Lotus at the Fillmore Auditorium, 2-7 and 2-8-14 (photos, review)By Nate Etter | February 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
Saturday night at the Fillmore Auditorium, Lotus capped of its two-night run in Denver. Following a Friday night show that got rave reviews for its throwback feel with classics like “Spiritualize” and “Jump Off,” Saturday saw the band continue to please fans both old and new by diving deep into their extensive, genre-blending catalog.
See photos below of Lotus’ Friday show at the Fillmore Auditorium.
Veterans of the jam band scene for 15 years, the members of Lotus strike you as a group of courteous near-sighted professionals more than free-spirited rockstars. In a scene accepting of excess and chaotic by nature, the band stands apart with its orderly approach to performance and glaring group focus.
Though Lotus’ most recent release (“Monks,” 2013) is a collaborative hip-hop effort and the band has hinted that their next release will be a stripped down rock album, Saturday’s show was a typical melding of funky rock, easy-listening groove and synth-driven electronic elements.
Guitarist Mike Rempel shined throughout with his tasteful style. From jazzy lead during an appropriate encore of “Colorado” to playing melodica in the intro to “Ball of Energy,” Rempel always seemed to bring an organic balance when the band would dive head first into Luke Miller’s poppy synths and the precise house groove of drummer Mike Greenfield.
Unlike many solo-driven rock acts, Lotus’ light show did little to spotlight individual members of the band. Instead, the band was often hidden behind a sea of smoke and backlit by colorful floods and LED towers. It was a fitting approach by a top-tier dance band that continues to put their collective music over their individual egos.
Nate Etter is a Boulder-based musician and a regular contributor to Reverb. You can reach him at Nate@EcoVessel.com.
Dylan Langille is a Fort Collins-based photographer and a regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his photos here.