Lotus is the kind of band that thrives during live performance – they put on electrifying, highly creative shows that are, in the very apt words of ticket buyers, “euphoric” and “energizing”. The group's unique combination of roots rock and electronic beats makes for a diverse sound, and it's no surprise that their influences range from jam band greats The Grateful Dead to electronic pioneers Kraftwerk. Their self-described "jamtronica" tracks are full of funky beats, energizing rhythms, and screaming guitars that get even the most closeted dancers on their feet. Especially dazzling are their complex lighting arrangements, which create a truly unique stage atmosphere. The band keeps their shows thrillingly unpredictable with constantly varying setlists and frequent improvisation, but one thing they always deliver is a truly transcendent concert experience.
Electronic jam band Lotus formed in Indiana in 1999 while all five members were attending Goshen College. After playing local stages they made their recording debut in 2002 with the album Vibes, a compilation of live performances from the year before. A deal with Harmonized Records followed, and the band released three albums over the next three years, including 2004's Jammy-nominated Nomad. In 2006 they signed to SCI Fidelity Records and released the live double album Escaping Sargasso Sea, which was nominated for a Jammy award for Best Live Album of 2007. Over the next few years they continued to release albums at a steady rate and toured extensively in North America and Japan, typically playing around 100 shows a year. They've built much of their fanbase by word of mouth, encouraging concertgoers to record and share footage from their live shows. They've also become festival favorites, performing on stages at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Camp Bisco, Wakarusa, Rothbury, and more. In 2014 they released their eighth studio album Gilded Age, a stellar record comprised of six new rock tracks and four electronic remixes.