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Lake Street Dive Transmutes Audience Energy Into Music

Courtesy of Lake Street Dive

Bassist and vocalist Bridget Kearney of Lake Street Dive joins host John Floridis in conversation from her basement studio in Brooklyn, New York on Halloween Eve, 2020. From their start in Boston in 2004 as a mashup of country, swing-era jazz and classic pop, Lake Street Dive has slowly made its way into the foreground of musical consciousness around the U.S. and beyond. The group took a big step with their slowed-down and funky-grooved cover of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back”, the video of which became a YouTube hit with over six and a half million views.

In the meantime, the band has released nine albums and EPs, and (until 2020) toured at a feverish pace, including appearances on Live From Here, Late Night, Conan and The Ellen Show.

(Broadcast: Musician's Spotlight,  1/12/21 and 3/30/21. Listen on the radio Tuesdays, 7 p.m., or via podcast.)

John Floridis, the host and producer of Musician's Spotlight, has been with Montana Public Radio since 1997. He has interviewed over 200 musicians during that time. He is also an independent recording and performing artist in his own right and a former registered music therapist.
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