After turning onto Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia, I was surprised to find that I only had $9 in my wallet to cover Union Transfer’s $10 parking fee. Even more surprising, however, was that even 15 minutes after doors had opened, there was a line of very cold Lake Street Dive fans stretching all the way around the block waiting to get a glimpse of the Boston-based group. I have been to dozens upon dozens of concerts at Union Transfer and never have I seen a line at the door, yet alone on a Tuesday.
At precisely 10:00 PM “Eye of the Tiger” started playing and one by one, Lake Street Dive took the stage. Drummer Mike Calabrese came out first, followed by Trumpeter/Guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson, and then upright bassist Bridget Kearney. Of course, the loudest cheers were saved for virtuosic lead singer Rachael Price, who came out last. Lake Street Dive thrilled their Philly fans with their unique brand of indie-jazz/soul. Even though it was a school night, they managed to pack Union Transfer with the most people I have ever seen at the venue.