On Saturday, jamtronica pioneers Lotus‘ recent spring run in support of their latest LP, Frames Per Second, culminated with a headlining blowout at Morrison, CO’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The five-piece band consisting of Mike Greenfield (drums), Jesse Miller (bass, sampler), Luke Miller (guitar, keys), Mike Rempel (guitar), and Chuck Morris (percussion) tapped an impressive support lineup for their Red Rocks bash including experimental electronic duo Ghostland Observatory, Denver-native electronic producer Jade Cicada, and Colorado’s own jam favorites Magic Beans. Following Magic Beans’ Red Rocks debut, keyboardist Casey Russell would later sit-in with Lotus during their headlining set.
Lotus opened up their set with “Middle Road”, off of their 2013 Build release, followed by an exploratory take on fan-favorite “Livingston Storm”. With the quintet settling into their highly-anticipated return to one of the country’s most beloved outdoor amphitheaters, “Livingston Storm” smoothly segued into “MacGuffin”, the first tune of the night off of the band’s December 2018 Frames Per Second release. Luke Miller stepped up to take the lead on “Destroyer”, followed by a silky-smooth pairing of “Aquamarine” into “Spiritualize”.
The biggest surprise of the night came next, as Lotus invited Magic Beans keyboardist Casey Russell on stage to lend a helping hand on a cover of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”. Rempel laid down some well-executed guitar work before Russell got his chance to shine with a bubbly, evolving funk solo on the organ. Lotus closed out their set with a trio of older tunes, as the band worked through “Plant Your Root”, “Shimmer and Out”, and a set-closing take on “Wax”.
Check out a beautiful gallery of photos from Saturday night’s show below courtesy of photographer Ali Jay.
For a full list of Lotus’ upcoming tour dates and more information, head to the band’s website.
Setlist: Lotus | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 4/27/2019
Set: Middle Road, Livingston Storm > MacGuffin, Destroyer, Aquamarine > Spiritualize, December Sun, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (with Casey Russell of Magic Beans on organ), Plant Your Root > Shimmer and Out, Wax