In Focus: Good Times with Lake Street Dive at Beak & Skiff

Brooklyn based soul-pop artists Lake Street Dive made their triumphant return to Beak & Skiff on Sunday, July 7.  The Beak & Skiff veterans have been long embraced by the Central New York community. 

Lake Street Dive was one of the first to bring live music back to the area during the Covid-19 pandemic, with a run of three consecutive shows at the venue in 2021. They are currently touring in support of their eighth studio album, Good Together. 

The evening kicked off under crystal clear blue skies and warm temperatures, with a set by Alisa Amador, who won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2022, and dazzled the crowd with her blend of Spanish infused folk music.  Amador’s powerful yet soothing vocals danced through out the already filled orchard valley and kept captive hold of the audience through out the 40 minute set.  Late in her set, Amador paid tribute to Radiohead, with her own rendition of “High and Dry.”

The familiar opening synths of “Good Together” (the title track on the band’s latest release) kicked off Lake Street Dive’s set.  The band immediately had the densely packed audience swaying and dancing, following the lead of singer and front-woman Rachael Price.  Price enamored the audience with her charismatic stage presence as she strutted and danced across the stage, never missing a vocal beat. She took a seat and twirled at a makeshift bar on stage during “Seats at the Bar”, and even brought bystanders from side stage to center stage to dance along with her during the appropriately named “Dance with a Stranger.”

While much of the allure of seeing Lake Street Dive in concert is the fun and energetic set, perhaps the highlight on this evening was during “Twenty-Five,” the somber piano-ballad off the band’s latest release.  Price’s vocals soared in perfect harmony with her bandmates during the emotional track, which likely left few dry eyes through out the audience.

Lake Street Dive would return to their high energy ways, closing their Beak & Skiff set with the Hall & Oates classic, “Rich Girl” and the band’s own fan favorite “Good Kisser”. The latter track’s catchy chorus allowed Price’s vocals to soar through out the LaFayette Valley one last time.

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