Lotus Brings Trance-Fusion to Historic Capitol Theatre April 10, 2018 13:06
Words by Kenny Cunningham: Live & Listen
Photos by Angelys Ocana: Good People Bad Habits
On Saturday night, April 7th, Philly-based Lotus brought their unique sound of dance grooves, EDM, and funky guitar rhythms to Port Chester’s historic Capitol Theatre. The Cap is such a great space for a band like Lotus, as the inside of the theater provides an excellent backdrop for the light show that accompanies the band’s music. Lotus is well-known for their unique sound, one that has few “rivals” in today’s jamtronica scene. They have become recognized for their late-night festival sets, but also for their fun, dancey, groovy style.
The show opened up with L’Immeuble, and then dropped right into “Wax,” one of their most popular jam vehicles. Luke and Jesse Miller had a lot of fun on the keys and sampler during this song, as Mike Rempel provided his typically-stellar guitar playing. The first set continued with some other Lotus classics, like “Suitcases and Sandwiches,” which the band started, went into another song, and then came back and closed the first set out with the outro. The energy inside the Cap was high, as the crowd was dancing and grooving throughout the first set. The lighting rig added an interesting element, as it helped accentuate some of the darker and funkier jams.
The second set opened with “Inspector Norse,” and the crowd got right back into the action, as Luke Miller went into a super tight keyboard jam. And then on a full-on dance party broke out during “Shimmer and Out” and “Contagion.” Repel provided some soaring guitar solos during the latter, and Mike Greenfield got involved with some dark and driving drum playing.
The band must’ve been having as much fun as the crowd, as they announced after their closing song of the second set that they would be staying on-stage for the encore, as they were running out of their allotted time. They closed the night out with “Midwest Store Fronts,” and the Northeast crowd was able to go home with tired feet and smiles on their faces.
Dominican Holidaze Reveals Stacked 2017 Lineup May 09, 2017 13:27
Host bands Umphrey's McGee, STS9, and The Disco Biscuits have revealed the lineup for The 11th installment of Cloud 9 Adventures’ Dominican Holidaze destination concert event in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. This year's festivities are scheduled from December 1st - 5th. Along with the host bands, this year’s Holidaze will feature GRiZ, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lotus, The Motet, TAUK, Spafford, Sunsquabi and Wolf + Lamb, plus a poolside set from Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss.
All-inclusive packages for returning Holidaze guests go up for grabs on May 17. If rooms remain following the pre-sale, there will be a public on sale on Thursday, May 18 at 12 p.m. ET via Dominicanholidaze.com. Head to the festival’s website for additional details.
Watch the Dominican Holidaze (2016) official aftermovie here:
Lotus Brings The Funk To Atlanta's Tabernacle February 14, 2016 14:49
Photo by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
Philadelphia-based, electro-funk band, Lotus, continued their highly anticipated run through the Southeast on Saturday night, stopping at one of the regions greatest venues, The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. This would be the band's first Atlanta show since February of 2015, when they were touring with Connecticut-based funk outfit Kung Fu. Saturday night brought a slightly different feel, with support from Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits, who was performing a solo DJ set. Additional support came from Michael Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, which featured dj/producer Menert and his latest touring band. Lotus took the stage around 11:00 PM EST, bringing two hours of non-stop, raging funk to a rowdy Atlanta crowd.
We've included a full photo recap, with select video clips, from last nights show below. Do yourself a favor and keep a close eye on Lotus in 2016!
Complete Setlist: Lotus - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle - 02.13.16
Set: Intro to a Cell, Basin to Benin, Flower > C# > 1/2 > Spaghetti > F# > B > Sunrain, Cold Facts, Ashcon, Inspector Norse, It's All Clear > Gm > Expired Slang, Behind Midwest, Eats the Light
Encore: What Did I Do Wrong?
Watch two more segments from Lotus at The Tabernacle here:
Photos by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
Interview: Jesse Miller of Lotus October 07, 2015 15:17
Looking Back on Catskill Chill Music Festival: Night 1 September 22, 2015 09:23
Photo by Andrew Scott Blackstein - Blackstein Photography
One of the year's most anticipated music festivals, Catskill Chill, occurred this past weekend for one last go-round at Camp Minglewood in Hancock, NY. Due to circumstances out of their control. the sixth-annual festival served as "A Farewell to Minglewood," as they will be forced to find a new home in 2016. The festival will continue next year, and several amazing prospective locations have already been placed in the mix. The year's lineup featured the likes of moe., Lotus, Zappa Plays Zappa, Lettuce, Electron, The Motet, Dopapod, Kung Fu, Twiddle, Turkuaz, The Werks, Particle, George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners, and many many more. Below you will find a collection of our favorite moments from the weekend, with photos and setlists courtesy of our friends at Brotherly Love Productions.
Photos by Andrew Scott Blackstein - Blackstein Photography
Erick "Jesus" Coomes of Lettuce
Eric Krasno of Lettuce
Jesus Coomes, Adam Deitch and Adam "Schmeeans" Smirnoff of Lettuce
Mike Rempel of Lotus
George Porter Jr. & Brint Anderson of the Runnin' Pardners
Borahm Lee and Adam Deitch of Break Science
Mihali and Friends - "Dead Set"
Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle and Tim Palmieri of Kung Fu
Mihali and Friends - "Dead Set"
Josh Dobbs of Cats Under the Stars (Keys), Ryan Clausen of Dead Set (Drums), Brook Jordan of Twiddle (Drums), Zdenek Parker Gubb of Twiddle (Bass), Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle (guitar) and Tim Palmieri of Kung Fu (guitar)
"Dopakuaz" Plays Studio 54
Featuring Members of Dopapod and Turkuaz
Josh Schwartz (Bari sax), Josh Sanderson (Tenor sax), Chris Brouwers (trumpet) of Turkuaz
Dave Brandwein of Turkuaz