South Dakotan-born Meschiya Lake moved to New Orleans in 2000. Fusing her immense talent and natural vocal ability with a circus sideshow past, and often enhancing her shows with featured dancers like the NOLA Jitterbugs, she brings the heyday of 1930s showbiz back into the stages of the French Quarter.
: Born in South Dakota, singer Meschiya Lake began developing her performance skills in childhood. As a young woman, she joined a circus sideshow, learning fire-dancing and glass-eating, and heard New Orleans’ siren call while touring with the troupe.
At first, Lake performed with the Loose Marbles and other street musicians on Royal Street; soon, though, she was garnering gigs at clubs and events, and gathering a following of listeners who loved her throaty, evocative voice and inimitable stage presence.
In 2007, Lake brought her guitar and banjo skills to the formation of The Magnolia Beacon with singer Erika Lewis. Together, the two create aching vocal harmonies and dark, minor ballads.
Two years later, Lake’s passion for jazz led her to form the Little Big Horns Jazz Band, a staple of New Orleans’ traditional music scene. Meschiya and the Little Big Horns play weekly gigs at Mimi’s in the Marigny and the Spotted Cat on Frenchmen, and can be found at multiple other venues around town, including the Little Gem Saloon, the Ramp Room, and d.b.a.
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