Posted March 21, 2014 by Gerard O'Sullivan in Show Reviews

Lake Street Dive // 3-19-14 // Wonder Ballroom


Lake Street Dive won over many fans here in the Pacific Northwest with their Pickathon performances the past two years and it’s clear that this band is on the brink of stardom. After selling out the Doug Fir during their last Portland stop, they played to a sold-out crowd at the Wonder Ballroom on a Wednesday evening.   The audience in the ballroom was packed in and featured a diverse mix of young & old.

Lake Street Dive’s popularity certainly has benefited from a mixture of word-of-mouth, a Michael Jackson cover on YouTube and recent TV stops on the Colbert Report and Ellen.  All resulting in a national tour that is mostly sold out and a European tour planned for later this year.

That all being said, there is no doubt that this band deserves the attention they are getting right now.  The band formed in 2004 in Boston while they were all attending the New England Conservatory of Music and they now reside in Brooklyn, NY.  The band released a new record earlier this year, Bad Self Portraits that might be their best yet.  Composed of drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, the stunning vocalist Rachael Price, and guitarist Mike Olson, Lake Street Dive are obviously very talented musicians who are able to improvise and bring their own personal styles together to form the cohesive sound that clearly has people tuning in right now.

Gerard O'Sullivan



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