Preview: Lake Street Dive

The last time Lake Street Dive was in Salt Lake they played two sold-out The State Room shows on back-to-back nights. Now, almost exactly a year later, they’re playing a sold-out Red Butte Garden show.

What a difference a year (and a few days) makes. Lake Street Dive is on the fast-track to stardom now.

The group met in Boston, but take their name from a street of unsavory bars in lead singer Rachel Price’s home town of Minneapolis, MN. And they are gutsy, soulful and and also very, very white. (How white, you ask? Well, a member of calls himself McDuck. So, pretty, pretty white.)


And with a shout-out to the girl upright bass player (one of my favorite things in the world), it’s lead singer Rachel Price who carries the group with her vocals. Price has a performance style that’s part Billie Holiday-meets-Janice Joplin and part Broadway star. And the band’s sound is a contemporary-nostalgic one—think Dusty Springfield meets Alabama Shakes. I know, I know, this isn’t really making sense. But listen. Watch. And then come to Red Butte Sunday night (if you can score tickets) and see for yourself.

Lake Street Dive plays Red Butte on Sunday August 14. Doors open at 6, the show starts at 7. Local-favorite singer-songwriter and perpetual Salt Lake opening act Gregory Allen “Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride” Issakov opens.

Christie Marcy
Christie Marcy
Christie Marcy is a former managing editor at Salt Lake magazine. Though she writes about everything, she has a particular interest in arts and culture in Utah. In the summer months, you will find her at any given outdoor concert on any given night. In the winter, you will find her wishing for summer. Follow her on social media at @whynotboth.

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