Since the jamtronica powerhouse Lotus formed in 1999 in Indiana, the band has constantly been pushing their limits and exploring and expanding their sound. While we love where the band is at now coming off of the release of their 14th album, Frames Per Second, their first studio release since 2016’s Eat the Light, sometimes it’s nice to get nostalgic about our favorite artists and reminisce about the jams of yesteryear.

Thus, for your listening pleasure is this nine-song show from 2002, when Lotus was still in its formative beginning stages and drummer Chuck Morris had only been with the group for a year. This recording captures the band playing at Munchie’s Emporium, a diner in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and perfectly captures the super laid-back and tight grooves of old-school Lotus that made many of us fall in love with them in the first place.

Because the crispy recording is from back in the day, the setlist features some of our favorite older Lotus tracks, including a twenty-six minute “Sunrain,” which still has the ability to get a crowd going more than fifteen years later. With a four-song first set and five-song second set and zero songs coming in under ten minutes, this show is a throwback scorcher. Listen for yourself below, courtesy of Todd Betker.

Lotus – 2/9/02 – Full Audio

[Audio: Todd Betker]

Setlist: Lotus | Munchie’s Emporium | Fort Wayne, IN | 2/9/02

Set 1: Moss Shoes, In The Bliss, It’s All Clear To Me Now, L’Immeuble

Set 2: Floating Amidst, Nematode, Spiraling Line of Light, Sunrain, Continuum

[Originally published 2/9/18]