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Lake Street Dive goes down smooth at Hartwood Acres

| Monday, July 21, 2014, 4:08 p.m.

They're listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine's 10 new artists you need to know in 2014, but it's pretty obvious that Lake Street Dive is exceeding expectations with their latest album, “Bad Self Portraits.”

It was clear to see by the flow of traffic going into Hartwood Acres Sunday night that the word is out as a crowd of several thousand filled the hillside in front of the stage. Many of the younger fans responded when asked by lead singer Rachael Price if anyone attended the sold out performance in March at Mr. Smalls in Millvale, showing a healthily growing fan base in the short time since their last local show.

Before the tour, drummer Mike Calabrese was able to provide some insight into how the band has stayed humble throughout their recent success.

“We're all grateful for everything that has come our way,” he said, “We try to take everything in stride and that stick-to-itiveness has always been at the core of how we function.”

Although they pride themselves on planting their roots as a dive bar band, they're rapidly gaining recognition for some of their more high profile gigs. After gaining attention through a YouTube video covering the Jackson Five song “I want you back,” which now has more than 2 million views, the band found themselves in the national spotlight. In promoting the release of “Bad Self Portaits,” the group has made several TV appearances, including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Colbert Report and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Another highlight moment came with an invitation to play part of a concert inspired by the Coen Brothers' film “Another Day Another Time” at The Town Hall in New York, performing alongside Joan Baez, the Avett Brothers, Marcus Mumford, Jack White as well as the star of the film, Oscar Isaac.

While rubbing elbows with celebrity performers has helped gain notoriety for the group, releasing their album has been one of the most exciting milestones, said Calabrese.

“After getting attention from doing bigger and bigger shows it felt like we were finally ready to have an album out that was representative of what we were playing live,” he said.

Since its release in early 2014, “Bad Self Portraits” has reached number 18 on the Billboard 200 chart and has landed the band back on a summer tour, playing big name festivals like Bonaroo, Austin City Limits and a return to the Newport Jazz Fest in July.

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