Lake Street Dive
This band is a nice blend of many different genres but it is easiest to call them folk rock. However, they have a way of infusing funk, soul, jazz, country and indie into their music to create an original, melodic sound. The band met while they all studied at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music which proves the immense amount of talent in the group.
Lead singer Rachel Price’s voice is definitely one of the most distinctive pieces in their music. Her unique pitch and range manage to hit every genre sometimes on just one word. She can sound like anything from Sara Bareilles to Nancy Wilson.
They are currently on tour for their album “Freak Yourself Out” which they released in November. So far, there is no information on an opener, so they may be doing an extra-long set which would not be surprising for a band that seems to perform more like a jam band or jazz band. It is sure to be an amazing show, and it might sell out. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, The Senate, 1022 Senate St. $25.
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▪ Passenger Pigeon: Based here in Columbia, four young multi-instrumentalists and songwriters from other local band come together to form this fun indie band. They are similar to Susto because of lead singer Kenny Bryan’s sound but instead of southern rock and folk they have funk and rock. They are an underrated band that knows how to rock. Bull Moose Party, Michaela Faye & The Heyokas, and Rose will open the night. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 3, New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St., West Columbia, $6/$10.
▪ SEVENTH: This soul singer is back at Chayz. He will bring the soul with his piano and rich vocals, some band members tag along to bring in some jazz. They play hits from greats such as The Bee Gees and Al Green. These tickets won’t last long. 8 p.m. Jan. 4, Chayz Lounge at Nonnah’s, 923 Gervais St. $20.
▪ The Biggest Wave: You’ve probably heard of this seasoned rock cover band. They normally play local festivals and dive bars around the Midlands, but they are returning to Pearlz to mix up their usual jazz lineup. They play anything rock, from the classics to today’s modern alternative. 10 p.m. Jan. 5, Pearlz Upstairz Lounge, 946 Gervais St. Free.
▪ Barbarian Rap League: This group specializes in hosting rap battles here in the Midlands. Their first event of the New Year is taking place just across the river. The event is their seventh annual “Cold War.” Steven A Stroman will host the night with special guest Charlie Clip. 1 p.m. Jan. 6, New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St., West Columbia, $20. Ages 21 and older.