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It's been a long road already for Lake Street Dive

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Lake Street Dive is an overnight success story -- a night that last 10 years, however.

The Brooklyn-based group formed in Boston a decade ago, when its four members were attending the New England Conservatory of Music. It released its national debut album this year and was part of last year's Another Day, Another Time concert in New York to launch the Coen Brothers' film "Inside Llewyn Davis," while singer Rachael Price was featured in an episode of Netflix's "House of Cards." But multi-instrumentalist Mike "McDuck" Olson says are still keeping their optimism in cautious territory.

"I think there was always that recognition that things are kind of insane and can blow up or fizzle at any moment," says Olson, 30, who named the group after an entertainment district in his home town of Minneapolis. "There's no job security in music, no established career path. You can't get a promotion or be a supervisor in a band and get a couple extra grand a year.

"I think we were aware from the beginning it wasn't going to be a typical path, so we just kind of strapped in and got ready for the ride."

Lake Street Dive's career got rolling in an unexpected fashion, however. In May of 2012 the group filmed a low-tech video for its cover of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," which the quartet recorded for its "Fun Machine" EP. It took a couple of months to get noticed on YouTube, but while Lake Street Dive was recording "Bad Self Portraits" in Maine, it became a viral sensation and quickly passed a million views by the fall and was boosted by celebrity backers such as Kevin Bacon.

"Where the studio was (Parsonfield) there was no cell phone service, no Internet, nothing -- which was great, because we could just concentrate on the album," Olson recalls. "Then, when we came back into civilization and turned our phones back on, there were all sorts of email notifications and texts. One of mine said, 'Dude, look at YouTube,' and it was already nearing a million (views).

"We had no idea that was happening. It was sort of insane, but it led to so many good things."

Lake Street Dive

Wednesday, June 2

The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale

Doors open at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $22

Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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