Little Levity

Jan. 20, 2017, Loft 266 (ground floor)

AKA Blue Jeans Bistro

266 Park Ave, Worcester, Mass

Tim Gunderman, John Hannum, Fran Reagan, Lawrence Strauss invite you to an evening of dinner, drinks and rock (opera) at the ground floor of Loft 266/Blue Jeans Bistro, Jan. 20 at 8. There is a — in the words of Mad Magazine — CHEAP $5 cover.

We'll be playing some selections from Little Levity's rock opera, the Glass Man, and lots of other tunes from the 1940s to today. Special guests, too. You won't want to miss this!

Little Levity

The name Little Levity was a collaboration between Tim and me (Lawrence). I had the name Levity in mind and Tim thought that didn't say enough. I argued back. But then he suggested adding the name "Little", and when he explained it to me, I quit arguing. It did seem perfect, because, as Tim told me, little levity can mean either a little bit funny or not funny at all. Think about, Killer.

Tim Gunderman, John Hannum, Fran Reagan & Lawrence Strauss

A Musical Collaboration, Est. 2006

Actually Little Levity was born out of an earlier Worcester, Mass band, Acacia. Tim and Lawrence were founding members of Acacia; Fran played along on occasion.

And, I suppose those symbols were derived from the Led Zep idea, or maybe they're more like Gene Simmons's eye-bat-wing and Peter's cat make-up. Tim's is an Enso, meaning spontanaeity, as he is a master improvisor (it also kind of looks like a G). John's symbol is a nod to the original guitar hero. Fran's is a guitar body and f-hole-derived shape. Mine (it's Lawrence writing these words, which is why it's not bragging to call Tim a master improvisor) is my initials turned into a face.

I am a worthy human being

— Sen. Franken

"... lot of fun, we've got to do this again next year" –James McLaughlin, Assistant Dean of Student Programs, WPI

"Trippy acoustic-based trio ... with a far-out set" –Craig Semon, Telegram and Gazette

"Your music was truly inspiring" –Donna Winant, host of Artspeak

"... our favorite Worcester band ... thanks for keeping it hopping!" –Paul and Holly Lavallee got married and Little Levity played

"quite a success! Little Levity played grooving music" –Nathan Joiner, son of "Cousin Lynn" Joiner, host of Hillbilly at Harvard

Little Levity Performs Glass Man Rock Opera

Greendale's, Worcester

Above is a sample track, Fallen Man (requires Flash and Javascript), from Little Levity's Glass Man rock opera, the story of a man in the glass installation business who feels like making a monster out of the debris of his trade ... so he does!

Muse Lodge

Brookfield, Mass, Summer 2009

In 2009, Little Levity, then a trio (to my understanding, John was not yet born), recorded at the studio of Paul Provost, Muse Lodge. The sample song, All's Well, above (requires Flash and Javascript), was recorded during these sessions (that's Bill Lebeau whistling on there). The photo, above, is by the great Dennis Vandal of Amherst, Mass.

Glass Man CD (and download)

Get Little Levity's Debut Release

CDs are a limited edition and include the illustrated story of the Glass Man. Your CD purchase also gets you a link to download the album. To order, inquire at

Musical composition by Tim Gunderman, Fran Reagan and Lawrence Strauss from the rock opera, The Glass Man (listening to this Web sample requires Javascript and Flash)
(Tim Gunderman, guitars, Fran Reagan, drums, Lawrence Strauss, keyboards)

Little Levity Performs at WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's

Summer Concert Series

For the second year Little Levity has performed '60s hits and forgotten gems from that era at WPI's lunchtime Summer Concert Series. Contact Lawrence, Tim, John and Fran at to book us for your event.

For booking information

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