It’s been a year and a half since the stratospheric breakout success of Lake Street Dive’s Bad Self Portraits
album and its ubiquitous title track. In a heartbeat, the
Boston-born/Brooklyn-based quartet was getting face time on every
late-night/morning television show, notching adds in every conceivable
radio format and scoring prime real estate in every music and
If a band plays a concert and there’s no
audience, do they make a sound? If a group plays in a sealed club with
no patrons, are they simultaneously live and not live? What if a band
threw a live album and nobody came?
With a fan base as loyal as a Marine
battalion and a catalog littered with nine sparkling gems of diverse
Folk/Pop/Rock, including the ebullient Dick Van Dyke
parks-and-recreational swing of last year’s Let’s Fly a Kite,
singer/songwriter Eleni Mandell had no desire or inclination to subject
her creative methodology to any severe course corrections.
Fans who go to see The Avett Brothers
this summer and expect the kind of stripped-down acoustic performance
that was the acclaimed Folk Rock group’s trademark for the first decade
of its career will be in for a whole new experience.