Watching a seated venue come to life due to the music on stage being played at such a wild level is what concert dreams are made of. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is used to having acts where the audience sits in their seats and politely listen to the music that engulfs the hall. The two bands who played the venue this past week though are not ones who keeps their fans in their respective seats. With an amazing amount of energy coming from the stage, the crowd couldn’t help but get out of their seats for both Lake Street Dive and Rubblebucket.
With plenty of people still walking in at 8:00 P.M. on the dot, Rubblebucket started off with “My Life” and Kalmia Traver bounded all over the stage from the get go and never stopped. Fans congregated in the back of the hall and to the sides for most of the set to give the energy right back to her and the rest of the band. The band’s synchronized dancing on stage just added to the wild party that broke out among the crowd. While the band is not used to playing seated venues, the crowd was definitely enjoying what they were hearing as their merchandise table was filled with people after their set buying records and shirts. Other highlights of the set included “On the Ground” and the last song “Pain From Love” that saw Kalmia, Alex Toth, and Jeremy Phipps playing their horns up through the crowd and into the lobby for a short jam session.
Exactly a half hour after Rubblebucket ended, Lake Street Dive came on and literally made Troy Savings Bank Music Hall shake with excitement. The band’s light show was one of the most amazing ones at this venue’s history. They lit up the organ behind them constantly throughout the evening. A few choice covers during the night really showed off their range as a band. A fantastic “Lola” and “When You Were Mine” really showed off what the foursome can do with some of the greatest songs ever written. Rachel Price’s voice is one of the best out there today, with a wide range that will make your jaw drop. Mike Olson is a man of many instruments and keeps the music interesting with so many notes dotted throughout all the songs. Mike Calabrese is an absolute monster on the drums, as his counterpart on stand-up bass Bridget Kearney. Both of them showed off what it really means to be a virtuoso at your instrument.
“Elijah” seemed to pick the show back up with a frenetic pace. Before a few of the songs in the second half of the set, each member showed off their skills at their instrument. The crowd was as silent as could be during each of these solos. Also a special moment happened for the song “Rental Love” that had all four members of the band crowd around one ribbon mic in the middle of the stage to sing the song. Rachel said before the song that she wanted to take advantage of the acoustics in the room by performing the song this way, and the band nailed it. While the crowd reacted to both the solos and “Rental Love” is normal for the venue, what followed at the end of the show is anything but. After a fantastic “Smooth” and “Bad Self” back to back combo, the horns from Rubblebucket were brought back out to close out the set for two songs. The aisles and row in front of the stage were packed with people dancing wildly about, even the ushers were enjoying themselves. Lake Street Dive came back out for a one song encore of their absolutely fantastic version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” sending the crowd home in a fit of joy. Hopefully these two tour again together down the line as this was one of the best nights of music in 2016.
Article: Bryan Lasky