Lake Street Dive, I’d like you to meet Fred and Wilma Flintstone

I spent a great hour Saturday smiling at the band Lake Street Dive.

Not because of a funny name, though it might qualify as somewhat of a head-scratcher for this young foursome out of Boston. Let drummer Michael Calabrese explain it on the band site bio page. “We are named in homage to dive bar bands,” he says. “We are, have been, and always will be a dive bar band. Whether we’re playing for 10 people or 10,000 we want them to have that feeling.”

At the M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest it was closer to 10,000. And as I watched lead singer Rachael Price (funny spelling), trumpeter/guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson (funny nickname), upright bass player Bridget Kearney (funny instrument) and Calabrese play a bunch of great songs, something else somewhat humorous did strike me.

I hope they and their many fans, of which I am now proudly one, take this as a compliment. Because this following foursome is one of my all-time favorites.

Wilma, Fred, Barney and Betty, with Dino, Pebbles and Bam-Bam. (From

Wilma, Fred, Barney and Betty, with Dino, Pebbles and Bam-Bam. (From

Meet the Flintstones.

So today we become here the Blog of Funny Resemblances. Doppelgangers, if you will.

It first hit me while I was watching Calabrese play barefoot on his drum kit.

Michael Calabrese rocks the drums like Fred hit the rock pile.

Michael Calabrese rocks the drums like Fred hit the rock pile.

Does he not remind you of Fred Flintstone?

After whispering that fact to my dear wife Karen next to me, she pointed to the versatile Olson.


Mike “McDuck” Olson. OK, McDuck is kind of funny, Barney.

Does he not bring to mind Barney Rubble, she asked me?

OK, we reasoned together, heads close in conspiracy.

Rachael commands attention like a good Wilma.

Rachael commands attention like a good Wilma.

Prie as Wilma Flintstone may be kind of a stretch without the red hair, but she most certainly had her star power.

Bridget meets Betty.

Bridget meets Betty.

And Kearney can without a doubt carry Betty Rubble’s role any day of the week.

I had the courage to repeat my Fred Flintstone moment to my longtime friend Dave and his girlfriend Sue to the left of us, and they indeed agreed.

A group shot for best comparison.

A group shot for best comparison.

Everybody sing:

Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones.
They’re the modern stone age family.
From the town of Bedrock,
They’re a page right out of history.

Let’s ride with the family down the street.
Through the courtesy of Fred’s two feet.

When you’re with the Flintstones
Have a yabba dabba doo time.
A dabba doo time.
We’ll have a gay old time.


About markbialczak

Mark Bialczak is a veteran journalist. He started his blog,, in February, 2013, to write about music, entertainment, sports and life.
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24 Responses to Lake Street Dive, I’d like you to meet Fred and Wilma Flintstone

  1. wdydfae says:

    The indelible mark of . . . Mark.

    If they add skat to their set they can doYabba Dabba Doooooo!

  2. markbialczak says:

    I think they can doooooo it any way they want, Diddy!

  3. Elyse says:

    The resemblance to Fred is uncanny.

  4. SD Gates says:

    I do see the similarities, especially Fred and Betty!!!!

  5. Ann Koplow says:

    This post resembles other awesome posts by you, Mark, with or without funny names. Now I’m wondering where Lake Street is. Bedrock? Arlington Massachusetts, near me? Funny that I don’t know more about Lake Street Dive!

  6. I love that I’ll be singing the Flintstone theme song all day. I also love that you caught the doppelgangers “in the act”.

    Kudos to you for being the first member of our “merry band” to break ground with the “Blog of Funny Resemblances”. Well played.

    Now I will be searching for some of their music. . .

  7. Arto says:

    Wow, what an observation! Excellent work, and your analysis of the names to find the humor in it all is also excellent.

    I found out that McDuck acquired his nickname at a music conservatory “for his reclusive ways”, which is a satisfying enough answer for that question.

    Off to listen to some LSD. Wait…

  8. Paul says:

    Too funny Mark. And it’s a natural – fits perfect, Ha!

  9. Dave says:

    I definitely know what song will be stuck in my head all afternoon now!

  10. kerbey says:

    I can see it! I can also see a resemblance to Taylor Swift by Rachael. Mostly I just want to say “Calabrese” the way Giada would pronounce something Italian. Pan-chee-eh-tah!

  11. ksbeth says:

    what a great comparison and as you know, i love their name.

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