Live Virtual Session: Lady Lark at Sounds Like Home

Lady Lark performs a set of songs as part of The Current's virtual Sounds Like Home Festival. (MPR)

Over the weekend of May 15-17, The Current hosted Sounds Like Home: a virtual festival of Minnesota music. You can find all the performances archived on The Current's Facebook page, and we're also sharing the archived sessions one by one on YouTube. Thanks to the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which allowed us to compensate artists for their performances.

With Prince's visage hanging behind her, Lady Lark put on a performance that would have made him blush. Lark and her band's audio came through cool and crisp as they invoked retro R&B, city-pop, and the Minneapolis Sound. It's music for humid block parties and for dancing alone in your room. Her latest LP, Permission, invites listeners to engage in the radical act of self-love and appreciation.

"I'm not typically the kind of person that's going to be seen as one who's talking about being sexy. It's a little bit unexpected," she says in her official biography. "But being Lady Lark, I've surprised a lot of people with my confidence."

Lark's star has risen considerably over the past few years. She's had several well-attended performances at First Avenue, collaborated with local icon Har Mar Superstar, and was named the best R&B artist of 2018 by City Pages.

Before the last song of her set, Lady Lark brought us back to nostalgia of enjoying glorious weather without feeling guilty. "This is a song that just makes me feel like summertime," she said of the track "Shopping Bags."

"Feels like I should be driving around around a lake in Minneapolis, tunes turned up, and having a good ol' time...we're going to get through this."

Songs performed

01:35 "My Way"
06:10 "Party Tonight"
10:02 "Shopping Bags"

Hosted by Jade
Produced by Jesse Wiza
Engineered by Erik Stromstad
Web feature by Caleb Brennan

External link

Lady Lark - official site