Last evening premier jam band Lotus took the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood by storm.
El Ten Eleven, a musical duo based in Los Angeles, started the night. Unfortunately, their set ended right as we were arriving. But don’t fret, you can read our coverage from their epic performance with Tycho and Lotus from Red Rocks by clicking here.
Beginning their set with the highly praised track “Bubonic Tonic,” Lotus exhibited their relaxed, breezy vibe to a receptive LA audience. Lotus is highly regarded for their musicianship as well as their tastefully pleasing lighting design – massive beams of multicolored lights rose from the stage floor, filling in what typically is considered to be dark space. Following the rarely played track “Nematode” came “Blender” off the band’s 2011 self-titled album, to which the fans responded with cheers and joy. “Anti-Gravity” featured a special, live performance from the upcoming singer/songwriter Oriel Poole. Lotus closed their first set with yet anther uncommon track performed live, “Shimmer & Out.”
Lotus returned to the stage around 12:30AM to a thunderous applause. It was if the crowd conjured up strength during the intermission – could Red Bull and vodka be the culprit? Highly suspect. “Inspector Norse” kicked off the second set followed by “Kesey Seed,” a favorite fan track from the album The Strength of Weak Ties. “Cold Facts,” a fairly new track which premiered last year on January 29th in Philidelphia at the Electric Factory made it’s LA debut. Jesse Miller told Relix, “‘Cold Facts’ is a new instrumental drawing on mid-70s funk-fusion. The syncopated Moog bass line and drum pocket build the foundation for a jazzy guitar melody and bongo workout. ‘It’s All Clear to Me Now,” “Umbilical Moonrise,” and “Wax” closed up the second set.
As expected Lotus returned to the stage for an encore with two pungent tunes, “Have Some Love”, a cover of Childish Gambino’s massively popular track, and “Guilded Age.”
Lotus will be on tour for the next few weeks. For tickets and a full list of tour dates, click here!