It was the last free concert at Central Park Summerstage and the venue reached capacity just as the show started.
First up was Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, a five-piece band fronted by the Durham siblings from England. When playing live the other two members are their parents – Graeme Durham on guitar and Ingrid Weiss on acoustic and electric bass. Kitty, Daisy, and Lewis switch off on different instruments playing keyboards, drums, guitar, harmonica, and percussion besides taking turns on lead vocals. Eddie “Tan Tan” Thornton joins them on trumpet for a few songs. The music skews towards blues and R&B with a little Country and Western swing thrown in. One cover they played was “Going Up the Country.” One of their originals that I enjoyed was “No Action.” They are a very fun and talented group.
Lake Street Dive is Rachael Price (lead vocals), Mike “McDuck” Olson (trumpet, guitar), Bridget Kearney (upright bass) and Mike Calabrese (drums). The band is indie, roots, and soul all at once.
Price has a wonderful soulful voice. Annie Lennox’s “Walking on Broken Glass” was a highlight of the evening. Other covers were Van Halen’s “Jump” in the middle of one of their originals and Hall and Oates’ “Rich Girl” as an encore. The venue had a party atmosphere as lots and lots of balloons were bounced around the crowd and Price kept the energy up the entire time even when they gathered around the mic for a quiet “What I’m Doing Here.” Lake Street Dive is a very fun band and an excellent way to end the summer concert season.
By Carene Lydia Lopez