Brooklyn's soulful pop band Lake Street Dive has a few solid records out, but it's mostly making its mark with excellent live shows. The band has been charming the public coast to coast to dizzying proportions, and last summer I had the pleasure of watching it at the Pickathon festival in Portland. Lake Street Dive seemed to turn Pickathon goers on their heads, considering the next day no one would shut up about the band and its engaging sweetheart-soulful swoon.
Bridget Kearney channels the Bob Babbit-Motown style on stand-up bass and guitarist/trumpeter Mike Olson and drummer Mike Calabrese cook up the Steve Cropper/Al Jackson Deep South Stax sound. And then there's the torch singer, Rachael Price, with the smoldering voice and impeccable phrasing that send many newly discovered divas straight to the cleaners. Armed with a slew of bouncing, addictive originals adorned with Philly-soul harmonies, the band is just impossible not to shuffle across the dance floor to.
Do yourself a favor and lend an ear to Lake Street Dive, and you can blame me for the love hangover the next day.
Lake Street Dive opens for Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band at the Wilma Mon., March 25, at 7 PM. $24/$21 in advance at Rockin' Rudys and ticketweb.com.