Lake Street Dive is an indie jazz and soul 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. The band tours extensively in both North America and Europe from their base in Brooklyn.
"The initial idea (2004) was for the band to create a "free country band" — as in country music, played free. This concept was quickly abandoned in favor of something that actually sounded good. But its roots remain. "
The band played 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. 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 and a video filmed live at the Lizard Lounge in 2010. They signed with Signature Sounds Recordings, who first released Lake Street Dive in 2011.
By 2012 the four-piece band decided to make a strong commitment as a group and to tour. Bridget Kearney left her other band to concentrate on Lake Street Dive. They went to the studio to record an album and some singles in November 2012. In 2013 they played over 150 gigs in more than 120 different cities, spread between 32 states and 8 countries. "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 of many via their Jackson 5 YouTube cover of "I Want You Back" gathered around a single microphone on a Brighton, Massachusetts street corner. Their performance at the 2013 FreshGrass Festival 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. Fanart Banner