Rachael Price and Lake Street Dive Give New LP ‘Free Yourself Up’ Plenty of Love in Tahoe (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Rachael Price’s jazzy, blue-eyed soul vocal has always been the glue that binds the poppy riffs of Boston’s Lake Street Dive.  

On June 2nd at the Montbleu Resort and Casino in Stateline, NV the band revealed an addition to Lake Tahoe fans, while closing out the first leg of their Free Yourself Up Tour, that can elevate this band to another level. Though he only sang lead for one song, a deep and powerful R&B take on Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One”, the addition of keyboard player and vocalist Akie Bermiss creates both beautiful support and brash counterpoint to Price’s stylings.  One can only hope some duet ideas bubble up as they get to know one another out on the road this summer.

As simple as Bermiss’ keyboard part is on “Musta Been Something” from “Free Yourself Up”, it gives longtime Lake Street Dive fans a taste of the musical possibilities to come.  Bermiss not only provides a fresh foundation for Price to flourish but should also open up windows for Mike “McDuck” Olson to further showcase his trumpet chops.

Fan’s excited to hear selections from the latest record had to love Saturday, as the band dropped every single cut from Free Yourself Up, including radio hit “Good Kisser”.  Paired in the set with their longtime hit “Bad Self Portraits”, the song duo rousted a large contingent from their seats to dance and sing along, continuing into “You Go Down Smooth”.

The party in full swing, vocalist and stand-up bassist Bridget Kearney reminded the crowd that on their last swing through Tahoe there had been a conga line, and she fully expected to see one Saturday.  The crowd happily complied during “Shame, Shame, Shame with a parade of linked bouncing bodies that swirled down front and eventually weaved through to the upper reaches of the venue by the tune’s conclusion.

By the time the evening wrapped with a sing-along chorus of Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl”, all of the amateur vocalists in the room had stretched their vocal chords to their edges trying to keep up with the elegant and stylish Rachael Price. Perhaps on their next visit they’ll be some new songs or arrangements for the boys in the crowd to belt out with Akie Bermiss.

Main Set

Baby, Don’t Leave Me Alone With My Thoughts

You Are Free

I Don’t Care About You

Red Light Kisses

Mistakes

Bobby Tanqueray

Spectacular Failure

Doesn’t Even Matter Now

Call Off Your Dogs

Hang On

I Can Change

*You’re Stiil The One (Shania Twain cover)

Bad Self Portraits

Good Kisser

You Go Down Smooth

Musta Been Something

Shame, Shame, Shame

Seventeen

Dude

 

Encore

What I’m Doing Here

Rich Girl (Hall & Oates cover)

 

*Akie Bermiss on lead vocal

 

 

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