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Lake Street Dive
Lake Street Dive 2013.jpgLake Street Dive L-R: Mike Calabrese, Rachael Price, Bridget Kearney, and Mike "McDuck" Olson at Albino Skunk Music Festival, Greer, SC 2013.
Background information
OriginBoston, MA
GenresSouthern rock, indie pop, blue-eyed soul, jazz, folk rock, motown
Years activeMay 2004 - present
  • Signature Sounds
  • Nonesuch Records
MembersRachael Price
Mike "McDuck" Olson
Bridget Kearney
Mike Calabrese

Lake Street Dive is a multi-genre band that was founded in 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts. The band consists of Rachael Price (lead vocals), Mike "McDuck" Olson (trumpet, guitar), Bridget Kearney (upright bass), and Mike Calabrese (drums). They met while attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. The band was named after a street with many dive bars in Olson's hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band tours in North America, Australia, and Europe from their base in Brooklyn.[1]


  • 1 Early History
  • 2 Label Eras
    • 2.1 Signature Sounds
    • 2.2 Nonesuch Records
  • 3 Influences
  • 4 Discography
  • 5 Members
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early History

The initial idea in 2004 was for the group to create a 'free country band' — as in country music, played free.[2] This concept was abandoned in favor of something that "actually sounded good", according to Mike Olson.

The band recorded a song written by Bridget Kearney which was submitted to the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. As a result, Kearney won the Jazz category in 2005.[3] With the cash and 1000 CDs award, Lake Street Dive recorded their debut CD in 2006, in this episode.... They did another self release called Promises, Promises. The video filmed live at the Lizard Lounge in 2010 and released in 2011 set the stage for their "Lake Street Dive" album.

In the early years, Lake Street Dive juggled their tours with other commitments. Between their first brief performance in a Des Moines Iowa rock club in 2007 and their May 2011 appearance at The Berkeley Cafe in Raleigh North Carolina, they performed around 100 times in 24 states.[4] In September and October 2011 they traveled to 13 states and played in 22 venues.[5]

Signature Sounds

Lake Street Dive signed with Signature Sounds Recordings. They released Lake Street Dive in November 2010.

By 2012 the four-piece band decided to make a strong commitment as a group and to tour. Bridget Kearney left her other band, Joy Kills Sorrow, to concentrate on Lake Street Dive.[6] They went into the studio[7] to record an album and some singles in November 2012. Lead singer Rachael Price was still under contract with another label, Claire Vision. This prevented them from releasing the album recorded in the Fall of 2012 featuring Price. In late 2013 an agreement was reached and Lake Street Dive announced the release of their album Bad Self Portraits in February 2014.[8]

In 2013 and 2014 they played over 300 gigs in more than 175 different cities, spread between 43 states and 8 countries.[9] Their Bad Self Portraits tour sold out in 40 venues at the start of 2014.[10] "We love all the same songs...We sing along in the car" is the opening line from the only song they co-wrote together and tells something of their life on tour.

They have come to the attention to many via their Jackson 5 YouTube cover of "I Want You Back" gathered around a single microphone on a Brighton, Massachusetts street corner (Murdock and Mapleton). Their performance at the 2013 FreshGrass Festival[11] was filmed and directed by noted Brooklyn audio/visual collective Mason Jar Music. In December 2013, T Bone Burnett asked them to perform on the Another Day, Another Time show at The Town Hall (New York City) featuring music from and inspired by the Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. Lake Street Dive has appeared in on many television shows: The Colbert Report,[12] The Late Show with David Letterman,[13] Conan , and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[14] The band have uploaded numerous videos, including their annual, humorous Halloween covers.[15]

The band made some significant changes in their operations in 2015. In the winter they started work with Dave Cobb on a new record/CD in Nashville, signed with Nonesuch Records in November and prepared for the release of their new album. This year they only performed at 97 venues. However they toured Australia and New Zealand in March, then picked up their usual pace until December.[16] Their traditional Halloween video was Bohemian Rapsody, done in the style of Queen.

Nonesuch Records

Lake Street Dive signed with Nonesuch Records in 2015 and released Side Pony in February 2016 with their new label.[17] The album's name is another of the band's play on words. It refers to a hairstyle adopted by Kearney and is slang for "unexpectedly diverting the mind's attention" or a playful pony.


All the band members were singing and/or playing musical instruments by the time they were in 3rd grade. Most had some classical music training growing up and their parents were musicians. Each member in their own way had migrated to jazz when they met. However, band says they were influenced by the music their parents were playing at home. This ranged from classic Jazz to '60s Soul to Rock and Roll.[18]


All profess to love the entire Beatles discography. Kearney wrote "Hello? Goodbye!" and the band plays "Don't Make Me Hold Your Hand", both seem to be whimsical references to Beatles tunes. Olson says he was inspired by McCartney's love/vice lyrical concept in "Got to Get You Into My Life" when he wrote "You Go Down Smooth".

Their traditional Halloween specials and covers on the EP release Fun Machine[20] give an idea of the genres that influence them. These range from songs by The Mamas and the Papas,[21] ABBA, The Drifters, Fleetwood Mac, Hall & Oates, Jackson 5 and Paul McCartney.

The band have been influenced by classic pop and swing era jazz. "We want it to sound like the Beatles and Motown had a party together," says drummer Mike Calabrese.[22] Critics describe their music as "Sounds Like: Llewyn Davis's favorite pop group; Motown meets the Brill Building in jazzy, soulful, woulda-been Sixties chart toppers."[23]

With their recent rise in popularity, their performances are influenced by the audience in front of them. "We are translating [crowd energy] on stage, trying figure out what kind of energy to put out to the crowds. For the first time we feel we can mold the energy of a room." [24]


  • In this episode (2006)
  • Promises, Promises (2007)
  • Lake Street Dive (S/T) (2010)
  • Live at the Lizard Lounge (Video) (2011)
  • Fun Machine (2012)
  • Bad Self Portraits (2014)
  • Side Pony (2016)

See external links below for video releases.


  • Rachael Price - lead vocals, ukulele, guitar
  • Mike Olson - trumpet, guitar, organ, electric piano, synthesizer, vocals
  • Bridget Kearney - standup bass, electric bass, piano, vocals
  • Mike Calabrese - drums, organ, vocals
  • Music portal


  1. ^ "Lake Street Dive On Tour". Retrieved 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Lake Street Dive". Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ 2005 Lennon Award Winners
  4. ^ "Lake Street Dive On Tour". Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Lake Street Dive On Tour". Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kearney announcement" John Lawless, 'Bridget Kearney exits Joy Kills Sorrow' Bluegrass Today, September 4, 2012
  7. ^ Great Northern Sound Society studio in Parsonville ME
  8. ^ Wall Street Journal, 22 Aug 2013 WSJ online
  9. ^ visited 17 Jan 2014
  10. ^ visited 20 April 2014
  11. ^ "Rabid Animal"
  12. ^ Colbert Report 5 February 2014
  13. ^ David Letterman 21 February 2014
  14. ^ Ellen DeGeneres Show 18 March 2014
  15. ^ "Love Shack cover - Lake Street Dive". Lake Street Dive. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Lake Street Dive Tour Dates". Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  17. ^ Nonesuch Journal, 12 Nov 2015 Nonesuch Journal
  18. ^ {{cite interview publisher=The Living Room's web page ..artist/rachael-price |title=Artist-Rachael Price|location=New York, New York |date=2008}}
  19. ^ Bradley Carter (2013). "Interview with Bridget Kearney of Lake Street Dive" (Interview). 
  20. ^
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  22. ^ The Observer review 3 May 2014
  23. ^ Rolling Stone review 14 Jan 2014
  24. ^ Rachel Price on NPR 7/7/14 "Sold Out Crowds"

External links

  • Playlist on WaveCat
  • Lake Street Dive Facebook
  • I Want You Back YouTube video

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