The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will welcome Lake Street Dive to the stage Thursday, July 18, at 8 p.m. Pulling in familiar elements and irreverently scrambling and recombining them, Lake Street Dive is at once jazz-schooled, DIY-motivated and classically pop obsessed.

The band first came together at Boston’s New England Conservatory. Beginning with catchy songs that are by turns openhearted and wryly inquisitive, the northeastern quartet injects 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.

Lake Street Dive makes the most of pop music virtues, but it is a personal strain of pop that is refracted through the band members’ rich backgrounds. It all makes for a sound with familiar roots, but with a slant that is entirely Lake Street Dive’s own.

Tickets for the all-ages show are $15; the balcony and lobby bars will be open for those age 21 and older, with a valid ID. For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or