Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive (10:00 PM)

The Congress (9:00 PM)

Sat, March 15, 2014

8:00 pm

Adv tix $18.00 / Day of show $20.00

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This event is all ages

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Lake Street Dive - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Lake Street Dive
Lake Street Dive find themselves on the cusp of stardom, though they insist they will
always be the same people whose stage outfits once consisted of matching sweater
vests. “We realize this could all go away tomorrow,” says Rachael Price. “But that
won’t change what we do. We want to continue to do this for a long, long time. This
is what we love. We just want to make sure we keep enjoying ourselves.”
Lake Street Dive have been performing for nearly a decade after meeting as fellow
students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The band was hand picked by
Minneapolis trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson and named after an actual
neighborhood of seedy bars in his hometown. Vocalist Rachael Price came from
outside Nashville, Tennessee, stand-up bassist Bridget Kearney was an Iowa native,
while drummer Mike Calabrese called Philadelphia home. “I wasn’t only impressed
with their musicianship,” says Olson, who acquired the nickname “McDuck” while at
the conservatory for his reclusive ways. “They were also a lot of fun just to hang out
with. The first four years of rehearsals were more like glorified dinner parties.”
Lake Street Dive has come a long way, but this just could be the start of something
even bigger.
It took a casually made video featuring the band gathered around a single mic,
performing a cover of Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” shot on a Brighton,
Massachusetts, street corner to grab the public’s attention—its YouTube views now
hurtling past a million views. What followed was nothing less than a modern-day
music business success story—T Bone Burnett tapping them to perform on the
Another Day, Another Time show at Town Hall featuring music from and inspired by
the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, taped for an upcoming special on Showtime.
The New Yorker raved of their Town Hall performance: “I can’t imagine then, that
Lake Street Dive—a quartet led by an amazing young singer, Rachael Price—won’t be
getting some air time soon.” Rolling Stone called the band “unexpected
showstoppers,” while Hollywood Reporter noted the group “delivered one of the
show’s best moments with the swinging ‘You Go Down Smooth,’ with stirring vocals
by lead singer Rachael Price.” The New York Daily News was similarly enthused,
saying Lake Street Dive “was the evening’s wild card,” and noting Price “has the
soulful howl of a young Etta James.”
And just like that, Lake Street Dive went from playing for a small devoted following,
to selling out venues and planning an initial European tour, with dates on several
late-night TV shows in the offing.
While “I Want You Back,” a track from their six-song Fun Machine EP, which included
five covers and an original track, was spreading like wildfire on the Internet, the
band had little idea what was happening. They were ensconced at Great North Sound
Society, a recording studio located on an 18th century farmhouse in Parsonsfield,
Maine, two hours from Boston, with producer/engineer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter) a
location so remote, cell phone reception was spotty and web access non-existent.
The new album, Bad Self Portraits, which is being released by the Northampton,
Massachusetts indie label Signature Sounds Recording as the follow-up to a selftitled
debut and subsequent EP, is a microcosm of Lake Street Dive’s evolution of the
band from “a weird alt-country jazz group to a pop-soul juggernaut, that turns ‘60s
influences like Brill Building girl groups (“Stop Your Crying”), British Invasion rock
(“Bobby Tanqueray”), horn-driven Stax R&B (“You Go Down Smooth”), Motown soul
(“Use Me Up”) and even The Band-like gospel blues (“What About Me”).
“Our musical development has been like Google Earth,” explains Olson, “going from
the entire universe to a specific place. That’s how we’ve honed in on our sound. We
had the whole world of music at our fingertips, and we were unsure of what direction
to take, but now we’re zeroing in a little closer.”
All four members of the band take part in the writing. The Bridget-penned title track
is a wry commentary on how those selfie iPhone photos are just a cover for
loneliness, but it could also refer to the rest of the album, each song a polaroid
glimpse of a band that is constantly evolving.
“Nothing we do is set in stone,” says Olson about the band’s recording process in the
studio, and that they are, first and foremost, a live outfit. “Songs change when we
start to play them for people. That determines the stylistic direction more than
anything else. When we record a song, that’s just a snapshot of where it was at that
moment. And it continues to grow as we perform it.”
And as things are rapidly growing for Lake Street Dive, the nine years that they
spent focusing on their musical development has left them with one constant to
strive for. “We are named in homage to dive bar bands,” says Calabrese, “we were,
are and always will be a dive bar band. Whether we’re playing for 10 people or
10,000 we want them to have that feeling.”
The Congress - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
The Congress
Evoking emotions that you thought had long passed – the feeling of your first cigarette, or the way you feel listening to a worn vinyl as it warmly crackles against the sound of a summer night – The Congress is naturally compared to many names and styles of years gone by. But drawing such comparisons is, in many respects, a misguided endeavor. Misguided not because you'd be wrong, but because you'd be missing the beautiful point – The Congress are a natural evolution of more than 60 years of purely American music. With a spirit rooted just south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and now calling Denver – "The Queen City of the West" – their home, they've got enough soul, grit, and have spent enough time in the woodshed and on the road to call them pretty much whatever you want. But whatever words you think you need to describe their contribution to the American music tradition – save your breath. The Congress plays Rock & Roll.

"...recently knocked the socks off JamBase Associate Editor Dennis Cook when they played San Francisco, evoking everything from Wilco to Little Feat to Weezer and still sounding like very much their own band the whole damn time" -

"Harry Nilsson meets Blood Sweat & Tears at Randy Newman's House." - Vintage Guitar Magazine

"Solid rock and roll mixed with some Southern R&B and finished with a little psychadelic improv. That's Denver-based band The Congress' recipe for a good time." - Vail Daily

"The intrinsic harmony between the members is evident on their debut EP. The group's self-titled seven-track disc, recorded at Macy Sound Studios, encompasses vintage R&B textures, Appalachian harmonies and free-form psychedelic solos." - Denver Westword

"The Congress has established itself as a passionate, soulful live act, with rich, stirring songs" - Denver Post

"These Virginia boys turned Coloradoans are cold-blooded assassins of song and soul." - Colorado Music Buzz

"You can't really understand until you see them live... to hear art this good, to experience such a series of incredible moments is not something you forget...Their self-titled album is phenomenal, and each track blows me away." – Magazine 33
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9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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