Indie pop group Lake Street Dive and folk rock band The Spring Standards will join Booker T. Jones and Jill Sobule at West Virginia University’s Creative Arts Center Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. The artists are all part of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. One additional artist will be announced in the coming days. Tickets can be purchased at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.
Described by PopMatters as a “gorgeous, tasteful, close-knit band of musicians,” Lake Street Dive offers a largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie-pop. The group consists of drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, vocalist Rachael Price and guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson. The pop-jazz band has released three albums, including the self-titled “Lake Street Dive” and the recent live album “Live at the Lizard Lounge.”
Drawing inspiration from acts like The Beatles and James Taylor, indie group The Spring Standards debuted with “No One Will Know” in 2008 to much acclaim in the New York music scene. Their follow-up album “Would Things Be Different?” was released in 2010. The group is currently producing a new EP funded entirely through fan donations. It is due to be completed in January.
A dynamo since childhood, Booker T. Jones’ first entrance into professional music was at age 16, playing sax for Satellite Records. This initial pairing led to a decade-long relationship with the record company that became known as Stax. This resulted in Jones’ collaborating with the likes of Eddie Floyd and Otis Redding early on in his career. Jones hit the scene as a soloist in 1981 with “I Want You,” soon after producing albums for Rita Coolidge, Bill Withers and Willie Nelson.
Also slated to perform Nov. 13 is Jill Sobule. A sardonic storyteller, Sobule’s lithe voice and twangy guitar are surprising companions to her fearless themes. While Sobule’s tracks remain offbeat, her quirky character studies are supported by industry greats Todd Rundgren, Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Richard Barone and Don Henley. Her acquaintance with the mainstream came in 1995 with her Top 20 hit “I Kissed a Girl.” Off the same album came the track “Supermodel,” included in the Clueless soundtrack.
Tickets are on sale now. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show and may be purchased at the Mountainlair and CAC box offices, online at ticketmaster.com and by phone at 304-293-SHOW or 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets.
This event is produced by WVU Arts & Entertainment. For additional event information, call 304-293-SHOW, or visit events.wvu.edu.
CONTACT: Kristie Gale; WVU Arts & Entertainment