Lake Street Dive’s music is simply its own brand of generation-defying music, a sound taken to by beatniks, Millenials and everybody in between.
If you attended Lake Street Dive’s recent show at the Fillmore, you probably noticed the age-diverse crowd. However, this is only partly due to sons and daughters taking their mothers out to a show for a Mother’s Day Eve treat; the real reason is because Lake Street Dive’s music is simply its own brand of generation-defying music, a sound taken to by beatniks, Millennials and everybody in between.
As soon as the band walked onstage and broke into “Baby Don’t Leave Me Alone With My Thoughts,” a new track off of the band’s latest album released this year called Free Yourself Up, the audience made it clear it even knew the new stuff by singing and dancing along. This was the case not only for the opener, but for all the new tracks played during the show, which included “Dude,” “Red Light Kisses,” and the album’s lead single “Good Kisser,” the latter of which got arguably the most enthusiastic response of the night. The band also played a selection of older songs, including “Bad Self Portraits,” “Call Off Your Dogs” and “I Don’t Care About You.”
Naturally, the band members, all of whom met while studying at the New England Conservatory of Music, formed the band in Boston, where the school is located. However, the band’s Delaware County born drummer Mike Calabrese made it clear he was a Philadelphia area resident by sporting a green Eagles T-shirt for the show. He told the crowd he moved from Philly to Boston “for love,” but also that they shouldn’t worry. Why?
“I will never root for one of their [bleeping] teams,” he declared.
The band also showed off its newest member, keyboardist Akie Bermiss. Bermiss sang lead vocals on an ironic cover of Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One.”
After ending the set with a new track called “Shame, Shame, Shame,” the band came back for a two-song encore, featuring “What I’m Doing Here,” and a cover of Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl.”
Mikaela Davis, a 26-year-old singer/songwriter/harpist from Rochester, N.Y., opened the show.
View pictures from both sets below.