Couch touring has begun and Phish isn’t even on the road yet. Can’t make it to the Lotus shows this weekend? (See previous article below for more tour info) Well then it’s your lucky weekend folks. If you were too lazy to get tickets and move your booty to a venue (just kidding guys), then worry not. The electronic jamband sensation that is Lotus will be doing a FREE webcast from their House of Blues performance tomorrow night! Their guitarist’s overly-awkward eye contact might be missed in your screen’s resolution, but as long as your speakers are functional then you’ve got party potential. Tune into the Yahoo! Live link below and you’re on you’ll be on your way to a crunchy-funk, jam-fueled Friday night! The webcast starts around 9pm!
Let’s give it up for an epic “Jam-uary 2015” guys! I’m not positive if that’s actually a real thing or not. If it is, then what could be better than a Lotus tour to close out the month?! Their stops in Vermont, Boston, and Connecticut this weekend are still only the beginning of a four month stretch of shows, one of the longest running tours of their career. Such a commitment to the asphalt might seem overwhelming to some, but these guys are killing it to be frank. The great thing about jambands and improv-acts is that the more they play, the better they get. I suspect after a week’s worth of “warming up”, these guys will be riding a mean wave by the time they get to Boston on Friday night. Check out a fan video of their recent performance in Pittsburgh >>>
Unlike a lot of other bands in their class, you can almost always count on Lotus to deliver. Over the last few years this Philly-based electronic jamband seems to have really found the sound they’ve been looking for. They’re taking more risks in their improv, their song-writing is getting more intricate, and they’re taking the old material to new places with considerably developed jamming (that’s “improvising” to the Lamens). Mike Rempel is still good at weirding you out with over-abundant eye-contact, but he’s also shredding the funk better than ever. With Electron being back in the picture, drummer Mike Greenfield is the most live getting practice he could ask for. A lot is happening for this quintet, and this tour is a huge testimony of that. They put the work in and that’s what counts these days. You can tell they practice, and that they’re serious about what they do and don’t take it for granted. They’re locked into their music 100% of the time, regardless of taste or quality, although they shine in both contexts. If The Disco Biscuits or Phish have taught jam-fans anything, it’s that we shouldn’t take them for granted either. Every show is a new adventure into the funky, jam-fueled Cosmos. Head out to one of the dates below and you’ll see what I mean. Who could ever take such a thing for granted? (wink wink)
Lotus just announced a massive 32-date Winter Tour, starting in January 2015 and ending in March! Get ready for a synth-heavy, guitar-shreddy, jazzy good time ladies and frogs. Things have only been going up for this band lately. The recent success from their Talking Heads: Deconstructed shows last summer will only add to the momentum they’re no doubt coming at us with. Since the turn of 2013 they’ve hit a stride that hasn’t let up. They’ve always had talent obviously, as years of sold-out shows will prove, but they seem to have really found the sound they’ve been looking for in recent years. The new material is becoming more dynamic, and they’re Read the rest of this entry
This past summer showcased a particularly memorable onslaught of Jam Band assaults on the country, and now it is spilling into the fall. The so called “STUM” tour with Umphrey’s McGee and STS9 (which just ended this weekend) made multiple headlines in places like Jambase and Deathwaltz Media Group. Phish is just culminating a phenomenal summer tour, breaking open the heads of their fans with Herculean jams like the much obsessed 37 minute “Tweezer” in Lake Tahoe, or the recent 23 minute “Chalk Dust Torture” opener in Colorado. The Disco Biscuits’ performances at the annual Camp Bisco this year were undeniably their best of 2013 thus far. We can’t leave out the fact that alongside the festival hosts, the stage was shared with Umphrey’s McGee, Lotus, and STS9. The last time all four of those bands were together was Rothbury 2009! Those are just a few highlights, needless to say it was a huge summer for these guys.
After you clean the mud out of your car from the festivals, or the fast food remains from being on the road, we’ll help you gear up for the season change. We certainly hope your summer was a spacey ride, but the impending chills are coming with some thrills. If your sense of reality and your wallet can take it, the upcoming months are overflowing with dates in the Northeast. The festival season still has the green light; check out the Catskill Chill Music Festival this weekend featuring Lotus, RAQ, Kung Fu, Brother’s Past, and others. On October 18th Phish will kick off their Fall Tour with a three night run in Hampton,VA. Just weeks away the 2nd Annual City Bisco will take place at the gorgeous Mann Center in Philadelphia! The event will feature four sets from The Disco Biscuits as well as performances by Shpongle, Emancipator, Gigamesh, Method Man & Redman, Treasure Fingers, and a whole lot more. The fanbase for Zoogma has sprouted a huge growth over the last year, and they have quite a few dates coming up in New England. That’s just to butter you up, check out all the links below for what’s in store for some of the most elite improv bands this fall season!
Catskill Chill Music Festival
September 6-8th Camp Minglewood- Hancock, NY (HAPPENING NOW!)
The Disco Biscuits Present City Bisco
September 27-28th The Mann Center- Philadelphia, PA
This is pretty sweet (pun intended). Watch a Patton Oswald doppelganger in Denver, Colorado give away 1000 free ice cones for the Jordan Jesse Go! podcast, filming the entire event. After editing the movie, what music did he choose for the score? Well Lotus of course, because Lotus always comes to mind when you think of ice cream right? When considering the fact that they sold out the Red Rocks Amphitheater when The Disco Biscuits could not, it isn’t all that surprising. Listen to the studio version of “Bush Pilot” from their self titled album as this guy slings cones in the downtown mile-high. It’s worth a few laughs as these two guys are pretty comical, and it’s an excuse to listen to some Lotus.
Luke Miller is a musician with an insatiable appetite for creation. Most of his time is spent as a vital member of the highly successful electronic progressive jam band Lotus. When he’s not doing that, he’s pursuing his interests in making disco music as Luke the Knife, and with much success. Devoting his spare time to DJing is a substantial shift being an educated band musician for so long, but he knows what he’s doing and it shows. LTK not only continues to display his abilities in slick mixing and refined track selections, but he is also producing tracks. This project just began little over a year ago but it seems apparent in his mixes that Luke Miller has been doing this as a hobby for a long time, parallel to his ascending career with Lotus. This newest mix features ALL his own edits, and you’ll be seeing more originals soon. Check out the mix with a free download and view the tracklist below.
Elousia – The Swiss (LtK Edit)
Carried Away – Passion Pit (Mullaha RMX LtK Edit)
Alive – Empire of the Sun (LtK Edit)
Holidays – Miami Horror (LtK Edit)
Music is Magic – Silverstar (LtK Edit)
Confidence – Brett (Viceroy RMX LtK Edit)
Don’t F*ck with My Money – Penguin Prison (LtK Edit)
Blue Jeans – Lana Del Rey (RAC RMX LtK edit)
I’m Just Trying to be Cool – Phoenix (Breakbot RMX LtK edit)
Doses & Mimosas – Cherub (LtK Edit)
Liztomania – Phoenix (Classixx RMX LtK edit)
Petition – Tennis (Vacationer RMX LtK Edit)
What’s better than six days of festival-style shenanigans and top notch musicians from around the globe? Doing it on a cruise. Jamcruise has announced the lineup for it’s 12 annual festival event, due to set sail on January4th 2014. The ultimate party boat will depart from Miami and make its way to Jamaica and culminate in the tropics of the Bahamas. Purchase tickets for your cruise cabins may 30th!
12th Annual Jamcruise Lineup
Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang.Thievery Corporation. Bootsy Collins and the Unity Funk Band.Robert Randolph and the Family Band.Galactic.Surprise Set on Private Island.Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.Lotus.The Wailers.Lettuce.Keller Williams.Conspirator.Keller and the Kimocks.Giant Underground Conspiracy.Dumpstafunk.The New Mastersounds.John Popper & DJ Logic.The Infamous Stringdusters.Anders Osborne.Rob Garza(of Thievery) solo DJ sets.ALO.MarchFourth Marching Band.Orgone.Pork Tornado.Bonerama.The Revivalists.Robert Walter’s 20th Congress.Monophonics.The Mike Dillon Band.Eric Krasno Band.DJ Logic.Everyone Orchestra.Alan Evans Super Jam.Brock Butler.Nathan Moore.Stanley Jordan.Cyril Neville.Oteil Burbridge(of the Allman Brothers Band).Bill Evans.Sherik.Alecia Shakour.Will Bernard.Victor Wooten.Butch Trucks.Col Bruce Hampton.Kofi Burbridge.Luther & Cody Dickinson