On Saturday, September 23rd, Lotus closed out the summer leg of their tour at the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Walking through and interacting with a crowd of dedicated Lotus fans was not only exciting but also very insightful. Many of the band’s extremely passionate admirers went above and beyond to showcase their love for Lotus’ music; I saw everything from several Lotus flowers painted on bodies to fans decked out in head to toe Lotus merchandise. Since the band is originally based in Philadelphia and Colorado, many admirers of Lotus were extremely enthusiastic about the quality of the show they were in store for.
After telling several fans that this would be my first time seeing Lotus, I was greeted with many large smiles and eager replies like, “I can’t believe this is going to be your first Lotus show! You’re in for an experience, especially since they’re from around here, I have no doubt they’re gonna go hard tonight!” While chatting amongst the crowd, I came to realize that some had traveled up to four hours just to come see the closing show of their tour. The dedication and passion Lotus fans have easily increased my respect for the band and my expectations for the night.
The show itself could easily be described as a crowd pleaser. As Lotus continued to play, you could feel the energy from the crowd increase; from crazy, mesmerizing dance moves to people just simply walking around smiling from ear to ear, it did not seem like there was one unsatisfied soul among the crowd.
The group is known to perform with an intricate light setup and did not disappoint at the Mann Center; between the colorful lantern shaped lights, hypnotizing lasers and a simple touch of visuals, I could tell I was not the only person in awe by how scenic it looked all together.
Their music was described by several fans as “jamtronica”, a mixture of jam and electronica. While Lotus did play a couple of songs from their new album, Drink the Light, a majority of their second set featured a lot of group improvisation, which did not seem to be an issue for their fans, who visibly seemed to enjoy every sound that was played.
Beats Antique, a US based world fusion group, opened for Lotus on Saturday. Known for their mix of diverse genres and compelling live shows, Beats Antique did an outstanding job of getting the crowd ready for Lotus. Much of their music features old and new sound inspirations, with mix samples and heavy percussives and live instruments in order to produce their unique style of music. With the incorporation of live dance and performance art, along with their incomparable style of worldly music, their live shows have a reputation of being creatively majestic.
Lotus and Beats Antique are both, individually incredible bands that produce unique styles of music with original stage production in order to conduct the best possible shows for their large group of dedicated followers. Beats Antique not only amazed the crowd with their incredible set and intricate dance choreography, but also with the seamless transition into Lotus’ music. The two bands complimented each other’s music styles flawlessly. Overall, the closing show for the summer leg of Lotus’ tour, was an incredible experience due to the energy from the fans, the non stop groovy music and amazing lights. While Lotus
Written by Urvi Kapoor
Photos by Rivkin Photos