In the modern age of music, we're saturated with options of what to listen to and how to listen to it. Finding really great music can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, so it's exciting when truly stellar groups like Lake Street Dive burst onto the scene, all genuine talent and earned fame like old times.
Although they were discovered through a Youtube video performance of "I Want You Back" by Jackson 5, the band originally formed in a jazz music conservatory, and they have the skills to prove it. But rather than use their superpowers to get pigeonholed in the world of jazz for jazz fans, they've decided to take it to the streets and play highly accessible, yet wildly interesting music. It comes off like a secret ingredient in a tasty dish. Along with the wide breadth of their musical influences, including Motown, R&B, and British Invasion, the hard work they put into their educational focus on music is the answer to the question, "What is all of this diversity of organic sound doing in my danceable pop music?"
Lead vocalist and diva Rachael Price is largely responsible for the extraordinary character of the band's sound, and the skill and groove of her bandmates doesn't hurt a bit. Bassist Bridget Kearney, drummer Mike Calabrese, and trumpet/guitarist Mike Olson define and give context to Price's untimidly soulful vocals. Each member's part is enhanced by all of the others to produce seriously fun and profoundly creative songs.
Warning: the cat's out of the bag about the greatness Lake Street Dive is headed for, and almost all of their upcoming nationwide shows, including all three Colorado dates, are sold out-- but we've ordered our copies of their new album for you to check out, Bad Self Portraits, so get your name on the reserve list sooner rather than later! In the meantime, you can do a fair amount of listening and exploring on their website.