Lake Street Dive road their "Side Ponies" into Denver and onto the Ogden Theatre stage Thursday night. The sold out crowd was full of die-hard Lake Street Dive fans, and they were not disappointed by the unique musical mix that Lake Street Dive served up.
It’s hard to describe the magic that these cool cats can have on an audience. Their music is almost indefinable as a genre. Lake Street Dive combines pop, soul, and jazz into a spin that is all at once funky, sensual and hip. The sound is smart and layered with musical nuance and clever lyrics.
The set on Thursday night featured smooth, deep vocals and masterful, precise musicianship. Rachael Price’s voice was rich, bluesy and sensual. She radiated a stunning, soulful presence on stage that was captivating and elegant. The guitar and trumpet work of Mike “McDuck” Olson was as "Fresh and Clean" as his perfect hair. Olson’s presence on stage added a solid artistic anchor to the music that was reminiscent of the late Beatle, George Harrison. Mike Calabrese’s percussion was intense, driven and focused. Bridget Kearney’s acoustic upright bass grooves were nothing short of astonishing, channeling influences from Charles Mingus to Victor Wooten and doing it all while rocking her signature “Side Pony” hair style. Guest artist Akie Bermiss added keyboard punch to the evening and Joey Dosik who opened the show with his smooth, neo-jazz musical stylings added some vocal and sax magic to Lake Street's rendering of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”
Lake Street Dive’s show is a beautiful blend of style, talent, and showmanship that should not be missed. You can catch up with them here on AXS.com March 21, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles and this fall Sept.1, at the JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience. A full list of tour dates can be found on the band’s website. Don’t forget to check out the attached photos and video of Thursday’s performance.