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AMOS LEE + Lake Street Dive

Friday

Jul 28, 2017 – 7:00 PM

400 North Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 Map

  • Amos Lee
  • Lake Street Dive

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Amos Lee: If you have never heard of Amos Lee -- or recognize the kind face with a sometimes-scraggly beard that graces most of his albums -- he's okay with that. Many people have probably heard one of Lee's songs played on a number of television shows. His concert dates have been highly sought after for those desiring a sophisticated and entertaining night out. Lee's fourth album, Mission Bell, was released in early 2011 and features a classic jazz sound that will have people remembering the name Amos Lee for quite a few years. With Amos Lee currently playing a number of sold out tour dates in 2011, it looks like he won't get to enjoy is anonymity for much longer.

Born Ryan Anthony Massaro, Lee is a Philadelphia native. After moving back to Philadelphia after college and teaching elementary school for a couple years, Amos Lee decided to pursue a career in music by releasing an independently produced, self-titled EP in 2004. Sales of the album did extremely well in Philadelphia, catching the eye of Blue Note Records who represented rising star Norah Jones. Lee's big break came when Jones approached him to open for her on her 2004 tour dates. It was Norah Jones' bassist, Lee Alexander, that ended up producing Amos Lee's first full-length, self-titled album in March 2005, with Jones contributing vocals and piano accompaniment. The album was a commercial success with fans and critics, leading to the appearance of singles in a handful of network TV shows. Shortly after the release of the album, Amos Lee received further acclaim by opening concert dates for the likes of Merle Haggard and Bob Dylan.

Two albums and six years later, Amos Lee released his fourth album, Mission Bell, with help from guest musicians like, including Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, and Sam Beam (aka Iron & Wine). The album marks an evolution of Lee's style as well as a broadening of his musical tastes, becoming a huge commercial success. The album has taken the #1 spots on both Billboard's Top 200 and Top Rock Albums since its release, as evidenced by dozens of sold-out concert dates in promotion of the album.

Despite a scarcity of tickets, Amos Lee continues on his promotional 2011 tour dates across the world. Lee will be playing at Bonnaroo on June 12, Atlantic City Music Festival on June 24, and the infamous Newport Folk Festival on July 31. In July, Amos Lee has US concert dates with Lucinda Williams which will canvass only the east coast. Lee will continue 2011 tour dates around the US with Calexico, ending on August 20. Beginning in early September, Amos Lee will embark on a number of concert dates in the UK with Adele; while all of the UK tour dates in 2011 are "officially" sold-out, there are tickets available through Eventful. There's no better time for those not familiar with Amos Lee to catch one of his many tour dates in 2011.

Lake Street Dive: .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .... ..THE SHORT VERSION:..

..We started as a free country band- no, not as in a free country like "america is a free country" but country music played....free. Well that didn't work out so now we're just doing originals about exgirlfriends and drunken realizations. We enjoy rehearsals where Mike plays silly things on his drums and eating mad snacks...

....THE LONGER VERSION:..

..How is it that something so unlikely can also be so infectious, so naturally exhilarating? Pulling in familiar elements and irreverently scrambling and recombining them, Lake Street Dive are at once jazz-schooled, DIY-motivated, and classically pop obsessed. Beginning with catchy songs that are by turns openhearted and wryly inquisitive, this northeastern quartet proceeds to inject them with an irresistible blend of abandon and precision. Composed of drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, vocalist Rachael Price, and trumpet-wielding guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson, Lake Street Dive encompasses a myriad of possibilities within its members’ collective experiences, and the resultant music is a vivid, largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie-pop. “It seems the only limitation we have,” Kearney explains, “ is that we try to make music that we would like listening to.”

.. Available November 9th via Signature Sounds, Lake Street Dive’s self-titled third album is not only their national debut – it is also the first album to fully capture their ongoing musical and personal adventure together. As witnessed in a series of ingeniously minimalist performance videos the band has uploaded to YouTube, Lake Street Dive’s sound is marked by McDuck’s ingeniously deployed trumpet parts and snappy rhythm guitar, Kearny’s astonishingly nimble upright bass playing, and Calabrese’s unfailingly musical percussion. Above it all, Price’s vocals are clear and strong, carrying the meaning and melody of the songs with a both declamatory zeal and conversational intimacy. It’s invigorating music that defies genre while simultaneously captivating the head, heart, and feet. ..Hailing from such disparate locales as Tennessee (Price), Iowa (Kearney), Minneapolis (Olson), and Philadelphia (Calabrese), Lake Street Dive first gathered in a room together when they were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory. “Mr. McDuck assembled the four of us, said we were now Lake Street Dive, and we were a ‘free country’ band,” Bridget Kearney remembers. “He wrote this on a chalkboard in the ensemble room that we had our first rehearsal in. We intended to play country music in an improvised, avant-garde style – like Loretta Lynn meets Ornette Coleman. It sounded terrible! But the combination of people and personalities actually made a lot of sense and we had a great time being around each other and making music together.”

.. Lake Street Dive makes the most of pop music virtues: solid, evocative song craft; propulsive grooves; and Price’s disarming, forthright vocals. However, it’s a personal strain of pop that is refracted through the band members’ rich backgrounds: a sinewy Motown bass line is reborn with woody heft on Kearney’s upright, Calabrese’s drumming mixes timekeeping with more adventurous jazz-inflected outbursts, McDuck’s nimble trumpet is an unexpectedly warm counterpoint to Price’s singing. It all makes for a sound with familiar roots, but with a slant that is entirely their own. Lake Street Dive’s eventual artistic breakthrough came not without struggle, and still surprises original instigator Mike “McDuck” Olson. “Now we’re a pop band, leaning very heavily on soul and rock, with hook-y writing, which I never expected,” he concludes. “If I could travel through time, I’d go back six years and play the new record for my younger self, just to assure him that the awkward, new-band phase doesn’t last forever.”..

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