LUCY MICHELLE & THE VELVET LAPELLES

Take a pinch of mountain gypsy, a dash of psych-folk and a combine it with an ocean of split-open-and-melt lyricism, intricately delivered by one of the most unique voices in music, and you have Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles. Since bursting onto the Twin Cities music scene in 2008, the fiery sextet have blossomed into one of the most celebrated and cherished young talents to emerge from Minnesota in recent history. 

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Lucy Michelle and The Velvet Lapelles’ incredibly polished, yet wholly organic, sound can be directly attributed to an interweaving familial-like chemistry that has created an airtight bond among the six players. The band formed in 2007 as a result of casual jam sessions that were led by Lucy with friends Geoff Freeman (drums), Ashley Boman (accordion, bells) and Jesse Schuster (bass), at Lucy and Geoff’s University of Minnesota college flop house in NE Minneapolis. Loosely arranged social gatherings, where music was played, eventually turned into full-blown band practices and writing sessions with the additions of Eamonn Mclain (cello) and Chris Graham (guitar).

Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles have performed to sold-out audiences at legendary venues like First Avenue, Cedar Cultural Center and the Fitzgerald Theatre. Having the Twin Cities official stamp of approval firmly in hand, Lucy Michelle and company have toured the United States from coast-to-coast, performing alongside the likes of Thao & Mirah, Titus Andronicus, The Head and the Heart and Trampled by Turtles. Riding the ever-swelling wave of creative energy and recent success, Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles have released their fourth full length release, Heat, recorded at Vacation Island Recording Studios in Brooklyn with acclaimed producer/engineer Matt Boynton (MGMT, Beirut, Bat for Lashes). The new record is comprised of all original material written predominantly by Lucy Michelle during the bone-chilling Minnesota winter of 2010/2011. Many of the songs center around the feeling of being trapped and isolated while yearning to be somewhere else; physically or psychologically. Heat showcases the artistic growth and sonic evolution of the band’s sound which translates into a magnificent record laced with scorching lyricism, hauntingly beautiful melodies and gorgeous harmonies that create an expansive, yet highly focused and cohesive body of work.

Past Shows


Aug
11
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater
Aug
11
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater

SUMMER SET Music & Camping Festival

with Passion Pit, Girl Talk, BIG GIGANTIC and more!
Aug
10
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater
Aug
10
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater

SUMMER SET Music & Camping Festival

with Passion Pit, Girl Talk, BIG GIGANTIC and more!
Aug
9
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater
Aug
9
th
2013
Somerset Amphitheater

SUMMER SET Music & Camping Festival

with Passion Pit, Girl Talk, BIG GIGANTIC and more!
Mar
15
th
2013
SXSW 2013 DAY PARTY
Mar
15
th
2013
SXSW 2013 DAY PARTY

Field Report, Dessa, Solid Gold and more!

First Avenue, Majestic, and Etix present
Nov
23
rd
2012
7th St Entry
Nov
23
rd
2012
7th St Entry

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Fattenin’ Frogs, Red Daughters, Blue Ruin and more!
Nov
23
rd
2012
Mainroom
Nov
23
rd
2012
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Pink Mink, John Swardson and more!
Sep
18
th
2012
7th St Entry
Sep
18
th
2012
7th St Entry

DJ FREDDY FRESH

with Ponyboy, THE STAR CHIEFS, LUCY MICHELLE & THE VELVET LAPELLES and more!
Aug
18
th
2012
Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
Apr
20
th
2012
Mainroom
Apr
20
th
2012
Mainroom

LUCY MICHELLE & THE VELVET LAPELLES

with Communist Daughter, Cory Chisel, SOLID GOLD (DJ Set) and more!
Apr
27
th
2011
7th St Entry
Apr
27
th
2011
7th St Entry

Capillary Action

with Black Blondie and LUCY MICHELLE & THE VELVET LAPELLES
Jan
20
th
2011
7th St Entry
Jan
20
th
2011
7th St Entry

Mayda

with LUCY MICHELLE & THE VELVET LAPELLES and KASIO AND 8TRACK
Nov
19
th
2010
7th St Entry
Nov
19
th
2010
7th St Entry

Military Special

with LUCY MICHELLE & THE VELVET LAPELLES, Phantom Tails, Estate and more!
May
8
th
2010
Mainroom
May
8
th
2010
Mainroom

The Honeydogs

with LUCY MICHELLE & THE VELVET LAPELLES and Anders Ponders

More Shows

Mar
22
nd
7th St Entry

Lostboycrow

Jan
21
st
7th St Entry

NESS NITE

with Sophia Eris, Huhroon, Ruby and more!
Sep
30
th
Fine Line

Igorrr

with MELT-BANANA and Otto von Schirach
Mar
23
rd
First Avenue

Masego