Lead singer Rachael Price has an incredible voice, and the ability to inhabit a song. She’s often compared to Amy Winehouse, or Adele. The band plays March 15 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle.
You can follow the progress of Lake Street Dive simply by charting the increasing size of their Seattle concerts. In 2013, it was the Tractor, followed by an opening slot at the zoo. The next year, it was the Neptune. They play Wednesday, March 15, at the Moore Theatre.
What’s certain is that bigger rooms await the band because lead singer Rachael Price has an incredible voice, and the ability to inhabit a song. She’s often compared to Amy Winehouse, or Adele, though — she’s trained in jazz — a better suggestion would be Peggy Lee or Lena Horne.
What looks effortless onstage isn’t. “I spent four years in school and still use the majority of my technique,” Price says. “I continue to do vocal training and work on the technical aspects of singing.” It pays off: This woman can sing.
Lake Street Dive
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave.; $25-$30 (ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000).
The band met when all four members — Price, guitarist Mike Olson, bassist Bridget Kearney and drummer Mike Calabrese — were attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. They first gained attention when a couple of videos of covers (The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” Hall and Oates’ “Rich Girl”) went viral.
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But whether it’s a cover or an original, the band puts their own stamp on everything. Lake Street Dive has often been called retro, but that’s because the band doesn’t easily fit into pop or jazz expectations.
Price says some of that unique style comes from their background. “We don’t consider the music we play to be jazz, but we are still rooted into that,” she says. “We think it should be different every night, and there should be improvisation. That’s what makes creating rewarding to us.”
Sometimes that means a trumpet solo from Olson, an extended bass riff from Kearney or a drum jam from Calabrese. But often the live flourishes come from Price’s vocals, where she’ll break into scat singing or simply close her eyes and carry a song away with her.
The band’s recorded output includes half a dozen EPs or albums, and they’re still touring behind last year’s excellent “Side Pony.” But typical of the band, Price promises they aren’t doing the same set they played last year.
“We’ve done a rehaul to the show and are doing older songs, and we’ve added keyboards,” she says. “It will be different.”
Price says Seattle audiences have always been some of the band’s favorites, because Northwest fans have sophistication to appreciate the unique genre mix of Lake Street Dive.
“Seattle crowds have the right combo of listening and partying,” Price says. “They are nearly perfect.”
So is Lake Street Dive.