There’s a few special things about Brooklyn, N.Y., eclecticists Lake Street Dive. First of all, this jazz/soul/pop/funk amalgam sounds more New Orleans than most Brooklyn bands, and it doesn’t sound like a fake in the process. From the trumpet blasts of Mike “McDuck” Olson — who also plays guitar — to the second line grooves that drummer Mike Calabrese and upright bassist Bridget Kearney lay down, Lake Street Dive has the feel down.
But as suggested, it does more than that, stylistically. Crucially, the act gets a reactor’s worth of power from singer Rachael Price. She has emerged from the same archetype that brought us such vocalists as Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi, but she has her own style and phrasing, influenced by jazz, soul and more.
The video above — from FloydFest’s Hill Holler stage — should give you an idea. But I would suggest buying Lake Street Drive’s music. I’m going to. And if you’re on the grounds at FloydFest, go see the band on Saturday, 8 p.m. at the beer garden stage, part of a really strong lineup on that stage that is scheduled to include Bright Light Social Hour, Yarn, Bronze Radio Return and Primate Fiasco, no to mention Roanoke-area bands Blue Mule and The Floorboards.