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Lake Street Dive
Sunday JULY 28, 2019
Michael Calabrese (drums)
Bridget Kearney (bass)
Rachael Price (vocals)
Michael “McDuck” Olson (guitar, trumpet)
Akie Bermiss (keys)
With their singular mix of soul and R&B and wholehearted rock & roll, Lake Street Dive make music that’s timeless yet immediate, exuberant yet reflective. In the 15 years since their formation, the band’s infectious vitality has only magnified in appeal, as proven with the release of their 2018 album Free Yourself Up. Along with earning lavish acclaim, the Boston-bred act’s most recent full-length debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200, and spent a virtually unprecedented seven-and-a-half months on the non-commercial radio charts.
Their most intimate and collaborative work to date, Free Yourself Up finds Lake Street Dive expanding their sound with more intricate textures, fuller-bodied arrangements, and stacks of sublime background harmonies. The album’s title serves as both an exhortation to listeners and a statement of purpose for the band, its songs unfolding with a joyful swagger even when channeling anxiety over the state of the world. “This album is based in the realities in our time, which have inevitably become part of everyone’s daily life,” notes Kearney. “It’s something you think about and obsess over—and write songs about. Free Yourself Up is about empowering yourself, emboldening yourself, no matter what’s going wrong.”
Lake Street Dive came to life in 2004, when the original members were studying at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston; Akie Bermiss joined the band on keys in 2017. Over the coming years, the band steadily built a following through a series of independent album releases, countless club tours, and a few lucky breaks. In 2016 they made their Nonesuch Records debut with Side Pony, an album deemed “irresistible” by Rolling Stone. Arriving in May 2018, Free Yourself Up drew praise from outlets like PopMatters—who, on their Best Pop Albums of 2018 list, noted that Free Yourself Up “cleverly pulls off the rare hat-trick of not only being the band’s most instantly accessible album but also their best”—while lead single “Good Kisser” held fast in the top 5 at Americana radio for over a month. Most recently, Lake Street Dive released Freak Yourself Out: a five-song 10-inch EP composed of bonus tracks from the Free Yourself Up sessions.
Known for their kinetic live show, Lake Street Dive are now set to embark on a headlining tour of Europe in April. With plans to record new music later this year, the band will also hit the road for a run with The Avett Brothers this summer, including dates at L.A.’s Greek Theatre and Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. In addition, Lake Street Dive’s summer touring plans include appearances at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the Newport Folk Festival.
Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation on behalf of Lake Street Dive to support The Institute for the Music Arts. Each summer IMA runs a series of residential music programs for girls and young women: four songwriting and ensemble performance-based programs (two sessions for teens and two for pre-teens) and a studio recording, producing and engineering program for young women from the ages of 16-24. IMA will use the donation from the Newport Festivals Foundation for scholarship and financial aid funds for their summer programs.
To celebrate the partnership between IMA, Lake Street Dive and Newport Festivals Foundation, four young women from IMA's summer programs will join Lake Street Dive for a performance at the Newport Folk Festival this summer.
Quote from Lake Street Dive
Western Massachusetts has always been a second home to us. As an unknown, budding band, we found support there from a community that cherished the same thing we did—enriching lives through the arts. The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) is nestled out there, doing important work in a coordinated way; enriching the lives of young women using the exploration of music. It’s in the spirit of their mission - to support women and girls in music and music related business - we chose to support the IMA through the Newport Festivals Foundation, in the hope that we can help cultivate the very spirit that enriches our lives to this day.
Quote from Ann Hackler, Executive Diretor IMA
On behalf of the Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) I extend my thanks to Lake Street Dive and Newport Festivals Foundation for selecting our nonprofit for this donation and exposure. It is not only a great chance to connect our mission to support women and girls in music to the festival and its audience, but an extraordinary opportunity for the four young students who will get to play at the legendary festival with such an accomplished band.