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Lake Street Dive bringing melodious classics to Iron Horse

By Chelsie Field

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It may be Halloween weekend, but lead vocalist Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive won’t need to play pretend in order to hit all the right notes.

Lake Street Dive, who will be opened for by Plume Giant, will be playing completely danceable pop, soul and jazz tunes at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton this Saturday at 7 p.m.

In addition to lead singer Price, the classically trained quartet consists of drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney and Mike “McDuck” Olson on trumpet and guitar.

This compilation of musicians make for “a sound with familiar roots, but with a slant that is entirely their own,” according to the band’s website.

Lake Street Dive is known for wooing and wowing with its twists on popular songs, such as the slow and sultry take on The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” – its most popular song with close to 350,000 views on YouTube.

Other popular covers include Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl,” George Michael’s “Faith,” and “This Magic Moment,” made famous by The Drifters.

Lake Street Dive holds its own with original numbers – mostly off its self-titled album from 2010 – pleasantly surprising audiences with the provocative lyrics of “Hello? Goodbye!” and the jazzy tune “Clear a Space” from its 2012 album Fun Machine.

Price’s soulful twang adds a unique and captivating element to a talented cast of musicians with a knock-your-socks off belt and an impressive vocal range. From the first time Price opens her mouth to sing, she has her audience under a spell.

According to its website, Lake Street Dive, now based in Brooklyn, N.Y., was formed while Price, Calabrese, Kearney and Olsen, who were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory, crediting Olsen with bringing the musicians together.

Advanced tickets are $12.50 and $15 at the door.

Chelsie Field can be reached at [email protected]

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