musicians and is well versed in jazz, classical, folk and rock and roll. All of these traditions lend Levi’s songwriting its eclectic, accessible flair.

Compared to Liz Phair, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morissette, and Aimee Mann, Levi combines musical worlds, creating a style that is uniquely her own. She recently released her first solo CD titled “Life’s a Ball.” Her East Coast tour begins Jan. 11 in Washington, D.C., and she plays New York City Jan. 13 (see box). For complete tour info, go to

Mara Levi in NYC
Jan. 13 at 9 p.m.
Kenny’s Castaways
157 Bleeker Street
(between Thompson & LaGuardia)
• 21 and up •