Band Spotlight: Lake Street Dive


Lake Street Dive is an indie pop band that was founded in 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts. The band consists of Rachael Price (lead vocals), Mike “McDuck” Olson (trumpet and guitar), Bridget Kearney (upright bass), and Mike Calabrese (drums). The members met while attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. They are now based in Brooklyn, New York. The band’s success is attributed to winning the Jazz category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2005, for which the band submitted a song written by bassist Bridget Kearney. With the cash and 1,000-CD award, Lake Street Dive recorded their debut CD, In this episode…, in 2006. The band signed with Signature Sounds Recordings in 2010 and released their first album, Lake Street Drive, later that year. They released their EP Fun Machine in 2012 and second album Bad Self Portraits in 2014.

After playing over 300 gigs in more than 175 different cities across the United States and around the world in 2012 and 2013, Lake Street Drive rose in popularity. The band is currently on tour for Bad Self Portraits; this tour sold out in 40 venues at the start of 2014.

The band has a unique sound, incorporating classic Jazz, ‘60s Soul, and Rock and Roll. In addition, all of the band members profess to love the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac; their EP Fun Machine gives an idea of the many genres that influence their music. Most of all, however, the band is influenced by the audience in front of them and want to translate the crowd’s energy on stage.

Although Lake Street Dive already incorporates fun pop and jazzy sounds, they hope to surprise their fans with new sounds and create a live feel in their upcoming album, which will come out in early 2016. Drummer Mike Calabrese told The Guardian, “We want it to sound like the Beatles and Motown had a party together.”

Listen to Lake Street Dive’s Bad Self Portraits album by using the link to their Spotify station below:

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