Review: Lotus at Brooklyn Bowl + After Party

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Photo courtesy of Greg Horowitz / CSMP (full gallery)
Written by Azaria Posik

Last Wednesday night was the finale to the three-night run of Lotus at Brooklyn Bowl, and although the sound, style, and experience escape a simple description, it was nothing short of incredible. There was plenty of dancing and jamming out as people grooved and turned a regular weeknight into a memorable party with Lotus vibes.

The weather outside was chilly, but that didn’t stop fans from waiting, some for over an hour, to see the sold out show. Those inside before the music started excitedly got drinks and talked about where they traveled from and what songs and transitions they were hoping to hear. The feeling of the crowd was one of genuine happiness and a sense of community, best described by fans as the Lotus family, and it definitely felt like a family gathering in this little corner of Brooklyn.

Many people travel the country catching Lotus play for multiple nights in a row and get just as excited seeing the Lotus crew as the band themselves. Production manager Padraic “Padge” McQuillan is as recognizable as the band, and as one person said, “He fires me up cause it means they’re close to coming on!” You really did get the sense that everyone was excited to be together, to get down and enjoy the music, and it didn’t matter if you were a devoted fan or there for your first show because the vibe was welcoming and the music was on point. Maybe the best example of this family was at the end of the first set. You felt chills when a friend of the band proposed to his girlfriend on stage in front of hundreds of cheering fans.

Lotus has been making music since the late 1990s/early 2000s combining elements of jam band aesthetic and electronic music that has evolved over the years and accounts for their diverse and growing presence. Every night the set list is carefully selected and the closing night in Brooklyn had people going crazy for favorites like “Nematode,” “Spaghetti,” “Flower Sermon,” and “L’Immueble” to name a few, with some teasers and a “Ffunny Friends” cover by Unknown Mortal Orchestra. It was a special night of Lotus vibes and had everyone wishing the encore would last at least another hour. The guys absolutely crushed the show and it’s exactly how they keep evolving and turning more people on to their music.

After such a great performance, it’s hard to go from party mode to zero and Giant Step was honored to present the after party at the Panther Room. Lotus members and brothers Jesse Miller and Luke Miller performed as their side projects Beard-o-Bees and Luke the Knife, respectively, to a packed room of fans until four in the morning. The setting of the Panther Room made for a more intimate and club like feeling with its high ceilings, dark interior, and no photography policy, but fit both sets surprisingly well. Beard-o-Bees utilized a launchpad and monomes, playing heavier electronic beats and twisted synths while Luke the Knife played nu-disco and funk, reworking artists like Disclosure and Michael Jackson.

As the night ended and turned into a very early Thursday morning, people stopped to talk and high five with friends and the Miller’s. Everyone slowly left looking tired but elated, and most were probably thinking of the day ahead; some were already on their way to the next Lotus show in Baltimore.

New Release: ‘Red Hot + Fela’ + Felabration @ Brooklyn Bowl – Oct 17



AIDS awareness organization Red Hot today releases Red Hot + Fela, a Fela Kuti themed compilation featuring remakes and covers alike with collaborations spanning the genres of electronic, hip-hop, soul, rock, and classical.

Participants include tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angelique Kidjo, Nneka, Sinkane, Amayo, M1, Baloji, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, as well as Kyp Malone and Tunde Adembimpe of TV On The Radios, amongst many others. It is indeed very serious out here in these streets.

For a taste of the music, head over to Soundcloud for a free download of “Buy Africa” by Baloji & L’Orchestre De La Katuba ft. Kuku.

This Friday, October 11, don’t miss what’s sure to be a mind-bending performance by My Morning Jacket, Merril Garbus, Brittany Howard and Antibalas Horns on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

New Yorkers can look forward to a Felabration at Brooklyn Bowl on October 17peep the flyer after the jump! Also, don’t sleep on all the other Felabrations happening throughout October and November as well.

Enter our contest to win Red Hot + Fela.

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NYC: Goodie Mob @ Brooklyn Bowl – Aug 25 + Contest



After 14 years, Goodie Mob is putting finishing touches on their new album, Age Against the Machine. Yep!

And a killer show is about to go down at Brooklyn Bowl this weekend. Sunday, August 25 – don’t miss it!

Enter our contest to win tickets to the show!

Event Details
Goodie Mob Live in Concert
Sunday, August 25, 2013

Doors 6PM / Show 10PM

Tickets: $50
Purchase tickets

NYC: Groove Collective’s End of Summer Blowout Alumni Jam @ Brooklyn Bowl – Aug 30


Groove Collective and Giant Step go way back – to their very beginning, in fact. On August 30, there is going to be a very special event at the Brooklyn Bowl featuring seven of the original ten piece ensemble along with special guests. Below are details on the party along with a classic Groove Collective track called “Lift Off” after the jump. Enjoy!

Event Details
Groove Collective’s End of Summer Blowout Alumni Jam
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Doors, 6pm
DJ Jeannie Hopper, 7pm
Show, 8pm
Party w/ DJ Questlove of The Roots for Bowl Train, 11pm

Tickets: $10
Purchase tickets

Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY

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Pimps of Joytime Tonight at Brooklyn Bowl

59-atlgTonight The Pimps of Joytime will play live at the Brooklyn Bowl with DJ Concerned & Eclectic Method. The Pimps come back around to The Bowl in a month (12/4), but tonight the tickets are just $5 and the mood is right – NYC is in full speed right now.



Doors 6:00pm
Show 9:00pm
Tickets $5 | 21+


Check out this video of a very Funky Halloween ’09 with Pimps of Joytime:

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